With layers of snow and whiffs of freezing winds, winter season not only pushes us to stay cooped up inside our homes, but also forces us to cover ourselves up with layers of warm clothing including socks and shoes. It is likely that our feet may be neglected undercover. Moreover, since they are mostly concealed, who knows what they must be suffering from, whether their health is being compromised, or do they need attention? It is essential to be more careful about infections and skin rashes when your feet are covered throughout the day and even at night too.
Here are a few key tips to prep your feet for the cold winter season:
- Practice good foot hygiene. Despite the season, foot care should remain constant. Wash and dry your feet properly. Use a pumice stone around your foot to gently remove any dead skin. By applying a moisturizer, you can keep the skin from getting dry and avoid painful complications such as cracked heels.
- Take care of your nails. Keep your toenails properly trimmed in order to avoid ingrown toenails. Always cut your nails straight across and use a file to soften the edges. Never cut them too short. Cutting your toenails incorrectly or unevenly can result in ingrown toenails. This can cause swelling, redness, pain and sometimes an infection around the toe.
- Wear the right shoes. If you do not wear proper footwear and you are an ice skater or a snowboarder, your winter fun can turn into winter misery. Wear well-fitted and activity-specific shoes that provide the necessary comfort and support for the activities that you are involved in. Tight shoes can lead to a number of serious problems such as hammertoes, bunions, corns, and other deformities.
- Listen to your feet. Not addressing your foot concerns on a timely basis will only make the condition worse and cause additional injury. Regular foot checks can help spot anything unusual on your feet such as blisters, calluses, cuts or discoloration of the nails.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help you determine exactly the cause of your foot condition and provide the best solutions to avoid them from recurring. For more information, you can browse through our extensive library on topics that interest you online or call our office at any of the two numbers listed above to schedule an appointment.
Children’s feet suffer from many of the same foot conditions that adults do, but they may vary in frequency due to their active lifestyles and rapid body growth.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we know that a child may not be as communicative or receptive about their foot pain. No matter how cautious parents are, they at times could miss the underlying problem. That is why we’d love to help parents find ways to ensure that their child keeps optimal foot health.
Caring for your child’s feet
It is important that you keep your child’s feet in good condition. Good foot care during their growing years can help prevent many foot problems.
- Allow their feet to be free and active, not restricting them by tight leggings or beddings. Make sure foot coverings are loose enough to allow good blood circulation.
- Keep your child’s feet clean by washing them regularly with soap and water. Dry them properly so that the skin doesn’t get soggy.
- It is paramount that your child starts to wear shoes that are a proper fit right from the very beginning. Make sure the shoes are lightweight, flexible, and well-cushioned. Poorly-fitting shoes can lead to painful foot deformities. Since children’s feet grow at a very fast pace, their shoe size needs to be checked every month or so.
- Help your child maintain a healthy weight. This releases extra pressure and stresses away from your child’s feet. Hence, proper weight management can ward off many serious foot and ankle problems.
If your child often complains of foot pain or struggles to walk with a flat foot, it’s time to talk to an experienced podiatrist who can help assess your child’s overall foot health.
If you are noticing any changes in the development of your child’s feet and legs, it’s important to bring it to the attention of our professionals at Joseph Stuto, DPM. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can assure that your child gets the highest-quality foot and ankle care and treatment necessary for optimal foot health. For more information on your child’s growing feet, call (718)624-7537 or browse through our extensive patient library online.
Shockwave therapy. You may have heard about it from a friend who has had a kidney stone, but did you know that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a trusted podiatric treatment as well? At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto use ESWT in the office to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions—especially plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Affecting one in 10 American adults according to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes, and it can cause considerable pain, loss of feeling, tenderness, and swelling.
Unfortunately, many patients spend considerable time and effort dealing with their conditions, only to find little to no relief. So, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, we offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy as an adjunct to, or replacement for, customized shoe orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, injections, and other common treatments.
Many adult patients qualify for ESWT. A complete podiatric exam, X-ray imaging, and a review of medical history will tell Dr. Soto if the procedure is both safe for you and has a good chance of succeeding. People with reduced sensitivity and circulation in their feet, take blood thinners, have a cardiac pacemaker, or who exhibit open sores or wounds cannot undergo this procedure. Also, women who are pregnant should postpone treatment until after they deliver their babies.
Regarding the treatment, it takes place in its entirety in the office with the benefit of local anesthetic or light sedation. Used since 2000 in the United States, ESWT delivers short, intense bursts of sound waves to selected areas of inflammation. The aim? ESWT helps:
- Increase circulation
- Speed healing
- Reduce tenderness and harmful swelling
Afterwards, patients can return home (with an adult driver) and resume most of their normal routines the next day. However, they should postpone very strenuous activities, such as gym workouts, for a couple of weeks.
At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry's Brooklyn practices, you'll be well treated and can take advantage of up-to-date, innovative treatments such as shockwave therapy. For a personal consultation on your plantar fasciitis or other persistent podiatric conditions, please call our office team at (718) 624-7537.
Foot odor or smelly feet is a common problem faced by almost everyone around the world. The unpleasant odor can make you self-conscious and even disrupt your day-to-day interactions with others. Sweat alone doesn’t have a scent; it is the bacteria that eat the sweat which produces a strong and pungent-smelling odor.
Here are some of the key factors that may contribute to having smelly feet:
- Stress/Anxiety: During high anxiety and stressful situations, our body tends to produce sweat from the apocrine glands which are usually found in your armpit or genital region. These glands secrete a much thicker sweat that has a high concentration of lipids, proteins, and fat. This provides good feed for bacteria, yet terrible news for the person sitting alongside you.
- Infections: Fungal infections and their poor monitoring can contribute to bad foot odor.
- Shoes: The sweat from your foot usually gets trapped inside your shoes. The bacteria feast on the sweat accumulation on your feet, causing smelly feet. Shoes made with synthetic materials can easily trap the sweat, not allowing it to evaporate. Switch your shoes from time to time, especially athletic shoes, allowing them to air out properly before you slide them back on.
- Hyperhidrosis: This is a skin condition where you sweat profusely. The accumulation of sweat or moisture on your feet fuels fungal and bacterial infections. The bacteria upon consuming the sweat create bad odors.
- Poor hygiene: Poor podiatric hygiene is often the culprit for smelly feet. A good foot care routine helps you part ways with bacteria and sweat.
If you have a severe case of smelly feet, you might want to talk with your podiatrist about the next level of care.
If you are suffering from an unpleasant foot odor or think that one of the above factors is affecting your foot health, come to Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist, specializes in all sorts of foot-related problems such as arthritis, toe deformities, skin disorders, and crush injuries. For more information on foot odor and foot health, call (718) 567 1403 or browse through our extensive patient library online.
There are a variety of reasons that may cause pain in your heel. Whether it’s a stress fracture, injury, or poor circulation, determining the exact cause of heel pain can be quite challenging.
Here are the 3 common causes of heel pain:
- Plantar fasciitis—perhaps the most common cause of heel pain. This occurs when the plantar fascia (long band of connective tissue that runs along the heel to the toes) becomes overly-stretched, causing partial or complete tears. The damaged tissue can cause stabbing pain which disturbs your movement if it is not treated promptly.
- Achilles tendonitis—this occurs when the Achilles tendon is exposed to repetitive or intense strain. This weakens the tendon, making it more vulnerable to injury. This can cause severe pain and stiffness.
- Wrong footwear—ill-fitted shoes can lead to many foot and ankle problems including heel pain. They can create crowding of your toes and increase your risk of injury. Wear good shoes that provide the best fit, support, and comfort to your feet.
Tracking down the source of heel pain, especially in the early stages, can often resolve the pain and get you moving. However, if you are unsure of the cause of your pain, you should seek advice from your podiatrist.
If you have heel pain that persists more than two weeks or have trouble diagnosing the exact cause of your pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, NY. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto diagnoses and treats a range of foot and ankle conditions such as toe deformities, diabetic foot, fungal infections, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Joseph Stuto provides the highest-quality podiatric medical care while staying abreast of all the newest trends in podiatry. For more information, you can browse through our extensive patient library online. Contact our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn: (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn), or (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights).
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