Podiatrist Blog

Posts for tag: flat feet

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 11, 2019
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Heel Pain   flat feet   Bunions   arthritis   ankle sprains  

With summer temperatures still lingering, flip-flops are a popular choice for footwear. These easy slip-ons are undoubtedly the breeziest shoes you can find to beat the heat. However, are they really a healthy option for your feet?

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we want our clients to be aware of their advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Convenience and ease of wearing are two of the most visible pros of flip-flops.
  • They are available in large varieties and usually do not cost a lot.
  • Flip-flops are best suited to protect your feet in places like gym lockers, pool showers, etc.

Disadvantages:

  • They are extremely harmful to the shape of your feet as they provide no support to the arches and expose the heels to excess stress.
  • They do not have the required grip to hold your feet in place. Therefore, chances of tripping or falling are enhanced while wearing flip-flops.
  • Lack of grip forces your toes to hold the strap in between the shoes, increasing the risk of developing bunions.
  • There is also the possibility of developing blisters between the toes due to constant rubbing and friction.
  • Flip-flops are not suitable for extended durations, especially if your day includes a considerable amount of walking or running.
  • They lack shock absorption.

Despite their attractiveness, it’s not advisable to wear these shoes frequently. You may also fall prey to heel pain or plantar fasciitis if you do not limit your use of flip-flops.

In case you are suffering from heel pain or feel any discomfort, we urge you to see your podiatrist for the best care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, bunions, flat feet, ankle sprains, and sports injuries. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

 

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 30, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Some professions require people to be on their feet most of the time. For example, construction workers, nurses, on-field reporters and the like usually find themselves on the move for the most part of the day.

If you have a similar profession, you need to make sure that your feet are looked after in the best possible manner. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest five ways to give your feet a break:

  • Be careful of your shoes: the type of shoes you choose to wear will impact the health of your feet. It is advised to opt for soft cushioned shoes that also provide arch and ankle support for your feet. Size matters as your feet should be comfortable and your walk should be stable.
  • Rest your feet: whenever you get some time off, rest your feet by elevating them. Flexing your ankles, arch and toes will help too. In case you are unable to sit down for a while, shifting your weight from one side to another will reduce extra stress from your feet.
  • Drink lots of water: standing in one position for a long duration can cause swelling or fluid retention. Staying hydrated will protect your ankles and feet from such conditions.
  • Physical activity and compression: indulging in physical activities that are less strenuous on the feet like swimming, rowing etc. will also relieve your feet from overexertion. Applying compression will improve blood circulation and speed up the healing process to repair any damaged tissues in your feet. 
  • Go to your podiatrist: common issues encountered due to excessive usage of feet include flat feet, plantar fasciitis, swelling, Achilles tendons and more. These conditions can worsen and hamper your ability to move about if not treated timely. Schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto today.

Call or visit us at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 in case of any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. Our specialists can answer your queries and lead your feet in the right direction.

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
March 12, 2019
Category: cracked heels
Tags: flat feet   cracked heels   diabetic  

Cracked heels are quite common and quite curable as well if given proper care and attention. Due to excess and persistent pressure on the heels, they tend to develop a thick and hard layer of skin as a protective measure.

However, long periods of sustaining the pressure can cause this layer of dry skin to crack. With additional weight or extended exposure to hard surfaces, these cracks are likely to become deep fissures that might suffer from infections and can start bleeding as well.

How can you protect your feet and avoid cracked heels? Here are some useful and preventive tips:

  • Moisturizing your feet is helpful to get rid of dry skin from the heels. Application of cream or petroleum jelly has shown positive results. Moreover, repeating your moisturizing routine several times throughout the day is very effective.
  • Removing cracked and dry skin, especially during bathing, helps in restoring smooth heels. As the skin of your heels becomes soft, it is easier to remove the cracked parts by using a foot scrubber.
  • It is advised not to wear open shoes if you have cracked heels, as exposure tends to make the skin harder and drier. As a result, your heels may become itchy and the cracks are likely to grow deeper.
  • Wearing cotton socks is recommended for the protection of your heels from cracking. Covering your feet with socks at night after moisturizing also helps in developing softer and smoother heels.
  • Orthotic inserts provide effective cushioning and allow pressure to be rightly distributed along your feet, ankles and heels. Consult your podiatrist for the right device and proper foot care.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto specializes in treating foot and ankle issues like diabetic foot complications, fractures, flat feet, joint pains, sprains, foot and toenail infections and more. Contact our offices at Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY to schedule an appointment today.