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Goodbyes are tough, even if it means bidding farewell to your favorite pair of shoes. Yes, the shoes you wear have a limited lifespan which is usually measured in miles. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every 300 to 500 miles. If you hang onto your shoes past their prime, they can cause more harm and damage to your body than many people might think. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are sharing a podiatrist-approved trick to tell when it is time to part ways with your shoes.
The tabletop test — this 10-second test is an easy and straightforward way to tell if your shoes are genuinely in need of a replacement.
Just place your shoes on a tabletop or any flat surface, at eye level, and assess whether it lays flat on the counter/surface. Examine the entire sole surface carefully. If the sole is old, worn out, or uneven, it’s time to replace your shoes. If your shoes tilt to one side or wobble easily, it can increase your risk for injury and cause foot issues.
Keep in mind that shoes are not all built the same. Knowing when it’s time to let go of your shoes can save your feet from a lot of pain, discomfort, and potential injuries. If you feel any pain in your lower extremities, talk to a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.
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. Our team of foot doctors can help you uncover the causes of your pain and help correct an irregular walking pattern you may have because of poor footwear or otherwise. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
Our feet are a complex structural form that requires care and protection. Negligence can cause severe problems that could have long-lasting effects. Therefore, pay attention to what shoes you wear.
The wrong footwear or ill-fitted shoes can lead to several foot problems, including:
- Ingrown toenails: tight shoes can push your nails to grow inwards into your skin, causing pain and in worst cases, bleeding and infection. Make sure you have ample space between the interior walls of your shoes and your big toe.
- Bunions: tight shoes can also wreck the shape and positioning of your toes. A bunion is a protrusion on the joint of the big toe that pushes it towards the other toes. Constant friction with the shoes increases the deformity and results in extreme pain.
- Haglund’s deformity: is a bony bump that develops at the back of the heel, due to hard, tight or rigid shoes. If the back of your shoes is irritating you, then it is best to change the shoe, get a bigger size, or use padding to protect the back of your heel.
- If your shoes are not comfortable or place too much pressure on your heels, toes or joints, you may develop calluses or warts. This starts with the thickening of the skin and can aggravate into painful wounds.
Here are a few tips:
- Get your feet measured professionally by a podiatrist.
- It is better to go shoe shopping later during the day, as your feet tend to swell up and reach their maximum size by that time.
- Buy shoes that have extra padding, so that your feet do not get injured due to friction.
- Shoes with a stronger grip are good for stability and balance.
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions or would like to get your feet checked as a precaution, call us today at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and consult our experts right away. Feel free to browse through our patient library for more information on podiatry related topics.
At the onset of the winter season, we put away our open-toed shoes and replace them with closed footwear. This time of the year can be very tricky for our feet, especially for women.
Once you switch from open shoes to those fashionable pointed shoes and high heels, they can cause painful foot-related issues such as:
- Ankle and muscle pains;
- Bunions and hammertoes;
- Blisters and puncture wounds;
- Calluses and corns;
- Tendons and heel related injuries.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we recommend you follow a few simple steps so that you have no foot issues all year long:
Wider, closed shoes do the trick. Wear shoes with wide toe boxes. Don’t cramp up your toes causing unnecessary pressure on them.
Less use of pointy shoes. Don’t start off the season by excessively wearing your stylish pointy shoes. Enjoy a pain-free fall and winter season by wearing them in moderation.
Right shoe for the right activity. Those who have jobs that mostly require them to sit for a large part of their day can wear high heels. However, if your job requires you to move around a lot, do not wear high heels as it will take a toll on your feet and ankles.
Know when to change. If you experience pain due to your shoes, change them immediately. Keep an extra pair of comfortable shoes for backup.
- Extra padding doesn’t hurt: By investing in padding or custom orthotics, you can take the excessive pressure off your feet even when you are in those high heels.
If you develop a foot problem this fall, it is important to see your podiatrist right away. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his team can help you treat all your foot ailments. Call us at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to set up an appointment and relieve your feet from suffering.
High heels are viewed as the epitome of style, elegance, and grandeur by most women. However, what they don’t realize is the amount of damage they expose their feet to when wearing such shoes.
Here we will highlight some harms of high heels:
- Wearing high heels shifts the weight of the entire body onto the balls of the feet. Due to excessive stress, they become prone to swelling and pain. One cause for this condition is sesamoiditis.
- Heels with restrictive toe space end up cramming the toes together, leading to the development of bunions and hammertoes.
- Extended periods of wearing high heels could damage your Achilles tendon by shortening it. This causes extra stress on leg muscles as they become overly stretched and can make walking excruciatingly painful.
- A slight imbalance or unexpected trip could lead to painful sprains and even bone fractures.
Luckily, you can still wear these beauties if you adopt a few precautionary measures:
- Shorten the heel size: wearing a two-inch heel instead of a four or six significantly minimizes your exposure to falls and trips.
- Avoid stick-thin heel types: broader heel types like “wedges” distribute weight more evenly on your feet and save them from excessive stress.
- Use shoe inserts: pads and orthotic inserts are helpful in providing support and relief to your foot’s pressure points.
- Wear high heels for shorter durations: If you have a busy day that will keep you up and about on your toes, it is better to avoid wearing heels on such days. Switching between heels and flats also eases the stress on your feet.
- Flexing your ankles and feet, along with mild exercises, is good for the overall health of your feet.
In case of any discomfort or pain in your feet, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM, suggest that you consult a podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and relief.
Summers are associated with outdoor activities like walking, running, and hiking, to name a few. As you step out, it is important to know what kind of shoes to wear depending on the activity you choose to engage in.
Here are four things to keep in mind when selecting your footwear:
- The right size: Wearing the right fit shoes is crucial to protect your feet from harm. Make sure there is ample space for your toes to move inside the shoes. However, they should not be so large that your foot slips out from the back. It is suggested to try on shoes closer to day’s end (that’s when your feet have expanded to the max) along with the socks that you will be wearing at the time of the physical activity.
- The right shoe for the right purpose: Your shoe selection will depend greatly on the type of terrain you choose to walk on. For instance, running shoes will not be appropriate for hiking on rugged or uneven trails.
- Endurance: It is important to test the flexibility of your shoe type; i.e. it should bend at the balls of your feet and the sole should be soft so that it can absorb shocks better.
- Arch support: Your shoes should provide the maximum arch support to your feet. Your arch can be high, low or even flat. Accordingly, it is critical to buy shoes that best fit the shape of your feet so that they are not under excessive or undue stress.
While you gear up and head out, visiting your podiatrist as a precaution would be a wise decision. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, Dr. Joseph Stuto provides a range of foot care solutions and guidelines to keep your feet safe and healthy. Visit our two offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more details.