Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: May, 2020

With the lockdown situation taking a toll on everyone, it is not uncommon to hear people being mentally stressed, overworked, exhausted, and even frustrated.

With boredom kicking in, the situation becomes worse. However, there are a number of places that are offering a whiff of fresh air by arranging virtual tours for their visitors.

If you are missing art and animals in your life, here is a list of places that will rejuvenate you and bring you back in touch with your creative spirit:

  1. The National Aquarium—Feel the thrill of experiencing ocean life from the tropics to the tundra at this exciting landmark.
  2. The Atlanta Zoo is offering live streaming of the pandas at their facility. These adorable creatures are sure to light you up any given day.
  3. Monterey Bay Aquarium lets you explore the habitats via online footage of this breath-taking aquarium.
  4. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History—360 degree tours are always exciting. Combine that with all the exhibits of this facility; you will experience natural history all around you.
  5. The Cincinnati Zoo shares its live feed on Facebook for their Home Safari. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled experience.

Staying indoors can affect your physical health, as well. If you are concerned or feel that you need assistance with any foot or ankle problems, contact your podiatrist right away.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto is an expert in treating a range of foot conditions such as sports injuries and other wounds, diabetic foot issues, toe deformities, arthritisnail fungus, arch problems, muscle sprains, and stress fracture, heel pain and more. Contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for more information. We are here for you. Stay safe and healthy always!

If you have elderly people in your neighborhood, be sure that you look after them and help them out during this quarantine period.

It will be tough to help them out since they are the most vulnerable at this time.  By running their errands, you may end up exposing them and yourselves to the virus by carrying it along with you.

Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York has a few suggestions for you:

  • Many communities have organizations and charities that are looking after the elderly and tending to their needs. Contact them for more information and find out ways in which you can contribute.
  • Stay in touch with your neighbors through phone and video calls. Let them know that you are there for them and that they can contact you in case of an emergency or if they require help.
  • If you offer to get their groceries or get them delivered for them, make sure that you and the store operators are following the proper precautionary measures required to safeguard against this virus.
  • Taking out their trash or offering to clean their stairway areas is another way to help, especially since cleaning services are probably discontinued.
  • They may be reluctant to take their pets out for a walk or to the vet. You can offer to provide these services while maintaining social distance and without compromising on your safety.
  • Unfortunately, some elderly people have fallen prey to fraudulent schemes of those trying to take advantage of them even during the crises. Make your neighbors aware of such cases and tell them what they should look out for to avoid being in such a situation. Also, share relevant contact numbers with them in case of an emergency.

If you feel they require medical assistance or are suffering from foot conditions, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for a consultation.

With the rapid spread of this infectious virus, many people are concerned about their safety and wellbeing. 

In tough times, “health” somehow tends to take a back seat for many people. However, in these challenging times, we at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are here to encourage you to stay healthy and safe because that is our top priority.

While it is true that there are certain groups of people who face a higher risk of being affected, taking a few simple precautions will help them greatly.

Especially those who are diabetic, have respiratory or heart-related diseases, and the elderly, should follow these guidelines strictly:

  • Avoid crowded areas, as exposure to others, increases the risk of contracting the disease.

  • Wash your hands, arms, and face properly. Taking a shower after coming back from outdoors is highly recommended.

  • Wear clean clothes and disinfect your living area frequently.

  • Follow a healthy routine that includes a nutritional diet and regular exercise. These are essential for building a strong immune system.

  • Stress tends to affect our sleep as well.  Getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential, or else your health will suffer; 7-8 hours of sleep is a must for a healthy person to function properly.

  • Don’t let your fluid intake drop. Staying hydrated is important if you want to stay healthy and active.

Staying healthy is also essential for the health of your feet. If you become lazy and fall into the trap of being idle, your feet will suffer the most. Not only will you experience problems with mobility, but you will also increase the risk of issues associated with weight gain like diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and more.

The office of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is taking every necessary precaution to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his dedicated team are adhering to all CDC guidelines on the containment COVID-19.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY can help with heel pain

Heel pain can get you down and it can keep you down. Heel pain can dramatically affect your life. The good news is, your podiatrist can help you get relief from heel pain. Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry can help you and your feet. They have two convenient office locations in Brooklyn, NY to help your feet feel better.

You may suffer heel pain because of:

  • A heel bruise, from stepping on sharp objects
  • A heel spur, from excess calcium deposits on your heel

Plantar fasciitis is the most frequent reason for heel pain. It’s a condition common to runners and people who experience significant foot stress. It is most commonly caused by overpronating or rolling your feet when you walk, and it can also be caused by standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

Plantar fasciitis results from inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across your heel. This band of tissue is known as the plantar fascia. When it becomes inflamed, it can cause severe pain in your heel and along the side of your foot. Plantar fascia pain may increase when you first stand up in the morning and put weight on your feet.

When you experience heel pain, you may get relief with a few simple remedies like these:

  • Placing ice on your heel several times each day
  • Doing arch stretches several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

For moderate to severe heel pain, you should seek out the help of your podiatrist. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Custom made orthotics or heel inserts
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

You don’t have to suffer from heel pain. You can experience relief and get back to enjoying your life. To find out more about heel pain treatment and other foot care services, call Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY at (718) 624-7537. Call today!

The office of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is adhering to all rules and regulations mandated by government authorities pertaining to the containment of COVID-19.

For telemedicine video consultations please schedule by telephone (office phone:718-624-7537), live chat, or book on-line via our scheduling system.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 05, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: covid toes   symptoms  

We are all familiar with some of the common symptoms a coronavirus patient may have like fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. But as we learn more about COVID-19, we see an emergence of newer symptoms. One such symptom dubbed “COVID toes” by many experts might be the latest sign of coronavirus infection.

Although this condition has not affected a majority of people, many who have been tested positive are young adults and children. Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, NY is sharing information on the newest possible symptom.

COVID toes are purplish-bluish-reddish like lesions that appear on the skin of the feet, especially the toes, and usually hurt when touched. Some patients have reported a burning sensation in the affected areas.

An interesting feature of COVID toes is that patients who have this condition don’t seem to exhibit any other commonly known symptoms of the coronavirus, such as fever, fatigue, cough, and respiratory problems.

Some doctors have observed that this may be an early warning sign indicating the progression of the disease. However, in some people, the condition of COVID toes disappeared in a week or 10 days. Considering that this condition appears in younger patients, the disappearance may be attributed to them having a stronger immune system.

Experts have highlighted two possible reasons for the occurrence of COVID toes:

  • It could be due to clotting in the blood vessels.

  • There may be inflammation occurring in the feet and toes owing to the presence of the virus in the patient’s body.

While most critical patients suffering from respiratory distress have passed away due to systematic inflammation; neither of the above-mentioned causes can be confirmed at this time, as this research is still in its initial stages and a more in-depth study is required.

Doctors have advised that people who notice any unusual patterns or skin discoloration on their feet should seek medical help immediately. Even if they test negative for coronavirus, being quarantined at home is strongly recommended to avoid infecting other members of the family and others in the community where they reside. We are here for you – contact us by telephone 718-624-7537, live chat, or book on-line via our scheduling system.