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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
February 15, 2021
Tags: foot conditions   stress  

Did you know that stress, high blood pressure, and poor foot health are interconnected? Yes, it’s true! High levels of stress, increase your blood pressure and put you at risk for many health problems, including restricted blood circulation, heart problems, diabetes, inadequate healing, and more. All these conditions affect your feet adversely as they become prone to sores, wounds, and infections.

While we celebrate American Heart Month at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, our experts recommend that you adopt the following lifestyle changes so that you and your feet enjoy a healthy life:

  • Exercise daily: Strenuous exercise is not recommended, especially if you have not been working out for a while. Start slow and increase your pace gradually. Set realistic and achievable goals so that you remain persistent and steady throughout the year.
  • Stay connected: With closure and restrictions in social interactions due to COVID-19, many people have and are still suffering from depression, loneliness, and isolation. Use social media platforms to stay in touch with your loved ones, as it will not only help them, but also allow you to maintain a positive state of mind.
  • Eat healthily: Adopting healthy eating habits will enable you to enjoy life in all respects. You will feel fresh, light, and avoid numerous problems associated with being overweight like diabetes, flat feet, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, and more. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and avoid fried and sugary foods.
  • Stay hydrated: Avoid fizzy drinks and sugary juices. Drink plenty of water and use electrolytes to keep yourself hydrated at all times.
  • Sleep well: Most people tend to underestimate the role of adequate sleep in staying healthy. 7-8 hours of sleep a day is a must to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate any damaged tissue, especially in your lower limbs and feet.

If you notice anything unusual in your feet like numbness, changing skin color, tenderness, inflammation, or swelling, it is best to talk to your podiatrist. Contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 12, 2018
Tags: muscles   podiatrist   pain   cramp  

When you are minding your own business and then suddenly you are inflicted with a leg cramp, the pain can be overwhelming and make you stop in your tracks. Leg cramps can occur for numerous reasons, but if you already have Peripheral Vascular Disease then your leg cramps may be due to your underlying condition.

Peripheral Vascular Disease is a condition that encompasses any disease or disorder of the circulatory system that occurs outside of the brain or the heart. Not every case is the same or presents the same symptoms. Some cases can cause blockages in the arteries while other cases can cause the hardening of the arteries which, in turn, causes a person to experience leg and foot cramps.

Generally, leg cramps can be caused by the decrease of blood flow in the legs and be feet. Although the muscles do not actually contract during this type of cramp, the sensation of the cramp can come about during activity and lessen with rest

The cramping is caused by the hardening and narrowing of the arteries in the body. This restricts the amount of blood that is working its way to the leg muscles and can cause pain. The muscles need more blood during activity and this is why the pain is usually onset during activities. When a person is at rest, the muscles need less blood and so the pain subsides.

Not sure if you have peripheral vascular disease? The main symptom of the disease is the tightening of the foot or leg with accompanied pain. It usually occurs during exercise and worsens with more activity. Other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease are tingling, numbness, cold skin, hair loss and abnormal toenail growth. Sometimes the feet will turn very pale when lowered, but color will improve when elevated.

If you have cramping sensations in your legs and feet, it may be due to peripheral vascular disease. In order to diagnose this condition, it is important to see a podiatrist. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you get to the bottom of your foot and leg cramps. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.