Posts for: July, 2019
Summertime brings out open and strappy shoes for men and women alike. However, some people, notably women, may be reluctant to wear summer’s breezy footwear. This may be because of certain foot conditions that are unpleasant either physically or visually.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have identified the most common recurring foot conditions and remedial measures to protect your feet.
- Fungal Toenail Infections: If you notice any changes in the color, thickness or texture of your toenails, there is a likelihood that your toenails are infected. While this may not hurt, however, it can spread very quickly to other toenails if not treated in a timely manner. Consult your podiatrist for the most appropriate course of treatment that will depend on the severity of the infection and how far it has spread.
- Bunions: This condition is characterized by the protrusion of the bone on the big toe’s joint which pushes the big toe towards the other toes, causing pain and discomfort. If caution is not exercised, the condition will worsen. Get your feet examined by your foot doctor to see if it can be controlled through orthotic devices or if a surgical procedure is required.
- Pump Bump: Also known as the “Haglund’s Deformity”, this bump occurs due to constant friction between the back of the heel and the hard walls at the back of the shoes. It is advised to wear backless shoes for a while to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
- Hammertoes: This deformity arises mostly due to wearing ill-fitted or constricted shoes for extended periods. The affected toe will tend to bend downwards. Other reasons such as arthritis, injury or nerve damage could also cause this condition. Depending on the severity, your doctor can prescribe toe pads or opt for surgery.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your feet, contact our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto right away. Visit us or contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule a convenient appointment. Feel free to browse through our patient library and blog section on our website, where we help keep our patients informed on podiatry issues and help them make better decisions regarding their health and well-being.
Common foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, can usually be treated conservatively with rest, medication, physical therapy, and supportive shoes/appliances like orthotics. However, in rare cases where conservative treatments don't work and the problem becomes chronic, additional treatments like extracorporeal shockwave therapy may provide relief. Here at the Brooklyn, NY, office of Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto, we offer a number of treatment options for foot and ankle injuries, including Shockwave Therapy—read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound wave therapy to treat the heel pain of chronic plantar fasciitis when more conservative treatments have failed to produce results. A local anesthetic is applied to keep you comfortable during the procedure, which lasts approximately 30 minutes and is performed at the podiatrist's office on an outpatient basis.
It is non-surgical so you don't have to worry about incisions, stitches, bandages, or an extended recovery period. You will also be able to go home after the procedure (patients should bring someone to drive them home afterward).
Is Shockwave Therapy Right for Me?
Shockwave therapy is recommended for advanced cases of heel pain that haven't responded to other forms of treatment. While there are a number of options available to help relieve the pain and symptoms of plantar fasciitis, when those fail to provide relief, shockwave therapy can help.
However, shockwave therapy is not available for pregnant women and patients with certain underlying medical conditions such as vascular disease, certain neurological conditions, if you wear a pacemaker, or if you are taking medication that affects blood clotting.
Interested? Call our Brooklyn Office Today
For more information about the benefits of shockwave therapy and other treatments for foot and ankle pain and injuries, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, by calling (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today.
Calluses are layers of rough and flaky skin on the feet that can cause pain and discomfort. The condition may arise due to constant friction against hard surfaces or persistent application of pressure on the same areas.
In early stages, calluses can be eliminated by using pumice stone – a natural, grainy substance that is made from volcanic rock and used to rub off hardened dead skin.
Use of moisturizing creams after pumicing helps to soften the skin and protect it from hardening again. It is recommended to wear socks so that the moisturizer stays on your feet for a longer duration.
Nevertheless, if your pain lingers and your condition does not improve, the following measures may be discussed with a specialist to treat your calluses:
- A procedure may be carried out in which the dead skin is cut and removed with a special tool. It is designed to remove the calluses without harming any healthy layers of your skin.
- An acid patch softens the skin before removing the calluses; it contains salicylic acid that helps to rub off the hard skin. However, it is not to be used without prior consultation from a medical professional, especially by patients with diabetes.
- Podiatrists recommend using customized orthotic inserts that help reduce pressure on specific areas of your feet and subsequently decrease the chances of developing calluses.
Our board-certified podiatrist specializes in treating a range of foot and ankle problems including fungal toenails, arthritis, skin infections, sports injuries, sprains and fractures, muscle and joint pain, structural deformities and more. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403. Feel free to contact us, so our team can guide you and provide further information regarding effective foot and ankle-related issues.
One of the strongest yet most vulnerable tendons in your body is the Achilles tendon, which connects the heel of your foot to your calf. While it enables you to indulge in walking, running, trekking and similar activities, if injured this tendon can severely handicap your ability to move.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM the two most frequent tendon conditions that we encounter are:
- This is when the tendon suffers from inflammation due to excessive and persistent stress.
- Engaging in an intensive work out after an extended duration of idleness or overexerting without taking a break can trigger the onset of this condition.
- Lack of rest and care can worsen the condition as the injured tissue may not be able to repair and revert to its normal state.
- Ongoing stress can cause deterioration and, with time, it could turn into Achilles tendonosis.
- This is a degenerative condition that results from repeated microtrauma.
- The tendon’s structure is adversely affected as its shape is altered, and it may lose its hold especially near the heel area.
- The tendon becomes weak, stiff, and painful with likely occurrence of edema.
- Without treatment, continuous overuse could also rupture the tendon which usually requires surgery.
Treatment for these conditions varies based on the duration and amount of damage inflicted on the tendon. Ice application, temporary immobilization, and anti-inflammatory medication can resolve the issue; however, it is advised to consult your foot doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is highly experienced in treating disorders related to the Achilles tendon and other foot health issues. Depending on your condition, they may recommend physical therapy including strengthening exercises, compression and stretching routines to ease the tendons and restore their functioning. For more information, you may contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.
In order to protect your feet, you need to know what neuroma is – it is a condition characterized by thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve in the ball of your feet leading to the toes. It is also known as “nerve tumors;” however the tumors are non-threatening and non-cancerous.
The most commonly cited causes for the development of neuromas are prolonged compression of the toes and excessive weight on the ball of the foot that irritates the nerve and inflames the tissue around it.
The symptoms of neuromas are gradual; however, if treatment is not appropriate, the condition can aggravate and become unbearable. Early symptoms include:
- Pain or burning in the ball of the foot
- Piercing pain in the toes when pressure is applied
- Numbness or pricking sensation
- Feeling of a hard lump inside the ball of your foot while walking
- When wearing shoes, it may seem like a sharp object inside the shoe is hurting your foot
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we recommend that the following measures be adopted to avoid neuromas:
- Wear comfortable shoes that have ample space to accommodate your toes
- Avoid wearing heels that are higher than 2 inches
- Use customized orthotics to support your feet and safeguard them from unnecessary stress
- Padding inside shoes is helpful to avoid friction and irritation caused by hard surfaces
- Ice application reduces swelling and provides pain relief
- Take a break from the activities that may be triggering your pain and allow some idle time for your feet to recuperate
If the pain does not subside in the ball of your foot, visit your podiatrist right away. Visit or call our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto to get your feet examined and treated effectively.