Posts for: January, 2021
Goodbyes are tough, even if it means bidding farewell to your favorite pair of shoes. Yes, the shoes you wear have a limited lifespan which is usually measured in miles. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every 300 to 500 miles. If you hang onto your shoes past their prime, they can cause more harm and damage to your body than many people might think. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are sharing a podiatrist-approved trick to tell when it is time to part ways with your shoes.
The tabletop test — this 10-second test is an easy and straightforward way to tell if your shoes are genuinely in need of a replacement.
Just place your shoes on a tabletop or any flat surface, at eye level, and assess whether it lays flat on the counter/surface. Examine the entire sole surface carefully. If the sole is old, worn out, or uneven, it’s time to replace your shoes. If your shoes tilt to one side or wobble easily, it can increase your risk for injury and cause foot issues.
Keep in mind that shoes are not all built the same. Knowing when it’s time to let go of your shoes can save your feet from a lot of pain, discomfort, and potential injuries. If you feel any pain in your lower extremities, talk to a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.
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 you uncover the causes of your pain and help correct an irregular walking pattern you may have because of poor footwear or otherwise. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
Every foot tells a story – it can reveal the secrets behind your most common foot concerns. And because January is Thyroid Awareness 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, are sharing how pain in your feet can be a sign of developing thyroid disorder – also known as hypothyroidism -- and what to look for before you go see your doctor or podiatrist for a formal diagnosis.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism commonly occurs when your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck just below Adam's apple (larynx), becomes underactive and does not produce enough hormones to meet the body’s metabolic changes and needs. The lack of hormones in the body can cause chemical imbalances and lead to metabolism and autoimmune disorders. Any abnormality or dysfunction in these hormones can have adverse effects on your overall health, including your foot health.
Primary symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Sensitive to temperature variations (cold feet)
- Dry, flaky feet
- Muscles aches and cramps
- Weight gain
- Enlarged thyroid
- Hair loss
- Tiredness and weakness
A minor foot problem can reveal signs of underlying health issues that, if caught early, can save your life. If you have a history of thyroid disease or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s best to see your foot doctor for diagnosis and treatment. An untreated underactive thyroid can cause long term complications, including depression and heart disease.
Anything related to your thyroid deserves our utmost attention. A careful diagnosis is important. Contact Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your very first appointment for 2021! We are here to help you with all your foot and ankle problems. Our two offices are located at 100 Remsen St Brooklyn, New York 11201 and 9036 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228.