Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: November, 2018

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 27, 2018
Category: toenail conditions

Many people face a common problem of ingrown toenails where the edges of the nail start to grow and cut through the soft skin tissue of the toe. This can cause severe pain, swelling, redness, discomfort, and infection around your toe. In more serious cases, it can progress to an open sore, inviting fungal and other bacterial infections. A prolonged infection can have serious ramifications especially if you have diabetes, circulation problems or have an impaired immune system.

Here are some of the best ways to help prevent ingrown toenails:

Avoid trimming your toenails too short— The easiest way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim your nails straight across and not curved. Proper grooming and nail care can go a long in preventing this condition.

Wear proper footwear—Poor footwear can set up an ideal environment for painful ingrown toenails to develop. Wear well-fitted shoes to avoid crowding and overlapping of your toes. This can help reduce undue stress on your feet.

Avoid trauma One of the main reasons you may experience this condition is injury or trauma to the toe area. This is a very common occurrence in sports, vigorous-intensity activities, and especially running.

Whether your ingrown toenail is infected or recurring in nature, it is best to get it examined by a qualified doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we provide high quality and advanced diagnostic tools to help treat a range of foot and ankle conditions. Whether you have hammertoes, bunions, sports injury or toe deformities, our dedicated and qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help! For more information on ingrown toenails and foot health, call us at our two office locations in Brooklyn, New York.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 19, 2018
Category: senior citizens

Foot problems are very common as you grow older. It greatly affects your health and lifestyle. At times, the problems with your feet may be the first indicator of a more serious problem such as diabetes, arthritis or other circulation problems.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we often see that seniors take good care of themselves, but one aspect of their health that they often neglect is good foot care. We encourage our seniors to have a proactive approach when it comes to looking after their feet.

Here are some great tips for seniors to help keep their feet in check:

  • Seniors should regularly monitor or examine their feet for any changes or irregularities such as cuts, bruises and fungal infections. People with diabetes need to be extra vigilant in this regard.
  • A regular foot wash is necessary to ensure cleanliness. Dry your feet properly so that the skin does not get too moist. This also helps fight off fungal infections. Apply lotion to help keep the skin from cracking and itching.
  • Maintain good circulation by indulging in sports and exercise. A regular foot massage and warm feet can also aid in circulation.
  • Trim your toenails properly to avoid problems like ingrown toenails and toe pain. Always remember to cut your toenails straight across and not curved.
  • Wear proper footwear. Make sure they have enough toe space to avoid overlapping and crowding. Wear the right shoe for the right activity. Improper footwear can cause serious damage to the skeletal structure of the feet.

Most foot problems can easily be averted and treated if detected in their initial stage. If you want to know about foot care and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our experienced podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you eliminate any chances of getting a foot disorder and ensure that your feet stay healthy for years to come. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 14, 2018
Category: footwear
Tags: shoes   shoe shopping  

With so many brand options and styles to choose from, finding the perfect pair of shoes that best suit your feet can be quite a challenge. While you may find shoes that are better than others, the best shoes, however, are the ones that best suit your feet. You may have bought the trendiest pair of sneakers, but what good are they if they are the wrong size and are a source of constant pain and discomfort? In fact, we often make the most common mistakes while shopping for shoes and as a result, our choices contribute to pain, foot disorders and injuries.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we believe that one of the best ways you can keep your feet safe and healthy is to house them in the right shoes or the most appropriate footwear. Here are some key tips to help you buy your perfect pair of shoes and to avoid these mistakes while shoe shopping.

  • Try on both shoes before buying:

Do not rush to the counter before trying on both the shoes. Try walking around the store to ensure whether the shoes are a right fit for your feet. Be sure to measure both feet by a professional. Many people tend to have one foot slightly bigger than the other.

  • Try shoes with socks:

Try shoes with socks to ensure the best fit. However, if you are trying sandals or high heels, wearing socks may not be necessary.

  • Perfect time to shop for shoes:

The size of our feet tends to change during the course of the day. The most ideal time to shop for shoes is towards the end of the day. That is when our feet are the most swollen from bearing our weight all day long.

  • Right shoes for the right activity:

Every shoe is designed for a particular activity. Selecting the most appropriate footwear for each activity can enhance performance, give proper support, alleviate foot pain, reduce the risk of injuries, and prevent or eliminate foot disorders.

If you want to know more about proper footwear and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help you understand the importance of footwear and foot health. Our highly qualified staff is committed to providing our patients with the best care and treatment plan to prevent further foot disorders. For more information, call us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 07, 2018
Category: foot fungus

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common and irritating foot problem. It occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. The fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist settings such as shower or locker areas, public pools, gyms, and communal bathroom. This infection can lead to severe itching, scaling, redness and burning of the feet. If left untreated, the fungus can spread across other parts of the body due to its extremely contagious nature.

Most people tend to pick up fungal infections such as athlete’s foot during the summertime, but the truth is our feet are susceptible to these infections at any given time of the year. Our socks and shoes contribute the most to the development of athlete’s foot, as they provide a suitable breeding ground for fungus to thrive. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we encourage our patients to maintain good foot hygiene due to the recurring and contagious nature of athlete’s foot.

Here are some tips to help avoid this condition

  • Wash your feet on a daily basis.
  • Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes.
  • Wear proper footwear to help protect your feet when walking in public places, such as communal bathrooms, locker rooms or swimming pools. Avoid going barefoot in public areas where the fungus may be lurking.
  • Wear special socks that wick away moisture.
  • Change socks regularly, especially if your feet get sweaty. This will help keep your feet dry and decrease the buildup of fungus.
  • If you sweat profusely, apply foot powder or an antiperspirant on your feet.
  • Spray some disinfectant inside your shoes to help kill germs.
  • Due to its contagious nature, avoid sharing your personal belongings such as socks, towels, and shoes.
  • Bathroom surfaces at home should be kept clean, especially bathtubs.

If you notice any early symptoms of athlete’s foot or if you are battling any fungal infections, have a foot doctor to inspect your feet. The key to prevention is to maintain proper foot hygiene.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we treat a variety of foot problems including athlete’s foot. Our foot doctors Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Joseph A. Stuto can help identify the degree of infection and devise a treatment plan accordingly. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment.