Podiatrist Blog

Posts for tag: barefoot

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: barefoot   footwear   foot odor   swollen feet  

Summer can be hard not just on the body but also on your feet. Feet are vulnerable to catch infections due to heat and humidity.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is highlighting some of the most common foot health hazards that you should be aware of during warm summer months. The right information can help you make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and enjoy the wonderful weather without putting your feet in danger.

Here are some top foot health hazards to be aware of in summer:

  1. Walking Barefoot: Walking barefoot can put your feet at the front line in terms of risk of infection or injury. If you have arch problems, walking barefoot or wearing shoes that do not support the arch of the foot can leave your feet open to harm.
  2. Wearing the wrong shoes: Shoes that offer no protection and support to your feet are a foot hazard. Flip-flops may provide the bare minimum support you need when you are out on the beach, but wearing them for prolonged periods can increase the risk of sprains, stress fractures, and other injuries. Shoes also provide the necessary cover against germs and infections like athlete’s foot.
  3. Swollen feet: Do your feet tend to swell up in the summer? This frequently happens as the veins dilate because of rising temperatures or if you’re always on your feet. Avoid salty foods and increase your walking and exercise to keep the fluids moving. Remember to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  4. Sweaty, Smelly Feet: Increased heat and humidity can lead to sweaty and smelly feet. Wear socks that wick away moisture and decrease bacteria on your feet. Change and wash your socks regularly.
  5. Sunburn: Staying out in the sun all day can do severe damage to your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by using sunscreen. Don’t forget to wear sunblock on the feet. Also, wear protective clothing to shield the body from harmful sun exposure.

Seeing your podiatrist at least once every summer is a good start to help ensure safe and healthy feet. We want you to have a carefree summer! Don’t hesitate – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 01, 2017
Category: foot exercise
Tags: earthing   barefoot   walking   circulation  

Walking outdoors is always a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The fresh air, ambiance and atmosphere really amplify the enjoyment of it. Some people will walk at their local park, on a trail or in their neighborhood. There are all kinds of places to walk and many walking styles. Walking is a universal form of entertainment and also good exercise. Some people use sneakers while others walk completely barefoot. There are pros and cons to walking barefoot.

Barefoot walking or “earthing” is a trend that has taken off recently. At first people were unsure as to whether or not it was beneficial for the feet to walk barefoot outside, but now there have been studies supporting that it is indeed good for the feet. Studies have shown that it improves quality of sleep, can reduce inflammation and also reduce stress and anxiety.

Earthing is the act of walking barefoot on sand, soil or grass. Earthing does not include walking barefoot on pavement. The theory is that walking barefoot on the earth’s natural environment directly affects the electrons your body uses to function.

If you aren’t convinced about earthing, that is okay too. Walking in general provides a lot of proven health benefits. It has been cited as reducing the risk of certain types of cancers, helps keep sugar levels down for patients with diabetes, and is good exercise for your body overall.

What if I want to walk barefoot?

Walking barefoot should be done with plenty of preparation and caution. It is important to walk in a place that is clean, free of hazardous debris, and animal matter. If you walk barefoot and injure your foot, you can become prone to wounds, infections and diseases.

There are benefits to walking barefoot. One such benefit is the effect it has on your balance. Your overall balance evens out and improves when walking barefoot. Circulation is also improved when walking barefoot. When your feet are barefoot they work harder as they walk. This allows for more muscles to be used and a higher blood flow in the feet and body. Another great benefit that barefoot walking brings is the reduction of high blood pressure. This is because it is said that when bare feet touch the ground, it wakes up nerve endings on the bottom of the feet and increases circulation for better flow.

Are you interested in barefoot walking? Are you unsure whether or not barefoot walking is right for your feet? Contact podiatrists Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot Specialist, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.