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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 18, 2019
Category: senior citizens

September is Pain Awareness Month. It’s a great time for us at Joseph Stuto, DPM to ensure that our senior patients are aware of what challenges lie ahead for them so that they are well equipped to overcome them gracefully if and when the time comes.

Here are the four most commonly observed issues that are encountered by aging feet:

  • Boney protrusions, also known as “Bunions”, tend to push the big toe inwards over time. This may become painful if the condition aggravates and is left unattended. Our foot specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto strongly recommends the use of customized orthotic inserts and pads to control this condition.
  • With a lifetime of wear and tear, the bones in our feet also become prone to “Arthritis”. Symptoms of this condition include stiffness in the joints and the ankles as the cartilage between the bones disappears. However, our experts have several restorative treatments to reduce pain and help with mobility issues associated with this disease.
  • Diabetes is the most widespread and common issue encountered with increasing age. With diabetes, the blood circulation becomes restricted which may cause swelling and nerve damage in your feet. Effective measures to prevent aggravation of this disease include light but regular exercise, compression therapy, and a healthy diet. Contact our offices at Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY for information and appointments.
  • As the bones start to lose their strength, they become porous and more prone to breaking due to falls and trips. This condition is known as “Osteoporosis” and can affect both males and females. However, both can beat the pain with proper diagnosis and medication.

Don’t let the weight of these foot problems burden your feet. Consult our podiatrists by calling us at (718) 624-7537 or visit our offices for a thorough examination and treatment of your foot ailments. Regardless of age, but with care and precaution, your feet will take you a long way.

Studies have revealed that men with diabetes are less likely to exercise precaution and more likely to ignore the advice of their podiatrists. This June, at Joseph Stuto, DPM as we celebrate Men’s Health Month, we urge you to focus on your health, especially your feet!

With diabetes, the worst threat is that of an injury or a callus becoming infected due to poor healing capability. If the infection is not caught in time, it could lead to amputation in severe cases.

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind to protect your feet:

  • Avoid walking barefoot, especially in moist and damp places. Wearing shoes will prevent exposure to fungal infections that may affect your toenails and skin as well. Chances of cuts or injuries are also reduced with adequate footwear.
  • Examining your feet is very important. Look out for any cuts or wounds that you may not be aware of due to poor blood circulation or loss of sensation in the feet and ankles.
  • Keep a lookout for ingrown toenails, which can be extremely painful and can become infected with pus if not treated timely. Keep your nails short, and if you develop ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist immediately.
  • Watch out for skin infections as well, especially between the toes. Diabetes can make your skin dry and flaky, which, if it deteriorates, can turn into infectious cuts and cause bleeding.
  • Hygiene is important – feet should always be clean and dry. In case of dry skin type, using a good moisturizer is advised. Avoid restrictive shoes and socks that may cause excessive sweating.

If you notice any unusual conditions on your feet like swelling, redness or blisters, or suffer any injuries like cuts, sprains or fractures, visit Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more information.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 29, 2019
Category: Diabetic foot Care
Tags: flat feet   diabetes   sports   neuroma   burning  

Numbness in your feet can be very painful and expose you to great risks in terms of tripping, falling and injuring yourself; not to mention weakening of your foot and ankle muscles.

This lack of sensation can be caused by a number of reasons; here are a few:

  • Diabetes causes nerve damage that affects the feet and hands first and foremost. This condition is known as “Neuropathy” and is characterized by numbness, burning, and poor blood circulation in the feet.
  • Another painful condition called “Neuroma” also causes numbness and burning, usually between the toes or the ball of the feet. This is due to the growth of nerve tissue that tends to pinch the nerves, resulting in loss of sensation.
  • Back injuries such as disc slips or protrusion also affect your feet. The nerves leading to your feet may become compressed or even damaged in severe cases.
  • Trauma to the feet and ankles encountered due to accidents or falls is also a major reason for numbness in the feet.
  • Sports injuries are also known to cause loss of feeling and burning sensation in the feet.
  • Wearing uncomfortable shoes that compress your feet or do not have adequate foot space can result in pain, swelling, and numbness as well. As blood circulation becomes restricted, your feet are likely to suffer.
  • If you have flat feet and you do not provide them with the necessary support that is required, the excess pressure and weight will affect the nerves of your feet leading to pain and numbness.

In case of any tingling feeling or suspected nerve damage, we urge you to visit your podiatrists without any further delay. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of experts specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle related conditions.

Visit our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 or contact us for guidance and consultation with Dr. Joseph Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 17, 2019
Category: foot health
Tags: diabetes   ulcers  

This April, give your feet the care they deserve for bearing the brunt of all our weight and carrying us around all the time. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we are celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month in honor of our feet.

Here are a few important facts about our feet that you probably were not aware of:

  • One foot comprises 10 tendons, 19 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments.
  • On average, a person takes 10,000 steps in one day!
  • Our feet have natural shock absorbing capabilities.
  • While walking, each foot carries approximately 1.5 times our body weight, which increases to 5 times when we are running.
  • Problems with our feet are usually signals of major issues in other parts of the body like diabetes, edema, kidney and liver issues, etc.
  • Despite their immense significance, only 2 out of 10 people pay attention to their foot health on a regular basis.

According to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, a large number of people suffering from diabetes will not even know that they have any foot condition and are more likely to end up with foot ulcers. Due to poor blood circulation, lack of sensation may occur which means foot ulcers may go unnoticed till their condition worsens severely. If treatment is not sought, they could become infected or, even worse, may require amputation.

Therefore, it is advised to:

  • Examine your feet thoroughly on a daily basis.
  • Wear proper and comfortable shoes that provide stability, and do not harm your feet with excessive friction or constriction.
  • Exercise on a regular basis to improve circulation and enjoy an overall healthy body.
  • Massage and compression are beneficial for blood circulation and healing of damaged tissue.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we offer a range of foot health-related services to fulfill your needs and address your concerns. For any queries, visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights or call us at (718) 567-1403/ (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 27, 2019
Category: nutrition

Did you know that what you eat has a direct impact on the health of your feet? Eating healthy foods provide good nutrition and enable you to maintain your weight. As a result, your feet (that bear all that weight) are also stress-free, strong and at ease.

Here are some notable benefits of healthy eating to your feet:

  • Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are a great source of calcium for the bones. Stronger bones mean happy feet!
  • Fruits have numerous benefits too: blueberries have anti-inflammatory effects, oranges provide calcium and vitamin C that helps bones and tendons, and apples have a lot of iron – all of which are nutrients for healthy feet.
  • Certain fish that are rich in fatty acids provide vitamin D to the body that helps in absorbing calcium. They also help maintain cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of diabetes.
  • Dairy products strengthen bones and protect the feet from fractures and other bone deformities.

Eating healthy foods is a service you owe your feet to keep you mobile, fit, and active. Some of the dangers that your feet encounter include:

  • Arthritis: A condition in which your feet suffer from inflammation of joints. It is painful and can lead to immobility, as your feet bear the weight of your body.
  • Peripheral neuropathy: As the nerves are damaged, your feet suffer from loss of sensation, lack of blood circulation, numbness, and severe pain. The most common cause of this condition is “diabetes” which needs prevention by following a balanced diet and treatment through timely diagnosis and medical care.
  • Flat feet: It’s a condition in which the bones of your feet are placed under stress as the arch either disappears over time or is nonexistent since birth. The most common reason cited for flat feet is being overweight.

Healthy foods also affect your energy level and enable you to stay active. We can give you guidance on a healthy diet and proper foot care. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.