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Posts for tag: foot health

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 03, 2020
Category: Heart Health

February is American Heart Month and at Joseph Stuto, DPM we believe that one of many ways to reduce your risk for heart disease is to maintain a healthy weight. We encourage our patients to lose weight because dropping even small amounts of weight can make a big difference in improving heart and podiatric health. 

Here are a few suggestions to keep your weight in check along with lasting results.

  • Calorie restriction— What is a good serving size? It’s often smaller than you think it should be. Getting the right food in your body is extremely important when it comes to losing weight. Measure and control your portion sizes. You may want to cut back on foods you love, but not all at once. Eating fewer carbs can significantly reduce hunger levels and lead to automatic weight loss. Eat plenty of colorful vegetables, fruits, and salads. Limit foods high in saturated fat, such as cakes, pies, biscuits, chips and other savory snacks.
  • Regular Exercise— Exercise plays a big role in the health of your heart and feet. Dedicating an hour a day to exercise can help you shed some pounds, improve heart health and reduce your risks and severity of a variety of foot disorders.
  • Being overweight or obese is a problem that affects the entire body, especially your heart and feet. Do not ignore warning signs from your feet as they can reveal signs of a more serious health problem. To learn more about heart health and your feet, be sure to talk to your podiatric physician.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a wide range of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, stress fractures, diabetic neuropathy, fungal infections, heel pain and more. Feel free to visit or call any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.