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You can save your feet from many aches, pains, stress, tension, and other issues, if you know the signs or symptoms of common foot problems. With so many errands to run, shopping, traveling, cooking, gatherings and parties to attend, and spending more than usual time on your feet, the holiday season can make us lose sight of an important – yet underrated issue – your foot health. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing some of the signs and pains to look out for as you set a date for your next appointment.

  • Signs of foot pain: Foot pain can be a sign of a greater health issue. If you notice any pain and discomfort in your foot or ankle that does not subside even after rest and icing, call your doctor or podiatrist right away for diagnosis and treatment.

  • Signs of infection: Infections can become dangerous if not treated right away, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation problems. If you notice any signs of infection, including pain, swelling, redness, discolored nails, heat, or even discharge or smell, then be sure to see your foot doctor as soon as possible.

  • Non-healing wounds: If your wound is not healing correctly, it might be a sign of an underlying condition that needs proper investigation. People with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease are at an increased risk of developing non-healing wounds and infections. No wound or injury is too small. Seek advice from your podiatrist or health care professional urgently.

If you notice any of these signs or other concerning symptoms, 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. Our team of foot doctors can help diagnose and treat all your podiatric problems. 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 Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 03, 2020
Category: foot conditions

Swollen feet can happen for a variety of reasons. It may result from the stress and pressure of being on your feet all day long or playing sports. All of this foot action can cause your feet to balloon up like Astronaut Snoopy at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Swollen feet may also be a sign of an underlying condition that requires treatment. If your swelling is constant or reoccurs from time to time, have it checked out by your podiatrist right away.

Here are five reasons for your feet and ankles to swell:

  1. Systemic disease: Heart disease, kidney damage, and liver disease can cause swelling in your feet and ankles.

  2. Obesity: Another common reason for swollen feet is obesity. Weight gain can cause a host of foot problems, including swollen feet. The extra weight you're carrying can cause undue stress and pressure on the feet, which results in fluid retention in the lower extremities.

  3. Pregnancy: During pregnancy, most women experience swelling in their feet and ankles. The weight of the growing baby and hormonal changes causes a buildup of fluid, which results in swelling of the feet. See your podiatrist for any concerns you may have.

  4. Medications: Sometimes, the body can have an allergic reaction to a medicine, causing swollen feet and ankles. Check with your podiatrist if you suspect this is the case.

  5. Foot injury: Many times, a foot injury can cause swelling of your feet and ankles. It could be anything from a fracture to a sprained ankle.

Swollen feet are unpleasant and can be sensitive to touch. If you notice any swelling around your feet or have concerns about your foot health, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry. Our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help you end your struggles with swollen feet. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule a convenient appointment or visit any of our offices in Brooklyn, NY.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 19, 2020
Category: blog

A typical summer day would generally generate crowds of people on the beach, but not this summer. The novel coronavirus is still out there, and that means we should all take precautions to stay well and safe during these last days of summer.

If you are planning a trip to the beach anytime soon, here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  1. Check the rules: Beach rules may vary from one municipality to another. Before you head out to the beach, make sure you are aware of the rules (even new ones) of the beach. Some beaches may have limitations like imposing capacity restrictions, wearing masks or facial coverings, sanitization protocols, and limit occupancy in restrooms.
  2. Keep social distancing: Stay six feet apart from others (both in and out of the water). The more you interact with people at the beach, especially those that don't live with you, the higher the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
  3. Avoid crowds: If you are considering going to the beach, make sure you avoid crowds. Find a relatively empty beach near you or go at a time when there are fewer crowds. Travel light in case you have to pack up quickly if the beach gets overly crowded. Carry the necessary provisions and do not share stuff.
  4. Wear shoes: Prevent foot injuries like puncture wounds, burns, and fungal infection at the beach by wearing supportive shoes. Water shoes and flip-flops are an excellent choice for the beach because they are easy to slip on and provide the support and protection your feet need.
  5. Other safety measures: Do not forget to put that sunscreen on you, wear protective clothing, and keep yourself well hydrated.

If you are planning a day at the beach, please plan ahead and be cautious. Pay attention to the dangers lurking around, especially if you have diabetes. If you are suffering from foot pain, contact your foot doctor for the best care.

You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403, and schedule a visit with your podiatrist here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 07, 2019
Category: Children's Feet

Children’s feet suffer from many of the same foot conditions that adults do, but they may vary in frequency due to their active lifestyles and rapid body growth.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we know that a child may not be as communicative or receptive about their foot pain. No matter how cautious parents are, they at times could miss the underlying problem. That is why we’d love to help parents find ways to ensure that their child keeps optimal foot health.

Caring for your child’s feet

It is important that you keep your child’s feet in good condition. Good foot care during their growing years can help prevent many foot problems.

  1. Allow their feet to be free and active, not restricting them by tight leggings or beddings. Make sure foot coverings are loose enough to allow good blood circulation.
  2. Keep your child’s feet clean by washing them regularly with soap and water. Dry them properly so that the skin doesn’t get soggy.
  3. It is paramount that your child starts to wear shoes that are a proper fit right from the very beginning. Make sure the shoes are lightweight, flexible, and well-cushioned. Poorly-fitting shoes can lead to painful foot deformities. Since children’s feet grow at a very fast pace, their shoe size needs to be checked every month or so.
  4. Help your child maintain a healthy weight. This releases extra pressure and stresses away from your child’s feet. Hence, proper weight management can ward off many serious foot and ankle problems.

If your child often complains of foot pain or struggles to walk with a flat foot, it’s time to talk to an experienced podiatrist who can help assess your child’s overall foot health.

If you are noticing any changes in the development of your child’s feet and legs, it’s important to bring it to the attention of our professionals at Joseph Stuto, DPM. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can assure that your child gets the highest-quality foot and ankle care and treatment necessary for optimal foot health. For more information on your child’s growing feet, call (718)624-7537 or browse through our extensive patient library online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 02, 2019
Category: foot conditions

Foot odor or smelly feet is a common problem faced by almost everyone around the world. The unpleasant odor can make you self-conscious and even disrupt your day-to-day interactions with others. Sweat alone doesn’t have a scent; it is the bacteria that eat the sweat which produces a strong and pungent-smelling odor.

Here are some of the key factors that may contribute to having smelly feet:

  1. Stress/Anxiety: During high anxiety and stressful situations, our body tends to produce sweat from the apocrine glands which are usually found in your armpit or genital region. These glands secrete a much thicker sweat that has a high concentration of lipids, proteins, and fat. This provides good feed for bacteria, yet terrible news for the person sitting alongside you.
  2. Infections: Fungal infections and their poor monitoring can contribute to bad foot odor.
  3. Shoes: The sweat from your foot usually gets trapped inside your shoes. The bacteria feast on the sweat accumulation on your feet, causing smelly feet. Shoes made with synthetic materials can easily trap the sweat, not allowing it to evaporate. Switch your shoes from time to time, especially athletic shoes, allowing them to air out properly before you slide them back on.
  4. Hyperhidrosis: This is a skin condition where you sweat profusely. The accumulation of sweat or moisture on your feet fuels fungal and bacterial infections. The bacteria upon consuming the sweat create bad odors.
  5. Poor hygiene: Poor podiatric hygiene is often the culprit for smelly feet. A good foot care routine helps you part ways with bacteria and sweat.

If you have a severe case of smelly feet, you might want to talk with your podiatrist about the next level of care.

If you are suffering from an unpleasant foot odor or think that one of the above factors is affecting your foot health, come to Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist, specializes in all sorts of foot-related problems such as arthritis, toe deformities, skin disorders, and crush injuries. For more information on foot odor and foot health, call (718) 567 1403 or browse through our extensive patient library online