Posts for: March, 2019
Did you know that what you eat has a direct impact on the health of your feet? Eating healthy foods provide good nutrition and enable you to maintain your weight. As a result, your feet (that bear all that weight) are also stress-free, strong and at ease.
Here are some notable benefits of healthy eating to your feet:
- Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are a great source of calcium for the bones. Stronger bones mean happy feet!
- Fruits have numerous benefits too: blueberries have anti-inflammatory effects, oranges provide calcium and vitamin C that helps bones and tendons, and apples have a lot of iron – all of which are nutrients for healthy feet.
- Certain fish that are rich in fatty acids provide vitamin D to the body that helps in absorbing calcium. They also help maintain cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of diabetes.
- Dairy products strengthen bones and protect the feet from fractures and other bone deformities.
Eating healthy foods is a service you owe your feet to keep you mobile, fit, and active. Some of the dangers that your feet encounter include:
- Arthritis: A condition in which your feet suffer from inflammation of joints. It is painful and can lead to immobility, as your feet bear the weight of your body.
- Peripheral neuropathy: As the nerves are damaged, your feet suffer from loss of sensation, lack of blood circulation, numbness, and severe pain. The most common cause of this condition is “diabetes” which needs prevention by following a balanced diet and treatment through timely diagnosis and medical care.
- Flat feet: It’s a condition in which the bones of your feet are placed under stress as the arch either disappears over time or is nonexistent since birth. The most common reason cited for flat feet is being overweight.
Healthy foods also affect your energy level and enable you to stay active. We can give you guidance on a healthy diet and proper foot care. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.
While we have many things to be grateful for, we usually forget what a huge blessing our feet are and how important their role is in our daily lives. Not only do they carry the entire weight of our body, but they also support us in walking, running and moving around.
In return, what do we give our feet other than more pressure, exhaustion and sometimes even injuries? Here are some ways we can go an extra mile to extend our feet the care that they deserve:
- Massage your feet: Massaging with a good moisturizer relaxes the feet and allows smooth blood circulation. It also relieves any pains and reduces stress on our feet muscles. Moisturizers also eliminate dryness and nourish your skin.
- Go for a pedicure: Pedicures are relaxing and beneficial for your foot health. However, unhygienic salons could damage your feet instead of protecting them. Make sure that they use clean and sanitized utensils to avoid infections and injuries.
- Buy comfortable shoes: Most people end up buying wrong or ill-fitting shoes. Make sure that your footwear supports your arches, cushions your heels, and is shock-absorbent. Moreover, buying the right size shoe is crucial for your foot health too.
- Enjoy nice pairs of socks: Buy socks that are airy, soft and the right size. Also, certain materials save your feet from sweating and other associated issues like skin rashes and fungal infections.
Most importantly, if you feel any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, you should visit our podiatrists at Joseph Stuto, DPM right away! Our foot expert Dr. Joseph Stuto deals with various foot conditions and can be consulted for any foot health-related queries. Our offices are located at Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, NY for your convenience and care.
Cracked heels are quite common and quite curable as well if given proper care and attention. Due to excess and persistent pressure on the heels, they tend to develop a thick and hard layer of skin as a protective measure.
However, long periods of sustaining the pressure can cause this layer of dry skin to crack. With additional weight or extended exposure to hard surfaces, these cracks are likely to become deep fissures that might suffer from infections and can start bleeding as well.
How can you protect your feet and avoid cracked heels? Here are some useful and preventive tips:
- Moisturizing your feet is helpful to get rid of dry skin from the heels. Application of cream or petroleum jelly has shown positive results. Moreover, repeating your moisturizing routine several times throughout the day is very effective.
- Removing cracked and dry skin, especially during bathing, helps in restoring smooth heels. As the skin of your heels becomes soft, it is easier to remove the cracked parts by using a foot scrubber.
- It is advised not to wear open shoes if you have cracked heels, as exposure tends to make the skin harder and drier. As a result, your heels may become itchy and the cracks are likely to grow deeper.
- Wearing cotton socks is recommended for the protection of your heels from cracking. Covering your feet with socks at night after moisturizing also helps in developing softer and smoother heels.
- Orthotic inserts provide effective cushioning and allow pressure to be rightly distributed along your feet, ankles and heels. Consult your podiatrist for the right device and proper foot care.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto specializes in treating foot and ankle issues like diabetic foot complications, fractures, flat feet, joint pains, sprains, foot and toenail infections and more. Contact our offices at Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY to schedule an appointment today.
Hammertoes are painful and cause severe problems when wearing shoes. If they become excessively bent, the problem is likely to worsen unless you take action to protect your feet from further harm.
If left unattended, hammertoes can become infected with blisters, corns or disproportionate bone protrusions and more. Not only is the condition excruciatingly painful, but you also may not be able to carry out your daily chores as merely walking can become an ordeal.
If your foot condition has passed the preliminary stages and is not responding well to other treatments, surgery is a viable and effective method to treat bent hammertoes. Through surgery, the toes are placed in their proper position so that the functionality of the tendons improves; toe muscles become stronger and more stable.
There are two types of surgical procedures that can treat your hammertoes: Fusion and Joint resection. The former type of surgery involves removing the damaged joint and combining the ends together so that the shape of the toe is restored. The latter surgical procedure entails removing the end of the joint and using a device to maintain the rightful position of the toes.
Following surgery, rest is essential to allow ample healing time for the foot. In most cases, some low-intensity program of physiotherapy is required to regain proper functionality of the toes and the foot as a whole.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot experts are equipped to solve your foot concerns and ensure that your foot health is not compromised. Consult our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for all your foot and ankle-related concerns. We deal with hammertoes, toenail infections, bunions, diabetic foot care, flat feet, orthotics, tendon pains, foot and ankle injuries and more. Feel free to visit our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York and enjoy healthy and pain-free feet. For more information, you can schedule an appointment or browse through our extensive educational library online.