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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 07, 2018
Category: foot fungus

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common and irritating foot problem. It occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. The fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist settings such as shower or locker areas, public pools, gyms, and communal bathroom. This infection can lead to severe itching, scaling, redness and burning of the feet. If left untreated, the fungus can spread across other parts of the body due to its extremely contagious nature.

Most people tend to pick up fungal infections such as athlete’s foot during the summertime, but the truth is our feet are susceptible to these infections at any given time of the year. Our socks and shoes contribute the most to the development of athlete’s foot, as they provide a suitable breeding ground for fungus to thrive. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we encourage our patients to maintain good foot hygiene due to the recurring and contagious nature of athlete’s foot.

Here are some tips to help avoid this condition

  • Wash your feet on a daily basis.
  • Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes.
  • Wear proper footwear to help protect your feet when walking in public places, such as communal bathrooms, locker rooms or swimming pools. Avoid going barefoot in public areas where the fungus may be lurking.
  • Wear special socks that wick away moisture.
  • Change socks regularly, especially if your feet get sweaty. This will help keep your feet dry and decrease the buildup of fungus.
  • If you sweat profusely, apply foot powder or an antiperspirant on your feet.
  • Spray some disinfectant inside your shoes to help kill germs.
  • Due to its contagious nature, avoid sharing your personal belongings such as socks, towels, and shoes.
  • Bathroom surfaces at home should be kept clean, especially bathtubs.

If you notice any early symptoms of athlete’s foot or if you are battling any fungal infections, have a foot doctor to inspect your feet. The key to prevention is to maintain proper foot hygiene.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we treat a variety of foot problems including athlete’s foot. Our foot doctors Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Joseph A. Stuto can help identify the degree of infection and devise a treatment plan accordingly. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment.

 

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 10, 2018
Category: foot care tips

Our feet experience a lot of wear and tear, every day. It is our responsibility to keep our feet safe.

We often purchase the most trendy and stylish footwear to make our feet look good, but do we maintain good foot hygiene to reduce the risk of infections?

Foot infections are fairly common in people worldwide. That’s because fungi are present everywhere.

Here at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we want our patients to be proactive when it comes to the health of their feet. We urge our patients to adopt a good foot care regimen to reduce the risk of infections, stop them from recurring and also prevent them from spreading across your body or to others.  Some of the most common foot infections are athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, and ingrown toenails.

Here are some key steps you should consider taking to help prevent or stop recurring infections on your feet.

  1. Avoid walking barefoot: One can easily contract an infection from walking barefoot at communal areas or at home. Furthermore, anyone who has an infection should not be walking barefoot as they may contaminate the floor they walk on, exposing others to bacteria and fungi. If you have poor circulation or diabetes, you may even have a harder time fighting off these infections by walking barefoot. Wear flip-flops or sandals if necessary.
  2. Daily foot wash: Maintain good foot hygiene by washing your feet regularly to avoid bacteria and fungi from settling in. Dry your feet properly, especially between the toes before you put on some socks and shoes. As bacteria and fungus breed and grow in warm, dark and moist settings, ensure that your feet are clean and dry.
  3. Wear well-fitted shoes: One of the best ways to keep foot pain and infections in check is to wear supportive and comfortable shoes. Your activity decides the type of footwear you should wear. Avoid wearing worn-out and tight-fitted shoes as they can damage your skin, allowing infections to creep in. Also, try to avoid wearing someone else’s shoes.
  4. Wear clean socks: To prevent infections, it’s essential that you wear clean and dry socks. Wear cotton or woolen socks that wick away moisture from the feet.
  5. Trim your toenails: The best to way to look after your toenails is to cut or file them straight across. Do not cut your nails too short or from the sides to avoid ingrown toenails.
  6. Use medication: Use timely medication such as antibiotics or anti-fungal ointments to prevent infections from spreading, as prescribed by your foot and ankle doctor.

If you are experiencing any unusual foot pain or infections, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our podiatrists Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will help best treat your foot infections. Call (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 11, 2018
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Treating Athlete's FootAthlete's foot is caused by a common fungal infection that can be found in the locker room at the gym, at the pool, or even on the floor of your own bathroom if you are living with someone who already has it. Although it is contagious, you can reduce your risk of developing it by following a few simple precautions and following preventive measures. In many cases, athlete's foot can be treated with over the counter topical anti-fungal creams or ointments that you can buy at the local drugstore. But if you suffer from chronic outbreaks that do not clear up with conservative treatments, you may need to see a foot doctor for prescription medication. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto offer diagnostic services and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY.

Athlete's Foot Prevention and Treatment in Brooklyn, NY

The most common symptom of athlete's foot is intense burning and itching between the toes. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, and you may also notice blistering and a red, scaly rash. It's important to keep in mind that because athlete's foot is caused by a contagious fungal infection, the infection can spread to your hands from your feet from scratching.

What to Do if You Have Athlete's Foot

  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day with warm water, and always wash your hands immediately after touching your feet
  • Wear clean socks that absorb moisture, and give your shoes time to dry and air out between each use
  • Consult with a foot doctor of your symptoms get worse or don't clear up with over the counter treatments

How to Protect Yourself and the People You Live With

Fungus lives and thrives in warm, damp environments, like the space between sweaty toes, or on wet floors, towels, and bath mats. The best protection against athlete's foot is to avoid walking barefoot in shared public areas. Wear flip-flops or shower socks, and don't share shoes, socks, or towels with others. Try to wear shoes that allow for ventilation.

Find a Foot Doctor in Brooklyn, NY

For more information on the best way to prevent or treat athlete's foot, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Stuto or Dr. Joseph A. Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 17, 2018
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's Foot   blisters   Tineas Pedis   feet   disorder   shoe   flip flops  

When you are on your feet all day, it is hard to remember to take a break. Eventually, all of the wear and tear will build up and your feet can suffer from it. Not only can overuse be bad for your feet, but it can also cause them to sweat and stay damp during activities. Most people don’t think about changing their socks and shoes until they get home, but after a nasty case of tineas pedis, they may change their mind.

Tineas pedis is the medical name for what is commonly known as athlete’s foot. This itchy disorder affects the soles of the feet and areas between the toes. It is also known to spread to the palms of your hands, your groin, and your underarms. This will only occur if you touch the affected feet and then touch another body part without washing.

Not only is this an aggravating condition for athletes, but it also affects anyone else who consistently stays in damp or sweaty socks and shoes. The fungus that causes the condition thrives in warm and moist environments such as the shoe.

Symptoms:

  • itching
  • burning
  • redness
  • stinging
  • flaking of skin
  • peeling
  • blisters
  • cracking

How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is very contagious. It is usually spread in moist areas like public showers or pools. To prevent the condition, dry your feet very well, including the spaces in between your toes. Also, using a clean towel is key as the fungus can spread from contact with a surface. It may also be a good idea to invest in a pair of waterproof shoes to use while using a public shower. Water shoes or flip flops are a good choice.

Keeping your feet dry is also a great way to avoid athletes foot. Don’t choose socks that lock in moisture or make your feet hot and sweaty. If you find your feet becoming sweaty during the day, it is important to bring a pair of spare socks and shoes to change into while the other set dries. Due to modern technology, you can find dry-fit socks that will help prevent moisture from welling up in your socks and shoes. Also look into well-ventilated sneakers for best results.

Are your feet dry and cracked? Do they burn or blister? You could be suffering from athlete’s foot or another of the tineas disorders. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will help treat your itchy, burning feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. After all, athlete’s foot isn’t just for athletes. 

Athlete's foot is a common condition caused by fungus.  You don't have to be a professional athlete or even a weekend warrior to have Athlete's foot.  It can find you in public pools, showers, spas, or locker rooms at the gym.  Fungus thrives in damp conditions like these.

It's much easier to prevent Athlete's foot than to eradicate it.  The best thing you can do to prevent it is to always wear sandals or flip flops in the locker room, pool, or shower.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Symptoms of Athlete's foot range from mild scaling and itching to irritating and painful blisters and redness.  You can often treat these symptoms with over-the-counter medicine.  Contact Joseph Stuto, DPM at 2 convenient locations in Brooklyn NY for advice in choosing a medication or if your medication is not helping.  Our board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Stuto can examine your feet and prescribe a stronger medication to help treat this infection.  

One thing to keep in mind.  If you have diabetes, be sure to contact us to make an appointment immediately.  You can reach us at (718) 624 - 7537 to schedule an appointment.  We take your foot infection seriously and want to make sure you are treated properly.

The success of any treatment depends on your regimen of applying medication and avoiding public areas where the fungus thrives.  Because you're fighting an infection, be sure to use the entire treatment … if you stop too soon, it may return.

PREVENTION

Here are some good commonsense tips to follow to prevent Athlete's foot:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Be sure to dry between your toes after swimming or bathing.
  • When outdoors, wear sandals or shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
  • If you are indoors, get in the habit of wearing socks or sandals instead of closed shoes.
  • Wear socks to absorb sweat and be sure to change your socks twice a day.
  • Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet.
  • Rotate your shoes.  Allow your shoes to air for at least 24 hours before you wear them again.  The fungus can grow in your shoes.
  • Wear shower sandals in public places like pools, showers and spas.

Athlete's foot is an irritation and an annoyance, but it's also a fungal infection that needs to be treated.  It won't go away by itself.  Call your Dr. Stuto to take the first step to rid yourself of this common foot condition.