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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
February 08, 2021
Category: Children's Feet

Some children experience pains as part of the growing process, and others feel pain due to overexertion. Persistent pain in children’s feet, however, is not a good sign and should not be ignored.

Most kids develop foot arches after they are three years old; till then they normally have flat feet. It is important to regularly examine their feet at this age and to provide necessary support in case their feet hurt. Ensure proper care so that your child keeps optimal foot health.

Flat feet may seem scary, but they are not always painful. In fact, the pain can be eliminated through customized orthotics and other methods. Timely consultation with your podiatrist will save your children from suffering unnecessarily.

Here are some signs that parents should look out for and take necessary actions accordingly:

  • Your child frequently complains about pain in the feet, ankles, or legs.
  • They avoid or withdraw from physical activities like running, sports, and other exercises.
  • They walk in an unusual manner, perhaps by limping, or walking on their toes, or putting more weight on the outer sides of the feet instead of using the entire foot.
  • They tend to trip or fall frequently due to the pain in their feet.

If you notice anything unusual in their gait or if they are constantly complaining about pain, schedule an appointment with our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, without delay.

Our experienced doctors have found that most children encounter pain due to flat feet. With thorough examination and evaluation of your child’s feet, they can recommend proper treatment, including orthotics, exercises, and more, that will help in the proper development and growth of your child’s feet now and prevent any painful foot-related conditions in the long run as well. Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry offices are conveniently located in Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. Contact or visit us for more information.

Halloween is all about having fun — trick or treating, partying with friends and loved ones, dressing up like skeletons and ghosts, watching a horror film, or visiting fright festivals and haunted attractions. Whatever your fun Halloween adventures are for the night, we at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry want your little ones to stay safe. A foot or ankle injury can quickly spoil all the fun.

Here are some do's and don'ts to help make your child’s Halloween fun, safe, and injury-free:

  • DO visit areas that are well lit. Use sidewalks rather than walking down the middle of the street. Know your route so you don't accidentally trip and fall.
  • DON’T let your child wear oversized footwear or high heels as they can affect their balance. Stick to shoes that offer protection, stability, and proper arch support.
  • DO hem your child’s costume so that it falls above the ankles and does not become a tripping hazard.
  • DON’T let your child wear a mask that can impair their vision. Try face paint but first test the color in a small area of the child's skin for any allergies.
  • DO let your child carry a flashlight at night to avoid unseen curbs, potholes, and other hazards. It may save them from a potential injury like a sprain or fracture.
  • DON'T let your child carry accessories like brooms or lightsabers as they can increase the chances of tripping or other injuries.

If your child runs into any foot or ankle pain on Halloween, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.

The key to prevention is to take proactive measures. Make sure to consult your podiatrist for advice regarding your foot health to avoid pain, injury, and other complications. Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas can examine your foot and determine the best treatment course to get you back to feeling pain-free. You can contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, NY, and schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists.

Happy Halloween and stay safe!

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.