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Posts for tag: Achilles Tendonitis

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
February 12, 2019
Category: footwear, exercise

Exercising is an exhilarating activity – not only does it help you get in better shape, but it also makes you feel liberated and has a positive effect on your mood too.

However, these lively feelings can disappear and instead turn into unhappy experiences if you do not make the right choices before starting your exercise plan. Here are some of the most common reasons why people end up giving up their exercise routines:

Choosing the wrong footwear: Most of the time, new starters are unaware of the right kind of shoes to wear for their routines. These days, there are specific shoes for every activity that are designed to keep your feet comfortable throughout the process. People who have certain foot conditions, for example bunions or toe related issues, need to take extra precautions. They should consult a podiatrist before joining such programs because they might need orthotic support.

Choosing the wrong exercise program: Exercise enthusiasts tend to overdo or overexert, thinking they will get in shape faster that way. This is a wrong approach as your body needs time to get accustomed to the amount of exertion you put it through. High-intensity programs, especially after long periods of inactivity, cause more harm than benefit to your body. You need to start with a slower routine and then move up gradually.

Injuring yourself: People become too eager and push themselves too hard, or they just jump into the routine without warming up and stretching, or their posture is incorrect. All these could end up in an injury that could disrupt your exercise plan. In worse cases, one could suffer from Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains or even fractures.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest you get an appointment with our foot experts at our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York before you start your exercise plan. If you have started to feel the slightest bit of discomfort or pain in your feet and ankles, feel free to contact us at any of our office numbers listed above. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto, DPM can help and guide you to recovery with any of your foot and ankle problems. For more information, you can browse through our extensive library on topics that best interest you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 23, 2019
Category: Foot Injuries

As thrilling and exhilarating as running can be, it would be naïve to ignore the harmful effects associated with it if precaution is not exercised.

Here are some of the four most common running injuries that you can encounter:

  1. Achilles tendinitis  – a drastic increase in activity, aggressive calf stretches, and tight-fitted shoes can cause the Achilles tendon, a band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel, to flare up, causing severe pain and discomfort. This injury develops over time from repetitive movement.
  2. Shin splints – are a common occurrence in runners and soccer players, primarily due to poor biomechanics and overtraining. Too much strain can cause severe pain, discomfort, tightness, and inflammation around the shin bone (tibia).
  3. Plantar fasciitis – This is a common injury for runners, usually caused by overusing the muscles in your feet. These abrupt, recurring movements can cause small tears, swelling, and tightening of the plantar fascia.
  4. Stress fractures – repetitive motions, weak bone density, quick or abrupt movement during sports activities (like cross-overs in basketball) can cause hairlines cracks or tears in the bone.

Injuries can be physically and emotionally hard to deal with especially if you’re a pro-athlete and run for a living. The key to injury prevention requires recognizing an injury and taking prompt action when pain comes along. If you develop recurring pain from running and are not sure what’s wrong, see a podiatrist for a professional opinion.

If you are suffering from severe foot pain, chronic overuse injury, or any other foot and ankle condition, call Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York. We treat everyone from infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his highly-trained staff can treat your running injuries and a multitude of other foot and ankle problems with advanced technologies and expertise. Contact us at either of the two numbers listed above or schedule an appointment. Check out our patient education library covering a wide range of podiatric-related topics and gain a better understanding of your feet.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 26, 2018
Category: Fractures

There are a variety of reasons that may cause pain in your heel. Whether it’s a stress fracture, injury, or poor circulation, determining the exact cause of heel pain can be quite challenging.

Here are the 3 common causes of heel pain:

  1. Plantar fasciitis—perhaps the most common cause of heel pain. This occurs when the plantar fascia (long band of connective tissue that runs along the heel to the toes) becomes overly-stretched, causing partial or complete tears. The damaged tissue can cause stabbing pain which disturbs your movement if it is not treated promptly.
  2. Achilles tendonitis—this occurs when the Achilles tendon is exposed to repetitive or intense strain. This weakens the tendon, making it more vulnerable to injury. This can cause severe pain and stiffness.
  3. Wrong footwear—ill-fitted shoes can lead to many foot and ankle problems including heel pain. They can create crowding of your toes and increase your risk of injury. Wear good shoes that provide the best fit, support, and comfort to your feet.

Tracking down the source of heel pain, especially in the early stages, can often resolve the pain and get you moving. However, if you are unsure of the cause of your pain, you should seek advice from your podiatrist.

If you have heel pain that persists more than two weeks or have trouble diagnosing the exact cause of your pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, NY. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto diagnoses and treats a range of foot and ankle conditions such as toe deformities, diabetic foot, fungal infections, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Joseph Stuto provides the highest-quality podiatric medical care while staying abreast of all the newest trends in podiatry. For more information, you can browse through our extensive patient library online. Contact our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn: (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn), or (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights).

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 16, 2018
Category: sports injuries

Sports are a great way for people to get outdoors and be active together. While it is fun playing some form of organized sport, it is important to be safe while you are doing so. Injuries are part of an athlete’s life. Whether it is golf or rugby, there is always the risk of injury.

Our feet are one of the most injury-prone parts of the body in any sport. Our feet are constantly exposed to elevated levels of stress from sprinting, jumping or switching directions. Even though our feet are quite robust and hard-working, they are vulnerable to all kinds of injuries.

Here are some common injuries that occur to those playing sports:

  1. Plantar fasciitis – This injury is very common in impact and running sports. The injury occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue which connects the heel bone to your toes, suffers little tears when it is overly stretched. This ligament provides support to your foot’s arch and, once damaged, can disrupt your mobility.  
  2. Ankle sprains – Trauma or stepping onto an uneven surface or object can result in this type of injury. This occurs when the ankle ligaments are overstretched. A sprain may vary in severity.
  3. Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. It can withstand elevated stress levels but, when overused, can cause rupture, swelling, irritation and severe pain.
  4. Turf Toe – Hyper-extension of the big toe joint can cause this type of injury. This injury is common in a number of sports such as football, soccer, and baseball.

Don’t let an injury or lingering pain keep you out of the game! Take timely measures to avoid complications. The best resource for any kind of foot and ankle condition is your podiatrist.

If you are experiencing any sport-related injury or chronic pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our team of podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can provide a full array of services to help all your foot and ankle needs and get you back in the game. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 or schedule an appointment online.