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Posts for tag: Foot Pain

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.

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!