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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Do your feet enjoy optimal foot health? After all, your feet are an integral and foundational part of your overall health and wellness. Feet are vulnerable to illness and injury, it's important to keep them healthy.  Your daily habits impact your feet. People may be unaware that some habits could undermine foot health, and create future problems.

Here are a few bad habits to be aware of, and leave behind altogether:

Going barefoot in communal spaces — walking barefoot in communal areas such as gym locker rooms, hotel rooms, and public pools can put you at risk of fungal infections. Keep your feet safe from plantar warts, athlete's foot, and other infections. Make sure to wear protective flip-flops or shower footwear.

Wearing sweaty socks and shoes — foot fungus loves wet, dark, and enclosed spaces. Wearing damp socks and shoes puts you at risk for athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Change your socks promptly, wash your feet, and let them dry before putting on a new pair. Wear socks that wick away moisture and make sure to air out your shoes properly. Switch your shoes from time to time.

Wearing ill-fitted shoes — wear shoes that do not compromise your foot health. The wrong shoes can cause many foot problems, including ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, corns, and heel pain. It is essential to wear shoes that fit you properly, provide comfort, support your feet arches, and protect your feet. Save high-heel for special occasions. Toss out any worn-out shoes; they are likely to cause damage to your feet because of inadequate support.

Breaking certain habits can reduce your risk of any issues that could cause long-term problems with your feet. Take the best steps to keep feet healthy today and for years to come. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists. Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM provide high-quality foot and ankle care to all patients.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 27, 2020
Category: Foot Care

It's a tough time for everyone right now - the coronavirus pandemic has changed lives, industries, business models, consumer preferences, world trade, health, safety, and so much more.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we recognize the threat of home injuries that may be lurking around the house, as families are spending more time at home than ever before. Dr. Joseph Stuto suggests that we create a safe home environment to reduce the likelihood of an injury.

Here are three ways to avoid an injury while at home:

  • Furniture anchoring: Make sure you secure all your furniture and appliances to the wall to prevent them from tipping over. Check if your free-standing furniture is fully stable. Items like chests of drawers, bookcases, and free-standing mirrors are usually unstable and can easily topple, causing serious injuries to anyone underneath.
  • Keep the medication out of kids reach: Secure your medicines from children - make sure it comes with child-resistant packaging. But that alone does not guarantee safety, which is why it is best to keep your medicine locked up in a cabinet and out of reach from children. Keep the medicine in its original container - do not peel off the label to avoid mix-up.
  • Clear the clutter: Make sure your rooms, walkways, and corridors are kept clear from toys, electrical cords, throw rugs, and loose or damaged carpets. Also, ensure that all these pathways are well lit, particularly for seniors.

Pay attention to these dangers lurking at home. Take steps now to create a safe home environment for your whole family.

Feel free to reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403 and schedule a visit with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. 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
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: barefoot   footwear   foot odor   swollen feet  

Summer can be hard not just on the body but also on your feet. Feet are vulnerable to catch infections due to heat and humidity.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is highlighting some of the most common foot health hazards that you should be aware of during warm summer months. The right information can help you make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and enjoy the wonderful weather without putting your feet in danger.

Here are some top foot health hazards to be aware of in summer:

  1. Walking Barefoot: Walking barefoot can put your feet at the front line in terms of risk of infection or injury. If you have arch problems, walking barefoot or wearing shoes that do not support the arch of the foot can leave your feet open to harm.
  2. Wearing the wrong shoes: Shoes that offer no protection and support to your feet are a foot hazard. Flip-flops may provide the bare minimum support you need when you are out on the beach, but wearing them for prolonged periods can increase the risk of sprains, stress fractures, and other injuries. Shoes also provide the necessary cover against germs and infections like athlete’s foot.
  3. Swollen feet: Do your feet tend to swell up in the summer? This frequently happens as the veins dilate because of rising temperatures or if you’re always on your feet. Avoid salty foods and increase your walking and exercise to keep the fluids moving. Remember to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  4. Sweaty, Smelly Feet: Increased heat and humidity can lead to sweaty and smelly feet. Wear socks that wick away moisture and decrease bacteria on your feet. Change and wash your socks regularly.
  5. Sunburn: Staying out in the sun all day can do severe damage to your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by using sunscreen. Don’t forget to wear sunblock on the feet. Also, wear protective clothing to shield the body from harmful sun exposure.

Seeing your podiatrist at least once every summer is a good start to help ensure safe and healthy feet. We want you to have a carefree summer! Don’t hesitate – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses   corns  

Some people who have calluses and corns are not bothered by these foot skin conditions. On the other hand, if a callus or corn becomes very inflamed and painful, seek proper treatment from your podiatrist here at Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.

During your consultation in our Brooklyn, NY, or Brooklyn – Heights, NY, office, Dr. Joseph Stuto will inspect your feet to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms like cysts or warts. You might also need to undergo an x-ray if your podiatrist determines that your callus or corn is due an abnormality in your foot structure.

Treatment Options for Corns and Calluses

Treatment typically entails avoiding repetitive habits or actions that led to your corns and calluses to develop in the first place. In most cases, this involves wearing shoes that fit well and protective shoe pads. But if your calluses or corns persist or bring you pain despite doing the necessary self-care and lifestyle modifications, your foot doctor will recommend one or a combination of these treatment options:

  • Custom Orthotics: If your condition is due to a foot abnormality, your podiatrist may recommend customized orthotics in the form of shoe inserts to prevent the recurrence of your bothersome callus or corn.
  • Medication: Your podiatrist may apply a medicated patch that contains high salicylic acid concentration and instruct how often you’ll have to replace the patch. For larger areas, you can also opt for salicylic acid gel. You’ll also be instructed to use an emery board, nail file, or pumice stone to buff dead skin cells before putting on a fresh patch or applying the gel.
  • Smoothening Excess Skin: Your podiatrist can trim or buff away corns and calluses using a scalpel here in our Brooklyn, NY, or Brooklyn – Heights, NY, office. Never attempt to do this yourself.
  • Surgical Treatment: Rarely, podiatrists suggest a surgical correction for fixing the alignment of a certain bone that causes friction, and in turn, the formation of persistent corns and calluses.

Take note that if you suffer from a condition that results in obstructed blood circulation to your feet like diabetes, you have a higher chance of developing complications from calluses or corns. So never try to do DIY removal methods without your podiatrist’s advice.

Get Relief from Your Calluses and Corns Now. Call Us

You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403 and schedule a visit with your podiatrist here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2020
Category: Foot Care

June is National Men’s Health Month, and at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, it’s another opportunity to raise awareness about health issues that affect men, especially concerns about the health of their feet and ankles. 

Men are usually casual when it comes to the health of their feet. Foot problems will not magically go away. It is essential to develop healthy habits and have regular check-ins with your podiatrist for boosting your foot health. Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, is sharing five tips for healthy feet.

  1. Change your socks every day – even twice a day, depending on the kind of activity you are engaged in. Feet tend to sweat more during the summer months and to keep your feet nice and dry, change your socks regularly.
  2. Wash your feet daily.  Your feet need to breathe. When you have taken off your shoes, wash them thoroughly with soap to get rid of bacteria.
  3. Keep your feet dry.  Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes. Feet with moisture tend to breed bacteria, resulting in foul smell and other complications like fungal infections.
  4. Trim your toenails. Do not clip deep into the nail or into the sides of the nail, as that can cause ingrown toenails, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Try to cut them straight across and never too short. If you do not trim your nails properly, you risk toenail infections that can be extremely painful and may require surgery.
  5. Avoid bathroom surgery. In case you have rough skin or calluses, use a pumice stone or put some padding in your shoe to reduce the pressure from the affected area. However, refrain from self-treating your foot issues. Seek the advice of a professional foot doctor.

We are open and seeing patients in our office for the treatment of all foot and ankle conditions.
Telemedicine appointments are available.
To schedule an appointment, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.