Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: August, 2019

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 28, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: foot odor  

Who doesn’t like to be carefree and enjoy wearing comfy shoes without worrying about foot odor? Unfortunately, an unimaginably large majority of people suffer from this odorous condition.

Did you know that your feet have 250,000 sweat glands? That amounts to an entire cup full of sweat per day! Not surprisingly, it is the sweat and the bacteria that thrive on the sweat that leads to smelly feet. Fungal skin and nail infections can also cause the odor.

Here are a few measures that you can adopt to avoid foot odor:

  • Make sure that your feet are clean and dry. Washing them daily with anti-bacterial soap and drying them thoroughly before putting on any socks or shoes is important in preventing foot odor.
  • Wear socks that are made from breathable fabric. Your socks should be clean and dry too. If the sweat keeps accumulating inside them, not only will that cause your feet to smell, but it will also expose your feet to fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Switch shoes frequently and allow for a gap before repeating the same shoes. Spraying your footwear with antiseptic will kill any bacteria or fungi that may be present inside.
  • Add soap combined with any odor killing ingredients like apple cider vinegar or tea tree to water and soak your feet in it. Remove any dead skin and dry your feet for better results.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we recommend that patients get their feet examined for any underlying condition. Sometimes a condition could be indicating a bigger problem that needs to be addressed urgently.

Feel free to consult our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who has vast experience in treating foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, diabetic foot complications, infections, bone and joint issues and more. Call us at (718) 624-753 or visit our offices in located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn, New York. Remember, healthy feet are happy feet!

 


By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 22, 2019
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Sprain   ankle injury  

While most ankle sprains occur due to sports activities, it is common to experience sprains due to other reasons as well such as tripping, injuries and the like.

There is no doubt that ankle sprains need to be treated by a doctor or a medical professional; however, here are a few tips to safeguard your ankles effectively:

 

  • The ‘RICE’ method is quite well known to treat ankle sprains, i.e. rest, ice application, compression, and elevation.
  • Rest is critical as any damaged tissue inside your feet and ankles will not get any time to recuperate and return to health if you do not allow any time between your physical activities.
  • Physical therapy not only protects your feet and ankles, but it also helps in speeding up the healing process and alleviating issues like joint pains, bone deformities, arch issues, etc.
  • Wearing the right footwear that is shock-absorbent and softer on the heels is useful to enhance the health of your feet. Sudden movements, especially in intense workouts, may result in sprains and injuries if proper footwear is not used.
  • Orthotic inserts are also an excellent tool to ensure stability and balance, thereby reducing your chances of spraining your ankles.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our podiatrist is not only equipped with the latest technology but also possesses vast experience in treating a diverse range of foot conditions like fungal toenails, bunions, arthritis, diabetic nerve damage to the feet, ingrown toenails, fractures, sprains and more.

If you have any foot pain or if you require any further information regarding the health of your feet, feel free to contact us or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can examine your feet and prescribe the right course of treatment accordingly.


By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 13, 2019

Orthotic inserts are the most widespread and safe solutions to a number of foot and ankle problems. While standard inserts are available over-the-counter, orthotic inserts that are customized by a podiatrist to treat a specific problem are more effective.

Here are some of the most frequent issues that can be addressed by using orthotics:

  • Inflammation of the tissue under your foot that connects the heel with the toes, also known as plantar fasciitis;
  • Heel and arch pain caused by inadequate support or ill-shaped shoes that harm the shape of your feet;
  • Soreness due to Achilles tendonitis;
  • The occurrence of bunions and other bone and joint deformities are mostly seen as a result of wearing poorly-fitted shoes;
  • Corns and calluses that cause your skin to become hard and scaly, making you prone to fungal infections and bacteria;
  • Swelling and pain experienced at the ball of the foot arising from excessive stress on the feet;
  • Muscle sprains and bone fractures may be avoided due to enhanced stability and a stronger grip.

Depending on the kind of foot condition our patients have, our podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto can recommend either a soft orthotic insert or a hard one, designed exclusively to treat the particular issue that you are encountering.

It is important and more beneficial to get the inserts customized according to the shape of your feet. If your insert does not provide your feet the support it is supposed to, your feet could suffer even more.

Know that your orthotics can take you a long way if you let them. Make the right choice and use the inserts for your well-being. For your queries regarding orthotic inserts, or any questions regarding the condition of your feet, feel free to contact Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537. Our team of experts is experienced and trained to treat a diverse range of ankle and foot disorders and are here to address your concerns.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 07, 2019
Category: foot safety
Tags: fungal infections  

Summer activities include heading out to sandy beaches and enjoying the cool water sports. Despite all the fun and excitement associated with beaches, numerous hazards are lurking around, waiting to pounce at you.

Here at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we remind you to be careful of the following:

  • Glass, splinters and other sharp objects hidden in the sand may injure your feet or cause puncture wounds. Make sure to wear some easy-to-slip-on shoes while walking on the sand to protect your feet.
  • It is difficult to control yourself from jumping out the car, running across the parking lot and diving into the waters; the enthusiasm is even stronger among children. However, parking lots are scorching under the sun which is likely to burn your feet before you make it onto the sand. Again, wearing shoes is critical.
  • Sunbathing and tanning are attractive leisure activities; however, too much exposure can cause sunburn, especially on your feet as they tend to be the most exposed. It is essential to apply sunscreen after an interval of two hours and after coming out of the water as well.
  • Beach volleyball matches are frequent occurrences during summertime. While running on the sand is fun, however, it increases the chances of sprains as the surface is uneven. Therefore, keeping a pair of sneakers with you will save you a lot of trouble.
  • Restrooms are unsafe yet unavoidable. They are the hub of bacterial and fungal infections which spread very easily and quickly. Wearing closed shoes and washing your feet thoroughly on returning from the beach is strongly advised. Keeping an antiseptic with you is also beneficial.
  • Jellyfish stings are unbearably painful. While most jellyfish that end up on the shores die, even the dead ones can sting. Baking soda and vinegar are known to reduce pain from stingers.

To avoid any long-run damage, get your feet examined by our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for proper diagnosis and treatment. Contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule your appointment today