While we may tend to take our feet for granted, we usually forget that they require extra care and protection during the winter season. This is especially true for our senior members, whose chances of experiencing foot problems increases manifold in the winters. Nevertheless, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients not to suffer from any winter blues. There is no reason why you cannot enjoy the outdoors.
Just follow these important measures and you are good to go:
Wear comfortable shoes: Make sure your shoes provide ample support for your heels and arches and have a strong grip. This will ensure greater stability and balance.
Don’t forget to exercise your feet: This may not be possible outdoors; however, you can always follow your stretching and flexing routines indoors. Use braces when necessary.
Avoid dampness: With closed shoes and socks, your feet may become damp, exposing them to the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. Change your shoes immediately when you return indoors, wash and dry your feet thoroughly.
Moisturizing is essential: Winters are usually dry and the air tends to dry up the skin of your feet. If left unattended, this could result in flaky or cracked skin and sores.
Hygiene is critical: People tend to forget trimming their toenails in winter since their feet are almost always inside shoes and socks. Cutting toenails properly is important to avoid issues like ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections.
Report any foot concerns to your podiatrist: If you have diabetes, you should visit your foot doctor regularly to identify and address any unseen yet slowly progressing foot health issues.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your feet or if you require more information on effective foot protection, our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is available at your service. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-140 for your ease and convenience.
Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful and can become infected if left untreated. As the nail pushes inside the skin deeper, it can cut the skin, leading to swelling and bleeding and making it difficult to wear shoes.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts suggest that you adopt these four simple measures to avoid ingrown toenails:
Proper cutting of nails: It is important that you cut your nails straight so that they do not grow inwards if curved. Also, cut them frequently and keep them short, especially if your nails have the tendency to be curved or bent.
Safeguard your feet and toenails: Bumping into objects or accidentally dropping heavy substances on your feet can result in injuries that can lead to inward growth of your toenails. Keep your feet safe and inspect any cuts or wounds that may appear on them in case of an accident. Seek professional help right away if you feel that healing is slow or inadequate,
Wear the right footwear: The right size of shoes and comfortable structure are important to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. Tight-fitted shoes that crowd your toes into each other, or, constantly hit your big toe against the inner walls are disastrous for your toenails.
Visit your podiatrist: Get your feet examined by your foot doctor regularly, so that any issues can be identified and caught in the early stages. This will save you from unnecessary pain and misery.
If you notice any tenderness, redness, swelling, discomfort or pain in the skin surrounding your toenails, schedule your appointment with our foot and ankle care specialists right away.
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is highly-experienced in treating a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including bone and joint pain, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, and stress fractures, diabetic neuropathy, fungal infections and more. Contact us to schedule an appointment today or visit our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 at your convenience. To keep you informed and equipped in making better decisions regarding your foot health, visit our extensive patient library and blogs section.
Are you one of those people who started all enthusiastic about your new exercise routine, and then gave up or were forced to give up much earlier than expected? Don’t worry, you are not alone.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have noticed that the most common reasons why people fail to remain consistent include:
- Lack of pre-workout preparation.
- Not having proper gear, resulting in injuries and sprains right at the start.
- Jumping from being idle to high-intensity workouts.
- Not getting your feet checked for any underlying issues.
If you want to stay safe and follow through with your exercise plans till the end, then you need to make sure that you do not make these mistakes.
Here are a few things that you can do to avoid failing this year:
- Consult your podiatrist before you start your exercise routine. It is important to know the state of your feet so that you can be careful beforehand in case you are developing any painful foot conditions.
- Proper footwear is the most important element for the successful execution of your workouts. Look for shoes that are designed to ensure stability and balance to help keep your feet safe while you work out. Get your feet measured by a foot doctor so that you know your size when you head out for your shoe shopping.
- Choose your exercise plan wisely. Start slowly and move onto more intense programs later through the year, as you build up strength and stamina. Starting with a tough work-out right away will surely land you into forced breaks, eventually halting your workouts altogether.
- We cannot overemphasize the importance of stretching pre and post work out routines. Flexing your muscles during warm-up will keep you on track and prevent issues like tissue damage, muscle cramps, sprains, and fractures.
If you have concerns about your exercise routines or are unsure about the health of your feet, our podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is here to help. Call or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 right away.
This New Year, let’s resolve to be more careful and protective of our feet. While many of you would be all set for your get-in-shape plans, don’t forget that your feet as much attention if not more.
Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight is not only good for your body, but it also reduces the burden on your feet and prevents many foot issues like flat feet, heel pain, plantar fasciitis and the like. However, don’t let this be a jump, start, halt and forget the routine.
Before you start, here a few things to consider:
Get yourself the correct footwear: make sure it is comfortable and shock absorbent. That means it should provide extra support for your heels and arches so that they don’t come under undue stress or pressure.
Make an appointment with your foot doctor and get your feet examined before you kick start. It is best to know the state of your feet so that you don’t suffer from any painful conditions later on. Checking to see if any existing condition like ankle sprains, injuries or infections is under control is equally important.
- If you have diabetes, it is best to consult our podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto who will examine your feet and devise a customized food and exercise plan that is essential for your needs.
If you have any questions or doubts about your fitness or the condition of your feet, feel free to call any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 today. Remember, if your feet are happy, you will be happy too!
This time of the year is filled with the joys of holidays, food and presents! While you soak up all the happiness, don’t forget your feet have been holding you up and carrying you around, all year round! They deserve a treat too.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have come up with creative ideas to help shop for you and your loved ones’ feet as well.
A foot massage is the perfect gift for those who have tired and sore feet. Not only will that give your feet a break, but it will relieve pain, reduce swelling (if any) and improve blood circulation, which will speed up the healing process in case of any damaged tissue.
- Gift coupons for spa pedicures are a great option. However, make sure that the spa you choose is clean and their staff uses properly sterilized tools.
- Foot creams and moisturizers are essential to keep the skin of your feet hydrated and healthy. By preventing dryness, they eliminate the risk of cuts and cracks and save your feet from skin infections.
- Colorful and funky socks attract all ages these days. They keep your feet warm and serve as cushioning for the heels and arches.
- Fluffy and plush slippers are trending nowadays; however, make sure that they provide arch and heel support and are not completely flat. With extra soft cushioning under your feet, you are very likely to enjoy a comfy and cozy winter!
- Visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for consultation and a thorough examination by our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto.
For those who have diabetes, we urge you not to ignore your feet, instead pay special attention. Keep a lookout for cuts or wounds, as nerve damage may hamper your sense of feeling and you may not be aware of your wounds till it is too late. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and have a happy holiday.
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