Posts for: December, 2020
The winter season calls for special care of our body and feet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes. The winter elements combined with numbness and decreased circulation can leave people with diabetes vulnerable to ulcers, frostbite, infections, and even amputation.
Diabetic patients must practice a regular foot care regimen year-round. 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 essential tips that can help you better care for your diabetic feet this winter:
- Examine your feet carefully for any pressure points on your feet and toes. Look for anything different such as changes in color or odor, discharge, cuts, corns, or wounds. Use a mirror to check the bottom of the feet.
- The winter months tend to draw moisture away from the skin. Apply moisturizer to your feet daily to keep them soft, supple, and hydrated. Diabetes can damage nerves and decrease circulation, which can also negatively affect the function of sweat glands. Daily moisturizing is a must-do for diabetic patients to avoid dry and cracked skin.
- Keep your feet dry and warm to avoid the buildup of bacteria and other fungal infections. If your feet feel damp, change out of wet socks and shoes as soon as you can.
- Keep your toenails trimmed to avoid infections, ulcers, and ingrown toenails. Be sure to cut them straight across and not too short. Your podiatrist can help!
- Wear special diabetic shoes that ensure healthy feet.
Treat your feet well all winter by incorporating these tips into your foot care regimen. If you are worried about your feet and toes due to diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet or lower extremities, call the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Momna Younas of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment. Our team of foot doctors can help treat all your acute and chronic issues. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
You can save your feet from many aches, pains, stress, tension, and other issues, if you know the signs or symptoms of common foot problems. With so many errands to run, shopping, traveling, cooking, gatherings and parties to attend, and spending more than usual time on your feet, the holiday season can make us lose sight of an important – yet underrated issue – your foot health. 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 of the signs and pains to look out for as you set a date for your next appointment.
Signs of foot pain: Foot pain can be a sign of a greater health issue. If you notice any pain and discomfort in your foot or ankle that does not subside even after rest and icing, call your doctor or podiatrist right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Signs of infection: Infections can become dangerous if not treated right away, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation problems. If you notice any signs of infection, including pain, swelling, redness, discolored nails, heat, or even discharge or smell, then be sure to see your foot doctor as soon as possible.
Non-healing wounds: If your wound is not healing correctly, it might be a sign of an underlying condition that needs proper investigation. People with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease are at an increased risk of developing non-healing wounds and infections. No wound or injury is too small. Seek advice from your podiatrist or health care professional urgently.
If you notice any of these signs or other concerning symptoms, 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. Our team of foot doctors can help diagnose and treat all your podiatric problems. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
Winter can take a toll on our bodies, especially our feet and ankles. Freezing temperatures, icy conditions, and harsh elements can cause unique challenges for our feet. Today, Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share how you can tackle all the elements with an effective foot care routine.
3 Simple Winter Foot Care Tips:
Keep feet dry and warm (but not sweaty!). Wear proper shoes and socks, especially when dealing with winter precipitation as well as foot perspiration. Closed-toe shoes and boots with moisture-wicking socks can stop feet from becoming too damp. Some socks even have panels for ventilation or contain chemicals to prevent the growth of bacteria, draw moisture away from the skin, and reduce foot odor. Put on a new pair of shoes and socks if you find your feet feeling damp and sweaty. You can also use foot powder to keep feet clean and dry.
Wear the right footwear. Ensure your shoes are the correct size. Ill-fitted shoes can cause crowding of the toes, trap moisture, and reduce blood flow in the lower extremities. The best shoes are the ones that keep your feet healthy and safe. You will need waterproof, high tops, non-slip tread shoes during the cold and snowy winter months. Good winter shoes can reduce your risk for falls, fractures, frostbites, ankle sprains, and other winter foot and ankle problems.
Keep feet clean and skin hydrated. Wash and dry your feet daily. You may use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin or germs off your foot. Apply a good moisturizer to keep skin supple, smooth, and hydrated.
Keep your feet in tip-top shape all winter long with some simple precautions and basic care. If you have any concerns about your feet this winter, you can contact us by telephone (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas. We are here to help you with all your podiatric problems. Our two offices are located at 100 Remsen St Brooklyn, New York 11201 and 9036 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228.
The holiday season is here, and if you’re wondering what gift should be given to someone, especially the elderly in your life, why not consider foot pampering! Today Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share a few suggestions for gifts that are sure to put a smile on your elderly loved one’s face.
Senior feet deserve extra loving care for a variety of reasons. Lack of blood supply is a common problem among the elderly and can lead to pain, infection, and non-healing wounds, especially in the lower extremities. Foot health is a fundamental part of overall health and wellbeing, which is why helping seniors pamper their feet can make a great gift this holiday season.
Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are sure to be a hit with your senior loved ones:
- Manicure/Pedicure kit: Who doesn’t love TLC at home? Help your aging loved ones feel refreshed and energized by putting together a manicure and pedicure set for home. Make sure to include essential tools such as toenail clippers, cuticle nippers, moisturizer or cream (upon prescription from a podiatrist or dermatologist), and a pumice stone for callus removal. If your loved one cannot administer these tools safely, offer to visit and do it yourself or let a podiatrist do it to avoid chances of accidents and injuries.
- Socks: The type of socks you wear can impact the health of your feet. Anyone with diabetes, neuropathy, and other illnesses that affect the blood flow in the feet might enjoy a pair of diabetic socks. These socks can improve blood flow in the lower extremities (especially during the cold weather), keep your feet dry, provide protection and cushioning against the seams and rough edges of your shoes to prevent blisters and other problems. If your loved one is a fall risk, you can opt for socks with non-skid rubber treads to avoid accidents and injuries.
- Shoes: Gifting the right shoes can save your elderly loved one from blisters, bunions, injuries, and other foot problems. Shoes should be replaced after a year or after five hundred road miles. It is best to take seniors to the store to ensure a proper fit.
Show the seniors in your life that you appreciate, support, and care by giving them a thoughtful gift they can use. For more information, you can contact us at either of our two office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. We look forward to serving you.
The threat of COVID-19 may have changed global ecosystems but what it hasn’t changed is our holiday spirit. With so much happening in the world today, it can be particularly challenging to carry out your everyday routine. But amid all the challenges, it is essential not to lose sight of an important (yet underrated) issue – your foot health. Your feet need special care and attention every day. Keeping them healthy should be a part of your daily routine.
Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your foot health during this holiday season:
Wear appropriate shoes – Holiday activities such as traveling, cooking, shopping, and celebrating can take up a lot of your time and keep you on your feet for extended periods. Invest in a shoe that is both comfortable and supportive to help you navigate with ease.
Pay attention to aches and pains – If your feet feel tired or have swelled up after a long day of cooking, shopping, and celebrating, plan your rest periods carefully. Keep your feet elevated above your heart level to reduce swelling. A foot massage or a gentle foot rub can also help boost circulation and release stress in the lower extremities. Inspect your feet regularly and report any unusual changes or signs of discomfort to your podiatrist immediately.
Mind your diet –Your diet can affect your foot health in a variety of ways. Consuming good nutrition in the right proportions can help make your bones and muscles strong and healthy. Certain foods can help improve your bone health, while some may spike your blood sugar. Limit your intake of sodium, sugar, and trans fats. Include a healthy amount of leafy green vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and fish in your diet. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a steady body weight, which is beneficial for your feet.
Is traveling a part of your holiday plans? Remember to stay safe while trying to balance holiday season traditions with COVID-19 safety precautions. Plan and manage your risks carefully.
Have concerns about your foot health as you go home for the holidays? 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 call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.