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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.

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.