Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: September, 2020

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Do your feet enjoy optimal foot health? After all, your feet are an integral and foundational part of your overall health and wellness. Feet are vulnerable to illness and injury, it's important to keep them healthy.  Your daily habits impact your feet. People may be unaware that some habits could undermine foot health, and create future problems.

Here are a few bad habits to be aware of, and leave behind altogether:

Going barefoot in communal spaces — walking barefoot in communal areas such as gym locker rooms, hotel rooms, and public pools can put you at risk of fungal infections. Keep your feet safe from plantar warts, athlete's foot, and other infections. Make sure to wear protective flip-flops or shower footwear.

Wearing sweaty socks and shoes — foot fungus loves wet, dark, and enclosed spaces. Wearing damp socks and shoes puts you at risk for athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Change your socks promptly, wash your feet, and let them dry before putting on a new pair. Wear socks that wick away moisture and make sure to air out your shoes properly. Switch your shoes from time to time.

Wearing ill-fitted shoes — wear shoes that do not compromise your foot health. The wrong shoes can cause many foot problems, including ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, corns, and heel pain. It is essential to wear shoes that fit you properly, provide comfort, support your feet arches, and protect your feet. Save high-heel for special occasions. Toss out any worn-out shoes; they are likely to cause damage to your feet because of inadequate support.

Breaking certain habits can reduce your risk of any issues that could cause long-term problems with your feet. Take the best steps to keep feet healthy today and for years to come. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists. Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM provide high-quality foot and ankle care to all patients.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 22, 2020
Category: foot care tips

As autumn approaches, it's time for people to exchange their open-toed shoes and flip flops for closed-toe shoes (like boots). Foot care plays a pivotal role in keeping your feet healthy and happy. The more you care for your feet, the better they are prepared for next season and beyond.

Here are a few tips to make sure your feet are in their best shape regardless of the season:

  • Maintain good hygiene. Wash and dry your feet daily, especially between the toes, to prevent infections. Use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin or callus. If you have diabetes or nerve damage, do not rub off the dry skin, or you will risk open sores and infections. Discuss the issue with your podiatrist.
  • Use Moisturizer. A drop in temperature can cause dry, itchy, and cracked skin. A good moisturizer helps keep your skin healthy, protected, and hydrated. Never use a moisturizing cream between the toes because the area is prone to fungal infections.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Warm boots are ideal for autumn, but they can cause your feet to sweat a lot. Moist skin and the accumulation of sweat can increase the risk of bacterial and fungal infections on the feet. Change your socks if they get damp, and remember to air out your shoes properly so that the sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe.

These easy-to-do steps can help keep your feet and ankles healthy all year long. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot health, contact your podiatrist for best advice and care. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles to learn more about topics that interest you.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
September 14, 2020
Category: Exercise

Exercise and sport are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but carry some risks of injury. Injuries may be part and parcel of any physical activity, but they can easily be avoided. Taking steps to reduce your risk of foot and ankle injuries can help you reap the many health benefits of physical activity for many years to come.

You can minimize your risk of injury while exercising and playing sports with the help of these three tips below:

1. Stretching: A good stretch can help improve flexibility and decrease your risk of injuries. At the same time, stretching can enhance blood flow, enable your muscles to work more effectively, and improve your athletic performance. It is best to incorporate stretching into your fitness regimen. Make sure to warm up before you start stretching. A gentle stretch of the muscles can help relax them.

2. Don't do too much all at once: If you have rapid or excessive fluctuations in training load, you tend to increase the likelihood of injuries. Try to develop a steady exercise routine where you gradually build up intensity, duration, and frequency. This ultimately improves your performance and decreases your risk of injury. Stop exercising if you feel any pain. Have a foot doctor evaluate any pain right away to prevent a more serious problem, like foot fractures, from happening.

3. Dress appropriately during any physical activity: Be sure to have the right gear for your workouts. Choose footwear that is designed for a specific sport or exercise to avoid injuries. For example, you should not wear golf shoes to participate in a basketball game.

If you have suffered any foot or ankle injury during sports or exercise, contact your podiatrist immediately. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our highly experienced board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 09, 2020
Category: Children's Feet

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, we see an increasing prevalence of childhood obesity throughout the country. Obesity now affects 1 in 5 children and adolescents, and this number continues to rise at a dramatic rate. Obesity in children has now become a public health concern not just in our country but in most parts of the world.

Obesity puts children at a greater risk of developing health problems, particularly with their feet. Excess body weight greatly increases the risk of injury and other chronic foot problems such as diabetes and arthritis into adulthood. Common causes of childhood obesity include genetics, poor diet, poor eating habits, and lack of physical activity.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto is sharing some essential tips to help tackle childhood obesity.

Healthy eating: The food you eat affects your overall health. A healthy and balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy weight. Changing your eating habits can make a big difference in your health. Switch to fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole-grain foods instead of less healthy snacks. Encourage your child to drink water instead of sodas and other high-sugar drinks. Control how much you eat by limiting your portion sizes.

Make fitness a part of your daily ritual: Encourage children to participate in some type of physical activity. Activities like walking, cycling, swimming, and dancing can help children from becoming overweight and obese. Being active also helps reduce the risk of obesity-related foot problems.

Reduce screens time: Children and teens today spend hours in front of computers, television, gaming consoles, and cell phones. This sedentary lifestyle can lead to unhealthy eating habits. Excessive screen time can lead to unhealthy eating habits and increase the risk of obesity in children.

We want your child to have optimal foot health 24/7. If he or she is experiencing any foot or ankle pain, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our highly experienced board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto.