Posts for: February, 2019
Did you know that you can get rid of severe and chronic pain in your feet and ankles through shockwave therapy? This treatment is not new and many athletes undergo this therapy for intensive damage repair in their muscles and tissues.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Depending on the severity of the damaged tissue, shock waves of varying intensities are discharged into the body from points identified as core pain areas. In most cases electromagnetic pulses are released; however, high-pressure airwaves can also be used to treat the injured foot.
Once emitted, these shock waves act as a boost for the blood to flow to the injured area and accelerate the healing process. The procedure has a rejuvenating effect as it triggers blood flow to rush to the impacted areas quickly. Benefits of this treatment are known to include:
- Fast relief from acute pain in the feet and ankles.
- Restoration of mobility and foot movement.
- Repairing effect due to new blood vessel creation, cell growth, and tissue repair.
- The decrease in chronic inflammation around the ankle area.
Precautionary measures such as ice application, orthotic inserts, exercises, and stretches are effective; however, in extreme cases where such methods prove to be unsuccessful in getting relief from pain, shockwave therapy seems promising.
Shockwave therapy is used to treat foot concerns like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and heel injuries. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have the required expertise and success stories of patients who fought foot injuries through the implementation of shockwave therapy. Why suffer when our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto has the best solutions to offer for all your foot and ankle concerns? Please visit our offices nearest to your location, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY, or call us to schedule an appointment and start enjoying a healthy and a pain-free life from today!
Stress fractures are very common in the feet, especially when they are exposed to repeated yet sudden movements involving pressure and strong force.
One would normally think of a bone fracture as a bone that is totally broken into two pieces or broken from multiple places. However, stress fractures are different though equally painful, i.e. they are hairline fractures in the bone.
How can you detect if you are suffering from a stress fracture? Here are a few indications:
- Feeling pain while walking or engaging in any physical activity.
- The pain may diminish or disappear while resting.
- Swelling on top of your feet.
- Bruising or discoloration.
- Feeling pain in only particular areas of your foot.
- Soreness while touching the injured area or over-sensitivity.
Precaution is better than cure; therefore a few helpful tips to look after your feet can save you from stress fractures:
- Select your shoes wisely – wrong shoes can become a nightmare for the feet. Wear proper shoes that will support your foot and save it from abnormal or frequent shocks.
- Compression and bandaging can reduce inflammation and swelling. Ice is also effective to lessen the swelling caused by stress fractures.
- Resting and giving yourself ample breaks in between tough physical exertions will also help your feet to recover and recuperate.
- Most importantly, consult a foot care specialist any time you experience pain or discomfort. In severe and untreated cases, you may need to undergo surgery to keep your bones in place for you to carry on with your normal activities.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot care specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto is equipped to take care of all your foot and ankle related issues especially feet stress fractures. For a thorough examination, diagnosis and treatment, visit our offices in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, New York or call us at (718) 567-1403 or (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today. For more information on foot health, foot disorders, diagnosis, and treatment, you can browse throughout an extensive patient library.
Exercising is an exhilarating activity – not only does it help you get in better shape, but it also makes you feel liberated and has a positive effect on your mood too.
However, these lively feelings can disappear and instead turn into unhappy experiences if you do not make the right choices before starting your exercise plan. Here are some of the most common reasons why people end up giving up their exercise routines:
Choosing the wrong footwear: Most of the time, new starters are unaware of the right kind of shoes to wear for their routines. These days, there are specific shoes for every activity that are designed to keep your feet comfortable throughout the process. People who have certain foot conditions, for example bunions or toe related issues, need to take extra precautions. They should consult a podiatrist before joining such programs because they might need orthotic support.
Choosing the wrong exercise program: Exercise enthusiasts tend to overdo or overexert, thinking they will get in shape faster that way. This is a wrong approach as your body needs time to get accustomed to the amount of exertion you put it through. High-intensity programs, especially after long periods of inactivity, cause more harm than benefit to your body. You need to start with a slower routine and then move up gradually.
Injuring yourself: People become too eager and push themselves too hard, or they just jump into the routine without warming up and stretching, or their posture is incorrect. All these could end up in an injury that could disrupt your exercise plan. In worse cases, one could suffer from Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains or even fractures.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest you get an appointment with our foot experts at our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York before you start your exercise plan. If you have started to feel the slightest bit of discomfort or pain in your feet and ankles, feel free to contact us at any of our office numbers listed above. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto, DPM can help and guide you to recovery with any of your foot and ankle problems. For more information, you can browse through our extensive library on topics that best interest you.
Foot health is paramount to our lifestyle, health, and well-being. While our feet get us around comfortably and effortlessly, they are the ones that bear the brunt of seasons and our day-to-day activities. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we would like to urge patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and adhere to good foot care practices.
Here are some easy ways to help protect your feet:
- Daily inspection/spot-checks: Do a thorough inspection of your feet on a daily basis, if you’re not doing it already. Examine your feet from top to bottom and use a mirror if necessary. This step helps spot changes more quickly and may save you from a potential foot problem. People who have diabetes must follow this step religiously. Look out for anything usual such as scrapes, corns, skin color, bunions, swelling or blisters.
- Maintain good foot hygiene: Keeping your feet clean can help protect them from acquiring any fungal infections or bacteria. Make sure to wash your feet with lukewarm water and then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use a moisturizer to help keep the skin clean and hydrated. If your feet sweat profusely, make sure to use foot powder. Try to switch your shoes from time to time. This allows your shoes to air out properly and helps prevents foul odor.
- Trim toenails: Always cut your toenails straight across and never too short. Do not cut them in round shape or trim the corners of toenails as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Regular check-ups: Conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can affect your feet in more ways than one. If you have any condition that affects your feet, it needs to be monitored and evaluated properly by a certified podiatrist.
- Address your foot pain: Ignoring foot pain only aggravates the symptoms and prolongs the suffering. If there is recurring foot pain, it is important that you see a specialized foot doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Timely steps can help prevent major complications.
If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our offices located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help evaluate your foot and take the necessary measures to correct any foot and ankle disorders you may have. For more insight on foot care and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library online.