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Posts for tag: Achilles Tendon

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 13, 2019
Category: Achilles tendon

Are you experiencing pain in your heels and is that causing difficulty in walking? There are many reasons for heel pain, and knowing the root cause for your pain is important so that the right course of treatment is administered.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have identified some of the common sources of heel pain. These include:

  • Achilles tendon inflammation or tendonitis;
  • Bone fracture is extremely painful and can lead to an extended duration of immobility;
  • Excessive weight on the heels due to ill-fitted or poorly structured shoes;
  • Injury to the soft tissue or tendons that are spread across under your feet and along the sides as well;
  • Painful inflammation or damage to the plantar fasciitis;
  • Neuroma or nerve damage linked to diabetes can also affect the heel and cause pain.

Tissue damage and neuropathy are hard to diagnose, especially during the early stages. Precaution and care can mitigate their effects and reduce heel pain substantially.

Moreover, our patients can benefit from Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for heel pain. This therapy is a safe and effective treatment for heel pain.

If your heels hurt and you are unsure of the cause, visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for a thorough examination, treatment, and cure. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto has a great deal of experience in treating a multitude of foot disorders and problems like injuries and wounds, fungal infections, toenail issues, stress fractures, sports injuries, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, ankle sprains and more. Don’t delay your treatment and don’t take these issues lightly, as these pains may be indications of a serious underlying problem. Contact us for more information and appointments. Know that your feet are important to us!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 04, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.

It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:

  1. Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
  2. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
  4. Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
  6. Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
  7. Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.

Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.

 

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 10, 2019
Category: Achilles tendon

One of the strongest yet most vulnerable tendons in your body is the Achilles tendon, which connects the heel of your foot to your calf. While it enables you to indulge in walking, running, trekking and similar activities, if injured this tendon can severely handicap your ability to move.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM the two most frequent tendon conditions that we encounter are:

Achilles Tendonitis:

  • This is when the tendon suffers from inflammation due to excessive and persistent stress.
  • Engaging in an intensive work out after an extended duration of idleness or overexerting without taking a break can trigger the onset of this condition.
  • Lack of rest and care can worsen the condition as the injured tissue may not be able to repair and revert to its normal state.
  • Ongoing stress can cause deterioration and, with time, it could turn into Achilles tendonosis.

Achilles Tendonosis:

  • This is a degenerative condition that results from repeated microtrauma.
  • The tendon’s structure is adversely affected as its shape is altered, and it may lose its hold especially near the heel area.
  • The tendon becomes weak, stiff, and painful with likely occurrence of edema.
  • Without treatment, continuous overuse could also rupture the tendon which usually requires surgery.

Treatment for these conditions varies based on the duration and amount of damage inflicted on the tendon. Ice application, temporary immobilization, and anti-inflammatory medication can resolve the issue; however, it is advised to consult your foot doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is highly experienced in treating disorders related to the Achilles tendon and other foot health issues. Depending on your condition, they may recommend physical therapy including strengthening exercises, compression and stretching routines to ease the tendons and restore their functioning. For more information, you may contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 05, 2019
Category: footwear

High heels are viewed as the epitome of style, elegance, and grandeur by most women. However, what they don’t realize is the amount of damage they expose their feet to when wearing such shoes.

Here we will highlight some harms of high heels:

  • Wearing high heels shifts the weight of the entire body onto the balls of the feet. Due to excessive stress, they become prone to swelling and pain. One cause for this condition is sesamoiditis.
  • Heels with restrictive toe space end up cramming the toes together, leading to the development of bunions and hammertoes.
  • Extended periods of wearing high heels could damage your Achilles tendon by shortening it. This causes extra stress on leg muscles as they become overly stretched and can make walking excruciatingly painful.
  • A slight imbalance or unexpected trip could lead to painful sprains and even bone fractures.

Luckily, you can still wear these beauties if you adopt a few precautionary measures:

  • Shorten the heel size: wearing a two-inch heel instead of a four or six significantly minimizes your exposure to falls and trips.
  • Avoid stick-thin heel types: broader heel types like “wedges” distribute weight more evenly on your feet and save them from excessive stress. 
  • Use shoe inserts: pads and orthotic inserts are helpful in providing support and relief to your foot’s pressure points.
  • Wear high heels for shorter durations: If you have a busy day that will keep you up and about on your toes, it is better to avoid wearing heels on such days. Switching between heels and flats also eases the stress on your feet.
  • Flexing your ankles and feet, along with mild exercises, is good for the overall health of your feet.

In case of any discomfort or pain in your feet, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM, suggest that you consult a podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and relief.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 30, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Some professions require people to be on their feet most of the time. For example, construction workers, nurses, on-field reporters and the like usually find themselves on the move for the most part of the day.

If you have a similar profession, you need to make sure that your feet are looked after in the best possible manner. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest five ways to give your feet a break:

  • Be careful of your shoes: the type of shoes you choose to wear will impact the health of your feet. It is advised to opt for soft cushioned shoes that also provide arch and ankle support for your feet. Size matters as your feet should be comfortable and your walk should be stable.
  • Rest your feet: whenever you get some time off, rest your feet by elevating them. Flexing your ankles, arch and toes will help too. In case you are unable to sit down for a while, shifting your weight from one side to another will reduce extra stress from your feet.
  • Drink lots of water: standing in one position for a long duration can cause swelling or fluid retention. Staying hydrated will protect your ankles and feet from such conditions.
  • Physical activity and compression: indulging in physical activities that are less strenuous on the feet like swimming, rowing etc. will also relieve your feet from overexertion. Applying compression will improve blood circulation and speed up the healing process to repair any damaged tissues in your feet. 
  • Go to your podiatrist: common issues encountered due to excessive usage of feet include flat feet, plantar fasciitis, swelling, Achilles tendons and more. These conditions can worsen and hamper your ability to move about if not treated timely. Schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto today.

Call or visit us at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 in case of any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. Our specialists can answer your queries and lead your feet in the right direction.