Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: December, 2017

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 27, 2017
Category: Ankle pain
Tags: arthritis  

Ankle pain is a very serious and debilitating condition that affects the lives of thousands of people all over the United States and many more across the world. It has many different causes but some of the most common are arthritis, trauma or previous surgery. Those who suffer from ankle pain often seek the help of a podiatrist. They then try many conventional methods to try to stop or control the pain, and are either very happy or very defeated. Luckily for them, a podiatrist knows that there are many other types of more intense treatment options available if the basic methods fail.  One such method is ankle injections.

If a patient complains of pain and it is accompanied by the following symptoms, than they may be a good candidate for a corticosteroid joint injection that uses a steroid to help target and control the pain in the ankle:

  • Warmth to palpation
  • Erythema
  • Pain
  • Disability
  • Restriction of motion

An x-ray can be used to confirm that an ankle is suffering from trauma, arthritis or another diagnosis that would warrant an ankle injection as treatment. These are noninvasive and can be done during a regular appointment at an office visit. In the x-ray room, you will be asked to take specific positions so that the technician can get the best pictures possible. These x-rays will then be reviewed by the podiatrist.

How is an injection given?

The patient is asked to lay down on their back with their ankle relaxed. The podiatrist will then feel around the ankle to find the right area to enter with the needle. Once the site is identified, they will sterilize the chosen site and the needle. The injection will be slow and careful so that the medicine works properly and spreads appropriately.

Once the injection is done, the individual will be asked to stay in the same place for 5-10 minutes. They will also be asked to stay in the office for 30 minutes after the injection to be sure that they do not have an allergic reaction or that any other adverse side effects appear.

Are you experiencing a lot of pain in your ankles? Has arthritis, a traumatic injury or another cause lead you to ankle pain so severe that traditional remedies just aren’t working? It is time to seek alternative options with a podiatrist you can trust. Call Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. You do not have to suffer from ankle pain, there are options available that can help! 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 19, 2017
Category: toe conditions

Going to the salon and getting your nails done is a great way to relax and unwind. You can go alone or even with a group of friends. Manicures and pedicures can also be wonderful ways to get rid of calluses  and dead skin and to refresh your hands and feet. Although pedicures are a great pastime, they can sometimes cause your feet health problems.

Repetitive painting of your nails can lead to discoloration. This is a common cause of yellow finger and toe nails. Although it is not a serious condition, it can be bothersome and unwelcoming. Yellow nails are not always solely from nail polish. They can also be due to a fungal infection, age and other diseases. It is important to check with a podiatrist to be sure that nail polish is really the cause of your yellow nails.

Why does nail polish cause yellow nails?

Many brands of nail polish contain iron oxide which over time can absorb into the nail resulting in yellow toenails. This is particularly common when using red, orange or darker shades of nail polish. Applying a clear basecoat before applying polish can help reduce the likelihood of yellowing nails from nail polish. Frequent use of nail polish can also trap moisture under the nail bed which may lead to infection and therefore nail discoloration. Fungus can also grow on nails if a pedicurist does not properly sanitize their equipment between uses.

How do I treat it?

The easiest way to treat discoloration caused by nail polish is to leave the nails bare and unpainted for a while. This will allow the nails to recover and go back to their original color. If you do want to repaint them, always apply a base coat and avoid reds and oranges, opting instead for lighter colors.

Yellow nails can stress anyone out. If you have yellow nails, you should seek the help of a podiatrist immediately to rule out the possibility of fungus and other dangerous conditions. Call Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Your toenails do not have to stay yellow, there are many options available to help you get them back on track.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Simple everyday measures could keep feet healthy and complication-free.diabetic foot care

Do you have diabetes? Have you just recently been diagnosed with this condition? If so, then you may be wondering the best way to care for your feet to prevent issues from happening. We’re glad you’re here! Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto, are ready to offer up some helpful tips to follow to keep your diabetic feet on track.

Wash Feet Daily

Sure, this might seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that your normal romp in the shower may not be giving your feet the proper cleaning they deserve. If you are someone who just lets soapy water run over their feet but you don’t actually scrub your feet with soap and water then you aren’t thoroughly washing your feet. You must always use soap and water on your feet, making sure to get in between toes and other crevices where bacteria and dirt may lurk.

Don’t Forget the Moisturizer

Feet, just like any other part of the body can easily become dry, and dry feet can easily crack and hurt. As you might imagine, having cracks in your feet can make you vulnerable to infection. Let’s prevent this problem altogether by making sure that you apply a moisturizer every day. Once you get out of the shower, thoroughly dry your feet off and then finish it off with a nice moisturizer to keep feet feeling supple.

Daily Self-Exams are Necessary

How are you going to know there is a problem if you aren’t even aware that something is going on in the first place? The only way you’ll actually be able to tell that there is a problem is by checking your feet every day. We don’t just mean a quick glance over either. We mean that you should thoroughly inspect every region of your foot, including between toes, to look for issues such as redness, cuts, wounds, tenderness, corns and calluses and other signs that there might be an issue.

Don’t Ignore Problems

Despite your best intentions issues can still happen, but it’s how you handle the issue that’s most important. At the first sign of trouble it’s better to play it safe and call our Brooklyn foot doctor right away so that you can get the proper treatment and care you need so that more serious complications don’t occur. It’s amazing how quickly the smallest issue can turn into something more major, but we are here to help.

Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, is here for all of your foot needs, whether you need to talk to us about diabetic foot concerns you have or you are experiencing pain or other symptoms. Trust in our foot experts!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Surgery

People all over the world look for ways to improve their looks on a regular basis. While some people are lucky enough to accept how they look naturally, others aren’t quite as happy with their natural package. Podiatrists all over have received calls and appointments for patients of all walks of life, interested in undergoing cosmetic foot surgery to have nicer looking feet. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good and feel good about yourself, cosmetic foot surgery should not be taken lightly and can be very dangerous.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) has given statements warning podiatrists and patients alike about trends of wanting cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of the foot and ankle. They state that some ladies are asking for surgery to thin out the size of their overall foot, shorten their toes and even to add cushion to their heels. The reasoning? So that they can fit into high fashion heels comfortably. The alteration of the foot due to surgery is a very major task and can result in infection, nerve injury and chronic pain is not performed appropriately.

Many podiatrists even see patients who need help fixing the adverse effects that were caused to their feet by cosmetic surgery. These patients have pain, trouble walking and an array of other issues due to unnecessary surgery.

The AOFAS defines cosmetic foot surgery as surgery that occurs only to improve the appearance of the foot. Most podiatrists recommend that foot surgery should be administered as a goal to relieve pain, improve the function of the foot and to enhance quality of life during normal day to day activity.

If you are considering foot surgery of any kind it is important to get a second opinion. Foot surgery should never be taken lightly and is not for everyone. Call Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let the stress of surgery overwhelm you, we are here to help!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 06, 2017
Category: Fall prevention
Tags: proper footwear  

When on the job there is always a risk of injury lingering in the background. No employee or employer wants to go through the pain and suffering of an injury but, unfortunately, they happen far too often. Although we can’t completely avoid all slips and falls in the workplace, we can take measures to prevent them.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2003, 4.4 minion injuries occurred while at the workplace. About a third of these injuries resulted in days away from work. Of the injuries that kept workers home, 240,000 were due to falls. Sadly, about 700 workers died from a fall at work in 2003.

The cost of a disabling work injury is estimated at about $34,000 per employee. If you include the indirect costs of such injuries, then you are looking at 5 times more than the direct cost of the injury. For a small company, that can really hurt.

There are mainly two types of falls that can occur at work:

  • Same level falls - these occur at a high frequency and have a low severity
  • Elevated falls- these occurs at a lower frequency but have a higher severity

Most falls that occur are same level falls. Elevated falls are less likely to occur and usually happen from less than 10 feet high.

How to avoid falls:

  • It is important to wear the proper footwear when performing work. Anti-slip shoes, shoes for climbing and other types of shoes are all very important assets to you in your work environment. Without the right footwear, your risk of a slip or fall rises significantly.
  • Another cause of falls is due to running or fast walking. When you walk or run at a faster pace, more exertion is put on your feet and ankles, with the result that the body needs more coefficient of friction between the shoe and the walking surface to prevent a fall.
  • Other common problems are debris and hazards in the workplace, not looking where one is going, carrying material that obstructs a view, failure to use a handrail and using dark eyewear in poorly lit areas.

Although not all falls are completely preventable, you can take proactive measures to help lessen the risk.

Have you suffered from a fall? Did you hurt your foot or ankle in the process? Do not put off a visit to a podiatrist, your feet come first. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.