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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 06, 2019
Category: foot care tips
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   blisters   swelling   foot hygiene   odor  

Foot health is paramount to our lifestyle, health, and well-being. While our feet get us around comfortably and effortlessly, they are the ones that bear the brunt of seasons and our day-to-day activities. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we would like to urge patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and adhere to good foot care practices.

Here are some easy ways to help protect your feet:

  • Daily inspection/spot-checks: Do a thorough inspection of your feet on a daily basis, if you’re not doing it already. Examine your feet from top to bottom and use a mirror if necessary. This step helps spot changes more quickly and may save you from a potential foot problem. People who have diabetes must follow this step religiously. Look out for anything usual such as scrapes, corns, skin color, bunions, swelling or blisters.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene: Keeping your feet clean can help protect them from acquiring any fungal infections or bacteria. Make sure to wash your feet with lukewarm water and then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use a moisturizer to help keep the skin clean and hydrated. If your feet sweat profusely, make sure to use foot powder. Try to switch your shoes from time to time. This allows your shoes to air out properly and helps prevents foul odor.
  • Trim toenails: Always cut your toenails straight across and never too short. Do not cut them in round shape or trim the corners of toenails as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Regular check-ups: Conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can affect your feet in more ways than one. If you have any condition that affects your feet, it needs to be monitored and evaluated properly by a certified podiatrist.
  • Address your foot pain: Ignoring foot pain only aggravates the symptoms and prolongs the suffering. If there is recurring foot pain, it is important that you see a specialized foot doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Timely steps can help prevent major complications.

If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our offices located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help evaluate your foot and take the necessary measures to correct any foot and ankle disorders you may have. For more insight on foot care and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library 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
May 30, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: blisters   podiatrist   melanoma   dry skin  

Summer is here and it is time to bring out the open-toed shoes and let your feet feel the breeze. Beach trips, camping trips, and outdoor sports are all popular during this season. As we get lost in the summer fun, we sometimes forget about the importance of self-care for our feet. Before you run free for the summer, read these tips to make sure you are giving your feet the attention they deserve, before you end up in your podiatrist's office.

Slather on the Lotion

Lotion is a great tool to use when combatting dry skin. When you let your feet out into the open you are exposing them to the harsh dry summer heat and the bright sun rays. Feet can dry out easily in these circumstances. Feet that get too dry can suffer from painful cracked heels.

Don’t Feel the Burn

Believe it or not, your feet can get a sunburn too. They are especially at risk when you wear open-toe shoes in the nicer weather. Sometimes these burns leave behind sandal strap marks and blisters. In order to avoid this pain and the chance of contracting melanoma of the skin of the foot, you should always apply sunblock to your feet and the rest of your body before going outdoors. Look for an SPF of at least 30 and remember to reapply the sunscreen regularly.

Perfectly Painted

Now that your feet are smooth, soft and protected, it is time to let the fun begin. Grab your favorite nail polish and paint your toenails to finalize your sandal-ready look. If you tend to have nails that yellow after nail polish is applied, stick to colors that do not have orange as a base. This is because these colors (reds, pinks, oranges) have a chemical compound within them that can turn the toenail yellow. Instead, try blues or purples to compliment your look.

Summer is a great time to let your feet feel the breeze and beautiful weather. Unfortunately, even the healthiest feet can suffer an injury or severe sunburn. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help your feet get on the mend. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: blisters   feet   frostbite   footwear   waterproof   fungus  

During the winter, it can sometimes be a challenge to get outdoors and exercise. Although it is not impossible, it is important to take the proper precautions before getting out into the frigid winter weather. Having the proper gear and knowing how to keep your feet dry and warm is key when snowshoeing, hiking, or taking part in any other winter sports. If you neglect the care of your feet in winter, they can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia.

Waterproof or Water-Resistant Shoes and Footwear

If you are going to be hiking in snow, you don't want to wear shoes or boots that can easily allow water and moisture in. Look for footwear marked waterproof or water resistant. In general, shoes that have a rubber coating or a synthetic waterproof coating usually work well to block out moisture. Pair them with dry-fit socks for the best performance possible.

Warm, Waterproof or Layered Socks

In the winter you typically want to wear warmer. If you do not have a lot of warm socks, doubling up your thinner socks can be a great way to keep your feet dry. Also, invest in dry-fit socks as they help wick away extra moisture in a shoe. Excess moisture leads to fungus, frostbite, and blisters.

Boots with Insulation

Unlike a standard boot, winter boots have an extra layer of insulation built into them. Insulated boots are designed to keep your feet dry and warm. Many boots have a tag that references the level of insulation they support. In some of the higher end boots, insulation levels can warm feet in weather conditions as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Gaiters

Waterproof or water-resistant gaiters help keep your feet dry by stopping snow and water from getting into your boots and soaking your socks. This is especially important when walking through deep snow. Gaiters work well if you don't want to wear snow pants but need an extra layer to keep your feet and lower legs dry.

It can be very enjoyable to partake in winter activities, but it is imperative that you do so in a safe manner. Protect your feet from the cold and harsh weather and prevent serious injuries and disorders such as frostbite. If you have numb feet, blackening skin or any other signs of frostbite after being out in the cold, wet winter, call  Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will examine your feet and determine whether or not your feet are suffering from different cold weather disorders. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 17, 2018
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's Foot   blisters   Tineas Pedis   feet   disorder   shoe   flip flops  

When you are on your feet all day, it is hard to remember to take a break. Eventually, all of the wear and tear will build up and your feet can suffer from it. Not only can overuse be bad for your feet, but it can also cause them to sweat and stay damp during activities. Most people don’t think about changing their socks and shoes until they get home, but after a nasty case of tineas pedis, they may change their mind.

Tineas pedis is the medical name for what is commonly known as athlete’s foot. This itchy disorder affects the soles of the feet and areas between the toes. It is also known to spread to the palms of your hands, your groin, and your underarms. This will only occur if you touch the affected feet and then touch another body part without washing.

Not only is this an aggravating condition for athletes, but it also affects anyone else who consistently stays in damp or sweaty socks and shoes. The fungus that causes the condition thrives in warm and moist environments such as the shoe.

Symptoms:

  • itching
  • burning
  • redness
  • stinging
  • flaking of skin
  • peeling
  • blisters
  • cracking

How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is very contagious. It is usually spread in moist areas like public showers or pools. To prevent the condition, dry your feet very well, including the spaces in between your toes. Also, using a clean towel is key as the fungus can spread from contact with a surface. It may also be a good idea to invest in a pair of waterproof shoes to use while using a public shower. Water shoes or flip flops are a good choice.

Keeping your feet dry is also a great way to avoid athletes foot. Don’t choose socks that lock in moisture or make your feet hot and sweaty. If you find your feet becoming sweaty during the day, it is important to bring a pair of spare socks and shoes to change into while the other set dries. Due to modern technology, you can find dry-fit socks that will help prevent moisture from welling up in your socks and shoes. Also look into well-ventilated sneakers for best results.

Are your feet dry and cracked? Do they burn or blister? You could be suffering from athlete’s foot or another of the tineas disorders. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will help treat your itchy, burning feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. After all, athlete’s foot isn’t just for athletes.