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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 09, 2018
Tags: calluses   corns   conditions  

Corns and calluses are some of the most common and annoying foot disorders. They affect millions of people around the globe each year. What many of us do not realize is that our feet help us get everywhere. They are responsible for us being able to carry our own body weight, they also help us to stand, walk and run properly.

A corn or callus is the thickening of the skin in response to pressure and friction from repetitive actions such as skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. Corns and calluses are nature’s way of protecting sensitive areas by adding extra layers of hard skin. This can cause severe irritation and discomfort. Getting timely treatment and care can help you avoid any further complications.

Although corns and calluses involve thickening. of the skin from pressure, they both differ in their physical attributes and locations. Corns are commonly found on the top or between the toes whereas calluses can be found on the bottom of the feet.

Here are some key preventive measures to keep your feet corn and callus free.

  • Wear properly fitted shoes. To make sure you never suffer from corns and callus again is having your feet measured and buying a shoe based on those measurements. The right size can help you prevent cramping and lessen friction.
  • Wear fitted socks. Wearing fitted shoes and sandals with socks can help prevent friction on your feet. Socks that do not fit properly can be a problem.
  • Wear protective gloves. Calluses on your hands may occur from the repeated pressure of playing instruments, picking up weights in the gym or using hand tools.

If you are suffering from any painful or infected corn or callus, consulting with a board-certified podiatrist is the first step. You should have your feet examined to get a proper diagnosis.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, athlete’s foot, heel spurs, hammertoes, skin problems, and toe deformities. Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto provide excellent treatment for corns and calluses. Please contact us at our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: 718-624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights), or 718-567-1403 (Brooklyn) to make an appointment

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 30, 2018
Category: foot conditions
Tags: hammertoes   calluses   corns   podiatrist   metatarsal bone   x-ray   shoes   orthotic  

If you have been experiencing some discomfort in your feet, it isn’t unnatural for you to get curious and take a look down at your toes. What is it that is causing the discomfort? Can I remove something to make it better? If you look down and notice that your second toe, also known as your pointer toe, is longer than your other toes, including your big toe, this could be a sign of a more complicated foot problem known as Morton’s toe.

Morton’s toe is a condition in which the pointer toe is longer than the other toes. Specifically, it is a condition in which the second metatarsal bone in the foot is elongated more than usual. This condition can often be diagnosed via x-ray in the office of a podiatrist.

What Impact Does This Have?

Morton’s toe has an impact on our daily biomechanics. This is because the pressure that is put on our feet is transferred differently in a Morton’s toe. Whenever pressure is added or shifts, the foot is more likely to endure foot pain and improper biomechanics.

Morton’s toe can also have an impact on the shoes that we choose. A shoe is most often crafted with the intention of the big toe being the longest toe. That means most shoes do not accommodate enough space for a foot with an elongated second toe, so a Morton’s toe is more likely to jam into the shoes of the sufferer. Jamming the toe can cause corns, calluses, hammertoes, nailbed problems and sprains or fractures.

Avoiding the Pain

The best way to avoid pain and find relief is to seek the help of a podiatrist. They are trained in the dealings of Morton’s toe and can help you find a good treatment option for your specific case. While biding your time for your appointment, you can try some of these simple tactics to lessen pain and suffering:

  1. Buy shoes that are bigger and can accommodate the longest toe.
  2. Try an orthotic or splint inside the shoe to reduce rubbing and jamming.
  3. Splint the toes so that they do not suffer deformity from trauma.

If you are suffering from a Morton’s toe, contact our office immediately. We can help you find a treatment option that is right for you. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help get you on the right path to treat your feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel spurs   Bunions   plantar fasciitis   calluses   corns  

Our feet propel our bodies all over the place. They move us from place to place, they let us partake in sports, and they keep up balanced and stable. The way we move and grove is often referred to as biomechanics. Biomechanics is both external and internal forces and how we use them to interact in our daily lives. These are the forces that get us moving and grooving on a regular basis. Because of biomechanics our body undergoes a great deal of stress to keep up chugging along. Our feet get the bulk of the pressure and stress caused by movement, and they often suffer because of it.

Shoes also cause foot and ankle problems when we use them. Not all shoes are made with good practices and fit in mind. Unfortunately, a lot of podiatrists, like Dr. Joseph Stuto, of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York have seen and dealt with many injuries due to the buildup of stress and pressure from biomechanics. High heels have a tendency to be too narrow, too high, and offer little to no support. Many patients end up with bunions, heel spurs and other problems while moving around I them. Flats are also another type of stylish shoe that can cause many types of foot problems including plantar fasciitis, calluses and corns. In order to stay moving and grooving it is important to find shoes that fit properly and offer ample amounts of support and stability.

Genetics

Our genes also affect the way we move around and stay mobile. Those who have hereditary diseases, deformities or have a family history of foot pain are more likely to get the matching foot problems that their ancestors had. Not all foot problems are due to genetics though. So, before you go blaming your mom or dad be sure to check with a podiatrist first.

Are you having a hard time getting around? Do your feet and ankles ache after short periods of exercise? It may be time to be evaluated by Dr. Stuto. Dr. Stuto has had many years of practice as a podiatrist. His goal is to get you back to a healthy, happy you. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 10, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: calluses   corns   blisters   cracked feet   cramps  

Dancers are on their feet all the time. They put a lot of pressure and stress on their feet and toes while practicing their art. It is important for dancers to take good care of their feet so that they can continue their passion for a long time. Here are some hacks for those dancers suffering from different types of foot pain. 

Are your feet full of blisters?

  • Bathe your feet in green tea. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will help ease the pain and swelling from blisters.
  • Use soft gauze to wrap your toes up. This prevents corns from forming on the toes due to moisture and friction from dancing.
  • Put deodorant on your feet to prevent blisters. This helps to prevent moisture from building up on the foot. Spray deodorant is typically the easiest to apply.

Have dry and cracked feet?

  • Use ½ cup of baking soda and 3 cups of warm water. Put this in a basin or bucket and dip your feet in. Soak them for up to a half hour. Once they are soaked in this combo, you will have baby soft feet again.

Have cramps in your feet?

  • Stop. Put all of your weight onto the foot with the cramp on it. Bend your knees a bit and stay in that position a while. It will stretch out the foot and help the cramp.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water constantly. Dehydration will cause muscles to cramp.
  • Keep up with your vitamins, especially vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. If you are low on any of these, you can cramp up very easily.
  • Warm up before you start to dance. If your muscles aren’t warmed up, they will be more likely to tear or stretch, which may hinder your dancing.

Calluses have you in rough shape?

  • Use a pumice stone to file them down. Be careful not to get rid of them completely though, they are protecting your feet after all.

Having problems with your feet that aren’t listed above? Are your feet sweating excessively or extra smelly? Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn, New York can help. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his staff are highly trained and capable of examining, diagnosing and treating your feet. We know that dancing is important to you and aim to get you back on the dance floor as fast and as safely as possible. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses   basic care  

After a long winter season, our feet have been hidden away and neglected. Due to indoor heating, our skin has dried out and started to crack. This can be especially painful on our feet. Now that summer is just around the corner, it is time to get our feet into prime shape, and ready for sandals. With a little bit of love and basic care, you can have your feet ready in no time. Here are four ways to keep your feet hydrated and sandal-ready.

Moisturize

Using lotion, foot masks, a moisturizer can help hydrate and revitalize your feet. It is important to use a moisturizing agent at least twice a day. A good way to keep track of this is to lotion up once in the morning, and once after a bath or shower. When choosing a moisturizer be sure to avoid those with alcohol as they have adverse hydrating effects. Also, try to avoid lotions with mineral oils infused in them, they tend to prevent lotion from being absorbed into the skin.

Drink Water

Hydrating your body is important from your head all the way down to your feet. Without proper hydration, your body begins to dry out and your skin starts to crack. Your feet, being father away from other vital organs, tend to be one of the first body parts to suffer from dehydration. Be sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to keep your feet happy and soft.

Cast off Calluses

Calluses appear on our feet to protect the areas that get the most traction. Although calluses can be helpful, they can spread the dry, cracked state of your feet. Due to the lack of elasticity, the calluses on the feet spread causes longer, deeper, ridges. Use a pumice stone to gently remove your calluses. After removing the calluses, moisturize your feet. This will help prevent the spread of dry skin.

Wear Socks

After moisturizing, consider throwing on a pair of socks. Socks keep your feet protected from harsh elements and environments. Wearing socks also helps prevent moisture from escaping. This tactic will hydrate your feet and make them soft as silk.

Are your feet still scaling? Tried moisturizing for weeks to no avail? It’s time to call, Joseph Stuto, DPM, your local podiatrist. Dr. Joseph Stuto is multi-board certified and has two convenient locations in Brooklyn, New York. Do not wait until it’s too late! Book an appointment now. You can contact us via phone at 718-624-7537. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online here. We look forward to meeting you and aiding you in getting your feet sandal-ready!