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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 05, 2019
Category: footwear

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 22, 2019
Category: footwear
Tags: walking   sports   shoes   running   hiking   arch support  

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 14, 2018
Category: footwear
Tags: shoes   shoe shopping  

With so many brand options and styles to choose from, finding the perfect pair of shoes that best suit your feet can be quite a challenge. While you may find shoes that are better than others, the best shoes, however, are the ones that best suit your feet. You may have bought the trendiest pair of sneakers, but what good are they if they are the wrong size and are a source of constant pain and discomfort? In fact, we often make the most common mistakes while shopping for shoes and as a result, our choices contribute to pain, foot disorders and injuries.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we believe that one of the best ways you can keep your feet safe and healthy is to house them in the right shoes or the most appropriate footwear. Here are some key tips to help you buy your perfect pair of shoes and to avoid these mistakes while shoe shopping.

  • Try on both shoes before buying:

Do not rush to the counter before trying on both the shoes. Try walking around the store to ensure whether the shoes are a right fit for your feet. Be sure to measure both feet by a professional. Many people tend to have one foot slightly bigger than the other.

  • Try shoes with socks:

Try shoes with socks to ensure the best fit. However, if you are trying sandals or high heels, wearing socks may not be necessary.

  • Perfect time to shop for shoes:

The size of our feet tends to change during the course of the day. The most ideal time to shop for shoes is towards the end of the day. That is when our feet are the most swollen from bearing our weight all day long.

  • Right shoes for the right activity:

Every shoe is designed for a particular activity. Selecting the most appropriate footwear for each activity can enhance performance, give proper support, alleviate foot pain, reduce the risk of injuries, and prevent or eliminate foot disorders.

If you want to know more about proper footwear and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help you understand the importance of footwear and foot health. Our highly qualified staff is committed to providing our patients with the best care and treatment plan to prevent further foot disorders. For more information, call us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment