At Brooklyn Podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Joseph Stuto sees a variety of foot-related conditions in his office daily. However, there are a few common conditions that he treats consistently. Those conditions are listed below.
This common foot problem happens when the big toe gradually becomes angled inward, leading to a deformity of its bottom joint. The result is a large, bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot and can be very painful, especially while wearing shoes. While surgery to reduce the bone outgrowth and inflammation is the only way to get rid of a bunion, your podiatrist can recommend high-quality padding and shoe inserts to help minimize pain.
Like bunions, hammertoes are a deformity of toe joints, particularly in the three middle toes. The middle joints of these toes become dislocated due to arthritis, pressure from ill-fitting shoes or other anatomical issues. This causes the toes to bend downward unnaturally; the condition can be very painful, especially while walking. Your Brooklyn podiatrist can help correct hammertoes with shoe insoles, cushioned pads, and light physical therapy. Surgery to reposition the toe joints may be required if the affected toes have lost all range of motion.
Calluses and corns
Over time, the body's immune system will thicken areas of skin that are subject to constant friction. This is to prevent wounds from developing. Unfortunately, when these areas of thick skin, called calluses or corns, develop on the feet, it can be very uncomfortable. While calluses are rough, flat patches of skin, corns are a specific type of callus that is raised and resembles a corn kernel. Dr. Stuto often treats these areas of skin using a combination of topical medication, specially-designed pads and a recommendation for wide and comfortable footwear.
Fungus thrives in warm, damp areas, so when the feet are constantly subjected to this type of environment, toenail fungus is apt to develop. It causes discoloration and breakage of the toenails and can cause painful infections if left untreated. To combat fungal toenails, Dr. Stuto typically uses laser treatment and advises patients to always wear protective footwear in locker rooms or public pools.
If you have any of these conditions, Dr. Stuto would be happy to help you. Contact him in Brooklyn, NY, to make an appointment today!