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Posts for tag: Foot Pain

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
October 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care

A lot of us don’t think about the health of our feet until they start to hurt or cause us problems. Our feet do so much for us, yet we do so little to keep them in good health. The truth is that many people are either unsure of where to go for treatment or think it's normal to have continuous foot pain. However, by ignoring foot pain we are causing more harm to ourselves. If you notice any changes in your feet, whether, in appearance or how they feel, you should immediately notify your podiatrist, a specialized medical professional trained to assess, diagnose, and treat foot-related injuries and disorders.

Today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share three signs that should prompt you to speak to a podiatrist right away.  

  1. You have swollen feet. Persistent swelling in your feet is not something to ignore. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition that requires a trip to the doctor.
  2. You have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing different foot problems like neuropathy and ulcers. Even a minor issue could lead to complications such as amputation and loss of limb if left untreated. Any signs of discoloration, cuts, pain, sores, and infection around the lower extremities should be looked at by a podiatrist right away. Your daily foot care regimen plays a critical role in diabetes management.
  3. You have constant foot pain. If you are experiencing unusual pains in your feet and ankles, it warrants a trip to the podiatrist. Foot pain that starts for no apparent reason can signal the onset of arthritis and a variety of different health issues.

Your feet require proper care and attention. Even changes that may seem small are worth the attention and may even save one's life. Do not hesitate to contact us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403, to schedule an appointment with our foot doctors who are experts in determining the best treatment plan for your foot condition.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 20, 2020
Category: foot care tips

Feet are complex structures designed to make us mobile and execute our movements swiftly. They face the maximum risk by carrying our entire weight, and yet are likely to get the least of our attention.

While we may take them for granted, our feet are usually the first ones to suffer if there is anything wrong in our body. This is why at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, our experts always advise listening to your feet.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Foot cramps are a sign of dehydration. Your body needs water and maybe lacking some essential nutrients, which is why your feet may be cramping.

  • Burning feet or itchy skin is usually a sign of skin infection. Check your feet daily for any changes in the color or texture of your skin. Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual.

  • If your feet are always cold, it could indicate poor blood flow in your lower limbs. This may be due to diabetes or nerve damage caused by neuropathy.

  • Plantar fasciitis can be identified if you experience excessive heel pain or you may have developed calcium deposits in your heel that also cause extreme pain.

  • Flat feet and arch pain are common especially if you are overweight. Your feet may be suffering from excessive pressure resulting in pain and discomfort.

If you feel that your feet are in pain or your movement is not easy, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto immediately. For the safety of our patients and staff, we’re now offering telemedicine. Stay safe and keep your feet safe from harm as well. If they are healthy, there is a high chance of your entire body being healthy and happy.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 22, 2019
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Sprain   ankle injury  

While most ankle sprains occur due to sports activities, it is common to experience sprains due to other reasons as well such as tripping, injuries and the like.

There is no doubt that ankle sprains need to be treated by a doctor or a medical professional; however, here are a few tips to safeguard your ankles effectively:

 

  • The ‘RICE’ method is quite well known to treat ankle sprains, i.e. rest, ice application, compression, and elevation.
  • Rest is critical as any damaged tissue inside your feet and ankles will not get any time to recuperate and return to health if you do not allow any time between your physical activities.
  • Physical therapy not only protects your feet and ankles, but it also helps in speeding up the healing process and alleviating issues like joint pains, bone deformities, arch issues, etc.
  • Wearing the right footwear that is shock-absorbent and softer on the heels is useful to enhance the health of your feet. Sudden movements, especially in intense workouts, may result in sprains and injuries if proper footwear is not used.
  • Orthotic inserts are also an excellent tool to ensure stability and balance, thereby reducing your chances of spraining your ankles.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our podiatrist is not only equipped with the latest technology but also possesses vast experience in treating a diverse range of foot conditions like fungal toenails, bunions, arthritis, diabetic nerve damage to the feet, ingrown toenails, fractures, sprains and more.

If you have any foot pain or if you require any further information regarding the health of your feet, feel free to contact us or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can examine your feet and prescribe the right course of treatment accordingly.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 13, 2019

Orthotic inserts are the most widespread and safe solutions to a number of foot and ankle problems. While standard inserts are available over-the-counter, orthotic inserts that are customized by a podiatrist to treat a specific problem are more effective.

Here are some of the most frequent issues that can be addressed by using orthotics:

  • Inflammation of the tissue under your foot that connects the heel with the toes, also known as plantar fasciitis;
  • Heel and arch pain caused by inadequate support or ill-shaped shoes that harm the shape of your feet;
  • Soreness due to Achilles tendonitis;
  • The occurrence of bunions and other bone and joint deformities are mostly seen as a result of wearing poorly-fitted shoes;
  • Corns and calluses that cause your skin to become hard and scaly, making you prone to fungal infections and bacteria;
  • Swelling and pain experienced at the ball of the foot arising from excessive stress on the feet;
  • Muscle sprains and bone fractures may be avoided due to enhanced stability and a stronger grip.

Depending on the kind of foot condition our patients have, our podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto can recommend either a soft orthotic insert or a hard one, designed exclusively to treat the particular issue that you are encountering.

It is important and more beneficial to get the inserts customized according to the shape of your feet. If your insert does not provide your feet the support it is supposed to, your feet could suffer even more.

Know that your orthotics can take you a long way if you let them. Make the right choice and use the inserts for your well-being. For your queries regarding orthotic inserts, or any questions regarding the condition of your feet, feel free to contact Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537. Our team of experts is experienced and trained to treat a diverse range of ankle and foot disorders and are here to address your concerns.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 20, 2017
Category: foot conditions

Repetitive movements can cause injuries to the hands and wrists. Typing, gaming, construction, hair styling, all have repetitive motions that can cause Carpal Tunnel, as well as other hand and wrist related injuries. Did you know that repetitive movements can cause foot and ankle injuries as well? Jumping, stomping, dancing, running are all repetitive motions that can bring grief and pain to your feet and ankles. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is one of these disorders. In certain ways Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but occurs in the feet and ankles.

Athletes, dancers, teachers, nurses, cashiers, and other people that are on their feet all day know about Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome all too well. At first their feet ache and are tired. They rest them, adjust their shoes and continue on. Later though, due to its lack of treatment, it flares up and becomes severe. Their feet tingle and go numb on the bottom arch. This limits these professionals from properly doing their jobs and causes them a lot of pain and suffering.

Shoes play a key role in the cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. The wrong shoes can be detrimental to your feet. Heels, flats, loafers, flipflops, and any other poorly fitting shoes can cause you to experience Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome as well as a variety of other disorders. It is important that you buy a pair of proper fitting shoes that provide ample amounts of support and stability in order to prevent pain. If you are unsure of which shoe is the best for you, contact a podiatrist such as Dr. Joseph Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn, New York. He can guide you in picking out the best fitting shoes for you.

Have some tingling and numbness on the bottom of your feet? Are your feet achy and tired after a long day? Don’t delay! Call our office today at 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We will treat your signs and symptoms after a comprehensive evaluation. Let us get you happy and healthy again.