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A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a progressive foot disorder in which the big toe points inwards towards the other toes, forcing one of the metatarsal bones to protrude outwards. Bunions can cause pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling of the big toe joint, which can affect your day-to-day functions – making simple chores, such as cooking, shopping, and walking the dog, unpleasant.
In many cases, the misalignment of the bone is due to a genetic predisposition; however, many other factors can contribute to the development of bunions such as obesity, flat feet, and tight shoes. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry share some of the habits you need to do away with to stop your bunions from getting worse.
- Wearing tight-fitted and pointy shoes
Tight and pointy shoes can squeeze the foot and make your bunions worse. The exerted pressure from tight footwear can crowd your toes together, causing the big toe to move inwards and the bone at the base of your big toe to protrude outwards. Avoid high heels as they can force your feet into an unnatural position, causing additional stress on the ball of the foot and aggravate your bunion. You may want to switch to low heel shoes that are no more than 2 inches high. Wearing the right shoes can help you keep optimal foot health.
- Wearing shoes without good arch support
Arch support is essential! Shoes without arch support can cause painful foot conditions such as bunions, collapsed arches, or plantar fasciitis. A shoe with good arch support helps redistribute pressure across your feet evenly, correct your posture, and add comfort to your movement. Limit your use of flip-flops and shoes with a flat bottom.
- Playing sports that involve repetitive movements
The repetitive motions or the sudden/forceful flexing of the big toe during sports can worsen your bunion. If you already have a bunion, opt for sport or exercise that is joint- and toe-friendly.
If your bunion is causing chronic pain or interrupts your quality of life, contact Dr. Stuto's Brooklyn office at (718) 624-7537 today to schedule an appointment. Our team offers several treatment options, including orthotics. Feel free to browse through our patient library for more information on podiatry related topics.
The winter season calls for special care of our body and feet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes. The winter elements combined with numbness and decreased circulation can leave people with diabetes vulnerable to ulcers, frostbite, infections, and even amputation.
Diabetic patients must practice a regular foot care regimen year-round. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing some essential tips that can help you better care for your diabetic feet this winter:
- Examine your feet carefully for any pressure points on your feet and toes. Look for anything different such as changes in color or odor, discharge, cuts, corns, or wounds. Use a mirror to check the bottom of the feet.
- The winter months tend to draw moisture away from the skin. Apply moisturizer to your feet daily to keep them soft, supple, and hydrated. Diabetes can damage nerves and decrease circulation, which can also negatively affect the function of sweat glands. Daily moisturizing is a must-do for diabetic patients to avoid dry and cracked skin.
- Keep your feet dry and warm to avoid the buildup of bacteria and other fungal infections. If your feet feel damp, change out of wet socks and shoes as soon as you can.
- Keep your toenails trimmed to avoid infections, ulcers, and ingrown toenails. Be sure to cut them straight across and not too short. Your podiatrist can help!
- Wear special diabetic shoes that ensure healthy feet.
Treat your feet well all winter by incorporating these tips into your foot care regimen. If you are worried about your feet and toes due to diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet or lower extremities, call the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Momna Younas of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment. Our team of foot doctors can help treat all your acute and chronic issues. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
A typical summer day would generally generate crowds of people on the beach, but not this summer. The novel coronavirus is still out there, and that means we should all take precautions to stay well and safe during these last days of summer.
If you are planning a trip to the beach anytime soon, here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Check the rules: Beach rules may vary from one municipality to another. Before you head out to the beach, make sure you are aware of the rules (even new ones) of the beach. Some beaches may have limitations like imposing capacity restrictions, wearing masks or facial coverings, sanitization protocols, and limit occupancy in restrooms.
- Keep social distancing: Stay six feet apart from others (both in and out of the water). The more you interact with people at the beach, especially those that don't live with you, the higher the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
- Avoid crowds: If you are considering going to the beach, make sure you avoid crowds. Find a relatively empty beach near you or go at a time when there are fewer crowds. Travel light in case you have to pack up quickly if the beach gets overly crowded. Carry the necessary provisions and do not share stuff.
- Wear shoes: Prevent foot injuries like puncture wounds, burns, and fungal infection at the beach by wearing supportive shoes. Water shoes and flip-flops are an excellent choice for the beach because they are easy to slip on and provide the support and protection your feet need.
- Other safety measures: Do not forget to put that sunscreen on you, wear protective clothing, and keep yourself well hydrated.
If you are planning a day at the beach, please plan ahead and be cautious. Pay attention to the dangers lurking around, especially if you have diabetes. If you are suffering from foot pain, contact your foot doctor for the best care.
You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403, and schedule a visit with your podiatrist here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto.
Classic summertime activities like picnics are great fun. Nature and scrumptious food are the perfect combination to make your picnic a great experience.
While we may be craving the outdoors more than ever, it is a crucial time to continue being smart and safe. Practice safe social distancing and other safety protocols to avoid the transmission of coronavirus. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, our experts have some useful tips for you to consider while planning your picnic:
Rules are rules! Don’t forget or overlook the safety guidelines of your respective local areas. While it is tempting to shake hands and exchange hugs, especially if you run into old friends or nearby neighbors, follow social distancing directions at all times. Maintain distance for your safety and to ensure other’s safety as well.
Use sunscreen even if the day is cloudy. Harmful sun rays can damage your skin and lead to painful sunburns or rashes. Don’t let your picnic get spoiled – if you are packing hats, umbrellas, swimming suits, flip-flops, and more, make sure you carry your sunscreen along as well.
Being in the sun is an excellent source of vitamin D; however, you could be facing the risk of dehydration, especially if you are perspiring. Keep water and electrolytes with you at all times, even if you are only heading out for a run or a short workout session.
Put healthy foods on your picnic menu. Remember, the more colorful your bowl is, the healthier your diet is. Fruits and vegetables are a great choice for nutrition, much- needed vitamins and minerals, and they keep your body fit and healthy.
If you notice anything unusual or have pain in your feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, right away. Call us or visit any of two offices located in offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.
As summer starts to kick in, many people might be eager to get to the beach to cool off with family and friends. However, planning such a day in times of a pandemic can be difficult, though not entirely impossible. If you and your loved ones are ready to take certain precautions, you can have an excellent time at the beach.
Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing a few tips to stay safe at the beach.
1. Continue social distancing: Maintain a 6 feet distance in public. Find an isolated spot at the beach - it might not be the best spot, but it will surely be safer. Get a comfortable face mask. Wear it at the beach to make sure that you and the people around you are protected, thereby reducing the chances of contracting the virus.
2. Take precautions in the water: Flowing water breaks and dilutes the virus, making it less likely to spread through water. However, precautions are still needed. Make sure you maintain a safe distance from other people in the water. Wear the necessary gear, which includes nose clips, goggles, and earplugs to keep the water from getting in. Most importantly, don’t let any water get in your mouth.
3. Avoid crowds: Plan your visit to the beach beforehand. Pick a day when you expect fewer people. Also, avoid going to the public washrooms on the beach altogether if possible.
4. Wash your hands and do not touch your face: Make it a habit to wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unnecessarily. Wash your hands properly as per the 20-second guideline. Also, wear shoes to protect your feet from any puncture wounds, hot surfaces, or sharp objects.
5. Stay protected from the summer sun: As you head to the beach, take sunscreen and preferably an umbrella to keep yourself safe from the scorching summer sun.
In case of any trouble with your feet, feel free to contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Call us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 or make an online appointment at your convenience.