Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: April, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 27, 2020
Category: nutrition

Did you know that the foods you choose to eat can either build your immune system? Therefore, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of consuming healthy foods that are rich in nutrients to boost your immune system.

While junk food may seem very tempting, it not only lacks nutrition, it is full of fats that are hazardous for your body.

Here are five foods that may strengthen your immune system, so that your body can fight bacterial, viral, and fungal infections:

  1. Oysters: we know that seafood is rich in fatty amino acids; however, oysters contain large amounts of the mineral zinc, which kills viruses effectively.

  2. Kefir (yogurt-like beverage): this fermented drink contains probiotics that are known to successfully fight respiratory infections and treat flu-like symptoms.  

  3. Sunflower seeds: these rich providers of Vitamin E are effective immunity boosters that equip your body to stay strong against infectious diseases.

  4. Mushrooms: if you want a robust immune system, you should increase your intake of mushrooms. They contain large amounts of amino acid proteins that strengthen your system, Vitamin D that builds stronger bones and create antibodies to counter any infections.

  5. Spinach: leafy greens in general, and spinach in particular, are rich sources of antioxidants and vitamin C. Spinach also contains Vitamin A that enables your immune system to function properly.

A healthy intake of foods will make sure that you stay fit. However, if you still face any problems or are concerned about your feet or ankles, consult your foot doctor without delay.

You may also schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, who is experienced in treating a range of foot-related issues like injuries and wounds, diabetic foot problems, joint and bone deformities, heel and arch pain, fungal infections, arthritis, and more. Contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for a consultation.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 20, 2020
Category: foot care tips

Feet are complex structures designed to make us mobile and execute our movements swiftly. They face the maximum risk by carrying our entire weight, and yet are likely to get the least of our attention.

While we may take them for granted, our feet are usually the first ones to suffer if there is anything wrong in our body. This is why at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, our experts always advise listening to your feet.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Foot cramps are a sign of dehydration. Your body needs water and maybe lacking some essential nutrients, which is why your feet may be cramping.

  • Burning feet or itchy skin is usually a sign of skin infection. Check your feet daily for any changes in the color or texture of your skin. Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual.

  • If your feet are always cold, it could indicate poor blood flow in your lower limbs. This may be due to diabetes or nerve damage caused by neuropathy.

  • Plantar fasciitis can be identified if you experience excessive heel pain or you may have developed calcium deposits in your heel that also cause extreme pain.

  • Flat feet and arch pain are common especially if you are overweight. Your feet may be suffering from excessive pressure resulting in pain and discomfort.

If you feel that your feet are in pain or your movement is not easy, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto immediately. For the safety of our patients and staff, we’re now offering telemedicine. Stay safe and keep your feet safe from harm as well. If they are healthy, there is a high chance of your entire body being healthy and happy.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 13, 2020

With children being at home all day long, they may get into the habit of watching screens more than the advised amount. Too much exposure to TV, laptops, tablets, etc. can be damaging for the overall health of the kids.

Dr. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, has come up with a few ideas to keep your littles busy and ensuring that they learn something along the way as well.

  • Engage them in individual activities: Book reading, playing puzzles, painting, and drawing are creative ways to keep your children busy.
  • Give them a task that will make them feel like they are contributing to something important. Making them do simple chores like setting the table, making quick and easy snacks, clearing up once they have eaten are some examples.
  • Similarly, you need to create a sense of competition or thrill into mundane jobs like “who will fold the clean laundry first?”, “who can clean the maximum number of dishes?” etc. Not only will you get the job done, but they will also feel more involved in helping around the house.
  • With free time on their hands, they may be insisting on watching cartoons or movies for most of the day. Challenge them to create their cartoon characters and build a story.
  • Have a scavenger hunt around the house. Let them look for clues and find the ultimate treasure. The longer and more difficult you make them look, the greater the sense of achievement.
  • Board games, especially those focused on building vocabulary, can be very exciting. You may not even know how long you have been at it because the players tend to get so engrossed in the game.

If you have any queries or are concerned about any of your family member’s health, feel free to contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403. You can also get a consultation by requesting an appointment online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 06, 2020
Category: Exercise
Tags: fitness   exercise routine  

With clear and strict directives to stay at home, and with the closure of most gyms, many of us are finding it hard to cope as there aren’t many options available to release that energy buildup. Some of us may have already given up on maintaining a fitness routine.

However, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM have news for you: You don’t have to let go of your fitness routines just because you are homebound.

Here are some ideas that can be adopted:

  • With remote working and flexible hours, you may now have the luxury to work out in the mornings in the fresh air, under the sun, on your lawns, terraces, and rooftops. Make the most of this!
  • For those who have exercise equipment at home, now is the time to take it out and use it. Make sure that you clean and disinfect your equipment before and after use, as sweat and germs increase your risk of being exposed to bacteria and infections.
  • Work out with your kids. Children are experiencing tough times too since they can’t go out and need an activity to calm their nerves as well. Make exercising a group activity so that everyone can benefit.
  • Join an online fitness group that operates as a virtual training session. Aerobics and yoga sessions are gaining the most popularity. Participants can follow instructions being given by the trainers and get the same feeling of working out as they would in an actual gym.
  • If you are an outdoor person, you may opt for walking, jogging or cycling as long as you maintain and follow the guidelines of social distancing.
  • After you are done with your work out, make sure you shower thoroughly and change into clean clothes. It is better to keep your workout gear separate from your daily wear.

In times like these, the essentials of a nutritional diet, adequate sleep, and regular exercise are key for healthy living and building up a strong immune system. We are now offering telemedicine. Dr. Joseph Stuto will be able for consultations if needed.  Call us at our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.