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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 27, 2020
Category: nutrition

Did you know that the foods you choose to eat can either build your immune system? Therefore, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of consuming healthy foods that are rich in nutrients to boost your immune system.

While junk food may seem very tempting, it not only lacks nutrition, it is full of fats that are hazardous for your body.

Here are five foods that may strengthen your immune system, so that your body can fight bacterial, viral, and fungal infections:

  1. Oysters: we know that seafood is rich in fatty amino acids; however, oysters contain large amounts of the mineral zinc, which kills viruses effectively.

  2. Kefir (yogurt-like beverage): this fermented drink contains probiotics that are known to successfully fight respiratory infections and treat flu-like symptoms.  

  3. Sunflower seeds: these rich providers of Vitamin E are effective immunity boosters that equip your body to stay strong against infectious diseases.

  4. Mushrooms: if you want a robust immune system, you should increase your intake of mushrooms. They contain large amounts of amino acid proteins that strengthen your system, Vitamin D that builds stronger bones and create antibodies to counter any infections.

  5. Spinach: leafy greens in general, and spinach in particular, are rich sources of antioxidants and vitamin C. Spinach also contains Vitamin A that enables your immune system to function properly.

A healthy intake of foods will make sure that you stay fit. However, if you still face any problems or are concerned about your feet or ankles, consult your foot doctor without delay.

You may also schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, who is experienced in treating a range of foot-related issues like injuries and wounds, diabetic foot problems, joint and bone deformities, heel and arch pain, fungal infections, arthritis, and more. Contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for a consultation.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 23, 2020
Category: nutrition

Did you know that your eating habits impact the health of your feet too? Unhealthy eating will not only play havoc with your weight, but it will also adversely affect your bones and your feet. The condition is worsened if you have diabetes or are suffering from any heart disease.

March is National Nutrition Month and we at Joseph Stuto, DPM want to ensure that your feet stay strong and your mobility remains unhampered.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Monitor your blood sugar level. Diabetic patients have high glucose levels and face the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease. These conditions are characterized by poor blood flow leading to numbness and eventual nerve damage. Therefore, controlling your sugar is crucial.
  • Control your weight. Being overweight is extremely unhealthy and can damage your feet as they remain under excessive stress persistently. Possible outcomes include conditions such as flat feet, heel pain, swollen ankles and the like.
  • Consult a medical professional to make your diet plan and then stick to it. A nutritious plan would ensure the intake of ample vegetables and fruits. Leafy greens and colorful fruits are essential features of a well-balanced diet.
  • Exercise but don’t overdo it. An exercise routine that suits your current condition will not only help your overall body but will ensure that you do not fall prey to injuries and avoid breaking down completely.
  • Visit your podiatrist regularly to catch and treat any developing conditions before they aggravate.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with our experts for more information on healthy lifestyles and happy feet. Our doctors will discuss and devise a plan of action for you; however, your commitment to healthy living should be persistent and steadfast. Call us today or visit our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York any time.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 27, 2019
Category: nutrition

Did you know that what you eat has a direct impact on the health of your feet? Eating healthy foods provide good nutrition and enable you to maintain your weight. As a result, your feet (that bear all that weight) are also stress-free, strong and at ease.

Here are some notable benefits of healthy eating to your feet:

  • Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are a great source of calcium for the bones. Stronger bones mean happy feet!
  • Fruits have numerous benefits too: blueberries have anti-inflammatory effects, oranges provide calcium and vitamin C that helps bones and tendons, and apples have a lot of iron – all of which are nutrients for healthy feet.
  • Certain fish that are rich in fatty acids provide vitamin D to the body that helps in absorbing calcium. They also help maintain cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of diabetes.
  • Dairy products strengthen bones and protect the feet from fractures and other bone deformities.

Eating healthy foods is a service you owe your feet to keep you mobile, fit, and active. Some of the dangers that your feet encounter include:

  • Arthritis: A condition in which your feet suffer from inflammation of joints. It is painful and can lead to immobility, as your feet bear the weight of your body.
  • Peripheral neuropathy: As the nerves are damaged, your feet suffer from loss of sensation, lack of blood circulation, numbness, and severe pain. The most common cause of this condition is “diabetes” which needs prevention by following a balanced diet and treatment through timely diagnosis and medical care.
  • Flat feet: It’s a condition in which the bones of your feet are placed under stress as the arch either disappears over time or is nonexistent since birth. The most common reason cited for flat feet is being overweight.

Healthy foods also affect your energy level and enable you to stay active. We can give you guidance on a healthy diet and proper foot care. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.