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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
December 01, 2020
Category: foot care tips

The threat of COVID-19 may have changed global ecosystems but what it hasn’t changed is our holiday spirit. With so much happening in the world today, it can be particularly challenging to carry out your everyday routine. But amid all the challenges, it is essential not to lose sight of an important (yet underrated) issue – your foot health. Your feet need special care and attention every day. Keeping them healthy should be a part of your daily routine.

Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your foot health during this holiday season:

  • Wear appropriate shoes – Holiday activities such as traveling, cooking, shopping, and celebrating can take up a lot of your time and keep you on your feet for extended periods. Invest in a shoe that is both comfortable and supportive to help you navigate with ease.

  • Pay attention to aches and pains – If your feet feel tired or have swelled up after a long day of cooking, shopping, and celebrating, plan your rest periods carefully. Keep your feet elevated above your heart level to reduce swelling. A foot massage or a gentle foot rub can also help boost circulation and release stress in the lower extremities. Inspect your feet regularly and report any unusual changes or signs of discomfort to your podiatrist immediately.

  • Mind your diet –Your diet can affect your foot health in a variety of ways. Consuming good nutrition in the right proportions can help make your bones and muscles strong and healthy. Certain foods can help improve your bone health, while some may spike your blood sugar. Limit your intake of sodium, sugar, and trans fats. Include a healthy amount of leafy green vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and fish in your diet. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a steady body weight, which is beneficial for your feet.

Is traveling a part of your holiday plans? Remember to stay safe while trying to balance holiday season traditions with COVID-19 safety precautions. Plan and manage your risks carefully.

Have concerns about your foot health as you go home for the holidays? 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. 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 16, 2020
Category: toenail conditions

Foot problems can disrupt our routine, health, and lifestyle. Among the many types of foot-related issues seen by a podiatrist, the most commonly encountered are ingrown toenails. This painful toenail problem occurs when the nail’s side or sharp edge pushes and grows onto the soft skin tissue around the toe. When the nail cuts or punctures the skin fold, the area can become red, swollen, painful, and infected. Bacteria can also enter the wound, which can be problematic, especially if a person has diabetes or poor circulation in the foot. Ingrown toenails can be hereditary or due to ill-fitting shoes, trauma to the toe, and improper cutting techniques of the toenail. You are likely to spot an ingrown toenail on the big toe; however, it can develop on any toe.

The best way to avoiding this painful condition is to take some proactive steps. Your podiatrist can help you catch these problems before they worsen.

Two tips to help you avoid ingrown toenails are as follows:

  1. Proper trimming of toenails— Poor toenail cutting techniques often cause ingrown toenails. Make sure to cut the nails straight across and never too short. If you cannot trim your nails safely, let your foot doctor do it for you to avoid any accidents or injuries. It is particularly important for patients who have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.
  2. The right footwear— The wrong shoes can cause undue stress and pressure upon the foot. Make sure they fit you properly and are not too tight. The extra force can push your toes together and cause an ingrown toenail. Wear comfortable and supportive shoes. High-heeled shoes and pointy cowboy boots can cause the toes to be squeezed together and add pressure on the sides of toenails. Try to limit their use or save them for special occasions to avoid the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.

These correct and timely measures can help avert severe complications of the foot and ankle. See your podiatrist for the best care, diagnosis, and treatment.

If you notice any early symptoms of ingrown toenails or have any concerns about your foot health, 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 a consultation. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or  Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. We look forward to serving you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Do your feet enjoy optimal foot health? After all, your feet are an integral and foundational part of your overall health and wellness. Feet are vulnerable to illness and injury, it's important to keep them healthy.  Your daily habits impact your feet. People may be unaware that some habits could undermine foot health, and create future problems.

Here are a few bad habits to be aware of, and leave behind altogether:

Going barefoot in communal spaces — walking barefoot in communal areas such as gym locker rooms, hotel rooms, and public pools can put you at risk of fungal infections. Keep your feet safe from plantar warts, athlete's foot, and other infections. Make sure to wear protective flip-flops or shower footwear.

Wearing sweaty socks and shoes — foot fungus loves wet, dark, and enclosed spaces. Wearing damp socks and shoes puts you at risk for athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Change your socks promptly, wash your feet, and let them dry before putting on a new pair. Wear socks that wick away moisture and make sure to air out your shoes properly. Switch your shoes from time to time.

Wearing ill-fitted shoes — wear shoes that do not compromise your foot health. The wrong shoes can cause many foot problems, including ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, corns, and heel pain. It is essential to wear shoes that fit you properly, provide comfort, support your feet arches, and protect your feet. Save high-heel for special occasions. Toss out any worn-out shoes; they are likely to cause damage to your feet because of inadequate support.

Breaking certain habits can reduce your risk of any issues that could cause long-term problems with your feet. Take the best steps to keep feet healthy today and for years to come. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists. Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, Lisa Fuchs, DPM, and Momna Younas, DPM provide high-quality foot and ankle care to all patients.

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
April 20, 2020
Category: foot care tips

Feet are complex structures designed to make us mobile and execute our movements swiftly. They face the maximum risk by carrying our entire weight, and yet are likely to get the least of our attention.

While we may take them for granted, our feet are usually the first ones to suffer if there is anything wrong in our body. This is why at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, our experts always advise listening to your feet.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Foot cramps are a sign of dehydration. Your body needs water and maybe lacking some essential nutrients, which is why your feet may be cramping.

  • Burning feet or itchy skin is usually a sign of skin infection. Check your feet daily for any changes in the color or texture of your skin. Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual.

  • If your feet are always cold, it could indicate poor blood flow in your lower limbs. This may be due to diabetes or nerve damage caused by neuropathy.

  • Plantar fasciitis can be identified if you experience excessive heel pain or you may have developed calcium deposits in your heel that also cause extreme pain.

  • Flat feet and arch pain are common especially if you are overweight. Your feet may be suffering from excessive pressure resulting in pain and discomfort.

If you feel that your feet are in pain or your movement is not easy, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto immediately. For the safety of our patients and staff, we’re now offering telemedicine. Stay safe and keep your feet safe from harm as well. If they are healthy, there is a high chance of your entire body being healthy and happy.