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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- Infections: Fungal infections and their poor monitoring can contribute to bad foot odor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
When it comes to avoiding common foot problems, there is no better way to care for your feet than by buying shoes that fit you properly and are good for your feet. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we see an increase in foot pain and many types of foot disorders primarily linked with poor shoe choices. If you have diabetes, your shoe choice and foot care become even more important.
To maximize foot health, here are some of the top shoe styles you may want to think twice about.
- Flip-Flops and Sandals: A very common and popular type of footwear especially during the summer. Many people like the freedom flip-flops and other types of sandals provide. However, they lack arch support, protection, cushioning, and shock absorption which may lead to foot pain and foot disorders such as ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and tendon problems.
- High Heels: It’s no secret that women and high heels have a love-hate relationship. They might be in style and look good on you, but high heels are notorious for causing all sorts of painful foot and ankle problems. Women who wear high heels are subject to weight and pressure on the forefoot (ball of the foot). Wearing high heels all day long can cause serious foot and ankle problems such as bunions, hammertoes, blisters, sprains, fractures and stretching of the Achilles tendon. Anytime you wear tight-fitted or pointed-toe shoes, you limit the foot’s mobility and its natural shape.
- Platform Shoes and Wedges: Platform shoes may not be a bad choice, but they are not without risk to your feet. They tend to have rigid footbeds which may throw off your natural walking motion. Wearing an elevated platform shoe can cause ankle instability which may result in severe ankle injuries such as sprains and hairline fractures.
- Worn-Out Shoes: Simply throw out those worn-out shoes that provide very little to no cushioning, protection and shock absorption.
- Sheepskin Boots: This style of footwear generally comes out of the closet when the weather changes and the temperature drops. These shoes not only keep your feet warm but are very comfortable. However, because they are often worn without moisture-wicking socks, they can provide a certain level of discomfort such as fungus build-up (athlete’s foot).
The Right Shoes to Wear
Understanding the best type of footwear that works for your feet can make a difference between good health and potential foot problems.
If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing chronic foot pain and aches, it is important to talk to a foot care professional to discuss ways to address the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto look forward to helping you with all kinds of foot and ankle problems. Choosing the correct footwear along with proper foot care should be a priority for everyone.