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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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 06, 2019
Category: foot care tips
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   blisters   swelling   foot hygiene   odor  

Foot health is paramount to our lifestyle, health, and well-being. While our feet get us around comfortably and effortlessly, they are the ones that bear the brunt of seasons and our day-to-day activities. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we would like to urge patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and adhere to good foot care practices.

Here are some easy ways to help protect your feet:

  • Daily inspection/spot-checks: Do a thorough inspection of your feet on a daily basis, if you’re not doing it already. Examine your feet from top to bottom and use a mirror if necessary. This step helps spot changes more quickly and may save you from a potential foot problem. People who have diabetes must follow this step religiously. Look out for anything usual such as scrapes, corns, skin color, bunions, swelling or blisters.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene: Keeping your feet clean can help protect them from acquiring any fungal infections or bacteria. Make sure to wash your feet with lukewarm water and then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use a moisturizer to help keep the skin clean and hydrated. If your feet sweat profusely, make sure to use foot powder. Try to switch your shoes from time to time. This allows your shoes to air out properly and helps prevents foul odor.
  • Trim toenails: Always cut your toenails straight across and never too short. Do not cut them in round shape or trim the corners of toenails as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Regular check-ups: Conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can affect your feet in more ways than one. If you have any condition that affects your feet, it needs to be monitored and evaluated properly by a certified podiatrist.
  • Address your foot pain: Ignoring foot pain only aggravates the symptoms and prolongs the suffering. If there is recurring foot pain, it is important that you see a specialized foot doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Timely steps can help prevent major complications.

If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our offices located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help evaluate your foot and take the necessary measures to correct any foot and ankle disorders you may have. For more insight on foot care and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library online

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 18, 2018
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   hammertoes   warts   shoes   young feet  

As a parent, you are constantly thinking about your child’s health and well-being. From monitoring their physical activities to their eating habits, parents can never be too cautious. While all these checks are necessary for your child’s development and overall health, their feet are often overlooked.

To make sure that young feet stay healthy, here are some key tips for parents:

  1. Daily foot inspections can ward off many concerns, especially for those with diabetes. Check for any abnormalities such as warts, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, cuts, and bruises. Early detection and timely corrections can help prevent many foot and ankle problems.
  2. Wash your feet every day with warm water and soap. Use a towel to dry your feet properly, especially between the toes. Keeping your feet dry and clean helps to keep infections from setting in.
  3. Proper shoes can go a long way in averting foot disorders, especially in children. Wear shoes that have wide-toe boxes and proper arch support. Children’s feet grow very fast. Their feet ought to be measured by a professional every time they buy new shoes.
  4.  We all know how much kids love walking and running around barefoot, especially in the summer season. Their feet are at risk of an injury or infection.

Adopting these key foot care practices can help assure that your child’s feet stay happy and healthy. However, if problems persist, be sure to call a podiatrist for best results.

If your child is having a tough time communicating or articulating foot problems, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help your child make the best decision for all your foot and ankle conditions. For more information, you can visit our patient library online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 27, 2018
Category: toenail conditions

Many people face a common problem of ingrown toenails where the edges of the nail start to grow and cut through the soft skin tissue of the toe. This can cause severe pain, swelling, redness, discomfort, and infection around your toe. In more serious cases, it can progress to an open sore, inviting fungal and other bacterial infections. A prolonged infection can have serious ramifications especially if you have diabetes, circulation problems or have an impaired immune system.

Here are some of the best ways to help prevent ingrown toenails:

Avoid trimming your toenails too short— The easiest way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim your nails straight across and not curved. Proper grooming and nail care can go a long in preventing this condition.

Wear proper footwear—Poor footwear can set up an ideal environment for painful ingrown toenails to develop. Wear well-fitted shoes to avoid crowding and overlapping of your toes. This can help reduce undue stress on your feet.

Avoid trauma One of the main reasons you may experience this condition is injury or trauma to the toe area. This is a very common occurrence in sports, vigorous-intensity activities, and especially running.

Whether your ingrown toenail is infected or recurring in nature, it is best to get it examined by a qualified doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we provide high quality and advanced diagnostic tools to help treat a range of foot and ankle conditions. Whether you have hammertoes, bunions, sports injury or toe deformities, our dedicated and qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help! For more information on ingrown toenails and foot health, call us at our two office locations in Brooklyn, New York.