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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 30, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Foot Injuries  

Sometimes emergencies happen at the workplace. These emergencies can be very scary and stressful for everyone involved. Most work-related injuries can be prevented with the proper training, management and the use of best practices. An injury in the workplace is not an enjoyable matter and can have a serious impact on productivity, workplace morale, and safety standards as a whole. With a little bit of extra care, and some proper precautions, an employer can work together with their employees in order to help prevent these workplace injuries from happening. Whether you are the employer or the employee, here are some easy tips to use to help prevent workplace injuries.

  1. Mobile equipment should be kept away from pedestrian traffic. That means keep forklifts, floor cleaners, pallet jacks and any other motorized or mobile pieces of equipment out of hallways, corridors, and other highly populated areas during regular work, or peak time work hours. If you have to have these items in the halls or highly populated places, consider installing safety mirrors in the corners of the office. These safety mirrors can help prevent crushed feet or toes, or other severe accidents due to collisions. Another alternative is to temporarily shut down that section of the warehouse, building, or aisle you are working in. This will prevent unwanted interference from unknowing employees, customers or people.
  2. Make sure to always have someone guard a machine if it is left temporarily unattended. Lockout/tagout is also a very helpful procedure to ensure that machinery does not severely maim an individual.
  3. It is also important to keep your work environment very clean. Keeping litter off the floor, floors dry and clean, and other keeping hazards away from commonly used hallways, docks, aisles and paths will help to prevent slips, falls, punctures and many other workplace hazards.
  4. Consider using bright contrasting colors in places where visibility is limited. Stairwells, ramps and passageways are all areas where brightly colored contrasting tapes, reflectors, and similar materials can be used to help prevent slips, trips and foot injuries.

Are you constantly on your feet? Having a hard time switching up positions at work? Do not wait to take action, a trained podiatrist can help. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
September 07, 2015
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Foot Injuries   Dancers  

Dancers are not only entertainers but athletes in their own right. They combine strength with agility to create dance movements. The feet take a brutal beating from all these movements. It is tasked with supporting the body’s enormous weight while being flexible enough to make us glide across the dance floor.  This is why dancers are at great risk for developing foot injuries.

The first signs of a foot injury can be subtle. Since dancers are no strangers to pain during practices, these symptoms may go unnoticed.  This could quickly turn into career ending foot injuries. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from dancer’s heel.

Foot Conditions in Dancers

Bunions – this is a bony protrusion located at the edge of the big toe joint. This happens when the big toe is forced to move inwards to the other toes. The bony protrusion can damage surrounding tissues causing pain and swelling. Bunions can be caused by tight-fitting shoes or through repeated movements that require the big toe moving inwards to the other toes such as dance steps.

Plantar Fasciitis – the plantar fascia is strong tissue that runs through the heel and base of the toes. This is constantly stretched with each foot movement. This can be regularly stretched to its limits with explosive foot movements such as sports activities and dancing. Plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the plantar fascia can cause pain and swelling at the base of the heel and foot arch.

Stress Fractures – the bones and cartilage are part of the feet’s support system. It contributes to helping the feet carry our body weight. The feet are exposed to four times the normal pressure when running and much more when dancing. This leaves dancers susceptible to stress fractures.  

Achilles Tendonitis – the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. Repeated abuse through explosive dance movements increases the risk for injury. Pain and swelling in the area are early signs of injury. Tightness and soreness of the Achilles tendon as the early signs of injury. Resting the feet and pain medication provides immediately relief for Achilles tendonitis.

These are just some of the common foot injuries experienced by dancers. Early detection prevents further aggravating the injury.

At our practice located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people find relief from foot injuries. To schedule an appointment call 718-624-7537.