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Posts for tag: calluses

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 21, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Calluses occur when the skin, usually at the heels or under the joint of your big toe, becomes rough, hard and then cracks open due to dryness. If left unattended, the cuts can deepen, causing pain, bleeding, and infections.

Here are a few easy treatments to get rid of calluses and enjoy pain-free feet:

  • Apply moisturizing creams to prevent your skin from dryness and cracking. If your skin is already dry, you may have to wear socks so that the moisturizer stays on your feet for long periods.
  • Use a pumice stone to get rid of small calluses. This natural abrasive, usually made from volcanic rock, helps to get rid of rough and flaky skin, thereby reducing your chances of developing deeper cuts and cracks.
  • Visit your podiatrist to cut away dry skin through a special tool that is designed to scrape off dead skin without injuring the lower and healthier layers.
  • Orthotic inserts are useful to redistribute pressure from certain areas of your feet that may be developing hardened skin due to constant weight and friction. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we strongly advise our diabetic patients to use customized orthotics to avoid pain and wounds caused by calluses.

If you are suffering from calluses or are experiencing pain and discomfort due to rough and hardened skin, visit our office closest to your location for a thorough examination and necessary treatment.

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is equipped and experienced to deal with a variety of foot conditions like in-toeing, athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, shin splints, arthritis, diabetic foot disorders, sprains and fractures, and more. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for your ease and convenience. Contact us to address any queries or concerns that you may have or for more information on keeping your feet safe and healthy.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 17, 2019
Category: skin conditions
Tags: calluses   orthotic  

Calluses are layers of rough and flaky skin on the feet that can cause pain and discomfort. The condition may arise due to constant friction against hard surfaces or persistent application of pressure on the same areas.

In early stages, calluses can be eliminated by using pumice stone – a natural, grainy substance that is made from volcanic rock and used to rub off hardened dead skin.

Use of moisturizing creams after pumicing helps to soften the skin and protect it from hardening again. It is recommended to wear socks so that the moisturizer stays on your feet for a longer duration.

Nevertheless, if your pain lingers and your condition does not improve, the following measures may be discussed with a specialist to treat your calluses:

  • A procedure may be carried out in which the dead skin is cut and removed with a special tool. It is designed to remove the calluses without harming any healthy layers of your skin.
  • An acid patch softens the skin before removing the calluses; it contains salicylic acid that helps to rub off the hard skin. However, it is not to be used without prior consultation from a medical professional, especially by patients with diabetes.
  • Podiatrists recommend using customized orthotic inserts that help reduce pressure on specific areas of your feet and subsequently decrease the chances of developing calluses.

If you are suffering from hard and abrasive calluses on your feet, it is best to seek proper treatment from our podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto at Joseph Stuto, DPM.

Our board-certified podiatrist specializes in treating a range of foot and ankle problems including fungal toenails, arthritis, skin infections, sports injuries, sprains and fractures, muscle and joint pain, structural deformities and more. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403. Feel free to contact us, so our team can guide you and provide further information regarding effective foot and ankle-related issues.

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.