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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
December 05, 2018
Category: Ankle pain

Ankle pain can cause major disruption to your day-to-day activities. Arthritis, injury to the Achilles tendon, and several other conditions may cause chronic ankle pain. The first step, however, is to initiate the RICE protocol (Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). If the pain persists for a day or two, you may require the assistance of your foot care specialist for proper care.

Here are several factors and conditions that may trigger ankle pain:

  • Sprained ankle—The rolling and twisting of your ankle in an unnatural way can trigger an ankle sprain to occur. This can stretch and tear the tissues (ligaments) that hold your ankle bones together. Proper diagnosis and prompt treatment can help prevent future ankle problems while ensuring the best possible recovery.
  • Achilles tendon tear—Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body that connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. It allows you to walk, run, and jump comfortably. However, repetitive stress can partially or completely tear this tendon causing severe pain and discomfort in the ankle.
  • Arthritic conditions—Arthritis and related conditions affect the joints of the feet and ankles causing severe pain, swelling and stiffness. Exercise or physical therapy can help ease the pain and swelling.

If you suspect that your ankle is not healing properly, seek advice or treatment from a foot doctor.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we treat a multitude of foot and ankle conditions such as flat feet, warts, toe deformities, bunions, fungal infections, sports injury, and arthritis. Our committed and highly-qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help pinpoint the exact cause of your ankle pain and devise a treatment plan that showcases the best outcomes. Call or visit us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights) or (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn). 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 22, 2017
Category: foot conditions
Tags: arthritis   ankle pain   joint pain  

Most people have heard about arthritis and the pain that accompanies it. There is aching, throbbing, stiff joints that just don’t seem to get any relief. Many of these people associate arthritis with aging. But did you know there is more to arthritis than your age? People of all ages can suffer from arthritis for a multitude of reasons not just due to their age.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the joint lining and cartilage. Think of it like a permanent bruise located in your joints. It can affect any joint in the body, but typically the feet and ankles are more susceptible to arthritis. This is because we put so much strain and pressure on our feet and ankles every day. We use them more than most other body parts. We use them to walk, run, jog, jump, hop, skip, dance, ski, bike. The list goes on and on. It’s pretty easy to see why our feet and ankle joints start to ache after a while.

Arthritis can affect all or some of the 33 joints that we have in our feet in ankles. Pinning down exactly which joint or joints can be tricky due to the amounts located in our feet and ankles. It is important to see a podiatrist like Dr. Joseph Stuto, in order to diagnosis the exact area the arthritis is affecting.

Age isn’t just a number when it comes to arthritis, but it is not the only deciding factor either. People who are aged 50 and older are indeed more susceptible to arthritis. They have lived longer than those younger than them and have put more mileage, stress, and pressure on their feet. Over time the wear and tear ruins the joints and cartilage and can cause arthritis. Genetics can also play a role in who ends up with arthritis though. If your family has a history of arthritis, it is likely that you and your kin will also suffer from the disorder. Age and genetics aren’t the only key players in the causes of arthritis. Those who have received trauma to their feet and ankles can also get arthritis due to the trauma. Athletic injuries, car accidents, and other traumas can cause arthritis in just about anyone at any age. 

Arthritis cannot be cured but it can be managed. At Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, we can help create a treatment plan that is right for you and your pain. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. “At Dr. Stuto’s, we believe that a foot doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual’s feet.”