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Posts for tag: foot fractures

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 29, 2018
Category: toe conditions
Tags: diabetes   foot fractures   injury   toe   pain  

It is very easy to forget about our feet. We use them on a constant basis to get from one place to another, but we do not really think about their care or health. Usually, the topic of our feet comes up when it is sandal season or if a problem occurs with them. That is when we really take charge of their health and try to remedy any problem that has occurred. Another time we tend to pay attention to our feet is during a minor injury, for example, a stubbed toe. Stubbing our toe is extremely painful and it reminds us that we do indeed have extremities that are getting us from place to place. Due to some misfortune, we overstep or misstep and BAM! Our toe is stubbed and we are in excruciating pain. Most of us try to walk it off without knowing what exactly happened to the integrity and stability of the toe at the time.

Pain Starts in the Brain

Everyone feels pain differently. What is painful to one person can cause absolutely no pain to another person. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, pain is in the core of the brain. Everyone has their own brain that responds differently to messages it receives. These messages are transferred to the brain by our nervous system. Your toes have nerves at the tips that help the body respond to different sensations. Hot, cold, pain, pleasure and other sensations are all picked up at the nerve. The nerve then has the job to take this sensation and translate it to the brain. The brain then triggers the portion of itself that has feeling and you get the pain of a stubbed toe.

The brain doesn’t do this to inconvenience you - it is there to serve a purpose. This purpose is to warn the body about imminent danger or threat and try to get it to stop partaking in the activity or action that causes the pain. This helps the body avoid severe foot and ankle injuries such as breaks and fractures of the bones.

Sometimes this pain can be dulled due to other foot and ankle conditions. Patients who suffer from diabetes and have nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) tend to lack the sensation of pain. These patients are at a higher risk for severe foot and ankle problems due to this lack of sensation. Patients who suffer from a lack of sensation in the feet should consult with a podiatrist regularly to examine their feet and be sure they are healthy. If you don’t have a podiatrist yet, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can take images of your toe to see whether or not it has been dealt significant damage from its injury. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: foot fractures   gait   blisters   spurs   stance   ankle sprains  

We walk every day. That means we walk at a minimum of 365 times a year. Most of us, walk more than once a day in order to do various tasks. We learn this skill typically by the time we are one year old and continue to use it throughout our entire lifespan. That is simply a lot of walking. Walking is a key way in which we get where we need to go. Dr. Joseph Stuto and the staff at Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, know the ins and the outs of the way we walk.

Gait

Hike, stroll, wander, glide. These are all words we can use to describe how someone walks. Another word that many podiatrists hone in on is the human gait. Gait means, the way we walk. The gait plays a key role in many ankle and foot injuries. Podiatrists see the gait as two different pieces. Stance and swing are the counterparts that make one’s gait.

Stance

Stance is when our feet are on the ground or touching the ground. First, the heel strikes the ground. Next, it rotates and goes forward. This makes it so that the forefoot and toes hit the ground. This action provides balance and stability while we walk.

Swing

Swing is when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is suspended in mid-air, or moving through the air. While walking, it is that in-between moment when your foot is going forward, or backward in the air.

If you rely too heavily on one foot or the other while walking, it could lead to serious side effects. Your feet and ankles could suffer from this continued strain. An abnormal gait can cause a variety of issues. These issues could include, sprains, fractures, blisters, spurs and other disorders.

If you have experienced pain in your feet or ankles and think it may be due to an abnormal gait it is important that you call us right away. Dr. Stuto and his high trained staff will assist you in diagnosing the issue and provide a thorough treatment and prevention plan. You can call our office at 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We look forward to helping you attain a better, healthier you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

Foot fractures are afflictions that are sometimes overlooked, with the sufferer not being aware of his or her problem. How does this happen, you wonder?  Well, they may feel pain or soreness in their foot, but if the nature of the fracture is not severe, and the sufferer does not have it looked at by a podiatrist, it can be overlooked.  Other times, a foot fracture cannot be missed, as the pain of it simply unbearable.  Some foot fractures end athletes’ careers, and plague them for life.  Others heal nicely, and the person who experienced it is lucky to have it become only a distant memory.  This is the scenario one would obviously hope for. 

When we see patients suffering from foot fractures that are severe, it is always a sad scenario, especially if they are an athlete.  One type of foot fracture we see many athletes suffer from is a “Jones fracture”.  A Jones fracture occurs at the fifth metatarsal in the foot, which is located at the base of the pinky toe.  This is a common fracture for those who are physically active, and is a fairly common injury that podiatrists encounter.  It’s named after orthopedic surgeon Robert Jones, who first identified the injury by self-diagnosis!  He suffered the ailment while dancing, which is why it is also referred to as the “Dancer’s fracture”.  This fracture is often mistaken for a sprain, or an avulsion fracture.  For this reason, it is always important to have your injury diagnosed as soon as possible.  Because the area of the Jones fracture has a very small blood supply, these fractures disrupt that already small blood supply, and due to this, can take much longer to heal!  They may also require surgery for treatment!  Professional athletes suffering from this injury typically miss 6-8 weeks from their season due to the injury.

If you suspect you are suffering from a foot fracture, call Dr. Stuto!  He has two convenient Brooklyn locations for his patients to visit.  So, if you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it… it could be more serious than you realize.  Have it looked at by Dr. Stuto, to make sure you’re not dealing with something more serious than a simple ache and pain… better safe than sorry!  If you have a foot fracture, he can help you get on the road to recovery, as soon as possible.