Posts for: June, 2019
When we think of summers, we think of fun activities, outdoor workouts, water sports, open shoes and more. But have you ever considered how all these pleasures expose our feet to numerous hazards and harms?
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we advise everyone to exercise care and precaution before indulging in any adventures.
Here are a few risks to remain mindful of:
- Fungal infections: Summer fun comprises mostly of water sports like swimming, sailing, etc. At the same time, bacteria thrive in moist places and are likely to cause infections like fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and other skin infections. Using antiseptic soaps and wearing closed shoes in public places are good deterrents.
- Cuts and wounds: Outdoor activities may entail being barefoot, exposing your feet to cuts by sharp or pointed objects, insect bites, etc. If left unattended, the injuries may become infected, causing pain and killing your summer spirits. In such cases, it is necessary to clean your wound and seek medical assistance for proper treatment.
- Sprains and fractures: When energy levels are high, one may tend to overexert while exercising without realizing that it could harm your ankles and feet. Some common results in such situations include ankle twists, sprains, and stress fractures. Starting slowly and then gradually increasing the intensity of exercise routines is safer and saner.
- Arch and heel pain: While sports require appropriate footwear, most people tend to give their feet a break every day by wearing open shoes like flip-flops. These airy shoes provide the least support to your arches, leading to excessive stress on the heels. Choosing shoes with better support and stronger grip will eliminate such pains.
If you encounter pain in your feet, or you feel that your injuries are not healing, we urge you to get in touch with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto and avail yourself of a full array of podiatric services. Visit our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn or you can reach us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment right away.
Did you know that an average active person walks roughly 7500 steps in one day? Multiply that by 365 and see how gigantic a task this seems to become for a year! Yet how many of us take out any time to ensure that our feet are healthy and fit? Barely a handful of people!
Not surprisingly, our feet, which are also one of the most complex body parts in terms of bone and muscle structure, are the most neglected and taken for granted.
There are several conditions that affect our feet; the most common ones include:
- Bunions and other bone deformities
- Fungal nail and skin infections
- Arch pains, muscle tightening or plantar fasciitis
- Injuries, sprains, and fractures
- Nerve damage due to diabetic neuropathy
However, did you know that we humans are not the only ones who can fall prey to these conditions? Recently a baby giraffe in Seattle’s Woodland Zoo was diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperextended fetlocks” in which the rare legs of the giraffe were misaligned, causing it pain and making it difficult for it to walk properly.
Luckily, a team of experts was able to create customized shoes and leg casts to support its feet and lower legs; enabling it to walk in a more stable manner. If it was not for the dedication and hard work of Dr. Tim Storms and a team from Kentucky, that giraffe’s quality of life would have been severely compromised.
It is truly a wonder how many benefits podiatrists are offering us humans and yet we avoid consulting them. Podiatrists can help us adopt a lifestyle that will ensure that our feet are healthy so that we are not deprived of the small pleasures that life has to offer, like walking on the beach, running outdoors, playing sports and merely going from one point to another.
They not only treat and cure foot conditions, but they also prevent long term damage to our feet. So, utilize their services and enjoy your feet (like the baby giraffe did). Schedule your annual foot checkups today with Joseph Stuto, DPM to make sure nothing catches you off guard.
Studies have revealed that men with diabetes are less likely to exercise precaution and more likely to ignore the advice of their podiatrists. This June, at Joseph Stuto, DPM as we celebrate Men’s Health Month, we urge you to focus on your health, especially your feet!
With diabetes, the worst threat is that of an injury or a callus becoming infected due to poor healing capability. If the infection is not caught in time, it could lead to amputation in severe cases.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind to protect your feet:
- Avoid walking barefoot, especially in moist and damp places. Wearing shoes will prevent exposure to fungal infections that may affect your toenails and skin as well. Chances of cuts or injuries are also reduced with adequate footwear.
- Examining your feet is very important. Look out for any cuts or wounds that you may not be aware of due to poor blood circulation or loss of sensation in the feet and ankles.
- Keep a lookout for ingrown toenails, which can be extremely painful and can become infected with pus if not treated timely. Keep your nails short, and if you develop ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist immediately.
- Watch out for skin infections as well, especially between the toes. Diabetes can make your skin dry and flaky, which, if it deteriorates, can turn into infectious cuts and cause bleeding.
- Hygiene is important – feet should always be clean and dry. In case of dry skin type, using a good moisturizer is advised. Avoid restrictive shoes and socks that may cause excessive sweating.
If you notice any unusual conditions on your feet like swelling, redness or blisters, or suffer any injuries like cuts, sprains or fractures, visit Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more information.
High heels are viewed as the epitome of style, elegance, and grandeur by most women. However, what they don’t realize is the amount of damage they expose their feet to when wearing such shoes.
Here we will highlight some harms of high heels:
- Wearing high heels shifts the weight of the entire body onto the balls of the feet. Due to excessive stress, they become prone to swelling and pain. One cause for this condition is sesamoiditis.
- Heels with restrictive toe space end up cramming the toes together, leading to the development of bunions and hammertoes.
- Extended periods of wearing high heels could damage your Achilles tendon by shortening it. This causes extra stress on leg muscles as they become overly stretched and can make walking excruciatingly painful.
- A slight imbalance or unexpected trip could lead to painful sprains and even bone fractures.
Luckily, you can still wear these beauties if you adopt a few precautionary measures:
- Shorten the heel size: wearing a two-inch heel instead of a four or six significantly minimizes your exposure to falls and trips.
- Avoid stick-thin heel types: broader heel types like “wedges” distribute weight more evenly on your feet and save them from excessive stress.
- Use shoe inserts: pads and orthotic inserts are helpful in providing support and relief to your foot’s pressure points.
- Wear high heels for shorter durations: If you have a busy day that will keep you up and about on your toes, it is better to avoid wearing heels on such days. Switching between heels and flats also eases the stress on your feet.
- Flexing your ankles and feet, along with mild exercises, is good for the overall health of your feet.
In case of any discomfort or pain in your feet, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM, suggest that you consult a podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and relief.