Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: May, 2018

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 30, 2018
Category: foot conditions
Tags: hammertoes   calluses   corns   podiatrist   metatarsal bone   x-ray   shoes   orthotic  

If you have been experiencing some discomfort in your feet, it isn’t unnatural for you to get curious and take a look down at your toes. What is it that is causing the discomfort? Can I remove something to make it better? If you look down and notice that your second toe, also known as your pointer toe, is longer than your other toes, including your big toe, this could be a sign of a more complicated foot problem known as Morton’s toe.

Morton’s toe is a condition in which the pointer toe is longer than the other toes. Specifically, it is a condition in which the second metatarsal bone in the foot is elongated more than usual. This condition can often be diagnosed via x-ray in the office of a podiatrist.

What Impact Does This Have?

Morton’s toe has an impact on our daily biomechanics. This is because the pressure that is put on our feet is transferred differently in a Morton’s toe. Whenever pressure is added or shifts, the foot is more likely to endure foot pain and improper biomechanics.

Morton’s toe can also have an impact on the shoes that we choose. A shoe is most often crafted with the intention of the big toe being the longest toe. That means most shoes do not accommodate enough space for a foot with an elongated second toe, so a Morton’s toe is more likely to jam into the shoes of the sufferer. Jamming the toe can cause corns, calluses, hammertoes, nailbed problems and sprains or fractures.

Avoiding the Pain

The best way to avoid pain and find relief is to seek the help of a podiatrist. They are trained in the dealings of Morton’s toe and can help you find a good treatment option for your specific case. While biding your time for your appointment, you can try some of these simple tactics to lessen pain and suffering:

  1. Buy shoes that are bigger and can accommodate the longest toe.
  2. Try an orthotic or splint inside the shoe to reduce rubbing and jamming.
  3. Splint the toes so that they do not suffer deformity from trauma.

If you are suffering from a Morton’s toe, contact our office immediately. We can help you find a treatment option that is right for you. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help get you on the right path to treat your feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 30, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: blisters   podiatrist   melanoma   dry skin  

Summer is here and it is time to bring out the open-toed shoes and let your feet feel the breeze. Beach trips, camping trips, and outdoor sports are all popular during this season. As we get lost in the summer fun, we sometimes forget about the importance of self-care for our feet. Before you run free for the summer, read these tips to make sure you are giving your feet the attention they deserve, before you end up in your podiatrist's office.

Slather on the Lotion

Lotion is a great tool to use when combatting dry skin. When you let your feet out into the open you are exposing them to the harsh dry summer heat and the bright sun rays. Feet can dry out easily in these circumstances. Feet that get too dry can suffer from painful cracked heels.

Don’t Feel the Burn

Believe it or not, your feet can get a sunburn too. They are especially at risk when you wear open-toe shoes in the nicer weather. Sometimes these burns leave behind sandal strap marks and blisters. In order to avoid this pain and the chance of contracting melanoma of the skin of the foot, you should always apply sunblock to your feet and the rest of your body before going outdoors. Look for an SPF of at least 30 and remember to reapply the sunscreen regularly.

Perfectly Painted

Now that your feet are smooth, soft and protected, it is time to let the fun begin. Grab your favorite nail polish and paint your toenails to finalize your sandal-ready look. If you tend to have nails that yellow after nail polish is applied, stick to colors that do not have orange as a base. This is because these colors (reds, pinks, oranges) have a chemical compound within them that can turn the toenail yellow. Instead, try blues or purples to compliment your look.

Summer is a great time to let your feet feel the breeze and beautiful weather. Unfortunately, even the healthiest feet can suffer an injury or severe sunburn. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help your feet get on the mend. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 21, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: flat feet   orthotics  

When it comes to the world of orthotics, it can be very confusing to pick one that is right for you. Stores boast all types of inserts for the shoe that make promises of painless walks and quick relief. Usually, a store-bought orthotic is not as effective as a custom-made or prescribed orthotic. You can get an orthotic from your podiatrist. At an appointment, your podiatrist can take a mold of your feet and make an orthotic especially for you. This not only ensures effectiveness, but it also addresses the needs your foot presents which are tailored to your experiences.

There are three main types of orthotics:

  • Soft
  • Semirigid
  • Rigid

Each device has its own function. Some are better suited for individuals with arch problems while others are appropriate for individuals with a foot deformity or chronic fatigue. 

Soft Devices

A soft orthotics’ purpose is to provide cushion, decrease force, evenly distribute pressure and improve shock on the foot. This type of device is especially helpful for a foot that is rigid. It does not give a lot of support to the overall foot but focuses mainly on injury prevention.

Semirigid Devices

Semirigid orthotics help to control or balance a poorly-aligned foot. They also give flexibility and shock absorption to the foot. This type of orthotic is the one most commonly prescribed in the world of podiatry. People with flat feet usually benefit the most from this type of orthotic. 

Rigid Devices

Rigid orthotics help to control movement that is not wanted or needed. They are not flexible and offer no shock absorption or cushioning. This kind of device is often used in patients who have poor control of their feet and have a higher risk of injuring themselves. 

Proper footwear and orthotics have a great effect on the foot. Not only do they provide support, cushion and comfort when necessary, but they also serve as a level of protection for the foot. Properly fitted shoes and custom orthotics can help prevent hundreds of foot and ankle injuries every year. 

If you suffer from pain when you are walking, consider visiting the podiatrist and discussing the option of orthotics. If you don’t have a podiatrist, try calling Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help to get you a custom-fit orthotic for your foot. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 09, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Waking up to excruciating pain can really put a damper on anybody’s day. Sometimes, the pain is so unbearable that it can be hard to walk on the affected foot. Pain like this can come in episodes or it can be a part of everyday life. People who suffer from this pain often are diagnosed with a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that is treated in a podiatrist’s office. Many people do not even realize why they are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Here is all you need to know about this pain and why it is affecting you.

Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain syndrome is a condition that is caused by the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that can be found on the bottom of the foot. Specifically, it is found on the plantar fascia or plantar arch. Usually, the inflammation begins at the heel bone and radiates through the rest of the foot. The pain is most commonly at its worst first thing in the morning or after resting for a period of time.

Why does it hurt after rest?

The plantar fascia tissue becomes tighter as it rests. When it begins to be used again, this tissue is forced to stretch which aggravates the condition even more.

Does plantar fasciitis always cause a heel spur?

A heel spur is not always present with plantar fasciitis, but they can occur. The pain is not solely dependent on a heel spur and can occur with or without a spur on the bone. A spur occurs when the plantar fascia is pulled at the heel bone and the bone growth rapidly increases and creates the spur out of reaction to the pull.

What does the pain feel like?

Plantar fascia pain often feels stiff. This stiffness is usually located on the bottom and sides of the heel. It is likely sharp pain that is often depicted as stepping on a screw or rock. After walking on the pained area, the pain generally decreases but can still continue.

What do I do if I suffer from symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist right away. They can help cure the pain you are suffering from and get you back on your feet more quickly. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help relieve your plantar fasciitis pain. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 02, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: Heel Pain   podiatrist   properly fitting   sports   heels  

As we age, the everyday wear and tear on our feet begins to build up and cause pain and injury. Some of this pain is relatively minor and can be cured with the use of over-the-counter medication. Not all pain is so easily dealt with though. Some pain hurts so much that it can cause a relatively healthy person to become immobile.  When this occurs, it is important to visit a podiatrist right away because the heel pain may be due to an underlying condition. While waiting for your next appointment, consider using some of these tips and tricks to help prevent the heel pain from flaring up even more severely.

•When it comes to heel pain, the right pair of properly fitting shoes can make a giant difference in your life. Shoes that fit well should have cushion, arch support and shock absorption capabilities and should not fit too tightly or too loosely. Sneakers tend to meet most of these requirements and can be a rather affordable way to help prevent your heel pain.

•Shoes get tired over time. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your shoes also get old and worn out. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if you use them on a regular basis. As they wear out, they are no longer able to provide you with the comfort and support you need to prevent heel pain.

•Prep and prime before you hit the gym or partake in sports. This should be done before and after exercise to be sure that your muscles are ready for the onslaught of activity.

•When you’re out on the field in your element, it can be easy to get carried away in the moment. Sometimes even professional athletes push themselves too hard and end up injured. Save yourself the heel pain and take it things in stride while you are out on the field.

•Your heels are constantly taking the brunt of your weight as you walk. If you are overweight, that means you are putting more strain on your heels. Consider dropping a few pounds to help your heels carry you farther without suffering from painful consequences.

Although there are many ways to prevent heel pain, sometimes it can still sneak up and get the better of you. If this happens it is time to see a podiatrist. Heel pain has many causes and only a trained podiatrist and his or her staff can help get to the bottom of the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can educate you on heel pain and its many causes. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.