Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: June, 2018

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 27, 2018
Category: foot pain
Tags: Bunions   shoe   podiatrist   pain   overused   joint   inflammation   metatarsal bones  

We all need our feet every day. Not only do you need your feet to walk to the car, to drive, and to get to your workplace, you also need them to chase children, haul in groceries, and clean the house. Your feet are an essential part of your daily routine, and when they begin to experience pain, they can slow you down and change your routine drastically. A common pain that is felt in tired and overused feet is known as synovitis.

If you feel a sharp or aching pain centered at the bottom of the second toe, directly in the ball of the foot, then you may be experiencing the pain of synovitis. This pain can indicate an even bigger problem. That is, it can indicate that the toe bones are separating from the long metatarsal bones within the foot.

One frequent cause of synovitis is increased and excessive pressure and stress on the bones of the foot. This can be due to exercise, a new job, or any other similar increase in activity. The ligaments begin to break down and become permanently damaged. This loosens their hold on the bones and allows them to separate over time.

Exercise isn’t always the only culprit for the cause of synovitis. Wearing high-heeled shoes, getting bunions, having a high arch or having a long second toe can cause stress on the foot and lead to this condition. Even rheumatoid arthritis can lead to synovitis.

Symptoms of synovitis are a sharp pain in the ball of the foot, inflammation and feeling like there is a stone in one’s shoe when walking.

Treating synovitis is not impossible, but in most cases surgery is not necessary. Sometimes very severe cases of synovitis may require surgery to heal the affected foot. Common treatments that podiatrists may prescribe include splinting, icing, or taping of the joint. Sometimes a cast, a boot, crutches or other forms of immobilization are needed to help the healing process.

If you suspect that you are suffering from synovitis, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can heal your synovitis. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 21, 2018
Category: Ankle pain
Tags: podiatrist   swelling   pain   bone   ankle fracture   heal  

Running a 5k or a marathon is a great challenge and accomplishment. Many people spend months preparing and training for these types of activities and work hard to bring out their best performance. Unfortunately, for some athletes, a 5k or marathon can mean a severe ankle fracture. Ankle fractures often occur when the ankle is rolled or due to a sudden amount of pressure. The fracture is only a partial bone break, but it can be as painful as a full bone break.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Blisters near the site of fracture
  • Bruising almost immediately after an injury occurs
  • Inability to walk or get mobile
  • Ankle looks different from the other ankle
  • Bone is protruding from the skin – this warrants an immediate visit to the emergency room    

Diagnosis

As soon as you receive an ankle injury, it is important that you seek the help of a podiatrist or trained medical professional. Ankle injuries can range from mild to severe. It is important to treat such injuries early so that no complications arise and so that the injury does not get worse.

Treating an Ankle Fracture

After you are diagnosed with an ankle fracture from your foot doctor, you may be instructed to do the following to help alleviate pain and heal the injury:

  • Rest your ankle. This means to stay off of it completely and avoid bearing weight on the injury.
  • Ice your injury regularly. Ice packs should be wrapped in a towel to prevent frostbite. Ankles should be iced for 15 minutes and then given a break. This should be repeated regularly.
  • Compression is usually done with an ace bandage, a splint, or an air cast. This will help to reduce swelling of the ankle.
  • Elevating the ankle so that it is positioned slightly higher than your heart will also help to reduce swelling.
  • Immobilization may occur if the fracture is severe enough. This includes casting of the foot and ankle to prevent further movement which may exacerbate the injury.
  • Medication may also be prescribed to help alleviate pain and swelling.

If you recently injured your ankle and noticed that it is swelling, bruised and painful, then it is time to call your podiatrist. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can get your fractured foot back into top shape. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 13, 2018
Category: foot pain
Tags: orthotics   swelling   hurt   bone   flat foot   arch pain  

Walking around with pain in your feet can be very aggravating. First, you want to know what is causing your feet to hurt. Second, it is disrupting the flow of your day. Foot pain can make it hard to walk, stand, or bear weight. This can have a direct impact on your job and responsibilities. If you are plagued by flat feet and are experiencing foot pain, you could be suffering from accessory navicular pain.

What Is the Accessory Navicular?

Sometimes when the foot is formed inside the womb, it creates an extra piece of bone or cartilage. This bonus part of the foot can be found on the inside of the inner foot near the arch. It is located close to a tendon and, due to rubbing and foot formation, can become inflamed and painful over time. Not everyone is born with this extra bone.

What Causes Accessory Navicular Pain?

  • Foot or ankle trauma
  • Improperly fitting footwear
  • Overuse or extreme exercise
  • Flat-footedness

Signs and Symptoms of Accessory Navicular Syndrome

Symptoms usually appear during early adolescence. This is because the body is developing, and as the foot develops it becomes more evident that the extra bone is there and taking up space. This bone can begin to get aggravated and swell. A young adult will start complaining of foot pain and could have a hard time walking. Other symptoms include:

Treatment

  • Orthotics -  These are custom made for each individual foot. They are seamlessly inserted into the shoe and are worn every day. They can help to alleviate stress and pain in the arch and reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy – A podiatrist may ask you to begin physical therapy if you come to the office with this condition. Physical therapy can build up the strength of the foot which can help alleviate pain.
  • Ice – A podiatrist may have you ice your foot regularly to help reduce inflammation, redness, and swelling.
  • Immobilization – in severe cases, immobilization may be required. This can be in the form of an air cast or a splint. A podiatrist will teach you how to properly immobilize your foot to help it heal.

Pain in the foot does not have to get you down. Instead, call our office to make an appointment to get rid of the pain that an accessory navicular can cause. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help get your accessory navicular pain in control. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 11, 2018
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Treating Athlete's FootAthlete's foot is caused by a common fungal infection that can be found in the locker room at the gym, at the pool, or even on the floor of your own bathroom if you are living with someone who already has it. Although it is contagious, you can reduce your risk of developing it by following a few simple precautions and following preventive measures. In many cases, athlete's foot can be treated with over the counter topical anti-fungal creams or ointments that you can buy at the local drugstore. But if you suffer from chronic outbreaks that do not clear up with conservative treatments, you may need to see a foot doctor for prescription medication. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto offer diagnostic services and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY.

Athlete's Foot Prevention and Treatment in Brooklyn, NY

The most common symptom of athlete's foot is intense burning and itching between the toes. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, and you may also notice blistering and a red, scaly rash. It's important to keep in mind that because athlete's foot is caused by a contagious fungal infection, the infection can spread to your hands from your feet from scratching.

What to Do if You Have Athlete's Foot

  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day with warm water, and always wash your hands immediately after touching your feet
  • Wear clean socks that absorb moisture, and give your shoes time to dry and air out between each use
  • Consult with a foot doctor of your symptoms get worse or don't clear up with over the counter treatments

How to Protect Yourself and the People You Live With

Fungus lives and thrives in warm, damp environments, like the space between sweaty toes, or on wet floors, towels, and bath mats. The best protection against athlete's foot is to avoid walking barefoot in shared public areas. Wear flip-flops or shower socks, and don't share shoes, socks, or towels with others. Try to wear shoes that allow for ventilation.

Find a Foot Doctor in Brooklyn, NY

For more information on the best way to prevent or treat athlete's foot, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Stuto or Dr. Joseph A. Stuto.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 06, 2018
Category: foot pain

Getting a diagnosis of metatarsalgia can be very nerve-wracking and confusing. Not only does it describe a group of symptoms, but it can leave you with more questions than you started your appointment with. Metatarsalgia is actually a group of symptoms that affect the feet. People diagnosed with this condition usually show signs of pain, swelling and inflammation of the foot. There are many different things that can contribute to this condition and some of them are due to lifestyle habits and underlying conditions. Here are three of the most common scenarios and a breakdown of why they cause this pain.

Stress Fractures - when a stress fracture occurs in the toe or metatarsal bones, pain is often immediate. This pain causes a person to change their gait to accommodate the injury. This gait change causes excess pressure to build up on the back of the foot and cause the swelling, inflammation and pain known with this condition. Stress fractures often occur in athletes or individuals who endure large amounts of pressure and stress for long periods of time. This is why it is common to see athletes with these injuries.

Your Foot Shape is Affecting You - if you have high arches or flat feet, then it is likely that you will be dealing with these symptoms at least once in your life. High-arched feet sometimes have longer metatarsal bones which cause more pressure on the forefoot. This pressure can cause inflammation and swelling in that area.

Inflammatory Disorders - conditions such as gout and arthritis are known to cause inflammation. This can cause pain in the bottom of the foot and lead to this diagnosis.

Other contributors

Sometimes a combination of the factors listed above can cause metatarsalgia. In order to determine whether or not this is the case for you, it is important to see a podiatrist to get a proper diagnosis. Not only can they diagnose your condition, but they can also help you treat the symptoms.

Don’t have a podiatrist? Call us today. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help get to the bottom of your bottom foot pain. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.