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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 12, 2019
Category: footwear, exercise

Exercising is an exhilarating activity – not only does it help you get in better shape, but it also makes you feel liberated and has a positive effect on your mood too.

However, these lively feelings can disappear and instead turn into unhappy experiences if you do not make the right choices before starting your exercise plan. Here are some of the most common reasons why people end up giving up their exercise routines:

Choosing the wrong footwear: Most of the time, new starters are unaware of the right kind of shoes to wear for their routines. These days, there are specific shoes for every activity that are designed to keep your feet comfortable throughout the process. People who have certain foot conditions, for example bunions or toe related issues, need to take extra precautions. They should consult a podiatrist before joining such programs because they might need orthotic support.

Choosing the wrong exercise program: Exercise enthusiasts tend to overdo or overexert, thinking they will get in shape faster that way. This is a wrong approach as your body needs time to get accustomed to the amount of exertion you put it through. High-intensity programs, especially after long periods of inactivity, cause more harm than benefit to your body. You need to start with a slower routine and then move up gradually.

Injuring yourself: People become too eager and push themselves too hard, or they just jump into the routine without warming up and stretching, or their posture is incorrect. All these could end up in an injury that could disrupt your exercise plan. In worse cases, one could suffer from Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains or even fractures.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest you get an appointment with our foot experts at our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York before you start your exercise plan. If you have started to feel the slightest bit of discomfort or pain in your feet and ankles, feel free to contact us at any of our office numbers listed above. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto, DPM can help and guide you to recovery with any of your foot and ankle problems. For more information, you can browse through our extensive library on topics that best interest you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 16, 2018
Category: sports injuries

Sports are a great way for people to get outdoors and be active together. While it is fun playing some form of organized sport, it is important to be safe while you are doing so. Injuries are part of an athlete’s life. Whether it is golf or rugby, there is always the risk of injury.

Our feet are one of the most injury-prone parts of the body in any sport. Our feet are constantly exposed to elevated levels of stress from sprinting, jumping or switching directions. Even though our feet are quite robust and hard-working, they are vulnerable to all kinds of injuries.

Here are some common injuries that occur to those playing sports:

  1. Plantar fasciitis – This injury is very common in impact and running sports. The injury occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue which connects the heel bone to your toes, suffers little tears when it is overly stretched. This ligament provides support to your foot’s arch and, once damaged, can disrupt your mobility.  
  2. Ankle sprains – Trauma or stepping onto an uneven surface or object can result in this type of injury. This occurs when the ankle ligaments are overstretched. A sprain may vary in severity.
  3. Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. It can withstand elevated stress levels but, when overused, can cause rupture, swelling, irritation and severe pain.
  4. Turf Toe – Hyper-extension of the big toe joint can cause this type of injury. This injury is common in a number of sports such as football, soccer, and baseball.

Don’t let an injury or lingering pain keep you out of the game! Take timely measures to avoid complications. The best resource for any kind of foot and ankle condition is your podiatrist.

If you are experiencing any sport-related injury or chronic pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our team of podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can provide a full array of services to help all your foot and ankle needs and get you back in the game. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 or schedule an appointment online.  

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 26, 2018
Category: foot care tips

When it comes to avoiding common foot problems, there is no better way to care for your feet than by buying shoes that fit you properly and are good for your feet. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we see an increase in foot pain and many types of foot disorders primarily linked with poor shoe choices. If you have diabetes, your shoe choice and foot care become even more important.

To maximize foot health, here are some of the top shoe styles you may want to think twice about.

  1. Flip-Flops and Sandals: A very common and popular type of footwear especially during the summer. Many people like the freedom flip-flops and other types of sandals provide. However, they lack arch support, protection, cushioning, and shock absorption which may lead to foot pain and foot disorders such as ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and tendon problems.
  2. High Heels: It’s no secret that women and high heels have a love-hate relationship. They might be in style and look good on you, but high heels are notorious for causing all sorts of painful foot and ankle problems. Women who wear high heels are subject to weight and pressure on the forefoot (ball of the foot). Wearing high heels all day long can cause serious foot and ankle problems such as bunions, hammertoes, blisters, sprains, fractures and stretching of the Achilles tendon. Anytime you wear tight-fitted or pointed-toe shoes, you limit the foot’s mobility and its natural shape.
  3. Platform Shoes and Wedges: Platform shoes may not be a bad choice, but they are not without risk to your feet. They tend to have rigid footbeds which may throw off your natural walking motion. Wearing an elevated platform shoe can cause ankle instability which may result in severe ankle injuries such as sprains and hairline fractures.                                                                                  
  4. Worn-Out Shoes: Simply throw out those worn-out shoes that provide very little to no cushioning, protection and shock absorption.
  5. Sheepskin Boots: This style of footwear generally comes out of the closet when the weather changes and the temperature drops. These shoes not only keep your feet warm but are very comfortable. However, because they are often worn without moisture-wicking socks, they can provide a certain level of discomfort such as fungus build-up (athlete’s foot).

The Right Shoes to Wear

Understanding the best type of footwear that works for your feet can make a difference between good health and potential foot problems.

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing chronic foot pain and aches, it is important to talk to a foot care professional to discuss ways to address the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto look forward to helping you with all kinds of foot and ankle problems. Choosing the correct footwear along with proper foot care should be a priority for everyone.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 12, 2018
Category: Foot Injuries

Running is a great way to keep in good health. It’s the kind of activity you can do anytime or anywhere. Proper footwear can help avert running injuries. While running, the feet and ankles take on a great deal of stress. A runner may experience an injury if the stress exceeds high levels. Injuries often experienced by runners include Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints.

Following are some key tips to help avoid running injuries:

  • The importance of warm-up and stretching: Before you go on your daily runs or do any form of exercise, it is extremely important that you do some warm-up laps and stretches. Take 5 to 10 minutes to do the necessary stretches such as knee clasp, hamstring stretch, and wall push-ups. It is necessary to warm up the Achilles tendon to avoid tendonitis.
  • Proper footwear: Choice of footwear is key in averting major running injuries. Wear the right shoe for the right activity. For example, one cannot wear golf shoes while going for a morning run. Always wear the right shoe size to help avoid overlapping of your toes. Before making a shoe purchase, have the foot measured by a professional. Avoid going barefoot.
  • Orthotic shoe inserts:  Put inserts inside the shoes to help correct fallen arches, gait imbalances and other problems.
  • Stop rushing: When one starts a new exercise routine after a long break, you need to take it slow and easy to avoid injury (stress fractures).
  • Cooling off after your exercise routine: Let your body cool off and recover after a good run.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids before, in-between or after the long run. This can help lessen cramps, which are often caused by dehydration.

Running injuries are quite common. Even pro athletes experience this over and over again. The best resource for your foot and ankle needs is your podiatrist.

If you are suffering from a sports injury or any other foot and ankle condition, then it is time to call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you with all kinds of foot and ankle problems. Contact us at (718) 624 7537 and schedule an appointment today!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: foot fractures   gait   blisters   spurs   stance   ankle sprains  

We walk every day. That means we walk at a minimum of 365 times a year. Most of us, walk more than once a day in order to do various tasks. We learn this skill typically by the time we are one year old and continue to use it throughout our entire lifespan. That is simply a lot of walking. Walking is a key way in which we get where we need to go. Dr. Joseph Stuto and the staff at Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, know the ins and the outs of the way we walk.

Gait

Hike, stroll, wander, glide. These are all words we can use to describe how someone walks. Another word that many podiatrists hone in on is the human gait. Gait means, the way we walk. The gait plays a key role in many ankle and foot injuries. Podiatrists see the gait as two different pieces. Stance and swing are the counterparts that make one’s gait.

Stance

Stance is when our feet are on the ground or touching the ground. First, the heel strikes the ground. Next, it rotates and goes forward. This makes it so that the forefoot and toes hit the ground. This action provides balance and stability while we walk.

Swing

Swing is when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is suspended in mid-air, or moving through the air. While walking, it is that in-between moment when your foot is going forward, or backward in the air.

If you rely too heavily on one foot or the other while walking, it could lead to serious side effects. Your feet and ankles could suffer from this continued strain. An abnormal gait can cause a variety of issues. These issues could include, sprains, fractures, blisters, spurs and other disorders.

If you have experienced pain in your feet or ankles and think it may be due to an abnormal gait it is important that you call us right away. Dr. Stuto and his high trained staff will assist you in diagnosing the issue and provide a thorough treatment and prevention plan. You can call our office at 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We look forward to helping you attain a better, healthier you.