Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: August, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 24, 2020
Category: toenail conditions

An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of the nail grows into the toe’s soft skin instead of over it. It commonly affects the big toe. The condition can cause considerable pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes infection around the toe area if left untreated. It's a common complaint among the patients (both men and women) we see here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.

What are the common causes of ingrown toenails, and how can they be prevented?

  • Ill-fitting shoes:

Shoes that are restrictive and too tight can push the toes together and force the nail to grow into the skin leading to ingrown toenails. Wear shoes with wide toe boxes to allow your toes to rest flat and provide them with enough room to wiggle. If the toe box is too small or narrow, it can force your toes into a cramped position and make you fall prey to ingrown toenails.

  • Improper toenail trimming:

Perhaps one of the most common reasons for getting an ingrown nail is when you cut your nails too short. This can encourage the nail to penetrate the skin as it is growing back. Use a clipper and be sure to cut straight across.

  • Foot Injuries:

Stubbing your toe against hard surfaces or repeated activity like kicking a soccer ball can sometimes cause an ingrown toenail to develop. Make sure you have the right gear and activity-specific shoes to keep you safe.

In some cases, it may be safe to treat an ingrown toenail at home by using over the counter medications to reduce pain and inflammation as directed by your foot doctor.  However, patients with diabetes should not ignore the symptoms and should report any pain or irritation around the toenail to their podiatrists immediately.

If you think you have an ingrown toenail or are unsure about your foot condition, we suggest you visit our patient education library or schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, we treat a wide variety of conditions such as sports injuries, arthritis, toe deformities, nail fungus, flat feet, heel pain, bunions, and hammertoes. Visit or contact our two offices at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 19, 2020
Category: blog

A typical summer day would generally generate crowds of people on the beach, but not this summer. The novel coronavirus is still out there, and that means we should all take precautions to stay well and safe during these last days of summer.

If you are planning a trip to the beach anytime soon, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  1. Check the rules: Beach rules may vary from one municipality to another. Before you head out to the beach, make sure you are aware of the rules (even new ones) of the beach. Some beaches may have limitations like imposing capacity restrictions, wearing masks or facial coverings, sanitization protocols, and limit occupancy in restrooms.
  2. Keep social distancing: Stay six feet apart from others (both in and out of the water). The more you interact with people at the beach, especially those that don't live with you, the higher the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
  3. Avoid crowds: If you are considering going to the beach, make sure you avoid crowds. Find a relatively empty beach near you or go at a time when there are fewer crowds. Travel light in case you have to pack up quickly if the beach gets overly crowded. Carry the necessary provisions and do not share stuff.
  4. Wear shoes: Prevent foot injuries like puncture wounds, burns, and fungal infection at the beach by wearing supportive shoes. Water shoes and flip-flops are an excellent choice for the beach because they are easy to slip on and provide the support and protection your feet need.
  5. Other safety measures: Do not forget to put that sunscreen on you, wear protective clothing, and keep yourself well hydrated.

If you are planning a day at the beach, please plan ahead and be cautious. Pay attention to the dangers lurking around, especially if you have diabetes. If you are suffering from foot pain, contact your foot doctor for the best care.

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.

Back to school season is here — students are eager to start their upcoming school year. But like most things in the year 2020, the school year in the new coronavirus era is going to be anything but normal.

Whether it's a traditional or virtual classroom, the health and safety of every child are paramount. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we are here to support parents and walk them through some of the best ways to protect their kid's feet before they head back to school.

Keep an eye on your child's feet: The younger the child, the faster it grows. This rapid growth requires parents to do a regular foot and shoe check. Make sure to get your child's foot measured every three months to ensure their shoes fit correctly. Shoes that are too tight and small can lead to serious foot deformities and permanently damage the structural integrity of the foot.  

Don’t assume shoe size: A young child may not be able to communicate correctly and tell you if the shoe size fits right or not. You need to be certain of the shoe size that your child wears - never assume! The right shoes can help prevent injuries and help aid the healthy development of your child's feet.

Check the condition of their shoes: If the child's shoe has lost all of it's cushioning and padding, it is time to shop for a new pair. Shop with your child. Just because you know their size doesn't guarantee that it's a proper fit. Always have his or her foot measured by a professional.

Don't delay seeking treatment: If your child is too young to communicate, don't dismiss the visible signs of hurt. If your child's walk does not look symmetrical or has a limp, see a podiatrist for a check-up right away. Look for any signs of foot pain and fatigue.

It is not normal for a child to experience foot or ankle pain. If you have any concerns about your child's feet, contact Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles that will guide you in dealing with potential health issues.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 03, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
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Even though it has been months since the Coronavirus outbreak and the quarantine at home began, much of the world is still staying at home, and taking measures to maintain social distance. Whether you are working from home or in an office, remember to take appropriate measures in light of the pandemic. Pay attention to your health overall, and the health of your feet and ankles.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing a few essential tips to help keep your body and feet in good health:

  • Start walking: Even if it's just a short walk to the kitchen for a glass of water or vacuuming your room - walking is an extremely beneficial activity. Maintaining good mobility and independence is key to good health and fitness. Always wear proper shoes to help prevent injuries and other potential foot hazards, even when enjoying time at home.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water! Experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day. A well-hydrated body is a crucial component of your overall body health.
  • Maintain good hygiene: Good hygiene habits help the body stay clean and healthy. Wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly (don't miss the spaces between the toes). Basic foot hygiene can help prevent infections, ingrown toenails, and other issues.
  • Get a good stretch: Revitalize your feet with a few simple stretches. A good stretch can help improve flexibility and strengthen your foot muscles and ligaments. Stretching is also an excellent way to loosen the muscles and help relieve pain.
  • Develop good eating habits: Avoid sugary and junk foods. Being overweight causes many complications for the body. A nutritious diet strengthens the immune system and helps you maintain a healthy weight.

See your podiatrist at least once every summer. If you have questions and concerns about your foot health – 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.