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If you have elderly people in your neighborhood, be sure that you look after them and help them out during this quarantine period.

It will be tough to help them out since they are the most vulnerable at this time.  By running their errands, you may end up exposing them and yourselves to the virus by carrying it along with you.

Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York has a few suggestions for you:

  • Many communities have organizations and charities that are looking after the elderly and tending to their needs. Contact them for more information and find out ways in which you can contribute.
  • Stay in touch with your neighbors through phone and video calls. Let them know that you are there for them and that they can contact you in case of an emergency or if they require help.
  • If you offer to get their groceries or get them delivered for them, make sure that you and the store operators are following the proper precautionary measures required to safeguard against this virus.
  • Taking out their trash or offering to clean their stairway areas is another way to help, especially since cleaning services are probably discontinued.
  • They may be reluctant to take their pets out for a walk or to the vet. You can offer to provide these services while maintaining social distance and without compromising on your safety.
  • Unfortunately, some elderly people have fallen prey to fraudulent schemes of those trying to take advantage of them even during the crises. Make your neighbors aware of such cases and tell them what they should look out for to avoid being in such a situation. Also, share relevant contact numbers with them in case of an emergency.

If you feel they require medical assistance or are suffering from foot conditions, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for a consultation.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 23, 2020
Category: senior citizens

While we may tend to take our feet for granted, we usually forget that they require extra care and protection during the winter season. This is especially true for our senior members, whose chances of experiencing foot problems increases manifold in the winters. Nevertheless, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients not to suffer from any winter blues. There is no reason why you cannot enjoy the outdoors.

Just follow these important measures and you are good to go:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes: Make sure your shoes provide ample support for your heels and arches and have a strong grip. This will ensure greater stability and balance.

  2. Don’t forget to exercise your feet: This may not be possible outdoors; however, you can always follow your stretching and flexing routines indoors. Use braces when necessary.

  3. Avoid dampness: With closed shoes and socks, your feet may become damp, exposing them to the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. Change your shoes immediately when you return indoors, wash and dry your feet thoroughly.

  4. Moisturizing is essential: Winters are usually dry and the air tends to dry up the skin of your feet. If left unattended, this could result in flaky or cracked skin and sores.

  5. Hygiene is critical: People tend to forget trimming their toenails in winter since their feet are almost always inside shoes and socks. Cutting toenails properly is important to avoid issues like ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections.

  6. Report any foot concerns to your podiatrist: If you have diabetes, you should visit your foot doctor regularly to identify and address any unseen yet slowly progressing foot health issues.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your feet or if you require more information on effective foot protection, our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is available at your service. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-140 for your ease and convenience.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 18, 2019
Category: senior citizens

September is Pain Awareness Month. It’s a great time for us at Joseph Stuto, DPM to ensure that our senior patients are aware of what challenges lie ahead for them so that they are well equipped to overcome them gracefully if and when the time comes.

Here are the four most commonly observed issues that are encountered by aging feet:

  • Boney protrusions, also known as “Bunions”, tend to push the big toe inwards over time. This may become painful if the condition aggravates and is left unattended. Our foot specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto strongly recommends the use of customized orthotic inserts and pads to control this condition.
  • With a lifetime of wear and tear, the bones in our feet also become prone to “Arthritis”. Symptoms of this condition include stiffness in the joints and the ankles as the cartilage between the bones disappears. However, our experts have several restorative treatments to reduce pain and help with mobility issues associated with this disease.
  • Diabetes is the most widespread and common issue encountered with increasing age. With diabetes, the blood circulation becomes restricted which may cause swelling and nerve damage in your feet. Effective measures to prevent aggravation of this disease include light but regular exercise, compression therapy, and a healthy diet. Contact our offices at Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY for information and appointments.
  • As the bones start to lose their strength, they become porous and more prone to breaking due to falls and trips. This condition is known as “Osteoporosis” and can affect both males and females. However, both can beat the pain with proper diagnosis and medication.

Don’t let the weight of these foot problems burden your feet. Consult our podiatrists by calling us at (718) 624-7537 or visit our offices for a thorough examination and treatment of your foot ailments. Regardless of age, but with care and precaution, your feet will take you a long way.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 19, 2018
Category: senior citizens

Foot problems are very common as you grow older. It greatly affects your health and lifestyle. At times, the problems with your feet may be the first indicator of a more serious problem such as diabetes, arthritis or other circulation problems.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we often see that seniors take good care of themselves, but one aspect of their health that they often neglect is good foot care. We encourage our seniors to have a proactive approach when it comes to looking after their feet.

Here are some great tips for seniors to help keep their feet in check:

  • Seniors should regularly monitor or examine their feet for any changes or irregularities such as cuts, bruises and fungal infections. People with diabetes need to be extra vigilant in this regard.
  • A regular foot wash is necessary to ensure cleanliness. Dry your feet properly so that the skin does not get too moist. This also helps fight off fungal infections. Apply lotion to help keep the skin from cracking and itching.
  • Maintain good circulation by indulging in sports and exercise. A regular foot massage and warm feet can also aid in circulation.
  • Trim your toenails properly to avoid problems like ingrown toenails and toe pain. Always remember to cut your toenails straight across and not curved.
  • Wear proper footwear. Make sure they have enough toe space to avoid overlapping and crowding. Wear the right shoe for the right activity. Improper footwear can cause serious damage to the skeletal structure of the feet.

Most foot problems can easily be averted and treated if detected in their initial stage. If you want to know about foot care and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our experienced podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you eliminate any chances of getting a foot disorder and ensure that your feet stay healthy for years to come. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today.