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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 22, 2020
Category: foot care tips

As autumn approaches, it's time for people to exchange their open-toed shoes and flip flops for closed-toe shoes (like boots). Foot care plays a pivotal role in keeping your feet healthy and happy. The more you care for your feet, the better they are prepared for next season and beyond.

Here are a few tips to make sure your feet are in their best shape regardless of the season:

  • Maintain good hygiene. Wash and dry your feet daily, especially between the toes, to prevent infections. Use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin or callus. If you have diabetes or nerve damage, do not rub off the dry skin, or you will risk open sores and infections. Discuss the issue with your podiatrist.
  • Use Moisturizer. A drop in temperature can cause dry, itchy, and cracked skin. A good moisturizer helps keep your skin healthy, protected, and hydrated. Never use a moisturizing cream between the toes because the area is prone to fungal infections.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Warm boots are ideal for autumn, but they can cause your feet to sweat a lot. Moist skin and the accumulation of sweat can increase the risk of bacterial and fungal infections on the feet. Change your socks if they get damp, and remember to air out your shoes properly so that the sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe.

These easy-to-do steps can help keep your feet and ankles healthy all year long. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot health, contact your podiatrist for best advice and care. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles to learn more about topics that interest you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 20, 2020
Category: foot care tips

Feet are complex structures designed to make us mobile and execute our movements swiftly. They face the maximum risk by carrying our entire weight, and yet are likely to get the least of our attention.

While we may take them for granted, our feet are usually the first ones to suffer if there is anything wrong in our body. This is why at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, our experts always advise listening to your feet.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Foot cramps are a sign of dehydration. Your body needs water and maybe lacking some essential nutrients, which is why your feet may be cramping.

  • Burning feet or itchy skin is usually a sign of skin infection. Check your feet daily for any changes in the color or texture of your skin. Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual.

  • If your feet are always cold, it could indicate poor blood flow in your lower limbs. This may be due to diabetes or nerve damage caused by neuropathy.

  • Plantar fasciitis can be identified if you experience excessive heel pain or you may have developed calcium deposits in your heel that also cause extreme pain.

  • Flat feet and arch pain are common especially if you are overweight. Your feet may be suffering from excessive pressure resulting in pain and discomfort.

If you feel that your feet are in pain or your movement is not easy, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto immediately. For the safety of our patients and staff, we’re now offering telemedicine. Stay safe and keep your feet safe from harm as well. If they are healthy, there is a high chance of your entire body being healthy and happy.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 11, 2020
Category: foot care tips
Tags: rest feet   elevate   foot soak  

Just as you need rest after a whole day of exertion and running around, your feet need rest too. Since they bear the brunt of all your weight and carry you around everywhere, they need more rest and care, as compared to any other part of your body.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we remind our patients to take a break and let your feet relax as well. Here are a few useful tips that will re-energize your feet:

  • Elevate your feet: This is extremely beneficial, especially after a long day of standing or walking around endlessly. Keeping your feet raised will ease the pressure that they have been sustaining throughout the day and improve blood circulation as well.
  • Let your feet free: Remove your socks and shoes and stretch your feet and toes. Wiggling your toes and pushing your feet forward will relax them.
  • Soak your feet in warm water: Adding a little soap or salt to the warm water will relax your feet and soothe any inflammation near your ankles. You can also visit a foot spa for a soaking and massage routine. Make sure you check their utensils for cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Wear supportive footwear: the best gift you can give to your feet is comfortable shoes that provide adequate support to your heels and arches. With a firm grip, your feet will be more stable and secure.  

If your feet are hurting or you feel discomfort in your day to day activities, feel free to consult with our expert, Dr. Joseph Stuto, who will conduct a thorough examination of your feet and identify any issues that you may be facing. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for healthy feet. To schedule an appointment, call us today or visit our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 04, 2019
Category: foot care tips

With the holiday season coming up and all the sales kicking off, attracting crowds to shopping stores and malls, make sure your feet are well-equipped to keep you running throughout your shopping spree!

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to practice caution before your holiday spirit jumps into action. Being careless with your feet might end up in you missing out on all the fun.

Here are a few useful tips to consider:

  • Use customized orthotic inserts to save your feet from unnecessary stress. Every individual has a different foot shape and gait; therefore, the foot support needed to optimize the condition of your feet requires customized orthotics. Not only do they provide stability and balance, but they also redistribute weight from the problematic areas in your feet and relieve pain. Visit your podiatrist to get customized inserts that are best suited for your feet.
  • Don’t leave your protective support behind. Be it ankle braces, knee support or toe joint correction pads, make sure that your footwear is complete and comfortable. With longer than usual walking rounds during shopping, it is essential to keep your feet safe. Negligence can lead to injuries or sprains, or even relapse or reversal of any healing process that may have been underway.
  • Take a break and relax your feet.  If you don’t want to suffer from sore feet and swollen ankles, it is extremely important that you get off your feet every now and then and take a break. Allowing a little idle time in between your shopping rush will go a long way in maintaining your energy levels as well.

Consult with our experienced and board-certified specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto for any foot conditions that you might be concerned about. Feel free to contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule a convenient appointment. Precaution today will save you from long term damage to your feet.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 21, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Calluses occur when the skin, usually at the heels or under the joint of your big toe, becomes rough, hard and then cracks open due to dryness. If left unattended, the cuts can deepen, causing pain, bleeding, and infections.

Here are a few easy treatments to get rid of calluses and enjoy pain-free feet:

  • Apply moisturizing creams to prevent your skin from dryness and cracking. If your skin is already dry, you may have to wear socks so that the moisturizer stays on your feet for long periods.
  • Use a pumice stone to get rid of small calluses. This natural abrasive, usually made from volcanic rock, helps to get rid of rough and flaky skin, thereby reducing your chances of developing deeper cuts and cracks.
  • Visit your podiatrist to cut away dry skin through a special tool that is designed to scrape off dead skin without injuring the lower and healthier layers.
  • Orthotic inserts are useful to redistribute pressure from certain areas of your feet that may be developing hardened skin due to constant weight and friction. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we strongly advise our diabetic patients to use customized orthotics to avoid pain and wounds caused by calluses.

If you are suffering from calluses or are experiencing pain and discomfort due to rough and hardened skin, visit our office closest to your location for a thorough examination and necessary treatment.

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is equipped and experienced to deal with a variety of foot conditions like in-toeing, athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, shin splints, arthritis, diabetic foot disorders, sprains and fractures, and more. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for your ease and convenience. Contact us to address any queries or concerns that you may have or for more information on keeping your feet safe and healthy.