Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: September, 2017

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
September 27, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Today’s modern medicine is absolutely amazing. Due to advancements in the field, the average American life expectancy has shot up over 30 years. This means that many of us will be around for many more years to come. This also means that we will be using our feet just as much.

Our feet are often referred to as a “mirror of health.” Podiatrists are usually the first doctors to encounter early signs of diabetes, arthritis and vascular diseases in the feet. Brittle nails, burning, tingling, and dry skin are all early telltale signs of these conditions of the feet.

With the right care, these foot problems can be prevented. You do not have to live your life thinking that foot pain is just part of growing older. In fact, over 300 foot and ankle ailments can be prevented just by visiting a podiatrist twice a year. A podiatrist can help pick the right shoes, give out exercise options, and use orthotics to help treat your feet.

Walking is also known to help with aging feet. The more active you are as you age, the healthier you will keep your body. Those who are bedridden and less active are more likely to suffer more severe problems because of it. When walking, it is important to wear proper shoes to help protect your feet. Shoes should not be too restrictive but should offer ample cushion, stability, shock absorption and support. Walking with the right shoes will bring you a healthier, happier lifestyle. It will also give you healthier and happier feet.

If you think that you may be suffering from early signs of a foot condition, contact Stuto Foot Specialist located in Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto will examine, diagnose, and treat your feet. They have treated conditions as small as blisters and as big as foot fractures. Their knowledge is vast and their expertise is impeccable. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Let the experts help you get your feet in the best shape that they can be!


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 20, 2017
Tags: polydactyly  

The saying, “Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, gorgeous eyes, button nose” is a phrase many of us have heard when expecting a child for the first time. Expecting a baby is both exciting and nerve racking. As a parent you worry about everything when it comes to your little bundle. Which car seat is the best? Which hospital should we use? Will they be healthy? These are all normal thoughts and fears. A general rule of thumb is that if baby enters the world with all the appropriate organs and extremities then they are healthy. What happens when they enter the world with extra digits?

When a child or person has an extra toe, it is known as polydactyly. This deformity usually occurs in about 3 to 13 cases out of every 1,000 live births of those of African American descent and 1 case per every 1,000 live births in the Caucasian population. Polydactyly is not known to be more dominant in any particular gender.

Cause

The primary cause of polydactyly is thought to be due to genetics. Somewhere a chromosome is passed down from the mother or father to the infant. This chromosome triggers the growth of the extra toe. This could be due to a hereditary genetic mutation from a prior relative’s past.

Extra toes occur on the border toes of the foot. The big toe and the baby toe are more likely to sprout an extra toe than those toes that hang out in the middle of the foot. Sometimes an entire extra toe is grown onto a baby. These toes have a vascular structure, a nail, bones, and tendons just like any other toe on the foot. Sometimes the extra toe does not form all the way. Sometimes only a small nub appears at the ends of the border toes.

Treatment

Usually surgery is required to remove the extra toe. This surgery is often complex and should be done by a trained podiatrist who also specializes in foot surgery. Surgery can occur any time after 6 months of age when the child is more likely to handle anesthesia properly.

Do you have a child that has an extra toe? Thinking about getting it removed but do not know where to go? Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn, New York has the right podiatrists and resources for you and your child. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto are both highly trained podiatrists who can properly assist you in making educated decisions about your child’s foot health. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 13, 2017

Every time a life enters this world, it is a momentous occasion. That tiny little bundle can bring so much love and joy into a home. Before they become a part of your life you spend so much time researching the best car seats, strollers, shoes, and other baby gear in order to prepare for their arrival. As a parent, you want to give them absolutely everything and also be informed about all of the new and exciting things to come. Unfortunately, we can’t always prepare ourselves for everything. In some cases, when our little ones enter the world, they can enter with differences. These differences can come in the form of illness or even deformity. One such deformity they can acquire is calcaneovalgus. This is a deformity of the foot that can be treated.

Calcaneovalgus is also known as a “packaging problem” in the podiatry world. That means that it is a deformity on the foot that can typically be corrected and looks a bit worse than it really is. This deformity occurs more often in females than it does in males. It occurs when the tibiotalar joint is incorrectly formed. The foot becomes hyperextended and at an unusual angle.

In general, calcaneovalgus occurs in about 5% of all newborns. Usually an overstretched Achilles tendon or other taught and rigid muscles will directly lead to the deformity. An x-ray can confirm a diagnosis of the deformity and then corrective action can be taken.

The prognosis for those suffering from this deformity is relatively positive. Overall, calcaneovalgus is a positional deformity. There are different types of treatment options depending on the severity of each case. In general, a child can be completely healed from the deformity.

Treatment

The severity of the deformity directly correlates with the type of treatment to be used on a patient. If the patient is only suffering from a mild case of the deformity, then stretching exercises at each diaper change can typically reverse the problem. Those with a moderate case of the deformity can typically be treated with a combination of stretching exercises and casting. Severe cases usually require surgery in order to be completely corrected.

If your child is suffering from calcaneovalgus and you are looking for a second opinion, look no further. Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn, New York has the right set of podiatrists for you. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you decide the best course of treatment for your child and their foot health. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We care about your child’s feet and are here to give you the best professional foot care possible.

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

How your podiatrist in Brooklyn, New York can helptoenail fungus

If you have toenail fungus, you’re probably embarrassed to show your feet. Fortunately, you can get rid of toenail fungus. Dr. Joseph Stuto wants to share the facts about this annoying foot problem. He has two convenient office locations in Brooklyn, New York to help you.

You may be at higher risk of toenail fungus if you:

  • Are older or have reduced blood flow
  • Are diabetic, or have a weakened immune system
  • Sweat heavily or have a history of athlete’s foot
  • Have a skin condition like psoriasis

Toenail fungus can show up as a small white or yellow spot beneath your toenail. The fungus gets larger as it goes deeper underneath your toenail. In addition to the growing fungus underneath your nail, there are other signs and symptoms you may notice including:

  • A foul odor or pain in your toes
  • Crumbly, brittle toenails
  • Darkened and thickened toenails
  • Distorted, oddly shaped toenails
  • Separation of the toenail from the nail bed

You can try to treat toenail fungus yourself with some home remedies like these:

  • Trimming and thinning your toenails
  • Applying over-the-counter antifungal creams

If home remedies don’t help, it’s time to see Dr. Stuto. He has several effective treatments for toenail fungus, including laser treatment. Heat and light are produced by the laser which kills the fungi. Laser treatment is conservative because only the fungi is targeted, not healthy tissue. The fungi is eliminated without harming your healthy toe. In addition, he may recommend these therapies to treat your toenail fungus:

  • Prescription strength oral anti-fungal medication
  • Prescription strength topical anti-fungal medication
  • Surgery to remove part or your entire fungal nail

After your toenail fungus is gone, it’s important to prevent future fungal infections. Fungi thrive in moist, warm environments so always wear sandals or flip-flops when using public showers or swimming pools. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly. Wear moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes.

Stop hiding your toes and bring them out into the open! Get rid of stubborn toenail fungus by calling the expert, Dr. Joseph Stuto, with two office locations in Brooklyn, New York. Call today and protect your feet!


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 07, 2017
Category: foot conditions
Tags: Bunions   orthotics   claw toe  

As kids, many of us have seen pictures of monsters with talons and clawed hands. They’ve always been looked at as a kind of deformity and not many people know what to do with such a condition. Claw toes can be a relatively common problem, especially when it comes to the feet.  People who suffer from this condition have many different avenues for help.

People who wear narrow shoes and high heels have a tendency to develop this deformity. High heeled shoes usually compress the toes of the feet and the narrowness causes the bones and ligaments to break down and experience permanent damage. People who suffer from nerve damaging diseases can also get claw toes, even if they do not wear restrictive shoes. Alcoholism and diabetes are other known causes of claw toe. Any time the muscles weaken in the foot and are damaged, there is a chance that claw toes can form.

Symptoms

  • Toes are bent up from the joints at the ball of the foot
  • Toes are bent down at the middle joint
  • In some severe cases, the toe bends at the top joint, downwards
  • Toes curl under the foot
  • Corns develop

Treatment

It is important to wear shoes that fit correctly in order to prevent and relieve claw toes. If you already have claw toes, try to find shoes that have a larger toe box (the part in the front that envelopes the toes). Avoid heels and tight shoes. Use your hands to stretch your toes into the proper direction. Exercise them regularly in order to prevent them from getting completely stuck and stiff in their position. Try picking up a towel or a marble with your toes to stretch and exercise them. 

In severe cases of claw toes, orthotics can help relieve the pressure in the toes before surgery becomes necessary. Corrective surgery can typically correct the problem.

Are your toes beginning to bend in the wrong direction? Do you wear tight and restrictive shoes all the time? It’s time to see a podiatrist to help determine if you are at risk for claw toes. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York can help. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today to get your feet happy and healthy again.