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With the rapid spread of this infectious virus, many people are concerned about their safety and wellbeing. 

In tough times, “health” somehow tends to take a back seat for many people. However, in these challenging times, we at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are here to encourage you to stay healthy and safe because that is our top priority.

While it is true that there are certain groups of people who face a higher risk of being affected, taking a few simple precautions will help them greatly.

Especially those who are diabetic, have respiratory or heart-related diseases, and the elderly, should follow these guidelines strictly:

  • Avoid crowded areas, as exposure to others, increases the risk of contracting the disease.

  • Wash your hands, arms, and face properly. Taking a shower after coming back from outdoors is highly recommended.

  • Wear clean clothes and disinfect your living area frequently.

  • Follow a healthy routine that includes a nutritional diet and regular exercise. These are essential for building a strong immune system.

  • Stress tends to affect our sleep as well.  Getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential, or else your health will suffer; 7-8 hours of sleep is a must for a healthy person to function properly.

  • Don’t let your fluid intake drop. Staying hydrated is important if you want to stay healthy and active.

Staying healthy is also essential for the health of your feet. If you become lazy and fall into the trap of being idle, your feet will suffer the most. Not only will you experience problems with mobility, but you will also increase the risk of issues associated with weight gain like diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and more.

The office of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is taking every necessary precaution to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his dedicated team are adhering to all CDC guidelines on the containment COVID-19.

Our practice has been closely monitoring information and recommendations from the CDC and NY Department of Health about the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Even before the outbreak, our medical staff already used standard infection control practices. By following current guidelines and recommendations, we have put extra protocols in place to reduce risk to our patients and medical staff members.

  • We ask that any patient or family member, that displays symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, to reschedule appointments until they are free from symptoms for at least 24 hours. We ask this of our medical staff members as well.
  • We are asking patients to cooperate in a rescheduling effort for non-emergency appointments.
  • We are asking that all patients call our office when they arrive in the parking lot for their appointment. We will then call you back when we are ready for you to come in and have you go directly to a patient room.
  • We are trying to limit the number of people in the office at any one time to 10 people. You may bring one additional person with you to your appointment (i.e. caregiver or parent of a child) if necessary.
  • Dr. Stuto will be available by phone for consultations if needed.

CDC recommends taking everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza, by doing the following:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult the CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

For more information, check out the following:

Sincerely,
Joseph Stuto, DPM