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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
December 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Winter Footwear   Dry Feet  

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
December 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care

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.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care

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.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
October 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care

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.  

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.