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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 09, 2020
Category: Children's Feet

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, we see an increasing prevalence of childhood obesity throughout the country. Obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents, and this number continues to rise at a dramatic rate. Obesity in children has now become a public health concern not just in our country but in most parts of the world.

Obesity puts children at a greater risk of developing health problems, particularly with their feet. Excess body weight greatly increases the risk of injury and other chronic foot problems such as diabetes and arthritis into adulthood. Common causes of childhood obesity include genetics, poor diet, poor eating habits, and lack of physical activity.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto is sharing some essential tips to help tackle childhood obesity.

Healthy eating: The food you eat affects your overall health. A healthy and balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy weight. Changing your eating habits can make a big difference in your health. Switch to fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole-grain foods instead of less healthy snacks. Encourage your child to drink water instead of sodas and other high-sugar drinks. Control how much you eat by limiting your portion sizes.

Make fitness a part of your daily ritual: Encourage children to participate in some type of physical activity. Activities like walking, cycling, swimming, and dancing can help children from becoming overweight and obese. Being active also helps reduce the risk of obesity-related foot problems.

Reduce screens time: Children and teens today spend hours in front of computers, television, gaming consoles, and cell phones. This sedentary lifestyle can lead to unhealthy eating habits. Excessive screen time can lead to unhealthy eating habits and increase the risk of obesity in children.

We want your child to have optimal foot health 24/7. If he or she is experiencing any foot or ankle pain, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our highly experienced board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto.

Back to school season is here — students are eager to start their upcoming school year. But like most things in the year 2020, the school year in the new coronavirus era is going to be anything but normal.

Whether it's a traditional or virtual classroom, the health and safety of every child are paramount. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we are here to support parents and walk them through some of the best ways to protect their kid's feet before they head back to school.

Keep an eye on your child's feet: The younger the child, the faster it grows. This rapid growth requires parents to do a regular foot and shoe check. Make sure to get your child's foot measured every three months to ensure their shoes fit correctly. Shoes that are too tight and small can lead to serious foot deformities and permanently damage the structural integrity of the foot.  

Don’t assume shoe size: A young child may not be able to communicate correctly and tell you if the shoe size fits right or not. You need to be certain of the shoe size that your child wears - never assume! The right shoes can help prevent injuries and help aid the healthy development of your child's feet.

Check the condition of their shoes: If the child's shoe has lost all of it's cushioning and padding, it is time to shop for a new pair. Shop with your child. Just because you know their size doesn't guarantee that it's a proper fit. Always have his or her foot measured by a professional.

Don't delay seeking treatment: If your child is too young to communicate, don't dismiss the visible signs of hurt. If your child's walk does not look symmetrical or has a limp, see a podiatrist for a check-up right away. Look for any signs of foot pain and fatigue.

It is not normal for a child to experience foot or ankle pain. If you have any concerns about your child's feet, contact Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles that will guide you in dealing with potential health issues.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 07, 2019
Category: Children's Feet

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 21, 2018
Category: Children's Feet

Proper foot care is essential as your child is growing by leaps and bounds.

When you think about the health of your little one you probably don’t put much thought into their feet; however, there are quite a few issues that can happen to toddlers, infants and children if proper foot hygiene and care aren’t taken into account. Our Brooklyn podiatrists Dr. Child FeetJoseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto are here to offer up some tips on how to keep your children’s feet healthy.

The bones in a baby’s feet are made of soft cartilage, and these bones won’t fully develop until their late teens. Babies are also born with flat feet, as arches don’t develop until your child is 2 or 3 years old.

Pediatric Foot Care

It’s important for toddlers to spend enough time each day going barefoot, which will allow them time to move and wiggle their feet around to exercise and develop the muscles in the feet.

Since children’s feet grow quickly, especially during infancy, it’s important that the socks and shoes they are wearing allow them room to move. If they don’t then it’s time to get them a larger size. Tight shoes and socks compress and put added pressure on your child’s feet, which can lead to developmental issues.

Another thing to consider is your child’s bedtime. That’s right. Your little one’s bed habits could affect their development if you aren’t careful. When you tuck them into bed make sure they can move their feet and legs. If you tuck your infant or toddler in too snuggly it could restrict their movement and affect the development of their feet.

It’s also important to keep your child’s feet clean. This means washing them with soap and water every day, making sure to get in between toes, too. Once you thoroughly bathed their feet make sure to dry them off completely. If your child’s feet get particularly sweaty you may want to use a talcum powder to wick away excessive sweat.

When should you purchase shoes for your child? While it might be fun to go shoe shopping for your little one they really won’t need shoes until they are old enough to start walking around outside. If you are ever unsure about what you should and shouldn’t do for your child don’t hesitate to turn to our foot doctor in Brooklyn.

If you or your child is dealing with foot pain or other issues don’t hesitate to contact our foot care experts at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry. We have two offices in Brooklyn, NY, to serve you and your family better.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
September 07, 2015
Category: Children's Feet

Foot problems can develop during our childhood years. This is why parents should take special attention and check their children’s foot for anything unusual. Simple things to remember is to always buy properly fitting shoes to prevent foot and toe deformities. Foot problems may go undetected in children simply because they are unaware of their condition or unable to express how they feel.

So to help parents identify if their child is suffering from a foot problem, here are points that suggests if your child is suffering from a foot condition. If you believe that your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s best to consult a foot specialist or podiatrist. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping children with foot conditions.

Your child has trouble keeping up with his playmates – difficulty in handling physical activities at home and at school could be an indication of a foot problem. Trouble keeping up with their playmates could be a subtle signal of a foot condition.

Your child complains of never ending pain or swelling from his foot – chronic pain and inflammation in the foot is a clear indication of a foot problem, immediately consult a podiatrist.

Your child is not comfortable showing his feet to anyone, even their parent – if you notice your child wearing shoes at home and overly conscious about their feet. 

Your child is reluctant to participate from activities he usually enjoys – children who suddenly stop participating in physical activities such as those that involve heavy use of their feet such as running or jumping.

Your child has a tendency for repeated clumsiness – this can be an indication that your child is having difficulties with their motor abilities.

Your child is not comfortable wearing shoes – physical deformity or chronic pain in the foot makes wearing one an uncomfortable experience.

Your child’s feet are always sweaty and smelly – sweat is an excellent breeding ground for infections. Fungal infections in particular causes smelly feet.

Uneven shoe wear – this indicated that weight is evenly spread on the foot or your child is favoring one foot over the other. This could be an indication of a foot deformity.

Your child complains of pain on his toenails - ingrown could also be present in children. Improper nail trimming can cause the development of a toe ingrown.

Purchasing properly fitting footwear is a simple way to prevent foot problems in children. Our feet undergo tremendous growth in our childhood years that anything that could prevent its normal formation could have a lasting effect in our later years.

At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping children with developmental foot problems. To schedule an appointment call 718-624-7537.