Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: June, 2017

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 29, 2017
Category: foot conditions
Tags: sweaty feet   hyperhidrosis  

You just spent a good hour at the gym, running on the treadmill and lifting weights. As you walk out and back to your car you notice something a little odd. Your feet have seem excessively sweating. Your socks and shoes are soaked they have a whitish sheen and you are terrified that they reek.

You got in contact with a local podiatrist named Dr. Joseph Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, and you made an appointment by calling 718-624-7537. After a consultation and examination Dr. Stuto determined that you have Hyperhidrosis, commonly known as sweaty feet.

Instantly you’re flooded with relief. You have a diagnosis and it is not as grim as you had originally thought. Now What?

Treat those feet!

7 Ways to Treat Sweaty Feet

  1. Soak your feet in warm water.
  2. Wear cotton or wool socks for the best absorbance. Cotton is very breathable and does not cause a buildup in moisture.
  3. Avoid nylons due to their synthetic fibers. Nylon tends to lock in moisture and does not allow the feet or legs to breathe.
  4. Change socks and pantyhose multiple times a day so that the sweat is not captured for long periods of time.
  5. Wear leather shoes.
  6. Use an antiperspirant on your feet – it should have 15% to 25% aluminum chloride to be effective.
  7. Use a foot powder specifically engineered for sweaty feet. There are numerous over the counter options that you can buy and try for yourself.

These tips and tricks aren’t reducing the sweat? Are your feet sweating when you aren’t partaking in any extracurricular activity? Dr. Stuto and his staff can help; you decide whether or not you need a prescription strength medication or foot powder. Some cures for sweaty feet can be achieved with medicated foot powders and other topical treatments. Others need an oral medication. Dr. Stuto and his staff are standing by waiting to assist you. If Dr. Stuto and his staff determine that your sweaty feet are caused by another underlying cause, he will direct you to the right physician that will meet your needs.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Suffering from heel pain? Heel pain can interfere with your day-to-day activities, particularly exercise. If treated quickly and properly, your heel painfoot will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Dr. Joseph Stuto in Brooklyn-Heights and Brooklyn, NY, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about the causes of heel pain. 

1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the heel of the foot. Wearing shoes with poor arch support can result in plantar fasciitis as well. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include night splints, stretching exercises, medications, walking casts and orthotic devices.

2. Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is the injury of the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Symptoms include swelling, or pain, in the back of your heel. Walking or excessive exercise commonly causes this condition. If you think you may have Achilles tendinitis, you should visit a podiatrist in Brooklyn or Brooklyn-Heights. If your foot condition gets worse, your tendon can tear, so you may need medication, or surgery, to relieve the pain.

3. Heel Spur
Heel spurs are pointed bony outgrowths on the heel bone. Although heel spurs are often painless, they can cause heel discomfort. This can make it difficult to stand, walk, or run. Heel spurs are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts whose activities include running and jumping. Common treatments for heel spurs include shoe recommendations, stretching exercises, physical therapy and orthotic devices.

4. Bursitis
Bursitis is inflammation of fluid sacs between your joints. Bursitis symptoms include pain and swelling. Overuse or injury to the joint can increase your risk of bursitis. Examples of high-risk activities include painting, skiing, gardening, carpentry, golf, raking, pitching, throwing, tennis and shoveling. Common treatments for this condition include resting the injured area, icing the area and taking anti-inflammatory medicines.

5. Stress Fractures
A stress fracture is severe bruising within a bone or a small crack in a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity and overuse. Stress fractures are common in runners and athletes who participate in running sports. The symptoms of stress fractures include pain and swelling. Its treatment includes wearing a brace or using crutches. Surgery, however, is sometimes necessary to ensure complete healing of some types of stress fractures. 

Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call Dr. Stuto at 718-624-7537 today to schedule an appointment in Brooklyn-Heights, NY, call 718-567-1403 to schedule an appointment in Brooklyn, NY. Get your life back on track by receiving the best heel pain treatment available.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 22, 2017
Category: foot conditions
Tags: arthritis   ankle pain   joint pain  

Most people have heard about arthritis and the pain that accompanies it. There is aching, throbbing, stiff joints that just don’t seem to get any relief. Many of these people associate arthritis with aging. But did you know there is more to arthritis than your age? People of all ages can suffer from arthritis for a multitude of reasons not just due to their age.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the joint lining and cartilage. Think of it like a permanent bruise located in your joints. It can affect any joint in the body, but typically the feet and ankles are more susceptible to arthritis. This is because we put so much strain and pressure on our feet and ankles every day. We use them more than most other body parts. We use them to walk, run, jog, jump, hop, skip, dance, ski, bike. The list goes on and on. It’s pretty easy to see why our feet and ankle joints start to ache after a while.

Arthritis can affect all or some of the 33 joints that we have in our feet in ankles. Pinning down exactly which joint or joints can be tricky due to the amounts located in our feet and ankles. It is important to see a podiatrist like Dr. Joseph Stuto, in order to diagnosis the exact area the arthritis is affecting.

Age isn’t just a number when it comes to arthritis, but it is not the only deciding factor either. People who are aged 50 and older are indeed more susceptible to arthritis. They have lived longer than those younger than them and have put more mileage, stress, and pressure on their feet. Over time the wear and tear ruins the joints and cartilage and can cause arthritis. Genetics can also play a role in who ends up with arthritis though. If your family has a history of arthritis, it is likely that you and your kin will also suffer from the disorder. Age and genetics aren’t the only key players in the causes of arthritis. Those who have received trauma to their feet and ankles can also get arthritis due to the trauma. Athletic injuries, car accidents, and other traumas can cause arthritis in just about anyone at any age. 

Arthritis cannot be cured but it can be managed. At Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, we can help create a treatment plan that is right for you and your pain. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. “At Dr. Stuto’s, we believe that a foot doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual’s feet.”


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: foot fractures   gait   blisters   spurs   stance   ankle sprains  

We walk every day. That means we walk at a minimum of 365 times a year. Most of us, walk more than once a day in order to do various tasks. We learn this skill typically by the time we are one year old and continue to use it throughout our entire lifespan. That is simply a lot of walking. Walking is a key way in which we get where we need to go. Dr. Joseph Stuto and the staff at Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, know the ins and the outs of the way we walk.

Gait

Hike, stroll, wander, glide. These are all words we can use to describe how someone walks. Another word that many podiatrists hone in on is the human gait. Gait means, the way we walk. The gait plays a key role in many ankle and foot injuries. Podiatrists see the gait as two different pieces. Stance and swing are the counterparts that make one’s gait.

Stance

Stance is when our feet are on the ground or touching the ground. First, the heel strikes the ground. Next, it rotates and goes forward. This makes it so that the forefoot and toes hit the ground. This action provides balance and stability while we walk.

Swing

Swing is when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is suspended in mid-air, or moving through the air. While walking, it is that in-between moment when your foot is going forward, or backward in the air.

If you rely too heavily on one foot or the other while walking, it could lead to serious side effects. Your feet and ankles could suffer from this continued strain. An abnormal gait can cause a variety of issues. These issues could include, sprains, fractures, blisters, spurs and other disorders.

If you have experienced pain in your feet or ankles and think it may be due to an abnormal gait it is important that you call us right away. Dr. Stuto and his high trained staff will assist you in diagnosing the issue and provide a thorough treatment and prevention plan. You can call our office at 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We look forward to helping you attain a better, healthier you.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   shoe laces   Achilles Heel  

People wear shoes every single day. Dr. Joseph Stuto, teachers, nurses, parents, and children alike all wear shoes to protect their feet. Many of these shoes have shoelaces that keep them on your feet. These shoelaces come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are numerous ways to mix, match, and lace your shoes for style purposes as well as health purposes. Did you know that lacing your shoes the right way can actually help your feet and prevent injury?

Basic Lace Tips

  1. Loosen your laces before putting on your shoes. You can cause your foot pain, stress, and upset nerves in the foot.
  2. Always lace your shoes from the holes closest to your toes up to your ankles. This provides the best possible fit and stability for your foot.
  3. After lacing through a set of eyelets, be sure to pull the laces tightly so there is no excess lace and the shoe fits snugly.
  4. The more eyelets a shoe has, the better the shoe will fit you.

Lacing for Narrow Feet

People with Narrow feet should lace their shoes using the holes that are farthest away from the tongue of the shoe. It provides the best fit and stability.

Lacing for Wide Feet

People with wide feet should use the inner eyelets to lace their shoes. It tightens closer to the center and prevent rubbing on the outside of the feet.

Achilles Heel have you Reeling?

Be sure to lace your shoes using all of the eyelets provided. Be extra careful and lace everything closest to the heel the tightest. This will alleviate pain in the heel and provide stability and support.

Have feet that are narrow at the bottom but wide at the heel? Bunions getting in the way of a proper fit? Call the office of Joseph Stuto, DPM. Dr. Joseph Stuto is ready and waiting to answer all your lacing questions. His office is conveniently located in Brooklyn, New York. Make an appointment online or call the office today at 718-624-7537. We are here to get your feet in the clear.