Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: November, 2020

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Winters can be challenging for our feet, especially for seniors who don’t always have the best mobility and balance to get around. The frigid temperatures, dry winter air, and walking around on icy sidewalks and driveways increases the risk of foot problems. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing some important winter safety tips for seniors to help them get through the season.

  • Plan ahead – Check the weather conditions before leaving home. Choose a route or pathway that’s familiar, cleared, and salted. Be careful on the inclines and uneven surfaces. Reschedule activities if you’re expecting bad weather.
  • Proper footwear – Before you step outdoors, be sure to wear comfortable and durable shoes or boots that provide extra traction on snow and ice. Shoes that are too tight or loose can increase your risk of falls.
  • Pace yourself – Slowing down and taking shorter strides can help you maneuver more safely. Encourage your loved ones to walk light in winter weather. Carrying a heavy bag can offset their balance and increase the chance of falls.
  • Use assistive devices – Ensure that your loved ones use their walkers or canes to help them walk the outdoors comfortably and safely.
  • Don’t ignore foot pain – If your feet are bothering you, make an appointment with your podiatrist.

Ensure the safety of your elderly loved ones during the winter months and beyond by taking necessary precautions. Talk to your podiatrist before the winter weather is upon us.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn, NY, our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help treat your podiatric disorders with care, precision so you can enjoy a fun-filled and pain-free winter. We are here for you – contact us by telephone (718) 624-7537, live chat, or book on-line via our scheduling system.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 23, 2020
Category: foot conditions
Tags: flat feet  

Trying to find shoes to fit flat feet can prove challenging. The insides can rub against the bottom of your foot, and you may experience pain in the heel with each step. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto offers an array of treatment options for podiatry patients at their practice, Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, in Brooklyn, NY.

What are flat feet? 
Flat feet occur when your arches fall or you have little-to-no arches. Some individuals are born with flat feet and others have very flexible feet, and so their arches spread readily with each step. Many people that have flat feet do not experience discomfort.

How do I know I need treatment? 
Some patients may find that their flat feet are causing them more pain than they would like. This pain can be found in the foot, or in the lower back, and even the hips.

Here are some reasons why you might seek treatment for your flat feet: 

  • Pain in the bottom of the foot in the morning or after standing for long periods.
  • Overpronation of the foot.
  • Running or jumping on hard surfaces without any support.
  • Weak foot muscles.
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet at birth
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy

What are my treatment options?

Wearing orthotics to support the foot, doing exercises to strengthen the whole foot, and managing your weight if necessary are all ways to alleviate pain caused by flat feet.

While taking over the counter medication may alleviate acute soreness, chronic pain usually needs another treatment plan. In certain cases, you may need surgery to correct any structural imbalances in the foot that are causing it to flatten. Flat feet can be managed and treated.

Contact Dr. Stuto and Dr. Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialists Podiatry, in Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537, or our 7th Avenue at (718) 567-1403. 

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 16, 2020
Category: toenail conditions

Foot problems can disrupt our routine, health, and lifestyle. Among the many types of foot-related issues seen by a podiatrist, the most commonly encountered are ingrown toenails. This painful toenail problem occurs when the nail’s side or sharp edge pushes and grows onto the soft skin tissue around the toe. When the nail cuts or punctures the skin fold, the area can become red, swollen, painful, and infected. Bacteria can also enter the wound, which can be problematic, especially if a person has diabetes or poor circulation in the foot. Ingrown toenails can be hereditary or due to ill-fitting shoes, trauma to the toe, and improper cutting techniques of the toenail. You are likely to spot an ingrown toenail on the big toe; however, it can develop on any toe.

The best way to avoiding this painful condition is to take some proactive steps. Your podiatrist can help you catch these problems before they worsen.

Two tips to help you avoid ingrown toenails are as follows:

  1. Proper trimming of toenails— Poor toenail cutting techniques often cause ingrown toenails. Make sure to cut the nails straight across and never too short. If you cannot trim your nails safely, let your foot doctor do it for you to avoid any accidents or injuries. It is particularly important for patients who have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.
  2. The right footwear— The wrong shoes can cause undue stress and pressure upon the foot. Make sure they fit you properly and are not too tight. The extra force can push your toes together and cause an ingrown toenail. Wear comfortable and supportive shoes. High-heeled shoes and pointy cowboy boots can cause the toes to be squeezed together and add pressure on the sides of toenails. Try to limit their use or save them for special occasions to avoid the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.

These correct and timely measures can help avert severe complications of the foot and ankle. See your podiatrist for the best care, diagnosis, and treatment.

If you notice any early symptoms of ingrown toenails or have any concerns about your foot health, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule a consultation. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or  Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. We look forward to serving you.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 10, 2020
Category: Diabetic foot Care

The increasing prevalence of diabetes in our communities has reached alarming levels. There are 34 million people of all age groups that have diabetes – that’s 10 percent of the U.S population! Another 88 million have prediabetes and what is troubling is that 84 percent of them don't know they have it. This chronic condition continues to remain misunderstood. Diabetes puts you at risk of developing severe and life-threatening complications, especially of the foot and ankle. It's essential to prevent and manage this chronic illness by getting an early diagnosis and timely care as early as possible.

November is American Diabetes Month. 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 some of the simple, positive steps you can adopt to reduce your risk of dangerous diabetic complications.

  • Team up with your podiatrist

Perhaps the most important tip for anyone recently diagnosed with diabetes is to include a podiatrist in their health care team. Many independent studies show that partnering up with a podiatrist can make a big difference—regardless of where you are in your journey with diabetes. Discuss risk levels, preventive measures, and follow-up visits with your podiatrist. Seeing your podiatrist regularly can help you avoid foot complications like peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers and keep your feet as healthy as possible.

  • Healthy Diet

Eating healthy meals can help you regulate your blood sugar levels and keep your diabetes in check. Avoid sugary treats and processed foods. Add fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meat to your diet. Eating healthy and the right portion size will also help you maintain a healthy weight.

  • Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is another key component of diabetes management. Staying active helps your cells use insulin more effectively. If you have been inactive for quite some time, it is important to consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen.

If you have any foot concerns or haven't had your feet checked in a while, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY office at (718) 624-7537 or our Brooklyn, NY office at (718) 567-1403

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 03, 2020
Category: foot conditions

Swollen feet can happen for a variety of reasons. It may result from the stress and pressure of being on your feet all day long or playing sports. All of this foot action can cause your feet to balloon up like Astronaut Snoopy at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Swollen feet may also be a sign of an underlying condition that requires treatment. If your swelling is constant or reoccurs from time to time, have it checked out by your podiatrist right away.

Here are five reasons for your feet and ankles to swell:

  1. Systemic disease: Heart disease, kidney damage, and liver disease can cause swelling in your feet and ankles.

  2. Obesity: Another common reason for swollen feet is obesity. Weight gain can cause a host of foot problems, including swollen feet. The extra weight you're carrying can cause undue stress and pressure on the feet, which results in fluid retention in the lower extremities.

  3. Pregnancy: During pregnancy, most women experience swelling in their feet and ankles. The weight of the growing baby and hormonal changes causes a buildup of fluid, which results in swelling of the feet. See your podiatrist for any concerns you may have.

  4. Medications: Sometimes, the body can have an allergic reaction to a medicine, causing swollen feet and ankles. Check with your podiatrist if you suspect this is the case.

  5. Foot injury: Many times, a foot injury can cause swelling of your feet and ankles. It could be anything from a fracture to a sprained ankle.

Swollen feet are unpleasant and can be sensitive to touch. If you notice any swelling around your feet or have concerns about your foot health, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry. Our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help you end your struggles with swollen feet. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule a convenient appointment or visit any of our offices in Brooklyn, NY.