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You may already be familiar with orthotics, these are inserts that are worn inside of your shoes to help with a wide variety of foot problems. They can alleviate discomfort, help correct certain conditions, and improve the way our feet support us as we carry on everyday activities. Their early adoption, for specific cases, can help us avoid the need for surgery, and are even helpful in recovering from it. Orthotics fall into a few categories, but there is even more distinction between what type of materials they are constructed, to learn more you can reach out to Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn Heights, NY.
For those who are suffering from pain, orthotics manufactured from soft materials are what is typically prescribed. These compress when pressure is applied to protect affected areas. They can help provide better balance and are also a common option for diabetic patients.
Rigid and Semi-Rigid Orthotics
Orthotics made of strong firm materials are usually better suited for controlling the motion of a joint and can keep the foot in a certain position to encourage correct movement altogether. These usually occupy less space in your shoe than soft orthotics.
A compromise type of orthotics between soft and rigid is referred to as semi-rigid. These are regularly used by those who practice physical activity, from regular exercise to sports.
The types of inserts you may encounter at your local drug store can assist with easing discomfort and providing some level of support. Plastics and gel are the typical materials employed in this effort, and while they are helpful with mild conditions you should consult with your podiatrist. Your feet are very important and whatever discomfort you are feeling will rarely improve on its own, and rather than self-diagnosing you can depend on your podiatrist to discover the source of your pain. Custom-made orthotics from your doctor's office are made of better quality materials and are constructed with your foot and your condition in mind.
Orthotics in Brooklyn Heights, NY
Let your doctor guide you to the best type of orthotic for your feet, schedule a consultation today with Drs. Stuto and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn Heights, NY, by dialing (718) 624-7537.
Do you have foot or ankle pain? Orthotics prescribed by your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, could help relieve your painful symptoms.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that support, align and cushion your foot. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, orthotics are designed by your podiatrist to address your specific foot issues. During your visit to the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your doctor will examine your feet, observe the way you walk, and make an impression of your foot.
What are the benefits of orthotics?
Wearing orthotics in your shoes can reduce or eliminate pain related to many foot conditions. The inserts can be helpful if:
- You need a little extra cushioning: Orthotics can improve your comfort if you have Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, bunions, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or stone bruises. They also make walking more comfortable if the fat pads under your feet have thinned as you've gotten older.
- You experience frequent ankle sprains: You may be more likely to develop future sprains after a bad sprain due to ankle instability. Adding a custom orthotic to your shoe supports your foot and reduces the risk that you'll turn your ankle again.
- You have leg, hip, or back pain: Your feet support your weight and help keep your bones properly aligned. If you have a foot imbalance or turn your feet too far inward or outward when you walk, the alignment of your bones may be affected. As a result, you may develop pain in your legs, hips, or back. Supporting your feet with orthotics can help ease your pain.
- You need to reduce pressure on your feet: Pressure can make many conditions feel worse, including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and tendonitis. Fortunately, orthotics can ease the pressure. Orthotics can also help you avoid blisters and friction if you have diabetes.
- You're prone to foot and ankle pain after running or play sports: By properly supporting your feet with orthotics, you may be less likely to develop tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other conditions.
Are you ready to find out if orthotics could help you? Call your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment.
Caring for your feet when you have diabetes doesn’t need to be challenging.
People with diabetes are prone to dealing with cracked skin, tingling and numbness in their feet. Diabetes-related foot complications are fairly common. In fact, more than 20 percent of US hospitalizations are patients with diabetes. If you want to avoid diabetic foot complications and keep yourself out of the ER, our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, podiatrists can help you create a diabetic foot care action plan to improve your foot health with diabetes.
Wash feet daily: It’s important that you are washing your feet every day with soap and water to remove dirt, germs, and bacteria. Just remember to use lukewarm water, never hot (if you have nerve damage in your feet it’s important that you test the water with your elbow first before stepping in).
Keep feet moisturized: Dry, cracked feet are prone to infections, so it’s important that you are doing your part to keep feet supple and moisturized. All you have to do is apply a moisturizer after washing and toweling dry your feet. Avoid applying moisturizer between toes, as this could increase the likelihood of fungal infection.
Trim nails properly: It’s imperative that you know how to properly trim your nails to prevent ingrown toenails and infections from setting in. Trim nails straight across, never curving at the edges, and avoid trimming nails too short (they should be level with the tips of your toes). If you’re unable to trim your own toenails, our foot doctors provide nail trimming as part of the list of diabetic foot care services they offer at their Brooklyn - Heights, NY, offices.
Wear shoes and socks all day long: While it might sound weird, it’s important that you are wearing shoes and socks all day long even when you’re indoors. This will protect your feet from burns, cuts, and other injuries that you may be less likely to notice, especially if you have a loss of sensation in your feet. Just make sure that you are wearing properly fitted shoes and socks and that you’re swapping them out with different ones every day.
Don’t treat problems yourself: Even the smallest issues such as an ingrown toenail or fungal infection can cause serious issues if left untreated or not properly treated. This is why it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to when problems arise. It’s important that you call your foot doctor right away at any signs of redness, swelling, pain, cuts, scrapes, or an infection.
Our podiatrists can provide comprehensive and tailored foot care to diabetics living in and around Brooklyn - Heights, NY. If you are concerned about the health of your feet, give Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry a call at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.
Winter can take a toll on our bodies, especially our feet and ankles. Freezing temperatures, icy conditions, and harsh elements can cause unique challenges for our feet. Today, Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share how you can tackle all the elements with an effective foot care routine.
3 Simple Winter Foot Care Tips:
Keep feet dry and warm (but not sweaty!). Wear proper shoes and socks, especially when dealing with winter precipitation as well as foot perspiration. Closed-toe shoes and boots with moisture-wicking socks can stop feet from becoming too damp. Some socks even have panels for ventilation or contain chemicals to prevent the growth of bacteria, draw moisture away from the skin, and reduce foot odor. Put on a new pair of shoes and socks if you find your feet feeling damp and sweaty. You can also use foot powder to keep feet clean and dry.
Wear the right footwear. Ensure your shoes are the correct size. Ill-fitted shoes can cause crowding of the toes, trap moisture, and reduce blood flow in the lower extremities. The best shoes are the ones that keep your feet healthy and safe. You will need waterproof, high tops, non-slip tread shoes during the cold and snowy winter months. Good winter shoes can reduce your risk for falls, fractures, frostbites, ankle sprains, and other winter foot and ankle problems.
Keep feet clean and skin hydrated. Wash and dry your feet daily. You may use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin or germs off your foot. Apply a good moisturizer to keep skin supple, smooth, and hydrated.
Keep your feet in tip-top shape all winter long with some simple precautions and basic care. If you have any concerns about your feet this winter, you can contact us by telephone (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas. We are here to help you with all your podiatric problems. Our two offices are located at 100 Remsen St Brooklyn, New York 11201 and 9036 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228.
The holiday season is here, and if you’re wondering what gift should be given to someone, especially the elderly in your life, why not consider foot pampering! Today Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share a few suggestions for gifts that are sure to put a smile on your elderly loved one’s face.
Senior feet deserve extra loving care for a variety of reasons. Lack of blood supply is a common problem among the elderly and can lead to pain, infection, and non-healing wounds, especially in the lower extremities. Foot health is a fundamental part of overall health and wellbeing, which is why helping seniors pamper their feet can make a great gift this holiday season.
Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are sure to be a hit with your senior loved ones:
- Manicure/Pedicure kit: Who doesn’t love TLC at home? Help your aging loved ones feel refreshed and energized by putting together a manicure and pedicure set for home. Make sure to include essential tools such as toenail clippers, cuticle nippers, moisturizer or cream (upon prescription from a podiatrist or dermatologist), and a pumice stone for callus removal. If your loved one cannot administer these tools safely, offer to visit and do it yourself or let a podiatrist do it to avoid chances of accidents and injuries.
- Socks: The type of socks you wear can impact the health of your feet. Anyone with diabetes, neuropathy, and other illnesses that affect the blood flow in the feet might enjoy a pair of diabetic socks. These socks can improve blood flow in the lower extremities (especially during the cold weather), keep your feet dry, provide protection and cushioning against the seams and rough edges of your shoes to prevent blisters and other problems. If your loved one is a fall risk, you can opt for socks with non-skid rubber treads to avoid accidents and injuries.
- Shoes: Gifting the right shoes can save your elderly loved one from blisters, bunions, injuries, and other foot problems. Shoes should be replaced after a year or after five hundred road miles. It is best to take seniors to the store to ensure a proper fit.
Show the seniors in your life that you appreciate, support, and care by giving them a thoughtful gift they can use. For more information, you can contact us at either of our two office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. We look forward to serving you.