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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
July 09, 2021

Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat at home. No matter how carefully you follow the instructions on over-the-counter medications, your nails may remain thick and yellow. Fortunately, toenail laser fungus treatment offered by your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, can finally clear your nails.

Why toenail laser fungus treatment is a good option

Over-the-counter medications only penetrate the first few layers of your toenails. Unfortunately, toenail fungus can lurk deep inside the nails and on the skin under the nail. Laser fungus treatment offers a very effective way to kill the fungus in these areas.

During treatment at the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your foot doctor uses short bursts of laser energy to heat the pigments that give fungus its yellow color. Although your toe may feel a little warm or might tingle when the laser is aimed at it, laser therapy isn't painful. You won't have any pain after your treatment and can immediately resume your usual activities.

When your podiatrist activates the laser, the light beam will only target your nails. The healthy skin surrounding your nail won't be affected by the treatment.

Laser therapy offers excellent results

Laser therapy kills fungus immediately with just one treatment. Although the fungus is now dead, your toe will remain yellow until it begins to grow. As the nail grows, you'll notice that the area near the bottom of the toe looks clear. Over the next few months, as the nail continues to grow, you'll notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your nail.

Taking a few steps to prevent a new fungal infection will help you ensure that your nail never becomes yellow again. You can avoid toenail fungus by:

  • Washing and drying your feet if they become sweaty
  • Using anti-fungal foot spray
  • Wearing a different pair of shoes every day to prevent moisture from accumulating
  • Swapping your sweaty socks for dry ones throughout the day
  • Wearing sandals in public locker rooms and showers and on pool decks.

Are you struggling with toenail fungus? Call your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your visit.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 17, 2019
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

Common foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, can usually be treated conservatively with rest, medication, physical therapy, Ankle Painand supportive shoes/appliances like orthotics. However, in rare cases where conservative treatments don't work and the problem becomes chronic, additional treatments like extracorporeal shockwave therapy may provide relief. Here at the Brooklyn, NY, office of Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto, we offer a number of treatment options for foot and ankle injuries, including Shockwave Therapy—read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.


What is Shockwave Therapy?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound wave therapy to treat the heel pain of chronic plantar fasciitis when more conservative treatments have failed to produce results. A local anesthetic is applied to keep you comfortable during the procedure, which lasts approximately 30 minutes and is performed at the podiatrist's office on an outpatient basis.

It is non-surgical so you don't have to worry about incisions, stitches, bandages, or an extended recovery period. You will also be able to go home after the procedure (patients should bring someone to drive them home afterward).


Is Shockwave Therapy Right for Me?

Shockwave therapy is recommended for advanced cases of heel pain that haven't responded to other forms of treatment. While there are a number of options available to help relieve the pain and symptoms of plantar fasciitis, when those fail to provide relief, shockwave therapy can help.

However, shockwave therapy is not available for pregnant women and patients with certain underlying medical conditions such as vascular disease, certain neurological conditions, if you wear a pacemaker, or if you are taking medication that affects blood clotting.


Interested? Call our Brooklyn Office Today

For more information about the benefits of shockwave therapy and other treatments for foot and ankle pain and injuries, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, by calling (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today.

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!