Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: July, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 27, 2020
Category: Foot Care

It's a tough time for everyone right now - the coronavirus pandemic has changed lives, industries, business models, consumer preferences, world trade, health, safety, and so much more.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we recognize the threat of home injuries that may be lurking around the house, as families are spending more time at home than ever before. Dr. Joseph Stuto suggests that we create a safe home environment to reduce the likelihood of an injury.

Here are three ways to avoid an injury while at home:

  • Furniture anchoring: Make sure you secure all your furniture and appliances to the wall to prevent them from tipping over. Check if your free-standing furniture is fully stable. Items like chests of drawers, bookcases, and free-standing mirrors are usually unstable and can easily topple, causing serious injuries to anyone underneath.
  • Keep the medication out of kids reach: Secure your medicines from children - make sure it comes with child-resistant packaging. But that alone does not guarantee safety, which is why it is best to keep your medicine locked up in a cabinet and out of reach from children. Keep the medicine in its original container - do not peel off the label to avoid mix-up.
  • Clear the clutter: Make sure your rooms, walkways, and corridors are kept clear from toys, electrical cords, throw rugs, and loose or damaged carpets. Also, ensure that all these pathways are well lit, particularly for seniors.

Pay attention to these dangers lurking at home. Take steps now to create a safe home environment for your whole family.

Feel free to reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403 and schedule a visit with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles that will guide you in dealing with potential health issues.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: barefoot   footwear   foot odor   swollen feet  

Summer can be hard not just on the body but also on your feet. Feet are vulnerable to catch infections due to heat and humidity.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is highlighting some of the most common foot health hazards that you should be aware of during warm summer months. The right information can help you make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and enjoy the wonderful weather without putting your feet in danger.

Here are some top foot health hazards to be aware of in summer:

  1. Walking Barefoot: Walking barefoot can put your feet at the front line in terms of risk of infection or injury. If you have arch problems, walking barefoot or wearing shoes that do not support the arch of the foot can leave your feet open to harm.
  2. Wearing the wrong shoes: Shoes that offer no protection and support to your feet are a foot hazard. Flip-flops may provide the bare minimum support you need when you are out on the beach, but wearing them for prolonged periods can increase the risk of sprains, stress fractures, and other injuries. Shoes also provide the necessary cover against germs and infections like athlete’s foot.
  3. Swollen feet: Do your feet tend to swell up in the summer? This frequently happens as the veins dilate because of rising temperatures or if you’re always on your feet. Avoid salty foods and increase your walking and exercise to keep the fluids moving. Remember to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  4. Sweaty, Smelly Feet: Increased heat and humidity can lead to sweaty and smelly feet. Wear socks that wick away moisture and decrease bacteria on your feet. Change and wash your socks regularly.
  5. Sunburn: Staying out in the sun all day can do severe damage to your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by using sunscreen. Don’t forget to wear sunblock on the feet. Also, wear protective clothing to shield the body from harmful sun exposure.

Seeing your podiatrist at least once every summer is a good start to help ensure safe and healthy feet. We want you to have a carefree summer! Don’t hesitate – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses   corns  

Some people who have calluses and corns are not bothered by these foot skin conditions. On the other hand, if a callus or corn becomes very inflamed and painful, seek proper treatment from your podiatrist here at Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.

During your consultation in our Brooklyn, NY, or Brooklyn – Heights, NY, office, Dr. Joseph Stuto will inspect your feet to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms like cysts or warts. You might also need to undergo an x-ray if your podiatrist determines that your callus or corn is due an abnormality in your foot structure.

Treatment Options for Corns and Calluses

Treatment typically entails avoiding repetitive habits or actions that led to your corns and calluses to develop in the first place. In most cases, this involves wearing shoes that fit well and protective shoe pads. But if your calluses or corns persist or bring you pain despite doing the necessary self-care and lifestyle modifications, your foot doctor will recommend one or a combination of these treatment options:

  • Custom Orthotics: If your condition is due to a foot abnormality, your podiatrist may recommend customized orthotics in the form of shoe inserts to prevent the recurrence of your bothersome callus or corn.
  • Medication: Your podiatrist may apply a medicated patch that contains high salicylic acid concentration and instruct how often you’ll have to replace the patch. For larger areas, you can also opt for salicylic acid gel. You’ll also be instructed to use an emery board, nail file, or pumice stone to buff dead skin cells before putting on a fresh patch or applying the gel.
  • Smoothening Excess Skin: Your podiatrist can trim or buff away corns and calluses using a scalpel here in our Brooklyn, NY, or Brooklyn – Heights, NY, office. Never attempt to do this yourself.
  • Surgical Treatment: Rarely, podiatrists suggest a surgical correction for fixing the alignment of a certain bone that causes friction, and in turn, the formation of persistent corns and calluses.

Take note that if you suffer from a condition that results in obstructed blood circulation to your feet like diabetes, you have a higher chance of developing complications from calluses or corns. So never try to do DIY removal methods without your podiatrist’s advice.

Get Relief from Your Calluses and Corns Now. Call Us

You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403 and schedule a visit with your podiatrist here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 13, 2020
Category: blog
Tags: Outdoor Activities   Picnic   Tips  

Classic summertime activities like picnics are great fun. Nature and scrumptious food are the perfect combination to make your picnic a great experience.

While we may be craving the outdoors more than ever, it is a crucial time to continue being smart and safe. Practice safe social distancing and other safety protocols to avoid the transmission of coronavirus. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, our experts have some useful tips for you to consider while planning your picnic:

  1. Rules are rules! Don’t forget or overlook the safety guidelines of your respective local areas. While it is tempting to shake hands and exchange hugs, especially if you run into old friends or nearby neighbors, follow social distancing directions at all times. Maintain distance for your safety and to ensure other’s safety as well.

  2. Use sunscreen even if the day is cloudy. Harmful sun rays can damage your skin and lead to painful sunburns or rashes. Don’t let your picnic get spoiled – if you are packing hats, umbrellas, swimming suits, flip-flops, and more, make sure you carry your sunscreen along as well.

  3. Being in the sun is an excellent source of vitamin D; however, you could be facing the risk of dehydration, especially if you are perspiring. Keep water and electrolytes with you at all times, even if you are only heading out for a run or a short workout session.

  4. Put healthy foods on your picnic menu. Remember, the more colorful your bowl is, the healthier your diet is. Fruits and vegetables are a great choice for nutrition, much- needed vitamins and minerals, and they keep your body fit and healthy.

If you notice anything unusual or have pain in your feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, right away. Call us or visit any of two offices located in offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

We know how useful orthotic inserts are for the feet; however, they are incredibly beneficial for the proper functioning of your knees, hips, and back as well. 

Custom orthotic inserts provide extra support to the problematic areas, such as the heels or the arches.
Through the use of added padding or cushioning, the pressure is redistributed. This not only corrects your gait but properly adjusts your entire body posture.

How do custom orthotics help?

  • Arch support: With the right amount of support for your arches, your feet will be saved from excessive pressure and will be able to function correctly. The improved foot function and alignment improves knee and back function as well.
  • Padding: Soft cushioning provided by orthotic shoe inserts prevents wounds and painful blisters caused by friction.
  • Stability and balance: The risk of falls and resultant injuries like sprains and fractures can be drastically reduced through the use of orthotic inserts. Orthotic ankle support also improves the alignment of your knees, hips, and back, thereby reducing pain and discomfort.
  • Prevent surgery: Joint or bone deformities like bunions, hammertoes, and the like, if identified at an early stage, can be corrected by orthotic insert devices. Severe or critical cases may still require surgical procedures for posture correction. Consult your podiatrist so that the right diagnosis and treatment can be followed.

Customized orthotic inserts are more beneficial and effective as they match your footprint and address the specific issues that your feet are encountering.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, you should see a podiatrist right away. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, all our professionals maintain the highest levels of accreditation and stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry. We use advanced technologies to diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems such as sports injuries, ingrown toenails, arthritis, shin splints, bunions, flat feet, heel pain, Achilles Tendon, hammertoes, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems.

Contact either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for any queries or concerns about any of your family member’s foot health. You can also schedule a consultation with Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, or Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, by requesting an appointment online. Visit our patient education library and blog section for more extensive information on podiatry related topics.