Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: April, 2019

Our feet are precious assets that need constant protection and care; otherwise, they are susceptible to numerous hazards and problems. Toenails too can fall prey to infections, pain, and suffering.

We must examine our toenails frequently and look for signs like discoloration, change in texture or swelling around the nail area. Two major toenail conditions that you should be aware of are:

  • Fungal toenails: This is when the toenail starts to change color and becomes thick due to fungal infection. Fungi exist in damp and moist places and can easily settle under the toenails when the opportunity arises. Closed shoes, public washrooms, and non-absorbent socks are common places for fungal proliferation.
  • Ingrown toenails: This condition occurs when the toenail starts to push inside the tender skin around the nail area. The constant pressure can lead to swelling, redness, and pain in the affected areas. Knowing how to cut and shape your nails is important, as that can increase or decrease the chances of this occurrence.

Since precaution is better than cure, here are a few tips to protect your toenails from harm:

  • Regular inspection for any signs of change.
  • Avoid closed and tight shoes as they push your toenails hard against each other and can cause deformities as well.
  • Wash your feet and dry them properly.
  • In case of infection, apply anti-fungal ointment to stop the fungi from spreading.
  • For severe cases, advanced laser treatments are available to treat the infected toenails.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have the latest technology and vast experience to diagnose and treat different foot and toenail conditions. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is known for his expertise in foot and ankle care.

Visit us at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-753, NY for guidance on foot health related issues, or call us to schedule your appointment today.

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 17, 2019
Category: foot health
Tags: diabetes   ulcers  

This April, give your feet the care they deserve for bearing the brunt of all our weight and carrying us around all the time. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we are celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month in honor of our feet.

Here are a few important facts about our feet that you probably were not aware of:

  • One foot comprises 10 tendons, 19 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments.
  • On average, a person takes 10,000 steps in one day!
  • Our feet have natural shock absorbing capabilities.
  • While walking, each foot carries approximately 1.5 times our body weight, which increases to 5 times when we are running.
  • Problems with our feet are usually signals of major issues in other parts of the body like diabetes, edema, kidney and liver issues, etc.
  • Despite their immense significance, only 2 out of 10 people pay attention to their foot health on a regular basis.

According to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, a large number of people suffering from diabetes will not even know that they have any foot condition and are more likely to end up with foot ulcers. Due to poor blood circulation, lack of sensation may occur which means foot ulcers may go unnoticed till their condition worsens severely. If treatment is not sought, they could become infected or, even worse, may require amputation.

Therefore, it is advised to:

  • Examine your feet thoroughly on a daily basis.
  • Wear proper and comfortable shoes that provide stability, and do not harm your feet with excessive friction or constriction.
  • Exercise on a regular basis to improve circulation and enjoy an overall healthy body.
  • Massage and compression are beneficial for blood circulation and healing of damaged tissue.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we offer a range of foot health-related services to fulfill your needs and address your concerns. For any queries, visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights or call us at (718) 567-1403/ (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 10, 2019
Category: heel pain

Our feet comprise a complex structure of muscles, tissue, and bones. The long tissue that connects the heel with the toes is called the plantar fascia, which provides support to the foot and enables it to maintain its balance when we walk, jog or run.

However, overexertion of this tissue causes inflammation and severe pain in the heels – a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. If care is not appropriate, damage to this tissue could be long-term resulting in deterioration and weakness of the foot muscles.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we recommend the following home treatments; however, consulting your podiatrist is the safest and most secure solution:

  • Applying ice to the inflamed area soothes the tissue and eases the pain.
  • Resting reduces inflammation and pain; therefore, it is important to take breaks between your walking and running routines.
  • Slight exercises to stretch and strengthen the lower legs, especially the calf and ankles, are beneficial for the health of your feet.
  • Appropriate footwear is crucial to ensure that your feet are provided with adequate support and are not exposed to severe shocks.
  • You might need orthotic insert devices to secure the position of your feet so that they are not under excessive and unnecessary stress.
  • Physical therapy has proved to be quite beneficial in reducing heel pains and strengthening the muscles of your feet. It also helps in improving blood circulation which is known to speed up the healing of any damaged tissue.
  • In extreme cases, one could consider the possibility of undergoing surgery to repair and rebuild your foot’s structure.

We strongly urge you to get proper guidance and treatment from our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who is trained to examine, diagnose and treat all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. Be it fungal infections, bunions, ingrown toenails, gout, injuries, even neuropathy due to diabetes, and a lot more; we have solutions and we are here to help. Call us today at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for healthy and happy feet!

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 09, 2019
Category: Custom Orthotics
Tags: Custom Orthotics  

Do your feet hurt after a long day at work? If so, have you considered custom orthotics? Available from the Brooklyn, NY, offices of Drs. orthoticsJoseph C. Stuto and Joseph A. Stuto, orthotics come in three main categories that vary in size, shape, and materials. Read on to learn how they can help you and your feet!

 

More About Custom Orthotics

Bunions, corns, calluses, and hammertoes are just a few of the foot conditions that orthotics are designed to correct and accommodate. Coming in a variety of forms such as felt pads and/or custom-made shoe inserts, orthotics fix abnormalities and support people during various activities, such as standing, walking, and running.

Of course, you can always buy over-the-counter inserts, and while they do alleviate some very mild symptoms, nothing beats the custom orthotics from our Brooklyn offices. This is because our orthotics are designed around your unique foot structure and, therefore, specifically focused on helping you with your specific needs.

Custom orthotics come in three categories that are designed to combine functionality, control, and protection, as you'll see from the types of orthotics mentioned below.

 

Types of Orthotics

  • Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotic can eliminate aches and pains in your legs, thighs, and lower back because they're made of firm materials, plastic, or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics control foot function and are generally used for the distress caused by regular walking.
  • Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics help people regain balance and reduce foot pressure by absorbing shock because they're made of cushioning material. Soft orthotics are beneficial for people suffering from diabetes and arthritis.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Semi-rigid orthotics treat children suffering from foot disorders like in-toeing or out-toeing disorders by providing foot balance. They're made of plastic or fiber and soft cushioning material.

 

Do you need a consultation?

If you have any questions or would like more information about custom orthotics, call Drs. Joseph C. Stuto and Joseph A. Stuto in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 for the Remsen St. office, or (718) 567-1403 for the 7th Avenue location.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 01, 2019
Category: Diabetic foot Care
Tags: ulcers  

Ulcers are painful cracks in your feet that expose the inner layers of your skin and make them prone to infections. Once infected, the condition becomes extremely unbearable and requires immediate medical treatment.

Here are some important treatments that can prevent foot ulcers:

  • Wearing soft cushioned shoes can ease the pressure on your feet and stop the ulcers from becoming worse. Special and customized shoes are available for such conditions. Ask your podiatrist for guidance related to the right kind of footwear.
  • Anti-fungal creams and ointments are effective ways to improve the healing process. Application of adequate bandaging prevents ulcers from further infections.
  • Properly cleaning and draining the fluids from the ulcers helps in healing and reduces the chances of aggravating their condition. Open ulcers are likely to get worse very quickly if not cleaned regularly.
  • Physical therapy has shown positive results as it improves the blood flow and speeds up the healing process for ulcers.
  • Being overweight increases the stress on your feet and consequently enhances the risk of ulceration.

Don’t wait for your foot ulcers to become worse. If you notice that the cracks in the skin of your feet are not healing, get professional assistance right away! Delaying treatment harms not only your feet but adversely affects your overall body. You remain in pain and your mobility is also likely to be negatively impacted.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto is an expert for treating foot ulcers and other foot-related conditions. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we understand the need for specialized care and individual attention and therefore we respond accordingly. You can visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, New York, or call us at (718) 567-1403 / (718) 624-7537 at your convenience for any foot health-related concerns that you might have.