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Posts for: August, 2018

Diabetes is a very serious and growing public health concern. It affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively. It affects tens of millions of people in the U.S alone. Many people do not realize the severity of this disease and how serious its complications can be. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S as per the National Diabetes Statistics Report (2017).

If you have diabetes, your foot care becomes even more important. Diabetes can reduce blood flow to the feet, making it difficult to resist infections or heal an injury. Proper foot care and timely treatment can help avoid major complications such as amputation.

To avoid any major diabetic foot problems, follow these five preventive measures:

  1. Self-exam- Take a good look at your feet every day for anything unusual such as blisters, cuts, swelling or infections. You can use a magnifying mirror if necessary to inspect the bottom of your feet. Also, massage your feet as this helps with circulation.
  2. Balanced diet- Maintaining a balanced diet helps in preventing various disorders including foot problems. The body requires proper nutrition in order to work effectively. A good diet helps maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Weight control can drastically reduce the stress levels on the feet.
  3. Foot hygiene- Maintaining good foot hygiene is of utmost importance. Your feet are prone to bacteria and infections. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily with soap and warm water.  Dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes. This helps to prevent fungal infections from settling in. Once dried, apply a moisturizer to keep the skin from cracking. Avoid moisturizer between the toes as it may encourage infection.
  4. Clip toenails carefully- The proper way to trim your toenails is by cutting them straight across. Do not cut them too short to avoid ingrown toenails.
  5. Proper footwear- Pay special attention to your diabetic foot in terms of what you wear. For patients with diabetes, proper footwear is key to avoid numerous complications. Wear fitted shoes which also provide sufficient padding and cushioning to reduce friction and stress on your feet. Wear shoes that are roomy from the front to avoid toes from overlapping or getting squeezed together.

If you want to know more about diabetic foot care and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your diabetic foot. Call (718) 624-7537 and make an appointment today.

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 22, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: diabetes  

Our feet play an important role in our daily lives. They are fundamental to one’s health and wellbeing. They get you around everywhere, easily and comfortably. It’s one of the most important parts of your body and often the most neglected.

The structure of the foot is very complex. Each foot contains 26 bones and 33 joints. That’s about a quarter of all bones in our bodies.

The best resource for your foot care needs is your podiatrist. While nothing beats podiatric checkups, you can still self-examine your feet. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we believe in being proactive when it comes to your foot health. We find that patients who conduct regular maintenance or self-checks of their feet are more likely to catch these foot disorders from getting worse even when they do arise.

Here are some key self-care tips to help you keep your feet healthy and happy.

  • Visual exam. Foot pain is not normal. Monitor your feet every day for anything unusual such as blisters, cuts, discoloration, swelling or infections. Use a magnifying mirror if necessary to inspect the bottom of your feet. If you have diabetes, your foot care becomes even more important.
  • Proper foot hygiene. Wash your feet regularly with soap and water. Dry them carefully especially between the toes to avoid any bacteria and fungus from spreading. Once dried, apply a moisturizer to keep the skin from cracking. Avoid moisturizer between the toes as it may encourage infection. Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Footwear.  Have your feet measured by a professional. Foot pain generally stems from wearing shoes that are the wrong size. Wearing the right footwear for the right activity is equally important.
  • Wear orthotics shoe inserts. Inserts can help prevent and improve a variety of foot problems such as flat feet, hammertoes and bunions.

A proactive approach to self-care can go a long way in tackling foot problems. Consulting with an experienced podiatrist should be the first step in addressing your foot care needs.

Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can provide you with the best possible care and treatment for your foot and ankle problems. Contact us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights), or (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn) to make an appointment.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 15, 2018
Category: Foot Injuries

The human body has a built-in mechanism to address stress. Your body needs to recover every time you encounter physical stress in the form of exercise or activity. The applied stress can bring about a positive change, as it can strengthen muscles, ligaments, bones and tendons. However, you may be at risk of an overuse injury when you try to take on too much physical activity too quickly.

Overuse injuries are very common. They occur as a result of repetitive action or trauma. Overuse injury can happen to anyone. However, you are more likely to sustain this type of injury if you have certain health complications. Some of the most common overuse injuries among athletes include Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, runner’s knee and shin splints.

An overuse injury typically stems from:

  • Training errors. It’s the most common cause of overuse injuries. This occurs when you take on too much too soon. Simply doing too much exercise or activity can cause serious strain to your muscles and cause overuse injuries.
  • Faulty technique. A proper technique is key in avoiding overuse injuries. For example, a slight change in swimming form can result in pain to your neck and shoulders.

If you are suffering from overuse injuries, you might want to listen to your body and ease down the level of activity. It is important that you go to a podiatrist and get him to examine your injury.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of board-certified podiatrists can help you pinpoint the exact issue that undermines your performance and will provide comprehensive treatment to guide you in fixing this problem. Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can be your go-to team in helping you get rid of overuse injuries. Contact us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: (718)624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights) or (718)567-1403 (Brooklyn) to make an appointment.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 09, 2018
Tags: calluses   corns   conditions  

Corns and calluses are some of the most common and annoying foot disorders. They affect millions of people around the globe each year. What many of us do not realize is that our feet help us get everywhere. They are responsible for us being able to carry our own body weight, they also help us to stand, walk and run properly.

A corn or callus is the thickening of the skin in response to pressure and friction from repetitive actions such as skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. Corns and calluses are nature’s way of protecting sensitive areas by adding extra layers of hard skin. This can cause severe irritation and discomfort. Getting timely treatment and care can help you avoid any further complications.

Although corns and calluses involve thickening. of the skin from pressure, they both differ in their physical attributes and locations. Corns are commonly found on the top or between the toes whereas calluses can be found on the bottom of the feet.

Here are some key preventive measures to keep your feet corn and callus free.

  • Wear properly fitted shoes. To make sure you never suffer from corns and callus again is having your feet measured and buying a shoe based on those measurements. The right size can help you prevent cramping and lessen friction.
  • Wear fitted socks. Wearing fitted shoes and sandals with socks can help prevent friction on your feet. Socks that do not fit properly can be a problem.
  • Wear protective gloves. Calluses on your hands may occur from the repeated pressure of playing instruments, picking up weights in the gym or using hand tools.

If you are suffering from any painful or infected corn or callus, consulting with a board-certified podiatrist is the first step. You should have your feet examined to get a proper diagnosis.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, athlete’s foot, heel spurs, hammertoes, skin problems, and toe deformities. Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto provide excellent treatment for corns and calluses. Please contact us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: 718-624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights), or 718-567-1403 (Brooklyn) to make an appointment


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 01, 2018
Category: Diabetic foot Care
Tags: diabetes   podiatrist   foot   blisteres   infected  

Living with diabetes can be hard. Not only do you have to maintain a particular diet, you also have to constantly check in on your body to make sure everything is going well. Those who suffer from diabetes know that the disease can affect much more than their blood sugar. It can also affect their eyesight, nervous system and the feet. One of the most common complications that diabetes brings to the table is diabetic foot ulcers. These foot ulcers can be very dangerous if they are not caught early. Foot ulcers are prone to infection. If they do become infected and a person with diabetes does not treat them quickly, it can lead to the eventual amputation of the foot. Here are some easy tips and tricks to help reduce your chances of getting a diabetic foot ulcer:

  1. It is important to be educated on the signs and the symptoms of diabetic foot ulcers.  It is very common that they appear in patients who also suffer from diabetic neuropathy. This causes a lack of sensation in the feet and makes it hard for the feet to feel pain. Symptoms of ulcers for those with lack of sensation in the feet include increased skin temperature, drainage in socks, redness, and swelling.
  2. Be sure to look at your feet and check in every day. Blisters and cuts to lead to an infected ulcer in those who suffer from diabetes. If you can’t see your feet, find someone to help you look at them regularly.
  3. If you see an ulcer, be sure to take action immediately. A diabetic foot ulcer that goes untreated can lead to amputation of the foot. In order to avoid this, it is imperative that a person calls their podiatrist to treat an ulcer immediately.
  4. Try to stay healthy. Keeping your blood sugar in check and staying connected with your physicians will prevent any serious flare-ups from occurring.
  5. Make an appointment with your podiatrist regularly for check-ups and to share any concerns. Don’t let your feet get to the point of no return.

Diabetes can have a severe effect on the feet. It is important to watch out for any signs or symptoms of complications and treat them promptly. Having some foot problems? Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your diabetic foot complications. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.