Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: May, 2017

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses   basic care  

After a long winter season, our feet have been hidden away and neglected. Due to indoor heating, our skin has dried out and started to crack. This can be especially painful on our feet. Now that summer is just around the corner, it is time to get our feet into prime shape, and ready for sandals. With a little bit of love and basic care, you can have your feet ready in no time. Here are four ways to keep your feet hydrated and sandal-ready.

Moisturize

Using lotion, foot masks, a moisturizer can help hydrate and revitalize your feet. It is important to use a moisturizing agent at least twice a day. A good way to keep track of this is to lotion up once in the morning, and once after a bath or shower. When choosing a moisturizer be sure to avoid those with alcohol as they have adverse hydrating effects. Also, try to avoid lotions with mineral oils infused in them, they tend to prevent lotion from being absorbed into the skin.

Drink Water

Hydrating your body is important from your head all the way down to your feet. Without proper hydration, your body begins to dry out and your skin starts to crack. Your feet, being father away from other vital organs, tend to be one of the first body parts to suffer from dehydration. Be sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to keep your feet happy and soft.

Cast off Calluses

Calluses appear on our feet to protect the areas that get the most traction. Although calluses can be helpful, they can spread the dry, cracked state of your feet. Due to the lack of elasticity, the calluses on the feet spread causes longer, deeper, ridges. Use a pumice stone to gently remove your calluses. After removing the calluses, moisturize your feet. This will help prevent the spread of dry skin.

Wear Socks

After moisturizing, consider throwing on a pair of socks. Socks keep your feet protected from harsh elements and environments. Wearing socks also helps prevent moisture from escaping. This tactic will hydrate your feet and make them soft as silk.

Are your feet still scaling? Tried moisturizing for weeks to no avail? It’s time to call, Joseph Stuto, DPM, your local podiatrist. Dr. Joseph Stuto is multi-board certified and has two convenient locations in Brooklyn, New York. Do not wait until it’s too late! Book an appointment now. You can contact us via phone at 718-624-7537. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online here. We look forward to meeting you and aiding you in getting your feet sandal-ready!


Athlete's foot is a common condition caused by fungus.  You don't have to be a professional athlete or even a weekend warrior to have Athlete's foot.  It can find you in public pools, showers, spas, or locker rooms at the gym.  Fungus thrives in damp conditions like these.

It's much easier to prevent Athlete's foot than to eradicate it.  The best thing you can do to prevent it is to always wear sandals or flip flops in the locker room, pool, or shower.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Symptoms of Athlete's foot range from mild scaling and itching to irritating and painful blisters and redness.  You can often treat these symptoms with over-the-counter medicine.  Contact Joseph Stuto, DPM at 2 convenient locations in Brooklyn NY for advice in choosing a medication or if your medication is not helping.  Our board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Stuto can examine your feet and prescribe a stronger medication to help treat this infection.  

One thing to keep in mind.  If you have diabetes, be sure to contact us to make an appointment immediately.  You can reach us at (718) 624 - 7537 to schedule an appointment.  We take your foot infection seriously and want to make sure you are treated properly.

The success of any treatment depends on your regimen of applying medication and avoiding public areas where the fungus thrives.  Because you're fighting an infection, be sure to use the entire treatment … if you stop too soon, it may return.

PREVENTION

Here are some good commonsense tips to follow to prevent Athlete's foot:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Be sure to dry between your toes after swimming or bathing.
  • When outdoors, wear sandals or shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
  • If you are indoors, get in the habit of wearing socks or sandals instead of closed shoes.
  • Wear socks to absorb sweat and be sure to change your socks twice a day.
  • Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet.
  • Rotate your shoes.  Allow your shoes to air for at least 24 hours before you wear them again.  The fungus can grow in your shoes.
  • Wear shower sandals in public places like pools, showers and spas.

Athlete's foot is an irritation and an annoyance, but it's also a fungal infection that needs to be treated.  It won't go away by itself.  Call your Dr. Stuto to take the first step to rid yourself of this common foot condition.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

Recently a patient came into my office saying she felt like she wanted to scratch her feet off!  She had seen me about a month before and I prescribed her an antifungal cream.  Apparently, it wasn’t doing the trick.  After soaking her feet and examining them, I found that she had patches of skin missing.  It was obvious that she had been pulling the skin off.  When we discussed what was happening, she told me that her feet feel so itchy, she scratches them- and dead skin easily comes off (or is pulled off!) 

She knows she shouldn’t do that to her feet, yet she said it’s so difficult not to since they itch, and seem to be covered in a layer of callous/dead skin.  I explained that some foot fungus is very stubborn and resistant to certain types of creams.  It is similar to antibiotics, as our bodies are simply resistant to certain kinds of antibiotics, and doctors sometimes have to prescribe two or three different ones before they can find the one that solves the problem. 

It is definitely frustrating, though, and I empathize with her feelings.  She told me she’s so tired of having this foot problem and just wants it to go away, and have healthy skin on the soles of her feet, as she once did.  Unfortunately, though, she waited years before she saw a podiatrist.  When I asked her how long she’s been dealing with this, she divulged to me (in an embarrassed state) that it’s been years that her feet have been like this.  Sometimes it is worse than other times.

In the case of foot or toenail fungus, early detection and treatment is very beneficial.  Since the longer one waits in this situation, the more advanced the fungus becomes. It grows and gets stronger and more resistant to various treatments.  In her case, it would’ve been wise to deal with this much, much sooner. 

When you have problems with your feet, they can sometimes go on the “back burner” and be ignored.  This is not a good idea, though, as many problems can be dealt with and cleared up so much faster when they are in their earlier stages.  So, if you are experiencing something similar to this woman, or any other foot or ankle problem… don’t wait!  Call Dr. Joseph Stuto.  He has two convenient Brooklyn offices available to see patients.  Don’t let your itchy feet bring you down- get in to see your podiatrist and kiss those itchy feet blues goodbye! 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 03, 2017
Category: foot pain
Tags: Gout  

In an earlier article, I talked about gout and what it is.  Sometimes gout can be recurrent.  In this case, doctors tend to prescribe certain medications to help prevent future gout attacks.  Do you have symptoms that are common to gout?  If you do, and have an examination with your podiatrist, he may then refer you to a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions (a rheumatologist).

In this case, it is smart to get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from the doctor.  To prepare, you can:

  • Note important personal information- like any recent changes or major stressors in your life.
  • Write down your symptoms, including when they started and how often they occur.
  • Take a family member or friend along… if possible, this is a good idea, as sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the information provided to you during an appointment.  An extra set of ears is helpful to help remember the details!
  • Make a list of your key medical info- include any other conditions for which you’re being treated, and any meds you’re taking; as well as any vitamins or supplements.
  • Find out if gout runs in your family, and if anyone else tends to get gout in your immediate family.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.  Creating a list in advance, can help, as you are less likely to forget the things you wanted to ask, and this helps you make the most of your time with the doctor.  Examples of pertinent questions are: 
    • What tests do you recommend?
    • What are the possible causes of my symptoms or condition?
    • Are there any treatments or lifestyle changes that might help my symptoms now?
    • Do I need to see a different specialist?
    • What are the possible side effects of the drugs you’re prescribing?
    • How soon after beginning treatment can I expect my symptoms to start to improve?
    • Will I need to take medications long term?
    • Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?
    • Do you recommend any changes to my diet?
    • Do you recommend any websites I should check out for more info?

After your various visits with your podiatrist and rheumatologist, you will most likely receive a treatment plan, and have various tests.  Hopefully, you will be well on the road to relieving your gout symptoms and will get a plan in place to try to prevent further gout attacks!  If you need any further help, please call our office at either of our convenient Brooklyn locations.  Dr. Joseph Stuto is here to help!