Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: June, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 29, 2020
Category: foot conditions

Summers are all about outdoor activities and water-related fun. With exposed feet, you need to practice extra care and caution.

If you notice any rough and scaly skin on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet, the chances are that you have developed plantar warts. Today Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing some of the primary causes for plantar warts and steps you can take to avoid this condition.

What are some common causes of plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused due to a virus (HPV) that breaks in the outer layer of the skin or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. If you have a healthy immune system, some plantar warts can go away on their own. They can also become irritated and painful if left untreated.

  • Excessive pressure caused by inappropriate or poorly supported footwear can damage the skin of your soles and result in its thickening.
  • If the issue is not addressed, and the skin is subjected to pressure persistently, calluses can form over the wart, making it extremely painful and prone to further infection.
  • The virus can quickly enter the skin if you have cracked skin or cuts under your feet. Walking barefoot in public areas like swimming pools, changing rooms, or shower stalls can greatly increase your risk of catching the infection.

What can I do to prevent warts?

Foot hygiene is crucial to fight and prevent any foot condition, especially plantar warts.

  • Avoid direct contact with warts. Wash your feet and hands daily to avoid the spread of the virus.

  • Make sure you don’t wear the same shoes for two or more days. Let your shoes air-dry properly before you wear them again. Use antifungal spray inside closed shoes to kill any bacteria or fungus that may be present inside.

  • Wear clean and dry socks and shoes.

  • Make sure you do not share your footwear, towel, and socks with others as these infections are highly contagious.

Don’t take any chances – if you think you have a plantar wart, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 without delay.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 22, 2020
Category: Exercise

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we know that the people of New York faced the brunt of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. The state is now reopening in phases, joining other states.

Months of staying at home and social distancing has slowed down the explosive spread of the virus and allowed people to venture out. Physical activity was one aspect of our lives that took a nosedive, and it is only fair that we get our bodies slowly adjusted to the physical exertion but without pushing it too hard from the get-go.

Here are some tips to help you get moving again:

  • Motivate yourself: Be your own best friend and encourage yourself to find the drive that makes you resilient. Know that no one can do anything for you unless you help yourself first. It would help if you straightened your schedule out, set your goals, and get moving.

  • Mandatory checkup for your chronic foot problems: For those of you who suffered or are suffering from a chronic foot disorder, consult your podiatrist right away. With the right diagnosis and treatment, you can speed up your recovery.

  • Choose your sport wisely: You are the best judge of your fitness and physical capabilities. Prepare yourself before you start and make sure you take it slowly. Be it walking, running, or going to the gym, do not overexert.

  • Gear and footwear check: Shoes are specifically designed to provide comfort and reinforcement according to the physical activity that you choose. Use the shoes meant for that particular activity, for example, if you play tennis wearing your hiking shoes, you’ll end up injuring your feet. Also, replace your insoles with fresh ones if possible.

  • Step outside with caution: With summer in full bloom, it only makes sense to opt for outdoor activities. However, follow social distancing and take proper precautions.

The office of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is here to address all your foot and ankle concerns. For more information on our practice and the services we provide, call Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, in Brooklyn, NY at (718) 624-7537.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2020
Category: Foot Care

June is National Men’s Health Month, and at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, it’s another opportunity to raise awareness about health issues that affect men, especially concerns about the health of their feet and ankles. 

Men are usually casual when it comes to the health of their feet. Foot problems will not magically go away. It is essential to develop healthy habits and have regular check-ins with your podiatrist for boosting your foot health. Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, is sharing five tips for healthy feet.

  1. Change your socks every day – even twice a day, depending on the kind of activity you are engaged in. Feet tend to sweat more during the summer months and to keep your feet nice and dry, change your socks regularly.
  2. Wash your feet daily.  Your feet need to breathe. When you have taken off your shoes, wash them thoroughly with soap to get rid of bacteria.
  3. Keep your feet dry.  Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes. Feet with moisture tend to breed bacteria, resulting in foul smell and other complications like fungal infections.
  4. Trim your toenails. Do not clip deep into the nail or into the sides of the nail, as that can cause ingrown toenails, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Try to cut them straight across and never too short. If you do not trim your nails properly, you risk toenail infections that can be extremely painful and may require surgery.
  5. Avoid bathroom surgery. In case you have rough skin or calluses, use a pumice stone or put some padding in your shoe to reduce the pressure from the affected area. However, refrain from self-treating your foot issues. Seek the advice of a professional foot doctor.

We are open and seeing patients in our office for the treatment of all foot and ankle conditions.
Telemedicine appointments are available.
To schedule an appointment, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.
 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 08, 2020
Category: blog

As summer starts to kick in, many people might be eager to get to the beach to cool off with family and friends. However, planning such a day in times of a pandemic can be difficult, though not entirely impossible. If you and your loved ones are ready to take certain precautions, you can have an excellent time at the beach.

Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing a few tips to stay safe at the beach.

 

1. Continue social distancing: Maintain a 6 feet distance in public. Find an isolated spot at the beach - it might not be the best spot, but it will surely be safer. Get a comfortable face mask. Wear it at the beach to make sure that you and the people around you are protected, thereby reducing the chances of contracting the virus.

2. Take precautions in the water: Flowing water breaks and dilutes the virus, making it less likely to spread through water. However, precautions are still needed. Make sure you maintain a safe distance from other people in the water. Wear the necessary gear, which includes nose clips, goggles, and earplugs to keep the water from getting in. Most importantly, don’t let any water get in your mouth.

3. Avoid crowds: Plan your visit to the beach beforehand. Pick a day when you expect fewer people. Also, avoid going to the public washrooms on the beach altogether if possible.

4. Wash your hands and do not touch your face: Make it a habit to wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unnecessarily. Wash your hands properly as per the 20-second guideline. Also, wear shoes to protect your feet from any puncture wounds, hot surfaces, or sharp objects.

5. Stay protected from the summer sun: As you head to the beach, take sunscreen and preferably an umbrella to keep yourself safe from the scorching summer sun.

In case of any trouble with your feet, feel free to contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Call us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 or make an online appointment at your convenience.


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 01, 2020
Category: blog

Current times have forced people to stay indoors. One of the benefits of staying at home is being able to enjoy quality time with your family and loved ones. This includes exercise routines, family television, and fun mealtimes. 

Prepping food is an exciting activity that can engage all family members to work together. However, doctors at the Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry urge you to be careful while working in the kitchen.

Here are a few simple safety precautions to take:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before you start working. Make sure other members of your family do the same if they are helping in the kitchen as well.

  • Wear shoes or non-slip slippers while working. A variety of stuff, including vegetables, slippery peels, sharply pointed cutlery like forks and knives, can fall and injure your feet.

  • Watch out for water on the floor, especially if it is soapy. Trips and falls can be avoided if you keep the floor dry and mop it frequently.

  • The hot steam from dishwashers can also burn or damage the skin of your feet. Shoes or socks are, therefore, a must to wear in the kitchen.

  • If your young ones are helping out in the meal preparation process, you should keep knives away from their reach. Cutting and dicing can be done in advance. Or you may ask your children to observe from a safe distance.

  • Wash your vegetables and fruits before using them. Soaking them in baking soda for at least ten to fifteen minutes also helps in killing the germs.

If you or your loved ones accidentally encounter a foot or ankle injury while cooking, seek medical assistance from our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto right away. Call us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 or make an online appointment at your convenience.