Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: September, 2019

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 25, 2019
Category: orthotics

Are you suffering from pain in your heels, arches or the balls of your feet? Has walking become an unbearable ordeal for you? Try using orthotic shoe inserts to relieve the pain in your feet and ankles.

By redistributing weight around various areas of your feet, orthotics lift undue pressure from the inflicted areas and provide the necessary support so that your feet feel comfortable and stress-free.

Some over-the-counter orthotic inserts are effective; however, if the pain persists, it is better to get customized ones made by your foot specialist according to your shape and size for optimal benefits. Here are some of the issues that can be avoided simply by using orthotic inserts:

  • Inflammation of the tissue running below your feet, connecting the heel bone to the toes (also known as the plantar fascia) can be reduced through inserts.
  • Inserts provide support and reduce the intensity of impact which may result in the occurrence of Achilles tendonitis (pain caused by soreness of the muscle joining the calf to the heel).
  • They help correct your posture which may also reduce any knee or back pain that you may be encountering.
  • Orthotics provide the necessary support which may eliminate the need for surgery for joint issues or bone protrusions.
  • They provide stability and balance, thereby preventing falls and resultant sprains or bone fractures.

It is strongly advised that you visit your foot doctor and get your feet examined regularly to identify any issues that may be affecting your gait or posture. Your podiatrist will also direct you to use the right inserts that will maximize the health of your feet.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto specializes in treating a range of foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, fractures and wounds, diabetic foot issues, toenail infections and more. Feel free to call our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and get your feet back in shape as soon as possible!

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 18, 2019
Category: senior citizens

September is Pain Awareness Month. It’s a great time for us at Joseph Stuto, DPM to ensure that our senior patients are aware of what challenges lie ahead for them so that they are well equipped to overcome them gracefully if and when the time comes.

Here are the four most commonly observed issues that are encountered by aging feet:

  • Boney protrusions, also known as “Bunions”, tend to push the big toe inwards over time. This may become painful if the condition aggravates and is left unattended. Our foot specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto strongly recommends the use of customized orthotic inserts and pads to control this condition.
  • With a lifetime of wear and tear, the bones in our feet also become prone to “Arthritis”. Symptoms of this condition include stiffness in the joints and the ankles as the cartilage between the bones disappears. However, our experts have several restorative treatments to reduce pain and help with mobility issues associated with this disease.
  • Diabetes is the most widespread and common issue encountered with increasing age. With diabetes, the blood circulation becomes restricted which may cause swelling and nerve damage in your feet. Effective measures to prevent aggravation of this disease include light but regular exercise, compression therapy, and a healthy diet. Contact our offices at Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY for information and appointments.
  • As the bones start to lose their strength, they become porous and more prone to breaking due to falls and trips. This condition is known as “Osteoporosis” and can affect both males and females. However, both can beat the pain with proper diagnosis and medication.

Don’t let the weight of these foot problems burden your feet. Consult our podiatrists by calling us at (718) 624-7537 or visit our offices for a thorough examination and treatment of your foot ailments. Regardless of age, but with care and precaution, your feet will take you a long way.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 11, 2019
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Heel Pain   flat feet   Bunions   arthritis   ankle sprains  

With summer temperatures still lingering, flip-flops are a popular choice for footwear. These easy slip-ons are undoubtedly the breeziest shoes you can find to beat the heat. However, are they really a healthy option for your feet?

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we want our clients to be aware of their advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Convenience and ease of wearing are two of the most visible pros of flip-flops.
  • They are available in large varieties and usually do not cost a lot.
  • Flip-flops are best suited to protect your feet in places like gym lockers, pool showers, etc.

Disadvantages:

  • They are extremely harmful to the shape of your feet as they provide no support to the arches and expose the heels to excess stress.
  • They do not have the required grip to hold your feet in place. Therefore, chances of tripping or falling are enhanced while wearing flip-flops.
  • Lack of grip forces your toes to hold the strap in between the shoes, increasing the risk of developing bunions.
  • There is also the possibility of developing blisters between the toes due to constant rubbing and friction.
  • Flip-flops are not suitable for extended durations, especially if your day includes a considerable amount of walking or running.
  • They lack shock absorption.

Despite their attractiveness, it’s not advisable to wear these shoes frequently. You may also fall prey to heel pain or plantar fasciitis if you do not limit your use of flip-flops.

In case you are suffering from heel pain or feel any discomfort, we urge you to see your podiatrist for the best care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, bunions, flat feet, ankle sprains, and sports injuries. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 04, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.

It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:

  1. Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
  2. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
  4. Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
  6. Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
  7. Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.

Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.