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Posts for tag: Foot Pain

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 10, 2016
Category: Foot Injuries

If you've been dealing with ongoing heel pain, and methods like medication, exercise and shoe inserts have failed to bring relief, you foot painmay be a candidate for extracorporeal shockwave therapy at your Brookyln podiatrist's office. Here, you'll learn how Dr. Joseph Stuto uses this non-invasive treatment to treat patients with chronic heel pain at his Brooklyn, New York podiatry practice.

What is shockwave therapy?

Although the name might sound a bit threatening, this procedure is actually very safe and has few side effects associated with it. The shockwave therapy you receive from your Brooklyn podiatrist involves a period of focusing ultrasonic waves onto the heel, which helps improve blood flow and healing of the damaged inner tissues. This procedure is especially appealing to both podiatrists and patients because, unlike surgery, it requires no incisions or downtime.

What happens during shockwave therapy?

During a shockwave therapy session, which can last between 30 and 45 minutes, your Brooklyn podiatrist positions a hand-held instrument on the affected heel, which will be numbed with a local anesthetic first. The instrument emits high-pressure ultrasonic waves to both the soft tissue and bone, stimulating the healing process and strengthening the area. This is an in-office procedure and many patients report immediate pain relief.

How do I know if I need shockwave therapy?

Patients who have heel pain that lasts longer than six months without a response to conservative treatments are excellent candidates for shockwave therapy. This heel pain, described as a burning or aching sensation, is often worse in the morning or after a period of sitting and often sidelines runners and other athletes due to the discomfort. However, only your Brooklyn podiatrist will be able to determine if your heel pain warrants shockwave therapy.

If you've been dealing with heel pain, there are solutions at Dr. Joseph Stuto's podiatry practice in Brooklyn, New York. Call us to set up an appointment today!