Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: March, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 23, 2020
Category: nutrition

Did you know that your eating habits impact the health of your feet too? Unhealthy eating will not only play havoc with your weight, but it will also adversely affect your bones and your feet. The condition is worsened if you have diabetes or are suffering from any heart disease.

March is National Nutrition Month and we at Joseph Stuto, DPM want to ensure that your feet stay strong and your mobility remains unhampered.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Monitor your blood sugar level. Diabetic patients have high glucose levels and face the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease. These conditions are characterized by poor blood flow leading to numbness and eventual nerve damage. Therefore, controlling your sugar is crucial.
  • Control your weight. Being overweight is extremely unhealthy and can damage your feet as they remain under excessive stress persistently. Possible outcomes include conditions such as flat feet, heel pain, swollen ankles and the like.
  • Consult a medical professional to make your diet plan and then stick to it. A nutritious plan would ensure the intake of ample vegetables and fruits. Leafy greens and colorful fruits are essential features of a well-balanced diet.
  • Exercise but don’t overdo it. An exercise routine that suits your current condition will not only help your overall body but will ensure that you do not fall prey to injuries and avoid breaking down completely.
  • Visit your podiatrist regularly to catch and treat any developing conditions before they aggravate.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with our experts for more information on healthy lifestyles and happy feet. Our doctors will discuss and devise a plan of action for you; however, your commitment to healthy living should be persistent and steadfast. Call us today or visit our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York any time.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 16, 2020
Category: heel pain

Did you know that one of the most common and widespread causes of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis? The condition is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that connects your heel with the toes.

When this connecting tissue is subjected to excessive strain or pressure, it results in a sharp pain when you place your feet on the floor after waking up. Usually, the pain tends to lessen during the course of the day, which is why patients are likely to ignore the pain.

However, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, our specialists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, strongly urge patients to understand the gravity of this condition and know that delaying treatment will only worsen your pain. Leaving your inflamed plantar fascia untreated is not only painful, but it can also impact your foot arch and create problems in walking. Therefore, it is important to make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible.

How to treat plantar fasciitis?

Usually less severe cases may be addressed through the use of customized orthotic inserts that correct the posture of your feet and relieve the affected tendon from stress. More advanced conditions were previously treated with surgeries and steroid injections. However, these treatments are not very effective for long durations as they tend to weaken the tissue.

On the other hand, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) has shown promising results for treating plantar fasciitis. Here are some of its profound benefits:

  • It is non-invasive and therefore less risky than surgery
  • It is approved by the FDA
  • Unlike surgery, it does not require long durations of recovery
  • With state-of-the-art technology, the procedure is safe and quick to execute

In recent times, ESWT has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for plantar fasciitis. If you would like more information regarding this treatment or would like to consult our team of experts for any of your foot conditions, feel free to contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 11, 2020
Category: foot care tips
Tags: rest feet   elevate   foot soak  

Just as you need rest after a whole day of exertion and running around, your feet need rest too. Since they bear the brunt of all your weight and carry you around everywhere, they need more rest and care, as compared to any other part of your body.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we remind our patients to take a break and let your feet relax as well. Here are a few useful tips that will re-energize your feet:

  • Elevate your feet: This is extremely beneficial, especially after a long day of standing or walking around endlessly. Keeping your feet raised will ease the pressure that they have been sustaining throughout the day and improve blood circulation as well.
  • Let your feet free: Remove your socks and shoes and stretch your feet and toes. Wiggling your toes and pushing your feet forward will relax them.
  • Soak your feet in warm water: Adding a little soap or salt to the warm water will relax your feet and soothe any inflammation near your ankles. You can also visit a foot spa for a soaking and massage routine. Make sure you check their utensils for cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Wear supportive footwear: the best gift you can give to your feet is comfortable shoes that provide adequate support to your heels and arches. With a firm grip, your feet will be more stable and secure.  

If your feet are hurting or you feel discomfort in your day to day activities, feel free to consult with our expert, Dr. Joseph Stuto, who will conduct a thorough examination of your feet and identify any issues that you may be facing. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for healthy feet. To schedule an appointment, call us today or visit our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 10, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Orthotics  

How foot orthotics from your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY, can help you and your feet

Foot pain can keep you on the couch! Fortunately, you can get relief from foot pain with a custom-fit orthotic provided by your podiatrist. Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry offer a wide range of podiatry services, including custom-fit orthotics. They have two convenient office locations in Brooklyn, NY, to help you and your feet feel better.

Custom-fit orthotics provided by your podiatrist are more effective than over-the-counter orthotics because custom-fit orthotics are made just for you, with your individual foot issues. Your podiatrist uses exact measurements and impressions to create your custom-fit orthotics.

There are several types of foot orthotics, and your podiatrist can help you decide which is the right choice for you. Consider:

  • Soft orthotics, which act as shock absorbers and can help with balance; soft orthotics take the pressure off of your tired feet and are a great choice for people with diabetic foot issues. Arthritis in your feet can also be helped with soft orthotics. They are made of cushioned materials and cover the entire sole of your foot.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics, which aid balance and are helpful if you play sports, walk, run, or do other types of exercise; semi-rigid orthotics are also used to treat children that have flat feet. These orthotics are made of both cushioned and rigid materials.
  • Rigid orthotics, which limit joint motion and provide relief from tendon strain and muscle pain in your legs, thighs, and your lower back; rigid orthotics are made of rigid plastic and can be worn for walking or placed in dress shoes.

Don’t let foot pain get you down. You can get relief starting with a simple phone call. Talk with the experts, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, with two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403. Get relief from foot pain by calling today!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 03, 2020
Category: hammertoe

Hammertoes are usually very painful and require treatment to avoid other painful conditions from developing.

What is a hammertoe and how can it hurt you? A hammertoe is a condition in which the middle joint of your toes starts bending downwards, due to an imbalance of the muscles and tendons that keep the toes straight.

The bend is quite pronounced and causes pain as your toes are under constant strain being in an abnormal position. Another way hammertoes hurt your feet is by increasing the risk of corns or calluses that develop due to friction i.e. when the bend keeps hitting against the insides of your shoes.

Here are some common factors that can lead to the development of hammertoes:

  • Tight or ill-fitted shoes that make your toes bend or curl inwards

  • Age may affect the position of your toes: as the bones lose their strength, they may start bending your toes

  • At times, this condition may be hereditarily passed down to younger generations

  • Arthritis – a disease that also weakens your bones – could also cause hammertoes

  • Injury or bone fractures may also damage the structure and position of your toes

Treatments for hammertoes vary and depend on the severity and rigidity of the bend. If the bend is not flexible, surgical procedures may be required to correct the position of the joint.

However, the following preventive measure treatments may be useful in avoiding this condition:

  • Wearing shoes that have ample space between your big toe and the shoe wall, so that your toes don’t touch the insides of your shoes

  • Comfortable footwear that does not push or cram your toes is effective in preventing hammertoes

  • Flexing exercises that stretch your toe muscles are helpful in gaining strength

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, strongly advises our patients to visit their podiatrist regularly so that any unnoticeable conditions can be caught in time and addressed with proper treatment. Feel free to contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York, and schedule an appointment. For more extensive information on podiatry related topics, visit our patient library and blog section.