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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.

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

Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.

It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:

  1. Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
  2. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
  4. Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
  6. Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
  7. Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.

Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.

 

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 31, 2019
Category: foot care tips
Tags: circulation   feet   swelling   massage   support  

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we find many patients suffering from foot disorders due to their professions. Either they have to stand for extended hours, or they are on the move for most of the day. In both situations, their feet are under heavy stress.

Nevertheless, here are a few useful tips to relieve your feet from all that burden and feel relaxed at the end of your day:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support to your feet and allow you to work efficiently throughout the day.
  2. Keep changing your shoes throughout the week so that they get enough time and air to stop bacteria or fungi from accumulating inside them.
  3. Use your breaks wisely: you may want to get off your feet during this time and keep them elevated to avoid swelling.
  4. Massage and compression are very effective in reducing pain and allowing good blood circulation. Flexing your ankles, feet, and toes also help in relieving pain and easing constricted muscles.
  5. If you experience burning or inflammation after a long day of work, applying ice on your feet will help reduce the swelling and soothe any unpleasant sensations.
  6. Standing in one place can lead to fluid retention in the ankles. Therefore, it is necessary to drink sufficient amount of water to avoid edema or swelling of your feet and ankles.
  7. Visiting your foot doctor is essential if you notice any unusual changes in your feet. Delaying your visit will only aggravate the problem.

If you feel that your feet are suffering and need help, or are unsure whether they are in optimal condition or not, we suggest you consult our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and care. Call us at (718) 624-7537 or visit our Brooklyn Heights office right away.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 30, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Some professions require people to be on their feet most of the time. For example, construction workers, nurses, on-field reporters and the like usually find themselves on the move for the most part of the day.

If you have a similar profession, you need to make sure that your feet are looked after in the best possible manner. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest five ways to give your feet a break:

  • Be careful of your shoes: the type of shoes you choose to wear will impact the health of your feet. It is advised to opt for soft cushioned shoes that also provide arch and ankle support for your feet. Size matters as your feet should be comfortable and your walk should be stable.
  • Rest your feet: whenever you get some time off, rest your feet by elevating them. Flexing your ankles, arch and toes will help too. In case you are unable to sit down for a while, shifting your weight from one side to another will reduce extra stress from your feet.
  • Drink lots of water: standing in one position for a long duration can cause swelling or fluid retention. Staying hydrated will protect your ankles and feet from such conditions.
  • Physical activity and compression: indulging in physical activities that are less strenuous on the feet like swimming, rowing etc. will also relieve your feet from overexertion. Applying compression will improve blood circulation and speed up the healing process to repair any damaged tissues in your feet. 
  • Go to your podiatrist: common issues encountered due to excessive usage of feet include flat feet, plantar fasciitis, swelling, Achilles tendons and more. These conditions can worsen and hamper your ability to move about if not treated timely. Schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto today.

Call or visit us at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 in case of any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. Our specialists can answer your queries and lead your feet in the right direction.