Posts for category: Foot Care
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.
Winters can be challenging for our feet, especially for seniors who don’t always have the best mobility and balance to get around. The frigid temperatures, dry winter air, and walking around on icy sidewalks and driveways increases the risk of foot problems. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing some important winter safety tips for seniors to help them get through the season.
- Plan ahead – Check the weather conditions before leaving home. Choose a route or pathway that’s familiar, cleared, and salted. Be careful on the inclines and uneven surfaces. Reschedule activities if you’re expecting bad weather.
- Proper footwear – Before you step outdoors, be sure to wear comfortable and durable shoes or boots that provide extra traction on snow and ice. Shoes that are too tight or loose can increase your risk of falls.
- Pace yourself – Slowing down and taking shorter strides can help you maneuver more safely. Encourage your loved ones to walk light in winter weather. Carrying a heavy bag can offset their balance and increase the chance of falls.
- Use assistive devices – Ensure that your loved ones use their walkers or canes to help them walk the outdoors comfortably and safely.
- Don’t ignore foot pain – If your feet are bothering you, make an appointment with your podiatrist.
Ensure the safety of your elderly loved ones during the winter months and beyond by taking necessary precautions. Talk to your podiatrist before the winter weather is upon us.
At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn, NY, our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help treat your podiatric disorders with care, precision so you can enjoy a fun-filled and pain-free winter. We are here for you – contact us by telephone (718) 624-7537, live chat, or book on-line via our scheduling system.
A lot of us don’t think about the health of our feet until they start to hurt or cause us problems. Our feet do so much for us, yet we do so little to keep them in good health. The truth is that many people are either unsure of where to go for treatment or think it's normal to have continuous foot pain. However, by ignoring foot pain we are causing more harm to ourselves. If you notice any changes in your feet, whether, in appearance or how they feel, you should immediately notify your podiatrist, a specialized medical professional trained to assess, diagnose, and treat foot-related injuries and disorders.
Today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share three signs that should prompt you to speak to a podiatrist right away.
- You have swollen feet. Persistent swelling in your feet is not something to ignore. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition that requires a trip to the doctor.
- You have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing different foot problems like neuropathy and ulcers. Even a minor issue could lead to complications such as amputation and loss of limb if left untreated. Any signs of discoloration, cuts, pain, sores, and infection around the lower extremities should be looked at by a podiatrist right away. Your daily foot care regimen plays a critical role in diabetes management.
- You have constant foot pain. If you are experiencing unusual pains in your feet and ankles, it warrants a trip to the podiatrist. Foot pain that starts for no apparent reason can signal the onset of arthritis and a variety of different health issues.
Your feet require proper care and attention. Even changes that may seem small are worth the attention and may even save one's life. Do not hesitate to contact us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403, to schedule an appointment with our foot doctors who are experts in determining the best treatment plan for your foot condition.