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Posts for tag: Heel Pain

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 13, 2019
Category: Achilles tendon

Are you experiencing pain in your heels and is that causing difficulty in walking? There are many reasons for heel pain, and knowing the root cause for your pain is important so that the right course of treatment is administered.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have identified some of the common sources of heel pain. These include:

  • Achilles tendon inflammation or tendonitis;
  • Bone fracture is extremely painful and can lead to an extended duration of immobility;
  • Excessive weight on the heels due to ill-fitted or poorly structured shoes;
  • Injury to the soft tissue or tendons that are spread across under your feet and along the sides as well;
  • Painful inflammation or damage to the plantar fasciitis;
  • Neuroma or nerve damage linked to diabetes can also affect the heel and cause pain.

Tissue damage and neuropathy are hard to diagnose, especially during the early stages. Precaution and care can mitigate their effects and reduce heel pain substantially.

Moreover, our patients can benefit from Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for heel pain. This therapy is a safe and effective treatment for heel pain.

If your heels hurt and you are unsure of the cause, visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for a thorough examination, treatment, and cure. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto has a great deal of experience in treating a multitude of foot disorders and problems like injuries and wounds, fungal infections, toenail issues, stress fractures, sports injuries, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, ankle sprains and more. Don’t delay your treatment and don’t take these issues lightly, as these pains may be indications of a serious underlying problem. Contact us for more information and appointments. Know that your feet are important to us!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 11, 2019
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Heel Pain   flat feet   Bunions   arthritis   ankle sprains  

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.

Advantages:

  • 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.

Disadvantages:

  • 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.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 26, 2018
Category: Fractures

There are a variety of reasons that may cause pain in your heel. Whether it’s a stress fracture, injury, or poor circulation, determining the exact cause of heel pain can be quite challenging.

Here are the 3 common causes of heel pain:

  1. Plantar fasciitis—perhaps the most common cause of heel pain. This occurs when the plantar fascia (long band of connective tissue that runs along the heel to the toes) becomes overly-stretched, causing partial or complete tears. The damaged tissue can cause stabbing pain which disturbs your movement if it is not treated promptly.
  2. Achilles tendonitis—this occurs when the Achilles tendon is exposed to repetitive or intense strain. This weakens the tendon, making it more vulnerable to injury. This can cause severe pain and stiffness.
  3. Wrong footwear—ill-fitted shoes can lead to many foot and ankle problems including heel pain. They can create crowding of your toes and increase your risk of injury. Wear good shoes that provide the best fit, support, and comfort to your feet.

Tracking down the source of heel pain, especially in the early stages, can often resolve the pain and get you moving. However, if you are unsure of the cause of your pain, you should seek advice from your podiatrist.

If you have heel pain that persists more than two weeks or have trouble diagnosing the exact cause of your pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, NY. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto diagnoses and treats a range of foot and ankle conditions such as toe deformities, diabetic foot, fungal infections, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Joseph Stuto provides the highest-quality podiatric medical care while staying abreast of all the newest trends in podiatry. For more information, you can browse through our extensive patient library online. Contact our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn: (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn), or (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights).

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 02, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: Heel Pain   podiatrist   properly fitting   sports   heels  

As we age, the everyday wear and tear on our feet begins to build up and cause pain and injury. Some of this pain is relatively minor and can be cured with the use of over-the-counter medication. Not all pain is so easily dealt with though. Some pain hurts so much that it can cause a relatively healthy person to become immobile.  When this occurs, it is important to visit a podiatrist right away because the heel pain may be due to an underlying condition. While waiting for your next appointment, consider using some of these tips and tricks to help prevent the heel pain from flaring up even more severely.

•When it comes to heel pain, the right pair of properly fitting shoes can make a giant difference in your life. Shoes that fit well should have cushion, arch support and shock absorption capabilities and should not fit too tightly or too loosely. Sneakers tend to meet most of these requirements and can be a rather affordable way to help prevent your heel pain.

•Shoes get tired over time. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your shoes also get old and worn out. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if you use them on a regular basis. As they wear out, they are no longer able to provide you with the comfort and support you need to prevent heel pain.

•Prep and prime before you hit the gym or partake in sports. This should be done before and after exercise to be sure that your muscles are ready for the onslaught of activity.

•When you’re out on the field in your element, it can be easy to get carried away in the moment. Sometimes even professional athletes push themselves too hard and end up injured. Save yourself the heel pain and take it things in stride while you are out on the field.

•Your heels are constantly taking the brunt of your weight as you walk. If you are overweight, that means you are putting more strain on your heels. Consider dropping a few pounds to help your heels carry you farther without suffering from painful consequences.

Although there are many ways to prevent heel pain, sometimes it can still sneak up and get the better of you. If this happens it is time to see a podiatrist. Heel pain has many causes and only a trained podiatrist and his or her staff can help get to the bottom of the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can educate you on heel pain and its many causes. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Suffering from heel pain? Heel pain can interfere with your day-to-day activities, particularly exercise. If treated quickly and properly, your heel painfoot will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Dr. Joseph Stuto in Brooklyn-Heights and Brooklyn, NY, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about the causes of heel pain. 

1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the heel of the foot. Wearing shoes with poor arch support can result in plantar fasciitis as well. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include night splints, stretching exercises, medications, walking casts and orthotic devices.

2. Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is the injury of the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Symptoms include swelling, or pain, in the back of your heel. Walking or excessive exercise commonly causes this condition. If you think you may have Achilles tendinitis, you should visit a podiatrist in Brooklyn or Brooklyn-Heights. If your foot condition gets worse, your tendon can tear, so you may need medication, or surgery, to relieve the pain.

3. Heel Spur
Heel spurs are pointed bony outgrowths on the heel bone. Although heel spurs are often painless, they can cause heel discomfort. This can make it difficult to stand, walk, or run. Heel spurs are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts whose activities include running and jumping. Common treatments for heel spurs include shoe recommendations, stretching exercises, physical therapy and orthotic devices.

4. Bursitis
Bursitis is inflammation of fluid sacs between your joints. Bursitis symptoms include pain and swelling. Overuse or injury to the joint can increase your risk of bursitis. Examples of high-risk activities include painting, skiing, gardening, carpentry, golf, raking, pitching, throwing, tennis and shoveling. Common treatments for this condition include resting the injured area, icing the area and taking anti-inflammatory medicines.

5. Stress Fractures
A stress fracture is severe bruising within a bone or a small crack in a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity and overuse. Stress fractures are common in runners and athletes who participate in running sports. The symptoms of stress fractures include pain and swelling. Its treatment includes wearing a brace or using crutches. Surgery, however, is sometimes necessary to ensure complete healing of some types of stress fractures. 

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