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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 10, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Orthotics  

How foot orthotics from your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY, can help you and your feet

Foot pain can keep you on the couch! Fortunately, you can get relief from foot pain with a custom-fit orthotic provided by your podiatrist. Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry offer a wide range of podiatry services, including custom-fit orthotics. They have two convenient office locations in Brooklyn, NY, to help you and your feet feel better.

Custom-fit orthotics provided by your podiatrist are more effective than over-the-counter orthotics because custom-fit orthotics are made just for you, with your individual foot issues. Your podiatrist uses exact measurements and impressions to create your custom-fit orthotics.

There are several types of foot orthotics, and your podiatrist can help you decide which is the right choice for you. Consider:

  • Soft orthotics, which act as shock absorbers and can help with balance; soft orthotics take the pressure off of your tired feet and are a great choice for people with diabetic foot issues. Arthritis in your feet can also be helped with soft orthotics. They are made of cushioned materials and cover the entire sole of your foot.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics, which aid balance and are helpful if you play sports, walk, run, or do other types of exercise; semi-rigid orthotics are also used to treat children that have flat feet. These orthotics are made of both cushioned and rigid materials.
  • Rigid orthotics, which limit joint motion and provide relief from tendon strain and muscle pain in your legs, thighs, and your lower back; rigid orthotics are made of rigid plastic and can be worn for walking or placed in dress shoes.

Don’t let foot pain get you down. You can get relief starting with a simple phone call. Talk with the experts, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, with two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403. Get relief from foot pain by calling today!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: diabetic foot care  

It is crucial that you care for your feet when you have diabetes. After all, for patients with diabetes, foot infections can quickly result in more serious health concerns, and even lead to amputation. Here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, diabetic foot care is provided by our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto—read on to learn more!

Checking for Foot Wounds

One of the most important aspects of diabetic foot care is checking for foot wounds daily. The sooner a wound on the foot is discovered, the sooner it can be treated. Prompt treatment of foot wounds can prevent an infection from developing, which could lead to more serious health concerns. If foot wounds are discovered, they should be checked and treated every day until the wounds are fully healed. Types of wounds to look for when checking your feet every day include:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Pressure problems
  • Redness
  • Scratches
  • Punctures
  • Bruises
  • Blisters
  • Cuts

How to Care for Your Feet

In addition to checking for foot wounds on a daily basis, there are several other steps that can be taken to care for your feet when you have diabetes. For instance, an important step that you can take to care for your feet is to regularly visit our Brooklyn podiatry office for diabetic foot care. Additional steps that you can take to care for your feet include:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes
  • Keeping the feet warm and dry
  • Wearing loose socks to bed at night
  • Moisturizing the skin on the feet daily
  • Trimming nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
  • Washing the feet daily, but avoid soaking them in water
  • Wearing warm socks and shoes when the weather is cold

Improving blood circulation to the legs and feet can also keep your feet healthier. You can also promote good blood circulation by moving around throughout the day and avoiding stagnancy. It is also helpful to avoid crossing the legs when sitting since that can decrease blood flow to the feet.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

To schedule an appointment with either of our podiatrists, Drs. Joseph C. or Joseph A. Stuto, call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry at (718) 567-1403 for the Brooklyn office or (718) 624-7537 for the Brooklyn Heights location.