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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 19, 2020
Category: blog

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 13, 2020
Category: blog
Tags: Outdoor Activities   Picnic   Tips  

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 08, 2020
Category: blog

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 01, 2020
Category: blog

Current times have forced people to stay indoors. One of the benefits of staying at home is being able to enjoy quality time with your family and loved ones. This includes exercise routines, family television, and fun mealtimes. 

Prepping food is an exciting activity that can engage all family members to work together. However, doctors at the Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry urge you to be careful while working in the kitchen.

Here are a few simple safety precautions to take:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before you start working. Make sure other members of your family do the same if they are helping in the kitchen as well.

  • Wear shoes or non-slip slippers while working. A variety of stuff, including vegetables, slippery peels, sharply pointed cutlery like forks and knives, can fall and injure your feet.

  • Watch out for water on the floor, especially if it is soapy. Trips and falls can be avoided if you keep the floor dry and mop it frequently.

  • The hot steam from dishwashers can also burn or damage the skin of your feet. Shoes or socks are, therefore, a must to wear in the kitchen.

  • If your young ones are helping out in the meal preparation process, you should keep knives away from their reach. Cutting and dicing can be done in advance. Or you may ask your children to observe from a safe distance.

  • Wash your vegetables and fruits before using them. Soaking them in baking soda for at least ten to fifteen minutes also helps in killing the germs.

If you or your loved ones accidentally encounter a foot or ankle injury while cooking, seek medical assistance from our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto right away. 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.