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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 11, 2018
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Treating Athlete's FootAthlete's foot is caused by a common fungal infection that can be found in the locker room at the gym, at the pool, or even on the floor of your own bathroom if you are living with someone who already has it. Although it is contagious, you can reduce your risk of developing it by following a few simple precautions and following preventive measures. In many cases, athlete's foot can be treated with over the counter topical anti-fungal creams or ointments that you can buy at the local drugstore. But if you suffer from chronic outbreaks that do not clear up with conservative treatments, you may need to see a foot doctor for prescription medication. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto offer diagnostic services and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY.

Athlete's Foot Prevention and Treatment in Brooklyn, NY

The most common symptom of athlete's foot is intense burning and itching between the toes. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, and you may also notice blistering and a red, scaly rash. It's important to keep in mind that because athlete's foot is caused by a contagious fungal infection, the infection can spread to your hands from your feet from scratching.

What to Do if You Have Athlete's Foot

  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day with warm water, and always wash your hands immediately after touching your feet
  • Wear clean socks that absorb moisture, and give your shoes time to dry and air out between each use
  • Consult with a foot doctor of your symptoms get worse or don't clear up with over the counter treatments

How to Protect Yourself and the People You Live With

Fungus lives and thrives in warm, damp environments, like the space between sweaty toes, or on wet floors, towels, and bath mats. The best protection against athlete's foot is to avoid walking barefoot in shared public areas. Wear flip-flops or shower socks, and don't share shoes, socks, or towels with others. Try to wear shoes that allow for ventilation.

Find a Foot Doctor in Brooklyn, NY

For more information on the best way to prevent or treat athlete's foot, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Stuto or Dr. Joseph A. Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 16, 2016
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Many people suffer with heel pain at one time or another, but do not necessarily know how to deal with it. When you have heel pain, heel paindaily activities like walking can become difficult. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help. If you are in the Brooklyn, NY area and suffer with heel pain, Dr. Joseph Stuto, can diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan for you.

Causes and Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain typically develops over time. It doesn’t usually occur suddenly like some other types of foot injuries, such as sprained ankles. Instead, heel pain develops gradually from repeated stress on the heel area of the foot. Stress can be caused from different types of exercise that involve a lot of pounding on the heel, like running or kickboxing. Even walking can strain the heel over time and lead to heel pain.

Two common types of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonosis, also called tendonitis. With plantar fasciitis, pain is felt on the bottom of the heel, whereas with achilles tendinitis, it is felt behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis can also lead to heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that build up on the bottom of the heel. If you have are experiencing any of these types of heel pain, your Brooklyn podiatrist can help.

Treating Heel Pain

There are a variety of treatment methods for dealing with heel pain, whether due to plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonosis or some other cause. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, when you are experiencing heel pain it is often best to take break from the activities that lead to your injury. For instance, if you have developed pain in the back of your heel after running regularly, you might need to stop running for a while until your heel injury heals.

In addition to resting the heel, other treatment options can include icing the affected area, performing specific stretches, the use of orthotic foot supports or shoe inserts, and wearing properly fitted shoes with adequate support. Depending on the extent of the heel injury, physical therapy might be appropriate, as well. Your podiatrist might also prescribe medications to treat heel pain, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids. Finally, in severe cases of heel injury, surgery is a possibility.

Whatever the cause, you do not have to continue suffering with heel pain. In the Brooklyn, NY area, call (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stuto and experience relief from your heel pain.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 09, 2016
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: toenail fungus  

What you need to know about laser treatments for toenail fungus

If you are afraid to wear open-toed shoes because you are embarrassed by toenail fungus, it’s time to do something about it, because warm weather is here! Now, you can get rid of toenail fungus for good with effective laser treatment. Dr. Joseph Stuto in Brooklyn, New York wants to help you discover what laser treatment can do for you and your toes.

Toenail fungus usually begins as a small yellow or white spot underneath your nail. The spot gets bigger as the fungus travels deeper underneath your toenail. Dr. Stuto wants you to be able to recognize if you have toenail fungus. Pay attention to these signs and symptoms:

  • Toenails which have become separated from the nail bed
  • Yellowed, thickened, or darkened toenails
  • Distorted, bent or oddly shaped toenails
  • Ragged, crumbly or brittle toenails
  • Toenails which have a foul odor

Dr. Stuto wants to share with you some simple home remedies you can try for toenail fungus:

  • Try thinning and trimming your toenails to reduce pressure
  • Try applying over-the-counter antifungal creams or lotions to your nail
  • Try applying Vicks VapoRub daily to your toe and underneath your toenail

If you are still suffering from a stubborn case of toenail fungus after trying the tips listed above, it’s time to seek out the skills of Dr. Stuto. He can help you get rid of toenail fungus for good with laser nail fungus treatment.

The light from the laser gets absorbed by the fungi infecting your nail, causing heat which destroys the fungi. Laser nail fungus treatment is safe, with no bad side effects. The laser only targets the fungi, not the healthy tissue. Laser treatment is comfortable, so you won’t need anesthetic. The laser also helps to stimulate the growth of a healthy new nail.

The best prevention for toenail fungus is to keep your feet clean and dry. Always wear socks that wick away moisture and shoes that breathe. You don’t need to suffer from toenail fungus when help is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Joseph Stuto with two office locations in Brooklyn, New York. Call today and get some help for your feet!

By Joseph Stuto DPM
June 10, 2015
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Cleats   Spikes  

If you have children, you know kids love sports. No matter the sport your child prefers, you'll often be faced with buying special equipment to keep your child healthy and safe. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by your options, but your Brooklyn foot doctor has a few tips and tricks to help Choosing Spikes or Cleats for Kids Playing Sportsyou find the right spikes and cleats for your child’s feet.

What Sport Does Your Child Play?

The first step in deciding which type of cleats or spikes are right for your child will be determining exactly which type of cleats are best for the sport your child is engaged in. If your child is playing Track and Field, there are different types of spikes for each sport.

Types of running spikes include:

  • Track Spikes
  • Cross-country spikes
  • Field event spikes

Other sports may require cleats instead of spikes.

An example of these sports includes:

  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Lacrosse

Getting a Good Fit

Your Brooklyn foot doctor recommends that you shop for your child’s athletic shoes at the end of the day, when your child’s foot has expanded the most. This can help you ensure you don’t get a shoe that’s too snug. Allow your child’s foot a little bit of extra room for the toes to wiggle. Just make sure not to get a shoe that’s too big, otherwise it can cause blisters.

Have your child try on shoes with the socks that they’ll be wearing for that specific sport. Ask your athletic store about socks that are designed for cleated or spiked shoes. Be sure to lace the shoes properly and have your child walk around the store in them to make sure they fit comfortably before you take them home.

When in doubt, ask your Brooklyn podiatrist for their recommendations. Getting the proper footwear can help protect your child’s feet from blisters, infection, and injury. If you’re concerned about your child’s feet during sports season, contact Dr. Joseph Stuto, your pediatric foot doctor with offices in Brooklyn and Brooklyn-Heights, for a consultation. The right cleats or spikes could make all the difference in your child's comfort and performance.

By Joseph Stuto DPM
March 09, 2015
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Foot Fungus  

Toenail fungus: not everybody has it, and you're sure glad if you don't. The gross appearance of a toe that's been afflicted with fungal infections can be downright gruesome for others to see, and can cause pain and lasting residual discomfort for those who have it.

But at the office of Joseph Stuto, DPM, there are lasting answers for toenail relief with the trusted hands of helpful podiatrist Toenail Fungusprofessionals on site. Each and every one of them will not be satisfied until your toenails are no longer in bondage to foot fungus!

Treating Toenail Fungus

One of the top ways to fight toenail fungus at Dr. Stuto's office includes the innovative Cutera Laser, which can painlessly take care of all the fungal structures in your toes so that you can have happy feet once again! This state-of-the-art toenail laser fungus treatment offers a multitude of benefits over more archaic therapies for overcoming foot fungus, including:

  • less pain
  • improved safety
  • lasting results

Called the GenesisPlus Cutera Laser, this unique laser shines a centralized light through your infected nail(s) and the surrounding foot tissue. Pigment in the fungal matter absorbs the laser light, causing the pigment to get hot. This intensification of heat ends up wiping out the fungus in each and every problem toe, resulting in a fully-functional nail again that can regrow to its former glory days!

Typically, the expert podiatrists at Dr. Stuto's office will pass the laser over your problem areas until enough energy reaches your entire nail bed.

Here's what you can expect during the laser treatment:

  • your toe(s) will feel warmer
  • your toe(s) won't feel any pain
  • your toe(s) will come out fungus-free!

For more information on the GenesisPlus toenail laser fungus treatment, give Dr. Stuto's office a call today at (718) 567-1403 for lasting podiatrist relief available right here in Brooklyn, NY.