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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 10, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot conditions   exercise  

Are you one of those who set fitness goals at the beginning of the New Year, but end up sitting back? Is that because you injured your feet or suffered pain due to overuse?

Well, don’t let your fun stop. We at Joseph Stuto, DPM have a team of experts who treats a wide variety of foot conditions including sports injuries, in-toeing, bunions, hammertoes, sprains, fractures, diabetic foot disorder, shin splints, and more.

Just follow these few tips and we are sure that you will be back on track:

  • Consult our foot doctor Dr. Joseph Stuto, who is a board-certified podiatrist. Not only will he conduct a thorough examination of your feet and lead your way back to recovery, but he can also suggest other fitness routines that will relieve pain and have a lesser impact on your feet so that they can heal properly.
  • Footwear is crucial for the health of your feet. We cannot overemphasize the use of the right shoes for your activities. When going shoe shopping, make sure that you buy shoes that have enough room for movement, provide a strong grip and support to your heels and arches, and, most importantly, are the right size.
  • Stop if you feel pain or discomfort. Do not persist thinking the pain will go away by itself. Overuse of the muscles can rupture or damage your tissue which could hold you back longer than expected. Listen to your body and visit your podiatrist right away.
  • Taking a buddy along with you for exercise always helps. Not only is that added encouragement to keep pursuing your goals, but you both will have a constant reminder to take it slow and steady.
  • Don’t forget to stretch and warm-up before you start, as most muscle pulls and sprains occur when people skip flexing routines.

If you feel discomfort in your feet or ankles, call us at any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and schedule an appointment right away. Why suffer when we are here to help?

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 30, 2019
Category: Foot Care

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.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to be consistent, be patient and take it slowly. Start with less intense exercise routines and then move your way up once you get in the flow.

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!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 23, 2019
Category: Foot Care

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care

The United States Census Bureau reports that about 15 percent of Americans are over the age of 65, and that number is expected to geriatric foot careincrease. To your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, these numbers translate to greater need for geriatric foot care. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, your professional team compassionately cares for the needs of the elderly population. Learn more here.

What geriatric foot care involves

As we age, so do our feet and ankles. Limited mobility and changes in gait, skin, sensation and circulation may impede how we walk, how our feet feel and how truly healthy they are.

Common podiatric problems in the geriatric population include:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bunions, hammertoes and other defornities
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown and fungal toenails

Your podiatrists at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry recommend seniors receive regular podiatric exams (at least once a year). Dr. Stuto carefully examines skin and nails, checks gait and inspects for deformities and active infections. Then, he sets up a care plan to address any concerns and to maintain good health.

Advice for your feet

To keep your feet moving and pain-free, Dr. Stuto recommends the following practices:

  • Wash and dry your feet daily.
  • Moisturize your feet.
  • Inspect your feet for scratches, sores, areas of redness or changes in the nails.
  • Wear clean socks every day.
  • Keep your shoes on to avoid bruising and lacerations.
  • Trim your nails regularly, cutting straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Stay as mobile as possible.
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting because this impairs circulation.
  • Wear shoes with good support and wide toe boxes. (Heels should be no higher than two inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association.)

If you experience pain, numbness or tingling, or spot a change in skin color (blue or black) or texture, call the office right away for an appointment, particularly if you are diabetic.

We can help

At Stoto Foot Specialist Podiatry, your foot health is our priority. If you or a loved one would like to begin routine podiatric care, please contact one of our convenient offices for an appointment. For Remsen St. in Brooklyn, NY call (718) 624-7537. For the 7th Avenue office, phone (718) 567-1403.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Sometimes it is easy to have one drink too many when out at the bar or drinking socially. When too much alcohol is consumed, problems with the feet can occur that are similar to problems that people with diabetes face.

People with diabetes have an abnormal elevation of their blood sugar and lack adequate insulin to break down the amount of sugar that is in their blood. Due to this, the sugar in the blood abnormally enters certain nerve tissue and damages the nerve. This can occur in any type of diabetes and, unfortunately, the nerve damage that is done is usually permanent.

As the nerve damage occurs, a person's ability to determine the difference between sharp and dull, hot and cold, pressure differences, and vibration becomes affected. These senses become dulled and/or altered. The process begins as a burning sensation in the toes. As the condition progresses, the feet become more and more numb. The progression of the condition can be slowed or halted by maintaining normal blood glucose levels.

Alcoholic Peripheral Neuropathy

Alcoholic neuropathy is caused by the prolonged use of alcoholic beverages. Ethanol, the alcoholic component of these beverages, is toxic to nerve tissue and can damage the tissue. In this event, the nerves lose the ability to have normal sensation. The damage to these nerves is permanent. A person with this condition is at the same risk and should take the same precautions, as those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can also be caused by exposure to toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals.

Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

In order to treat peripheral neuropathy, it is important to treat the blood sugar levels and the habits that are causing the disorder. Vitamin B12 injections may be helpful if the patient has a vitamin B deficiency. There are certain oral medications that may ease the burning pain that can be prescribed by your podiatrist. Topical ointments should only be used with the advice of your podiatrist. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will examine the feet and determine what is causing that numb feeling. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.