Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: January, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 29, 2020
Category: Diabetic foot Care

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts advise our diabetic patients to exercise extra caution as winter elements such as closed shoes, wet surfaces, chill air, dry skin, damp socks and the like, are all hazardous for the health of their feet. 

Here a few tips that will help you make it through the winters:

  • Examine your feet daily: You should thoroughly inspect your feet and watch out for any changes in the color and texture of your skin and toenails. Due to restricted blood flow, calluses or corns may go unnoticed by patients with diabetes. Visit your podiatrist immediately if you observe anything unusual.

  • Keep your feet dry: Walking along snowy streets could result in wet socks and damp shoes. Make sure you change your footwear as soon as you return indoors and dry your feet properly.

  • Moisturizing is crucial: Heaters tend to make the skin dry and flaky. If your feet are not well moisturized, your skin may start cracking. The condition could worsen as those cracks turn into wounds and fall prey to infections.

  • Wear comfortable shoes: Diabetic patients need to be extra careful about their footwear as their feet require greater support and padding to avoid ulcers and sores caused due to excessive pressure.

  • Manage your blood sugar level: Diet plays an important role in controlling your glucose levels. Make sure you follow your diet plan and don’t miss any medication that you are taking to maintain your sugar levels.

  • Visit your foot doctor regularly to ensure that your feet are healthy and not developing any painful conditions. One cannot emphasize the importance of these visits enough.

If you have any queries about diabetic foot health or would like more information, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto by contacting our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 23, 2020
Category: senior citizens

While we may tend to take our feet for granted, we usually forget that they require extra care and protection during the winter season. This is especially true for our senior members, whose chances of experiencing foot problems increases manifold in the winters. Nevertheless, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients not to suffer from any winter blues. There is no reason why you cannot enjoy the outdoors.

Just follow these important measures and you are good to go:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes: Make sure your shoes provide ample support for your heels and arches and have a strong grip. This will ensure greater stability and balance.

  2. Don’t forget to exercise your feet: This may not be possible outdoors; however, you can always follow your stretching and flexing routines indoors. Use braces when necessary.

  3. Avoid dampness: With closed shoes and socks, your feet may become damp, exposing them to the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. Change your shoes immediately when you return indoors, wash and dry your feet thoroughly.

  4. Moisturizing is essential: Winters are usually dry and the air tends to dry up the skin of your feet. If left unattended, this could result in flaky or cracked skin and sores.

  5. Hygiene is critical: People tend to forget trimming their toenails in winter since their feet are almost always inside shoes and socks. Cutting toenails properly is important to avoid issues like ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections.

  6. Report any foot concerns to your podiatrist: If you have diabetes, you should visit your foot doctor regularly to identify and address any unseen yet slowly progressing foot health issues.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your feet or if you require more information on effective foot protection, our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is available at your service. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-140 for your ease and convenience.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM, ingrown toenail
January 15, 2020
Category: toenail conditions

Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful and can become infected if left untreated. As the nail pushes inside the skin deeper, it can cut the skin, leading to swelling and bleeding and making it difficult to wear shoes. 

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts suggest that you adopt these four simple measures to avoid ingrown toenails:

  1. Proper cutting of nails: It is important that you cut your nails straight so that they do not grow inwards if curved. Also, cut them frequently and keep them short, especially if your nails have the tendency to be curved or bent.

  2. Safeguard your feet and toenails: Bumping into objects or accidentally dropping heavy substances on your feet can result in injuries that can lead to inward growth of your toenails. Keep your feet safe and inspect any cuts or wounds that may appear on them in case of an accident. Seek professional help right away if you feel that healing is slow or inadequate,

  3. Wear the right footwear: The right size of shoes and comfortable structure are important to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. Tight-fitted shoes that crowd your toes into each other, or, constantly hit your big toe against the inner walls are disastrous for your toenails.

  4. Visit your podiatrist: Get your feet examined by your foot doctor regularly, so that any issues can be identified and caught in the early stages. This will save you from unnecessary pain and misery.

If you notice any tenderness, redness, swelling, discomfort or pain in the skin surrounding your toenails, schedule your appointment with our foot and ankle care specialists right away.

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is highly-experienced in treating a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including bone and joint pain, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, and stress fractures, diabetic neuropathy, fungal infections and more. Contact us to schedule an appointment today or visit our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 at your convenience. To keep you informed and equipped in making better decisions regarding your foot health, visit our extensive patient library and blogs section.

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 08, 2020
Category: Exercise

Are you one of those people who started all enthusiastic about your new exercise routine, and then gave up or were forced to give up much earlier than expected? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have noticed that the most common reasons why people fail to remain consistent include:

  • Lack of pre-workout preparation.
  • Not having proper gear, resulting in injuries and sprains right at the start.
  • Jumping from being idle to high-intensity workouts.
  • Not getting your feet checked for any underlying issues.

If you want to stay safe and follow through with your exercise plans till the end, then you need to make sure that you do not make these mistakes.

Here are a few things that you can do to avoid failing this year:

  • Consult your podiatrist before you start your exercise routine. It is important to know the state of your feet so that you can be careful beforehand in case you are developing any painful foot conditions.
  • Proper footwear is the most important element for the successful execution of your workouts. Look for shoes that are designed to ensure stability and balance to help keep your feet safe while you work out. Get your feet measured by a foot doctor so that you know your size when you head out for your shoe shopping.
  • Choose your exercise plan wisely. Start slowly and move onto more intense programs later through the year, as you build up strength and stamina. Starting with a tough work-out right away will surely land you into forced breaks, eventually halting your workouts altogether.
  • We cannot overemphasize the importance of stretching pre and post work out routines. Flexing your muscles during warm-up will keep you on track and prevent issues like tissue damage, muscle cramps, sprains, and fractures.

If you have concerns about your exercise routines or are unsure about the health of your feet, our podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is here to help. Call or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 right away.