Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: August, 2017

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 24, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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Brittle Bone Disease or Osteoporosis is a disease that affects a large portion of men and women in the United States. Women are more likely to get the disease, especially after the age of 50. Men can also get the disease but are not as prone to it until around the age of 70. This disease causes a loss of bone density over time and makes the bones in the body weaker and more likely to break. If the bones weaken in the foot and ankle it can cause fractures, breaks, and other issues down the road and lead you to seek the help of a podiatrist.

What Causes Osteoporosis?

If your body does not have enough calcium or phosphate it will cause an imbalance that will lead to Brittle Bone Disease. Other things that can lead to it are:

  • Reduced estrogen in women
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Chronic steroid use
  • Eating disorders, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Drop in testosterone in men
  • Bed confinement or lack of exercise
  • Your body doesn’t absorb enough calcium on its own
  • Your body pulls calcium and phosphate out of your bones for use elsewhere

How Do I know if I Have Osteoporosis?

A bone density test can easily inform you whether or not you have osteoporosis. Sometimes a simple x-ray can also do the trick. 

Treatments for Osteoporosis

  • Diet change
  • Increased exercise
  • Take Vitamin D
  • Eat more calcium
  • Medications to help improve bone health

It is important to be sure that you are eating enough calcium and getting enough vitamin D in your diet to help prevent osteoporosis. If the bones in your body become weak and break down, especially in your feet, you will have a harder time moving, balancing, and living a healthy lifestyle. Do not wait until it’s too late and you fracture or even break your foot or ankle to find out. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Joseph A. Stuto, DPM and Joseph C. Stuto, DPM are conveniently located in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Stuto will work with you to get the testing you need to find out if you suffer from osteoporosis. Once a determination is made, he can help guide you in the next best steps to make you happier and healthier.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel spurs   Bunions   plantar fasciitis   calluses   corns  

Our feet propel our bodies all over the place. They move us from place to place, they let us partake in sports, and they keep up balanced and stable. The way we move and grove is often referred to as biomechanics. Biomechanics is both external and internal forces and how we use them to interact in our daily lives. These are the forces that get us moving and grooving on a regular basis. Because of biomechanics our body undergoes a great deal of stress to keep up chugging along. Our feet get the bulk of the pressure and stress caused by movement, and they often suffer because of it.

Shoes also cause foot and ankle problems when we use them. Not all shoes are made with good practices and fit in mind. Unfortunately, a lot of podiatrists, like Dr. Joseph Stuto, of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York have seen and dealt with many injuries due to the buildup of stress and pressure from biomechanics. High heels have a tendency to be too narrow, too high, and offer little to no support. Many patients end up with bunions, heel spurs and other problems while moving around I them. Flats are also another type of stylish shoe that can cause many types of foot problems including plantar fasciitis, calluses and corns. In order to stay moving and grooving it is important to find shoes that fit properly and offer ample amounts of support and stability.

Genetics

Our genes also affect the way we move around and stay mobile. Those who have hereditary diseases, deformities or have a family history of foot pain are more likely to get the matching foot problems that their ancestors had. Not all foot problems are due to genetics though. So, before you go blaming your mom or dad be sure to check with a podiatrist first.

Are you having a hard time getting around? Do your feet and ankles ache after short periods of exercise? It may be time to be evaluated by Dr. Stuto. Dr. Stuto has had many years of practice as a podiatrist. His goal is to get you back to a healthy, happy you. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 10, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: calluses   corns   blisters   cracked feet   cramps  

Dancers are on their feet all the time. They put a lot of pressure and stress on their feet and toes while practicing their art. It is important for dancers to take good care of their feet so that they can continue their passion for a long time. Here are some hacks for those dancers suffering from different types of foot pain. 

Are your feet full of blisters?

  • Bathe your feet in green tea. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will help ease the pain and swelling from blisters.
  • Use soft gauze to wrap your toes up. This prevents corns from forming on the toes due to moisture and friction from dancing.
  • Put deodorant on your feet to prevent blisters. This helps to prevent moisture from building up on the foot. Spray deodorant is typically the easiest to apply.

Have dry and cracked feet?

  • Use ½ cup of baking soda and 3 cups of warm water. Put this in a basin or bucket and dip your feet in. Soak them for up to a half hour. Once they are soaked in this combo, you will have baby soft feet again.

Have cramps in your feet?

  • Stop. Put all of your weight onto the foot with the cramp on it. Bend your knees a bit and stay in that position a while. It will stretch out the foot and help the cramp.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water constantly. Dehydration will cause muscles to cramp.
  • Keep up with your vitamins, especially vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. If you are low on any of these, you can cramp up very easily.
  • Warm up before you start to dance. If your muscles aren’t warmed up, they will be more likely to tear or stretch, which may hinder your dancing.

Calluses have you in rough shape?

  • Use a pumice stone to file them down. Be careful not to get rid of them completely though, they are protecting your feet after all.

Having problems with your feet that aren’t listed above? Are your feet sweating excessively or extra smelly? Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn, New York can help. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his staff are highly trained and capable of examining, diagnosing and treating your feet. We know that dancing is important to you and aim to get you back on the dance floor as fast and as safely as possible. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 01, 2017
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At Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Joseph Stuto has seen all types of feet. He has seen healthy feet, broken feet, flat feet, wide feet, infected feet, and so on and so forth. Nothing can really surprise him and his staff. He is an expert at foot care and podiatry.  Dr. Stuto can also help diabetic feet. People with diabetes tend to suffer from different ailments in their feet. Without proper treatment, people with diabetes can acquire serious problems. One such problem is Charcot foot.

Charcot Foot is a rare condition that involves the joints in the feet and the ankles. The joints slowly begin to break down and disintegrate.  As the process wears on, the feet can become completely deformed, infected or worse.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Charcot foot start out relatively mild and become severe over time. They include redness, swelling, and eventually deformity of the foot and ankle.

Cause

What causes the breaking down of the joints and the deformity? Doctors and researchers are not exactly sure why this process occurs, but they have seen a correlation. People who suffer from diabetes are much more likely to get Charcot foot than someone without diabetes.

Treatment

Podiatrists can do a series of different things to help treat the foot and prevent further disintegration. The goal is to completely immobilize the affected foot, which helps to prevent deformity and keep the patient mobile. A cast is usually put on the affected foot. Not only does it prevent unnecessary movement of the joints, but it also helps to prevent further trauma and damage. Then the podiatrist may recommend different types of exercises to ensure that all joints are kept mobile and do not lock or freeze.

Left untreated, Charcot foot can lead to severe deformity, ulcers, infection and eventually amputation or death.

Outcome

What happens once the foot is treated? The outcome varies from person to person. If the case is caught early there is a higher chance of saving the foot and preventing further deformity. Unfortunately, if the foot is not treated in time, it can lead to a much worse scenario. With early intervention, Charcot foot can be healed within one to two years.

If your foot is red, swelling and you have diabetes, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Dr. Stuto and his staff are trained to help you get the most up to date and professional care when it comes to your feet. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.