Posts for: July, 2021
Do you have foot or ankle pain? Orthotics prescribed by your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, could help relieve your painful symptoms.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that support, align and cushion your foot. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, orthotics are designed by your podiatrist to address your specific foot issues. During your visit to the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your doctor will examine your feet, observe the way you walk, and make an impression of your foot.
What are the benefits of orthotics?
Wearing orthotics in your shoes can reduce or eliminate pain related to many foot conditions. The inserts can be helpful if:
- You need a little extra cushioning: Orthotics can improve your comfort if you have Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, bunions, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or stone bruises. They also make walking more comfortable if the fat pads under your feet have thinned as you've gotten older.
- You experience frequent ankle sprains: You may be more likely to develop future sprains after a bad sprain due to ankle instability. Adding a custom orthotic to your shoe supports your foot and reduces the risk that you'll turn your ankle again.
- You have leg, hip, or back pain: Your feet support your weight and help keep your bones properly aligned. If you have a foot imbalance or turn your feet too far inward or outward when you walk, the alignment of your bones may be affected. As a result, you may develop pain in your legs, hips, or back. Supporting your feet with orthotics can help ease your pain.
- You need to reduce pressure on your feet: Pressure can make many conditions feel worse, including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and tendonitis. Fortunately, orthotics can ease the pressure. Orthotics can also help you avoid blisters and friction if you have diabetes.
- You're prone to foot and ankle pain after running or play sports: By properly supporting your feet with orthotics, you may be less likely to develop tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other conditions.
Are you ready to find out if orthotics could help you? Call your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment.
Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat at home. No matter how carefully you follow the instructions on over-the-counter medications, your nails may remain thick and yellow. Fortunately, toenail laser fungus treatment offered by your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, can finally clear your nails.
Why toenail laser fungus treatment is a good option
Over-the-counter medications only penetrate the first few layers of your toenails. Unfortunately, toenail fungus can lurk deep inside the nails and on the skin under the nail. Laser fungus treatment offers a very effective way to kill the fungus in these areas.
During treatment at the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your foot doctor uses short bursts of laser energy to heat the pigments that give fungus its yellow color. Although your toe may feel a little warm or might tingle when the laser is aimed at it, laser therapy isn't painful. You won't have any pain after your treatment and can immediately resume your usual activities.
When your podiatrist activates the laser, the light beam will only target your nails. The healthy skin surrounding your nail won't be affected by the treatment.
Laser therapy offers excellent results
Laser therapy kills fungus immediately with just one treatment. Although the fungus is now dead, your toe will remain yellow until it begins to grow. As the nail grows, you'll notice that the area near the bottom of the toe looks clear. Over the next few months, as the nail continues to grow, you'll notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your nail.
Taking a few steps to prevent a new fungal infection will help you ensure that your nail never becomes yellow again. You can avoid toenail fungus by:
- Washing and drying your feet if they become sweaty
- Using anti-fungal foot spray
- Wearing a different pair of shoes every day to prevent moisture from accumulating
- Swapping your sweaty socks for dry ones throughout the day
- Wearing sandals in public locker rooms and showers and on pool decks.
Are you struggling with toenail fungus? Call your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your visit.