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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 10, 2019
Category: heel pain

Our feet comprise a complex structure of muscles, tissue, and bones. The long tissue that connects the heel with the toes is called the plantar fascia, which provides support to the foot and enables it to maintain its balance when we walk, jog or run.

However, overexertion of this tissue causes inflammation and severe pain in the heels – a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. If care is not appropriate, damage to this tissue could be long-term resulting in deterioration and weakness of the foot muscles.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we recommend the following home treatments; however, consulting your podiatrist is the safest and most secure solution:

  • Applying ice to the inflamed area soothes the tissue and eases the pain.
  • Resting reduces inflammation and pain; therefore, it is important to take breaks between your walking and running routines.
  • Slight exercises to stretch and strengthen the lower legs, especially the calf and ankles, are beneficial for the health of your feet.
  • Appropriate footwear is crucial to ensure that your feet are provided with adequate support and are not exposed to severe shocks.
  • You might need orthotic insert devices to secure the position of your feet so that they are not under excessive and unnecessary stress.
  • Physical therapy has proved to be quite beneficial in reducing heel pains and strengthening the muscles of your feet. It also helps in improving blood circulation which is known to speed up the healing of any damaged tissue.
  • In extreme cases, one could consider the possibility of undergoing surgery to repair and rebuild your foot’s structure.

We strongly urge you to get proper guidance and treatment from our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who is trained to examine, diagnose and treat all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. Be it fungal infections, bunions, ingrown toenails, gout, injuries, even neuropathy due to diabetes, and a lot more; we have solutions and we are here to help. Call us today at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for healthy and happy feet!


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 09, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Waking up to excruciating pain can really put a damper on anybody’s day. Sometimes, the pain is so unbearable that it can be hard to walk on the affected foot. Pain like this can come in episodes or it can be a part of everyday life. People who suffer from this pain often are diagnosed with a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that is treated in a podiatrist’s office. Many people do not even realize why they are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Here is all you need to know about this pain and why it is affecting you.

Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain syndrome is a condition that is caused by the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that can be found on the bottom of the foot. Specifically, it is found on the plantar fascia or plantar arch. Usually, the inflammation begins at the heel bone and radiates through the rest of the foot. The pain is most commonly at its worst first thing in the morning or after resting for a period of time.

Why does it hurt after rest?

The plantar fascia tissue becomes tighter as it rests. When it begins to be used again, this tissue is forced to stretch which aggravates the condition even more.

Does plantar fasciitis always cause a heel spur?

A heel spur is not always present with plantar fasciitis, but they can occur. The pain is not solely dependent on a heel spur and can occur with or without a spur on the bone. A spur occurs when the plantar fascia is pulled at the heel bone and the bone growth rapidly increases and creates the spur out of reaction to the pull.

What does the pain feel like?

Plantar fascia pain often feels stiff. This stiffness is usually located on the bottom and sides of the heel. It is likely sharp pain that is often depicted as stepping on a screw or rock. After walking on the pained area, the pain generally decreases but can still continue.

What do I do if I suffer from symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist right away. They can help cure the pain you are suffering from and get you back on your feet more quickly. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help relieve your plantar fasciitis pain. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 02, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: Heel Pain   podiatrist   properly fitting   sports   heels  

As we age, the everyday wear and tear on our feet begins to build up and cause pain and injury. Some of this pain is relatively minor and can be cured with the use of over-the-counter medication. Not all pain is so easily dealt with though. Some pain hurts so much that it can cause a relatively healthy person to become immobile.  When this occurs, it is important to visit a podiatrist right away because the heel pain may be due to an underlying condition. While waiting for your next appointment, consider using some of these tips and tricks to help prevent the heel pain from flaring up even more severely.

•When it comes to heel pain, the right pair of properly fitting shoes can make a giant difference in your life. Shoes that fit well should have cushion, arch support and shock absorption capabilities and should not fit too tightly or too loosely. Sneakers tend to meet most of these requirements and can be a rather affordable way to help prevent your heel pain.

•Shoes get tired over time. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your shoes also get old and worn out. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if you use them on a regular basis. As they wear out, they are no longer able to provide you with the comfort and support you need to prevent heel pain.

•Prep and prime before you hit the gym or partake in sports. This should be done before and after exercise to be sure that your muscles are ready for the onslaught of activity.

•When you’re out on the field in your element, it can be easy to get carried away in the moment. Sometimes even professional athletes push themselves too hard and end up injured. Save yourself the heel pain and take it things in stride while you are out on the field.

•Your heels are constantly taking the brunt of your weight as you walk. If you are overweight, that means you are putting more strain on your heels. Consider dropping a few pounds to help your heels carry you farther without suffering from painful consequences.

Although there are many ways to prevent heel pain, sometimes it can still sneak up and get the better of you. If this happens it is time to see a podiatrist. Heel pain has many causes and only a trained podiatrist and his or her staff can help get to the bottom of the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can educate you on heel pain and its many causes. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
March 05, 2016
Category: heel pain

Heel pain is a relatively common affliction that affects many people, and celebrities are no exceptions. Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl and wife to international football star David Beckham, suffers from bunions and chronic heel pain as a result of her disdain for flats and refusal to wear any other shoes apart from high heels.

High heels are one possible cause for heel pain, but there are many reasons why one might experience discomfort in the heel area.

Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with heel pain.

What Causes Heel Pain?

One of the leading causes of heel pain is Plantar fasciitis, which is often caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toe, clinically called the plantar fascia. This tissue runs across the bottom of your foot to create the arch.

Another reason why you might experience pain in the heel area is Achilles tendinitis, which can be diagnosed by your doctor via an MRI or an ultrasound. If you experience discomfort alongside the back of your help, that is a common symptom of Achilles tendinitis, but if the pain is on the bottom of your heel, you’re more likely to have Plantar fasciitis.

How can I prevent heel pain?

The foot contains 26 bones, the largest bone of which being your heel. If you take proper precautions, you can avoid discomfort and pain.

·         Make sure your shoes provide support for your feet and fit correctly

·         Stretch before you exercise

·         Maintain a healthy diet- obesity can trigger various issues with the feet, so by maintaining a healthy diet, you avoid putting that extra stain on your feet.

  • Wear proper shoes- while you may enjoy living on the more fashionable side of life, high heels can cause deformities that in turn, trigger pain.

How is heel pain treated?

  • Icing, wrapping and stretching exercises can help
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotic devices can elevate your arches and provide cushioning to aching heels
  • Surgery as a last resort

At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people find relief from heel pain. To schedule an appointment call 718-624-7537.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
September 07, 2015
Category: heel pain

A heel spur can be caused by chronic plantar fasciitis or the inflammation of the plantar fascia. People suffering from plantar fasciitis have a high risk for developing a heel spur. However, heel spurs may also develop even without plantar fasciitis.

A heel spur is a small bony projection formed at the underside of the heel bone. This condition is commonly found in athletes, especially runners. The condition can be properly diagnosed through imaging procedures such as an X-ray. This is why heel spurs are hard to detect especially for people who don’t exhibit any symptoms.

It can only be seen through radiological tests such as an X-ray. This is the reason why this condition will go unnoticed, especially to patients who do not exhibit any symptoms. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with heel spurs.

When to see a podiatrist

Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis even for those without a heel spur. They should consult his condition to a podiatrist or foot, leg and hip specialist to prevent from further complications. Those who are experiencing pain and swelling of the joints must immediately see a podiatrist for immediate treatment. A podiatrist is in the best position to properly asses, make a treatment plan and prescribe edication to the patient.                       

Treating Heel Spurs

The first step in treating heel spurs is immediate rest and inflammation control. But this only relieves the symptoms and not treat the condition. However, heel spurs that limit the activities of a patient may require surgical removal. The podiatrist may suggest surgical treatments such as:

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
  • Gastrocnemius release
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fascial Release

Pros and Cons of Heel Spur Removal

Most heel spurs are asymptomatic and don’t cause pain. A podiatrist may recommend heel spurs surgery if a patient reports severe pain. One major benefit of heel spur removal is it eliminates symptoms and pain. Complications include soft tissue damage and nerve damage.

Heel Spur Management

Foot related conditions require wearing appropriate foot wear. A podiatrist may recommend wearing appropriate foot wear for managing heel spurs. They might also recommend weight management to decrease the pressure on the ligaments, tendons and bones of the feet.

Heel management may include:

  • Proper stretching and exercise
  • RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
  • Wear arch supports
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications, only if prescribed by the podiatrist

At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people find relief from chronic foot pain heel spurs.  To schedule an appointment call 718-624-7537.