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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 14, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: toenail fungus   toenail   treatment  

Fungus thrives in warm and moist places like gyms, pool showers and even the space inside your shoes. Closed areas restrict the moisture from drying up, thereby creating a breeding ground for fungi.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have identified three reasons why your toenail infection may reappear, despite getting treatment:

  1. Contact with Fungi: Even if you have treated your fungal toenails, the infection could return if your feet are exposed to fungi again. Avoid going barefoot into public showers and changing rooms. If you wear closed shoes, spray them with antiseptics or antifungal sprays to kill any bacteria that may be accumulating inside. Also, wash your feet regularly, spray them with antiseptics and keep them dry to stop the fungi from getting inside your toenails.
  2. Incomplete treatment: At times, the fungus tends to settle underneath the toenail or deposit in the area between the skin and the toenails. With over-the-counter solutions, the fungal infection may seem to go away. However, there is a possibility that some residue is still present in the toenails. That may require some advanced treatment involving passing a laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin.
  3. A weak immune system: Usually patients with diabetes or blood circulation issues have slow healing capabilities and are more likely to contract infections like toenail fungus. If you have such a condition, you need to be extra careful and keep examining your feet for any unusual changes. Visit your podiatrist frequently to address your foot concerns so that any infection can be caught well in time.

If your fungal toenail issue persists or you feel that the fungus may be coming back, schedule an appointment with our highly experienced and qualified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for examination and treatment options. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for your convenience. To keep you informed and equipped in making better decisions regarding your health and well-being, visit our extensive patient library and blogs section.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 28, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: foot odor  

Who doesn’t like to be carefree and enjoy wearing comfy shoes without worrying about foot odor? Unfortunately, an unimaginably large majority of people suffer from this odorous condition.

Did you know that your feet have 250,000 sweat glands? That amounts to an entire cup full of sweat per day! Not surprisingly, it is the sweat and the bacteria that thrive on the sweat that leads to smelly feet. Fungal skin and nail infections can also cause the odor.

Here are a few measures that you can adopt to avoid foot odor:

  • Make sure that your feet are clean and dry. Washing them daily with anti-bacterial soap and drying them thoroughly before putting on any socks or shoes is important in preventing foot odor.
  • Wear socks that are made from breathable fabric. Your socks should be clean and dry too. If the sweat keeps accumulating inside them, not only will that cause your feet to smell, but it will also expose your feet to fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Switch shoes frequently and allow for a gap before repeating the same shoes. Spraying your footwear with antiseptic will kill any bacteria or fungi that may be present inside.
  • Add soap combined with any odor killing ingredients like apple cider vinegar or tea tree to water and soak your feet in it. Remove any dead skin and dry your feet for better results.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we recommend that patients get their feet examined for any underlying condition. Sometimes a condition could be indicating a bigger problem that needs to be addressed urgently.

Feel free to consult our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who has vast experience in treating foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, diabetic foot complications, infections, bone and joint issues and more. Call us at (718) 624-753 or visit our offices in located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn, New York. Remember, healthy feet are happy feet!

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 07, 2018
Category: foot fungus

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common and irritating foot problem. It occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. The fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist settings such as shower or locker areas, public pools, gyms, and communal bathroom. This infection can lead to severe itching, scaling, redness and burning of the feet. If left untreated, the fungus can spread across other parts of the body due to its extremely contagious nature.

Most people tend to pick up fungal infections such as athlete’s foot during the summertime, but the truth is our feet are susceptible to these infections at any given time of the year. Our socks and shoes contribute the most to the development of athlete’s foot, as they provide a suitable breeding ground for fungus to thrive. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we encourage our patients to maintain good foot hygiene due to the recurring and contagious nature of athlete’s foot.

Here are some tips to help avoid this condition

  • Wash your feet on a daily basis.
  • Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes.
  • Wear proper footwear to help protect your feet when walking in public places, such as communal bathrooms, locker rooms or swimming pools. Avoid going barefoot in public areas where the fungus may be lurking.
  • Wear special socks that wick away moisture.
  • Change socks regularly, especially if your feet get sweaty. This will help keep your feet dry and decrease the buildup of fungus.
  • If you sweat profusely, apply foot powder or an antiperspirant on your feet.
  • Spray some disinfectant inside your shoes to help kill germs.
  • Due to its contagious nature, avoid sharing your personal belongings such as socks, towels, and shoes.
  • Bathroom surfaces at home should be kept clean, especially bathtubs.

If you notice any early symptoms of athlete’s foot or if you are battling any fungal infections, have a foot doctor to inspect your feet. The key to prevention is to maintain proper foot hygiene.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we treat a variety of foot problems including athlete’s foot. Our foot doctors Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Joseph A. Stuto can help identify the degree of infection and devise a treatment plan accordingly. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment.

 

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 26, 2018
Category: foot fungus

Warts can be a real nuisance, especially to those who enjoy wearing open-toed shoes. Warts are generally due to a viral infection that is passed from person to person. People who go to the gym, pool, or other damp public areas, or who walk with no socks or shoes on, are at a high risk of getting the warts virus. Warts do not always appear right away - sometimes it can take a few days or even a few months. When a wart does surface, however, it is especially important to get it checked out and removed by your podiatrist.

One type of treatment a podiatrist can use for removing a stubborn wart is cryotherapy. Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart and its affected tissue. As it freezes, the wart dries out and falls off of the foot. This method is very popular for wart removal as well as skin tag removal.

Most warts can be removed using cryotherapy. Sometimes when removing a wart with liquid nitrogen, it takes more than one session to be successful in the removal of the entire wart. A podiatrist will let you know the best course of action after your first appointment.

What are the side effects?

While liquid nitrogen treatment is generally considered very safe, there are potential side effects that some patients may experience. One potential side effect is that the procedure can be somewhat painful. In order to reduce this pain, a podiatrist may sometimes give a local anesthetic to help ease the discomfort of the treatment. Once this medicine ebbs away, the site of the wart removal may be tender.

Another potential problem is if the wart is not completely removed the first time, you must watch it for infection. The wart may also still house the virus that causes it to be contagious. This means that you want to be extra careful to prevent the spreading of the virus. Signs of infection are discolored discharge from the wart site, swelling, fever and fatigue. If you suspect you may have an infection, call your podiatrist immediately.

Warts can be troublesome and sometimes even painful. Call a podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have a wart. These warts can be easily removed without scarring. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can get your warts under control. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 17, 2018
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's Foot   blisters   Tineas Pedis   feet   disorder   shoe   flip flops  

When you are on your feet all day, it is hard to remember to take a break. Eventually, all of the wear and tear will build up and your feet can suffer from it. Not only can overuse be bad for your feet, but it can also cause them to sweat and stay damp during activities. Most people don’t think about changing their socks and shoes until they get home, but after a nasty case of tineas pedis, they may change their mind.

Tineas pedis is the medical name for what is commonly known as athlete’s foot. This itchy disorder affects the soles of the feet and areas between the toes. It is also known to spread to the palms of your hands, your groin, and your underarms. This will only occur if you touch the affected feet and then touch another body part without washing.

Not only is this an aggravating condition for athletes, but it also affects anyone else who consistently stays in damp or sweaty socks and shoes. The fungus that causes the condition thrives in warm and moist environments such as the shoe.

Symptoms:

  • itching
  • burning
  • redness
  • stinging
  • flaking of skin
  • peeling
  • blisters
  • cracking

How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is very contagious. It is usually spread in moist areas like public showers or pools. To prevent the condition, dry your feet very well, including the spaces in between your toes. Also, using a clean towel is key as the fungus can spread from contact with a surface. It may also be a good idea to invest in a pair of waterproof shoes to use while using a public shower. Water shoes or flip flops are a good choice.

Keeping your feet dry is also a great way to avoid athletes foot. Don’t choose socks that lock in moisture or make your feet hot and sweaty. If you find your feet becoming sweaty during the day, it is important to bring a pair of spare socks and shoes to change into while the other set dries. Due to modern technology, you can find dry-fit socks that will help prevent moisture from welling up in your socks and shoes. Also look into well-ventilated sneakers for best results.

Are your feet dry and cracked? Do they burn or blister? You could be suffering from athlete’s foot or another of the tineas disorders. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will help treat your itchy, burning feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. After all, athlete’s foot isn’t just for athletes.