Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: December, 2019

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 30, 2019
Category: Foot Care

This New Year, let’s resolve to be more careful and protective of our feet. While many of you would be all set for your get-in-shape plans, don’t forget that your feet as much attention if not more.

Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight is not only good for your body, but it also reduces the burden on your feet and prevents many foot issues like flat feet, heel pain, plantar fasciitis and the like. However, don’t let this be a jump, start, halt and forget the routine.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to be consistent, be patient and take it slowly. Start with less intense exercise routines and then move your way up once you get in the flow.

Before you start, here a few things to consider:

  • Get yourself the correct footwear: make sure it is comfortable and shock absorbent. That means it should provide extra support for your heels and arches so that they don’t come under undue stress or pressure.

  • Make an appointment with your foot doctor and get your feet examined before you kick start. It is best to know the state of your feet so that you don’t suffer from any painful conditions later on. Checking to see if any existing condition like ankle sprains, injuries or infections is under control is equally important.

  • If you have diabetes, it is best to consult our podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto who will examine your feet and devise a customized food and exercise plan that is essential for your needs.

If you have any questions or doubts about your fitness or the condition of your feet, feel free to call any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 today. Remember, if your feet are happy, you will be happy too!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 23, 2019
Category: Foot Care

This time of the year is filled with the joys of holidays, food and presents! While you soak up all the happiness, don’t forget your feet have been holding you up and carrying you around, all year round! They deserve a treat too.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have come up with creative ideas to help shop for you and your loved ones’ feet as well.

  • A foot massage is the perfect gift for those who have tired and sore feet. Not only will that give your feet a break, but it will relieve pain, reduce swelling (if any) and improve blood circulation, which will speed up the healing process in case of any damaged tissue.

  • Gift coupons for spa pedicures are a great option. However, make sure that the spa you choose is clean and their staff uses properly sterilized tools.
  • Foot creams and moisturizers are essential to keep the skin of your feet hydrated and healthy. By preventing dryness, they eliminate the risk of cuts and cracks and save your feet from skin infections.
  • Colorful and funky socks attract all ages these days. They keep your feet warm and serve as cushioning for the heels and arches.
  • Fluffy and plush slippers are trending nowadays; however, make sure that they provide arch and heel support and are not completely flat. With extra soft cushioning under your feet, you are very likely to enjoy a comfy and cozy winter!
  • Visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for consultation and a thorough examination by our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto.

For those who have diabetes, we urge you not to ignore your feet, instead pay special attention. Keep a lookout for cuts or wounds, as nerve damage may hamper your sense of feeling and you may not be aware of your wounds till it is too late. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and have a happy holiday.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 17, 2019
Category: High Arches
Tags: high arches   painful arch  

High arches are not always painful; however, if they are causing you trouble, you should not ignore the signs your feet are giving you and seek professional help right away. Don’t let the pain reach a point where it becomes unbearable and adversely affects your mobility.

Leaving your high arches untreated may even lead to long-term problems like sprains, weakening of the ankle muscles, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and more.

The first thing to do is check if you have high arches. A simple test will point you in the right direction. Wet your feet, stand on a smooth surface and examine your imprint. If the larger area under your feet is not visible in the imprint, that means you have high arches.

Once that has been determined, here are a few measures you can adopt to avoid painful high arches:

  • Use orthotic inserts to support your arches and ensure proper balance.
  • Ankle braces are also extremely useful in supporting your feet.
  • Strengthening exercises like calf stretches and flexing your Achilles tendons helps in preventing sprains as well as improving stability.
  • Compression therapy is effective in reducing pain and soothing the arches.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist, and his highly-qualified staff use advanced technologies to treat many painful foot conditions ranging from sprains, stress fractures, joint deformities, Achilles tendonitis, neuroma, fungal infections, heel or arch pains, diabetic foot conditions and more.

If you are experiencing pain in your arches and feel that it is not subsiding or it is becoming worse, do not wait or delay your visit to your podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto right away and give your feet the care that they require. Call us or visit our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for your ease and convenience.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 10, 2019
Category: Achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon is the muscle running down your calf and connecting it to your heel. This tendon is what keeps you running, walking or even standing. An overuse injury of the Achilles is known as Achilles tendonitis.

Sometimes when you subject it to excessive stress, it can become torn or damaged, resulting in pain and discomfort. In some cases, you may not be able to walk for a while depending on the severity of the damage.

Here are some effective treatments for Achilles tendonitis that will relieve you from pain:

  1. Reduce the level of exertion and physical activity that you engage in during your daily routine. Switching to relatively less-strenuous activities like swimming will let you stay off your feet and give the Achilles tendon some resting time to heal.
  2. Physical therapy comprising of light stretching and strengthening exercises will help in speeding up the healing process too.
  3. Using customized orthotic inserts and wearing properly fitted shoes can greatly improve the overall health of your feet. They can also aid in preventing a variety of other foot issues like flat feet, arch pain, joint deformities, bunions and more.
  4. Don’t underestimate the power of RICE – rest, ice application, compression, and elevation.

If you feel pain in your Achilles tendon, do not ignore it. Visit your foot doctor and get your feet examined for proper diagnosis and treatment.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts are equipped with advanced technologies and possess vast experience in treating a variety of foot and ankle conditions including deformities, sports injuries, fungal problems, heel or arch pain, sprains and fractures and more.

For your concerns and queries, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Contact us or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more information.

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

With the holiday season coming up and all the sales kicking off, attracting crowds to shopping stores and malls, make sure your feet are well-equipped to keep you running throughout your shopping spree!

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to practice caution before your holiday spirit jumps into action. Being careless with your feet might end up in you missing out on all the fun.

Here are a few useful tips to consider:

  • Use customized orthotic inserts to save your feet from unnecessary stress. Every individual has a different foot shape and gait; therefore, the foot support needed to optimize the condition of your feet requires customized orthotics. Not only do they provide stability and balance, but they also redistribute weight from the problematic areas in your feet and relieve pain. Visit your podiatrist to get customized inserts that are best suited for your feet.
  • Don’t leave your protective support behind. Be it ankle braces, knee support or toe joint correction pads, make sure that your footwear is complete and comfortable. With longer than usual walking rounds during shopping, it is essential to keep your feet safe. Negligence can lead to injuries or sprains, or even relapse or reversal of any healing process that may have been underway.
  • Take a break and relax your feet.  If you don’t want to suffer from sore feet and swollen ankles, it is extremely important that you get off your feet every now and then and take a break. Allowing a little idle time in between your shopping rush will go a long way in maintaining your energy levels as well.

Consult with our experienced and board-certified specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto for any foot conditions that you might be concerned about. Feel free to contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule a convenient appointment. Precaution today will save you from long term damage to your feet.