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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 15, 2018

Going to a podiatrist can seem a little bit scary at first. Just like any doctor, they have many different tools they use to help them get the job done. All of these medical tools serve a specific purpose to help aid a podiatrist as they work on your feet. Some of the tools may look like everyday items you also use. Other tools may look like nothing you have ever seen and maybe a little bit intimidating. Here is a breakdown of some of the most common medical tools a podiatrist uses and what to expect from them.

Nail Clippers – Most people have a set of these hanging around their house. Their function is to cut toenails that are starting to get too long. If you do not regularly maintain your toenails they can turn into ingrown toenails. These can cause pain, infection, and suffering.

Nail Files – Nail files act like sandpaper. They gradually file down the nail. They are used to help even out nails that are broken, straighten nails that are cut crooked, and to take small amounts of nail away when clippers are too much.

Scalpel – A scalpel is a very sharp blade that is often used as a surgical tool. In the office, it can also be used to lance off warts that are numb via a local anesthetic.

Hard Skin Debridement Drill – This is for those hard-to-eradicate calluses, corns, and other damaged tough tissue.  It slowly files the tissue away so that it no longer bothers the patient.

Autoclave – This machine heats other podiatric tools to a very high temperature. The high temperature disinfects the tools so that they can be used again as sterile equipment.

Nail Splitters – These splitters are used to make a cut or incision in the nail. They help to remove ingrown toenails that are embedded in the skin.

Podiatry Chair – Even the chair you sit in when you visit the doctor’s office serves a purpose. Not only does it keep you in the right position, it also can hold extras supplies for your podiatrist.

Although visiting any doctor can be daunting, it is necessary when suffering from foot and ankle problems such as bunions, corns, neuromas and more. If you suffer from any of these afflictions, it is important to see a podiatrist right away for treatment. If you want the best podiatrist, consider calling Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can examine your feet with their tools of the trade. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. 

By Joseph Stuto DPM
January 06, 2016
Tags: Bunions  

Patients sometimes joke about their bunions, but in reality, this foot problem is no laughing matter. Untreated, bunions can lead to an array of issues that affect your feet, legs and even your back. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a foot doctor, located in Brooklyn, who often treats patients who struggle with bunions due to walking long city blocks and working on their feet. Understand the various treatment options Bunionsfor bunions and how Dr. Stuto can help you get some relief.

What is the Cause of Bunions?
Bunions develop over time due to excessive stress on the feet and toes. That undue stress is often caused by spending extended periods of time walking while wearing poorly made shoes. Women often struggle with bunions because they sometimes prioritize fashion over function when selecting heels to wear for work. Bunions are also common in ballerinas and dancers because they spend so much time on their toes and feet in uncomfortable shoes. Patients are sometimes prone to developing bunions due to genetics. 

Why Bunions Are Problematic?
Bunions cause the toes to bend together unnaturally and a large bump forms on the inside of the foot. Though some people may assume that bunions are mostly an aesthetic problem, they can also cause other issues if allowed to persist. For instance, the pain from bunions can become so intense that it is impossible to walk normally. When you walk abnormally it could put a strain on your legs and back. The pressure on the toes over time could cause arthritic symptoms.

What are My Treatment Options?
There are a number of viable treatments for bunions. One is to wear a special orthotic device designed by your Brooklyn foot doctor that will train your toe back into the proper position. Medication is also prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain as the bunion heals. In advanced cases, a procedure called a bunionectomy may be necessary to realign the toe.

Call for Help with Your Bunions
You do not have to live with bunions and allow them to get worse. Have them treated by a skilled foot doctor. Call Dr. Stuto's Brooklyn office at (718) 624-7537 today to schedule an appointment

By Joseph Stuto DPM
September 08, 2015
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your foot is a very complex structure made up of many bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. So, there are many possible causes of heel pain. However, most people have heel pain in either the underside, or the back of the heel. These suggest different conditions.

Plantar Fasciitis

Underside pain usually points to plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of a band of tissue called the fascia. This connects your heel Heel Pain bone to the base of your toes. Pain in the back of the heel usually suggests Achilles tendinitis or an inflammation of the tendon that runs up the back of your heel.

Please be aware that although these are two of the most common causes of heel pain, there are many other possibilities including a pinched nerve, stress fractures, or even a bone tumor. You will need to visit the office of your Brooklyn podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a Brooklyn, NY heel pain diagnosis.

What causes these conditions?

People born with flat or excessively high arches tend to be prone to problems such as plantar fasciitis. Other causes of heel pain include over-exercising, or a sudden increase in the intensity of exercise. Poorly fitting footwear may also put strain on your foot, causing injury and inflammation. People who work on their feet all day are also more prone to heel pain because they are putting much more weight on their feet.

How can heel pain be treated?

To treat your heel pain, your Brooklyn podiatrist will give your foot an examination to check for the exact points of pain. They will ask about your lifestyle and medical history. They may check on how well your feet can bend or move. They may also take x-rays or other imaging to check on the nerves and bones in your foot.

After a thorough evaluation, your doctor will be able to determine the cause of your pain, and give you the proper treatment. However, in many cases, over-the-counter medications combined with rest, physical therapy, supportive footwear, and orthotic devices will be enough to treat your heel pain. For more serious conditions, surgery may be required.

Had enough of being sidelined? Call your foot doctor Dr. Stuto in Brooklyn, and get rid of heel pain today. Call (718) 624-7537 to put a spring back in your step!

toenail fungusNow that summer really is just around the corner, you may find yourself preparing for trips to the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun.  As you gear up for the beach by putting on your favorite flip-flops, to your dismay, you may notice that you have fungus on one or all of your toenails.  If this has happened to you, don’t fret. Our Brooklyn, NY podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, can help eliminate and prevent unattractive fungal toenails.
 

What is Toenail Fungus?

Even if you haven’t experienced it, you know about toenail fungus and its embarrassing effects.  Toenail fungus is one of the most common dermatological disorders of the foot, and it affects about half of Americans by the age of 70.  While this is a common infection, it is important to understand contributing factors so that you can avoid the onset of this embarrassing infection.  Some factors that contribute to the development of toenail fungus include:
 

  • A history of athlete’s foot
  • Injury to the nail bed
  • Sports/shoe trauma
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Diabetes
  • Circulatory problems
  • Immune-deficiency conditions
     

Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools.  And once you pick up the fungus, it can be passed to your family members as well, which is why it is important to visit our office for the best care available.
 

How to Prevent Pesky Toenail Fungus

When it comes to protecting your feet and nails from harmful infections, prevention is key.  Our Brooklyn podiatrist offers the following tips to help you in avoiding toenail fungus:

  • Wear shower shoes at public pools and locker rooms
  • Never share nail clippers or files
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
  • Avoid injury to your nail, such as cutting it too short
  • Inspect your feet and toes regularly
  • Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenail infections
  • Wear open-toed shoes if weather permits
  • Avoid wearing nail polish and disinfect pedicure tools
  • Wear clean, dry cotton socks that provide breathing room and whisk away moisture

However, if you do develop toenail fungus, we offer toenail laser fungus treatments in Brooklyn for the best results. Contact our Brooklyn foot doctor today to learn more about toenail laser fungus treatment for the removal of this embarrassing infection.