Posts for: October, 2020
Ankle sprains are a common complaint treated by a podiatrist. It occurs when you roll or twist your ankle inward or outward. When you sprain your ankle, you tend to overstretch or tear the ligaments and tendons holding your ankle joint together. It can happen as a result of coming down awkwardly from a jump as you land or accidentally hitting a curb. It can cause severe pain, swelling, and disrupt your everyday activities. If not appropriately treated, even a minor ankle sprain is likely to become injured again and lead to chronic ankle instability. In the most severe case, tendons and bones can break and could require surgery. See your podiatrist for the best diagnosis and treatment to avoid potential complications.
Treatment for ankle sprains
RICE (Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) — The RICE method is commonly used to treat a sprained ankle or any injury to the wrist and joints. It involves resting your ankle, applying an ice pack and a compression wrap around the injured area, and keeping the ankle elevated (above the level of your heart) using a pillow. It provides immediate relief and starts the healing process.
Immobilization — You may use a rigid boot to help immobilize the ankle. It redirects pressure off the ankle joint and allows your ankle to heal properly and quickly.
Physical therapy — Physical therapy exercises are essential for strengthening your feet and ankle joints. It helps you become more stable and prevent reinjury.
At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York, our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision so you can be worry-free about any reoccurrences.
A lot of us don’t think about the health of our feet until they start to hurt or cause us problems. Our feet do so much for us, yet we do so little to keep them in good health. The truth is that many people are either unsure of where to go for treatment or think it's normal to have continuous foot pain. However, by ignoring foot pain we are causing more harm to ourselves. If you notice any changes in your feet, whether, in appearance or how they feel, you should immediately notify your podiatrist, a specialized medical professional trained to assess, diagnose, and treat foot-related injuries and disorders.
Today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share three signs that should prompt you to speak to a podiatrist right away.
- You have swollen feet. Persistent swelling in your feet is not something to ignore. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition that requires a trip to the doctor.
- You have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing different foot problems like neuropathy and ulcers. Even a minor issue could lead to complications such as amputation and loss of limb if left untreated. Any signs of discoloration, cuts, pain, sores, and infection around the lower extremities should be looked at by a podiatrist right away. Your daily foot care regimen plays a critical role in diabetes management.
- You have constant foot pain. If you are experiencing unusual pains in your feet and ankles, it warrants a trip to the podiatrist. Foot pain that starts for no apparent reason can signal the onset of arthritis and a variety of different health issues.
Your feet require proper care and attention. Even changes that may seem small are worth the attention and may even save one's life. Do not hesitate to contact us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403, to schedule an appointment with our foot doctors who are experts in determining the best treatment plan for your foot condition.
A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a foot deformity in which the big toe leans towards the other toes, forcing the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out. Wearing shoes that are overly tight or narrow around the toe area is often the common cause of bunions. Bunions may not be as painful in the early stages of development but, over time, may develop into a severe disfigured foot deformity if it's not appropriately addressed. It can cause additional problems like blistering and overlapping toes. A painful bunion can make it challenging to wear shoes or even walk. Bunions could form as a result of an occupational hazard, as in the case of ballerinas, teachers, doctors, and nurses, whose feet suffer severe repetitive stress.
Here are a few early-stage conservative treatment options for preventing bunions:
Smart shoe selection — Pick out footwear with a roomy, round toe box to avoid rubbing on the insides of your shoes and overlapping of the toes. Select shoes that fit well and provide comfort, protection, and adequate support. Avoid pointy or heeled shoes.
Use orthotics and other devices — Over the counter or custom-made orthotics can help relieve pressure off your bunion. Toe spacers, braces, and bunions splints can also be used to help correct alignment of your big toe and reduce stress on your big toe.
Start physical therapy exercises — You may want to try regular exercises for bunion relief and prevention. Exercises like toe curls, toe spread-out, toe circles, marble/towel pick up, and ball role can help relieve bunion pain, improve flexibility and mobility, and increase strength and function of the big toe.
The type of treatment depends on the severity of the bunion. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas provide expert treatment for bunions and other foot and ankle disorders. You can call our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403, and schedule a consultation with our team of board-certified podiatrists.