Podiatrist Blog

Posts for category: foot deformities

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 05, 2019
Category: foot deformities
Tags: hammertoes   corns   blisters   surgery  

Hammertoes are painful and cause severe problems when wearing shoes. If they become excessively bent, the problem is likely to worsen unless you take action to protect your feet from further harm.

If left unattended, hammertoes can become infected with blisters, corns or disproportionate bone protrusions and more. Not only is the condition excruciatingly painful, but you also may not be able to carry out your daily chores as merely walking can become an ordeal.

If your foot condition has passed the preliminary stages and is not responding well to other treatments, surgery is a viable and effective method to treat bent hammertoes. Through surgery, the toes are placed in their proper position so that the functionality of the tendons improves; toe muscles become stronger and more stable.

There are two types of surgical procedures that can treat your hammertoes: Fusion and Joint resection. The former type of surgery involves removing the damaged joint and combining the ends together so that the shape of the toe is restored. The latter surgical procedure entails removing the end of the joint and using a device to maintain the rightful position of the toes.

Following surgery, rest is essential to allow ample healing time for the foot. In most cases, some low-intensity program of physiotherapy is required to regain proper functionality of the toes and the foot as a whole.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot experts are equipped to solve your foot concerns and ensure that your foot health is not compromised. Consult our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for all your foot and ankle-related concerns. We deal with hammertoes, toenail infections, bunions, diabetic foot care, flat feet, orthotics, tendon pains, foot and ankle injuries and more. Feel free to visit our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York and enjoy healthy and pain-free feet. For more information, you can schedule an appointment or browse through our extensive educational library online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 11, 2018
Category: foot deformities
Tags: flat feet   Bunions   arthritis   neuromas  

For people with foot and ankle problems, picking out the right shoe can be quite a challenge. The importance of picking the right pair of shoes does not only complements outfits and helps you stay relaxed, but also helps you keep optimal foot health. Not selecting the right shoe or continuing to wear ill-fitted shoes can lead to one of the most common foot conditions called bunions. Poor shoe choice can cause a bony lump to form on the side of the big toe joint.

For all those people who have foot disorders, especially bunions, there is a multitude of ways to safeguard and guarantee protection for their feet. One such way to prevent bunions from worsening is to opt for shoes that best suit you.

Here are some of the qualities to look out for:

  • Wear shoes that have wide or rounded toe boxes. This helps avoid cramping of your toes and prevents any unnecessary pressure on the foot joint.
  • Buy shoes that are designed with flexible or stretchy materials. The flexible canvas allows the shoe to move around the bunion as you walk.
  • You may have to go up a shoe size or more to prevent the bunions from getting worse and help relieve pain.

If you suspect any early bunion formation or are experiencing any foot pain, it is always best to consult a podiatrist for the best solutions. The sooner you spot a problem, the easier it is to treat.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM, specializes in various podiatry subspecialties. Whether you have arthritis, sprains, bunions, flat feet, fungal infections, diabetic foot, neuromas, heel spurs or warts, our experienced podiatrist can help defeat all your foot and ankle problems and maintain optimal foot health. You can visit our extensive patient library to learn more about topics that interest you. Call (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 30, 2018
Category: foot deformities

What allows the body to carry and distribute weight efficiently? The answer lies in the arches of our feet. Arches exist for good reason. They not only act as shock absorbers but also help our feet adapt to uneven surfaces by evenly distributing weight throughout our feet. Flat feet (pes planus) is a common foot deformity where the foot appears to have a very low or no arch.

People are more likely to develop flat feet if they have suffered severe trauma to the feet. For example, a motorbike accident or a serious sports injury can cause the arches to fall. Many medical experts believe that flat feet are inherited. It can pass on from parents to children in the genes. In some cases, this condition occurs over time due to aging, obesity, diabetes, pregnancy (hormonal changes in the body), and arthritis.

Early diagnosis and the right treatment can give you relief and prevent further complications. Here are some key things that can help your flat feet.

  • Orthotics: Slide those orthotics insoles into your shoes to relieve you of foot pain by providing much-needed arch support. Custom-made orthotics are specific to your feet and may be used to relieve stress on the arch and minimize pain if the feet roll too far inward. It is important to note that these measures will treat only the symptoms such as reducing your pain and helping you walk more comfortably.
  • Well-fitted shoes: If your flat feet are causing you a certain level of discomfort, then it is best to wear shoes that best provide relief. Wear supportive and well-fitted shoes to help your flat feet find relief.
  • Exercise and stretching: People who tend to have flat feet should follow strict programs aimed at strengthening foot and ankle muscles. Exercises may involve picking up marbles with your toes. A good stretch can also help alleviate the flattening effect. In order to get a good stretch, one may practice different yoga positions.
  • Maintain ideal body weight. People who are obese and overweight are more likely to develop flat feet. Increasing weight can tear the tibial tendon which can cause the arches to fall. Losing weight can help reduce the pressure and pain.

If you are experiencing any pain from flat feet, it is important to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist to fully assess the situation.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of doctors can help you diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions including flat feet. Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto provide top quality foot and ankle care to our patients. For more information you can visit our website or schedule an appointment by calling (718) 624-7537.