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September is Pain Awareness Month. It’s a great time for us at Joseph Stuto, DPM to ensure that our senior patients are aware of what challenges lie ahead for them so that they are well equipped to overcome them gracefully if and when the time comes.
Here are the four most commonly observed issues that are encountered by aging feet:
- Boney protrusions, also known as “Bunions”, tend to push the big toe inwards over time. This may become painful if the condition aggravates and is left unattended. Our foot specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto strongly recommends the use of customized orthotic inserts and pads to control this condition.
- With a lifetime of wear and tear, the bones in our feet also become prone to “Arthritis”. Symptoms of this condition include stiffness in the joints and the ankles as the cartilage between the bones disappears. However, our experts have several restorative treatments to reduce pain and help with mobility issues associated with this disease.
- Diabetes is the most widespread and common issue encountered with increasing age. With diabetes, the blood circulation becomes restricted which may cause swelling and nerve damage in your feet. Effective measures to prevent aggravation of this disease include light but regular exercise, compression therapy, and a healthy diet. Contact our offices at Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY for information and appointments.
- As the bones start to lose their strength, they become porous and more prone to breaking due to falls and trips. This condition is known as “Osteoporosis” and can affect both males and females. However, both can beat the pain with proper diagnosis and medication.
Don’t let the weight of these foot problems burden your feet. Consult our podiatrists by calling us at (718) 624-7537 or visit our offices for a thorough examination and treatment of your foot ailments. Regardless of age, but with care and precaution, your feet will take you a long way.
With summer temperatures still lingering, flip-flops are a popular choice for footwear. These easy slip-ons are undoubtedly the breeziest shoes you can find to beat the heat. However, are they really a healthy option for your feet?
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we want our clients to be aware of their advantages and disadvantages.
- Convenience and ease of wearing are two of the most visible pros of flip-flops.
- They are available in large varieties and usually do not cost a lot.
- Flip-flops are best suited to protect your feet in places like gym lockers, pool showers, etc.
- They are extremely harmful to the shape of your feet as they provide no support to the arches and expose the heels to excess stress.
- They do not have the required grip to hold your feet in place. Therefore, chances of tripping or falling are enhanced while wearing flip-flops.
- Lack of grip forces your toes to hold the strap in between the shoes, increasing the risk of developing bunions.
- There is also the possibility of developing blisters between the toes due to constant rubbing and friction.
- Flip-flops are not suitable for extended durations, especially if your day includes a considerable amount of walking or running.
- They lack shock absorption.
Despite their attractiveness, it’s not advisable to wear these shoes frequently. You may also fall prey to heel pain or plantar fasciitis if you do not limit your use of flip-flops.
In case you are suffering from heel pain or feel any discomfort, we urge you to see your podiatrist for the best care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, bunions, flat feet, ankle sprains, and sports injuries. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.
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:
- Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
- Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
- 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.
- Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
- Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
- Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
- 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.
Summertime brings out open and strappy shoes for men and women alike. However, some people, notably women, may be reluctant to wear summer’s breezy footwear. This may be because of certain foot conditions that are unpleasant either physically or visually.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have identified the most common recurring foot conditions and remedial measures to protect your feet.
- Fungal Toenail Infections: If you notice any changes in the color, thickness or texture of your toenails, there is a likelihood that your toenails are infected. While this may not hurt, however, it can spread very quickly to other toenails if not treated in a timely manner. Consult your podiatrist for the most appropriate course of treatment that will depend on the severity of the infection and how far it has spread.
- Bunions: This condition is characterized by the protrusion of the bone on the big toe’s joint which pushes the big toe towards the other toes, causing pain and discomfort. If caution is not exercised, the condition will worsen. Get your feet examined by your foot doctor to see if it can be controlled through orthotic devices or if a surgical procedure is required.
- Pump Bump: Also known as the “Haglund’s Deformity”, this bump occurs due to constant friction between the back of the heel and the hard walls at the back of the shoes. It is advised to wear backless shoes for a while to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
- Hammertoes: This deformity arises mostly due to wearing ill-fitted or constricted shoes for extended periods. The affected toe will tend to bend downwards. Other reasons such as arthritis, injury or nerve damage could also cause this condition. Depending on the severity, your doctor can prescribe toe pads or opt for surgery.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your feet, contact our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto right away. Visit us or contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule a convenient appointment. Feel free to browse through our patient library and blog section on our website, where we help keep our patients informed on podiatry issues and help them make better decisions regarding their health and well-being.
Did you know that an average active person walks roughly 7500 steps in one day? Multiply that by 365 and see how gigantic a task this seems to become for a year! Yet how many of us take out any time to ensure that our feet are healthy and fit? Barely a handful of people!
Not surprisingly, our feet, which are also one of the most complex body parts in terms of bone and muscle structure, are the most neglected and taken for granted.
There are several conditions that affect our feet; the most common ones include:
- Bunions and other bone deformities
- Fungal nail and skin infections
- Arch pains, muscle tightening or plantar fasciitis
- Injuries, sprains, and fractures
- Nerve damage due to diabetic neuropathy
However, did you know that we humans are not the only ones who can fall prey to these conditions? Recently a baby giraffe in Seattle’s Woodland Zoo was diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperextended fetlocks” in which the rare legs of the giraffe were misaligned, causing it pain and making it difficult for it to walk properly.
Luckily, a team of experts was able to create customized shoes and leg casts to support its feet and lower legs; enabling it to walk in a more stable manner. If it was not for the dedication and hard work of Dr. Tim Storms and a team from Kentucky, that giraffe’s quality of life would have been severely compromised.
It is truly a wonder how many benefits podiatrists are offering us humans and yet we avoid consulting them. Podiatrists can help us adopt a lifestyle that will ensure that our feet are healthy so that we are not deprived of the small pleasures that life has to offer, like walking on the beach, running outdoors, playing sports and merely going from one point to another.
They not only treat and cure foot conditions, but they also prevent long term damage to our feet. So, utilize their services and enjoy your feet (like the baby giraffe did). Schedule your annual foot checkups today with Joseph Stuto, DPM to make sure nothing catches you off guard.