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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
December 01, 2020
Category: foot care tips

The threat of COVID-19 may have changed global ecosystems but what it hasn’t changed is our holiday spirit. With so much happening in the world today, it can be particularly challenging to carry out your everyday routine. But amid all the challenges, it is essential not to lose sight of an important (yet underrated) issue – your foot health. Your feet need special care and attention every day. Keeping them healthy should be a part of your daily routine.

Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your foot health during this holiday season:

  • Wear appropriate shoes – Holiday activities such as traveling, cooking, shopping, and celebrating can take up a lot of your time and keep you on your feet for extended periods. Invest in a shoe that is both comfortable and supportive to help you navigate with ease.

  • Pay attention to aches and pains – If your feet feel tired or have swelled up after a long day of cooking, shopping, and celebrating, plan your rest periods carefully. Keep your feet elevated above your heart level to reduce swelling. A foot massage or a gentle foot rub can also help boost circulation and release stress in the lower extremities. Inspect your feet regularly and report any unusual changes or signs of discomfort to your podiatrist immediately.

  • Mind your diet –Your diet can affect your foot health in a variety of ways. Consuming good nutrition in the right proportions can help make your bones and muscles strong and healthy. Certain foods can help improve your bone health, while some may spike your blood sugar. Limit your intake of sodium, sugar, and trans fats. Include a healthy amount of leafy green vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and fish in your diet. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a steady body weight, which is beneficial for your feet.

Is traveling a part of your holiday plans? Remember to stay safe while trying to balance holiday season traditions with COVID-19 safety precautions. Plan and manage your risks carefully.

Have concerns about your foot health as you go home for the holidays? Contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Do your feet enjoy optimal foot health? After all, your feet are an integral and foundational part of your overall health and wellness. Feet are vulnerable to illness and injury, it's important to keep them healthy.  Your daily habits impact your feet. People may be unaware that some habits could undermine foot health, and create future problems.

Here are a few bad habits to be aware of, and leave behind altogether:

Going barefoot in communal spaces — walking barefoot in communal areas such as gym locker rooms, hotel rooms, and public pools can put you at risk of fungal infections. Keep your feet safe from plantar warts, athlete's foot, and other infections. Make sure to wear protective flip-flops or shower footwear.

Wearing sweaty socks and shoes — foot fungus loves wet, dark, and enclosed spaces. Wearing damp socks and shoes puts you at risk for athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Change your socks promptly, wash your feet, and let them dry before putting on a new pair. Wear socks that wick away moisture and make sure to air out your shoes properly. Switch your shoes from time to time.

Wearing ill-fitted shoes — wear shoes that do not compromise your foot health. The wrong shoes can cause many foot problems, including ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, corns, and heel pain. It is essential to wear shoes that fit you properly, provide comfort, support your feet arches, and protect your feet. Save high-heel for special occasions. Toss out any worn-out shoes; they are likely to cause damage to your feet because of inadequate support.

Breaking certain habits can reduce your risk of any issues that could cause long-term problems with your feet. Take the best steps to keep feet healthy today and for years to come. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists. Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM provide high-quality foot and ankle care to all patients.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2020
Category: Foot Care

June is National Men’s Health Month, and at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, it’s another opportunity to raise awareness about health issues that affect men, especially concerns about the health of their feet and ankles. 

Men are usually casual when it comes to the health of their feet. Foot problems will not magically go away. It is essential to develop healthy habits and have regular check-ins with your podiatrist for boosting your foot health. Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, is sharing five tips for healthy feet.

  1. Change your socks every day – even twice a day, depending on the kind of activity you are engaged in. Feet tend to sweat more during the summer months and to keep your feet nice and dry, change your socks regularly.
  2. Wash your feet daily.  Your feet need to breathe. When you have taken off your shoes, wash them thoroughly with soap to get rid of bacteria.
  3. Keep your feet dry.  Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes. Feet with moisture tend to breed bacteria, resulting in foul smell and other complications like fungal infections.
  4. Trim your toenails. Do not clip deep into the nail or into the sides of the nail, as that can cause ingrown toenails, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Try to cut them straight across and never too short. If you do not trim your nails properly, you risk toenail infections that can be extremely painful and may require surgery.
  5. Avoid bathroom surgery. In case you have rough skin or calluses, use a pumice stone or put some padding in your shoe to reduce the pressure from the affected area. However, refrain from self-treating your foot issues. Seek the advice of a professional foot doctor.

We are open and seeing patients in our office for the treatment of all foot and ankle conditions.
Telemedicine appointments are available.
To schedule an appointment, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.