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Posts for tag: fungal infections

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 26, 2019
Category: summer foot care

When we think of summers, we think of fun activities, outdoor workouts, water sports, open shoes and more. But have you ever considered how all these pleasures expose our feet to numerous hazards and harms?

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we advise everyone to exercise care and precaution before indulging in any adventures.

Here are a few risks to remain mindful of:

  • Fungal infections: Summer fun comprises mostly of water sports like swimming, sailing, etc. At the same time, bacteria thrive in moist places and are likely to cause infections like fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and other skin infections. Using antiseptic soaps and wearing closed shoes in public places are good deterrents.
  • Cuts and wounds: Outdoor activities may entail being barefoot, exposing your feet to cuts by sharp or pointed objects, insect bites, etc. If left unattended, the injuries may become infected, causing pain and killing your summer spirits. In such cases, it is necessary to clean your wound and seek medical assistance for proper treatment.
  • Sprains and fractures: When energy levels are high, one may tend to overexert while exercising without realizing that it could harm your ankles and feet. Some common results in such situations include ankle twists, sprains, and stress fractures. Starting slowly and then gradually increasing the intensity of exercise routines is safer and saner.
  • Arch and heel pain: While sports require appropriate footwear, most people tend to give their feet a break every day by wearing open shoes like flip-flops. These airy shoes provide the least support to your arches, leading to excessive stress on the heels. Choosing shoes with better support and stronger grip will eliminate such pains.

If you encounter pain in your feet, or you feel that your injuries are not healing, we urge you to get in touch with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto and avail yourself of a full array of podiatric services. Visit our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn or you can reach us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment right away.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 19, 2019
Category: foot care tips

While we have many things to be grateful for, we usually forget what a huge blessing our feet are and how important their role is in our daily lives. Not only do they carry the entire weight of our body, but they also support us in walking, running and moving around.

In return, what do we give our feet other than more pressure, exhaustion and sometimes even injuries? Here are some ways we can go an extra mile to extend our feet the care that they deserve:

  • Massage your feet: Massaging with a good moisturizer relaxes the feet and allows smooth blood circulation. It also relieves any pains and reduces stress on our feet muscles. Moisturizers also eliminate dryness and nourish your skin.
  • Go for a pedicure: Pedicures are relaxing and beneficial for your foot health. However, unhygienic salons could damage your feet instead of protecting them. Make sure that they use clean and sanitized utensils to avoid infections and injuries.
  • Buy comfortable shoes: Most people end up buying wrong or ill-fitting shoes. Make sure that your footwear supports your arches, cushions your heels, and is shock-absorbent. Moreover, buying the right size shoe is crucial for your foot health too.
  • Enjoy nice pairs of socks: Buy socks that are airy, soft and the right size. Also, certain materials save your feet from sweating and other associated issues like skin rashes and fungal infections.

Most importantly, if you feel any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, you should visit our podiatrists at Joseph Stuto, DPM right away! Our foot expert Dr. Joseph Stuto deals with various foot conditions and can be consulted for any foot health-related queries. Our offices are located at Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, NY for your convenience and care.

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

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 19, 2018
Category: senior citizens

Foot problems are very common as you grow older. It greatly affects your health and lifestyle. At times, the problems with your feet may be the first indicator of a more serious problem such as diabetes, arthritis or other circulation problems.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we often see that seniors take good care of themselves, but one aspect of their health that they often neglect is good foot care. We encourage our seniors to have a proactive approach when it comes to looking after their feet.

Here are some great tips for seniors to help keep their feet in check:

  • Seniors should regularly monitor or examine their feet for any changes or irregularities such as cuts, bruises and fungal infections. People with diabetes need to be extra vigilant in this regard.
  • A regular foot wash is necessary to ensure cleanliness. Dry your feet properly so that the skin does not get too moist. This also helps fight off fungal infections. Apply lotion to help keep the skin from cracking and itching.
  • Maintain good circulation by indulging in sports and exercise. A regular foot massage and warm feet can also aid in circulation.
  • Trim your toenails properly to avoid problems like ingrown toenails and toe pain. Always remember to cut your toenails straight across and not curved.
  • Wear proper footwear. Make sure they have enough toe space to avoid overlapping and crowding. Wear the right shoe for the right activity. Improper footwear can cause serious damage to the skeletal structure of the feet.

Most foot problems can easily be averted and treated if detected in their initial stage. If you want to know about foot care and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our experienced podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you eliminate any chances of getting a foot disorder and ensure that your feet stay healthy for years to come. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today.

Athlete's foot is a common condition caused by fungus.  You don't have to be a professional athlete or even a weekend warrior to have Athlete's foot.  It can find you in public pools, showers, spas, or locker rooms at the gym.  Fungus thrives in damp conditions like these.

It's much easier to prevent Athlete's foot than to eradicate it.  The best thing you can do to prevent it is to always wear sandals or flip flops in the locker room, pool, or shower.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Symptoms of Athlete's foot range from mild scaling and itching to irritating and painful blisters and redness.  You can often treat these symptoms with over-the-counter medicine.  Contact Joseph Stuto, DPM at 2 convenient locations in Brooklyn NY for advice in choosing a medication or if your medication is not helping.  Our board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Stuto can examine your feet and prescribe a stronger medication to help treat this infection.  

One thing to keep in mind.  If you have diabetes, be sure to contact us to make an appointment immediately.  You can reach us at (718) 624 - 7537 to schedule an appointment.  We take your foot infection seriously and want to make sure you are treated properly.

The success of any treatment depends on your regimen of applying medication and avoiding public areas where the fungus thrives.  Because you're fighting an infection, be sure to use the entire treatment … if you stop too soon, it may return.

PREVENTION

Here are some good commonsense tips to follow to prevent Athlete's foot:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Be sure to dry between your toes after swimming or bathing.
  • When outdoors, wear sandals or shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
  • If you are indoors, get in the habit of wearing socks or sandals instead of closed shoes.
  • Wear socks to absorb sweat and be sure to change your socks twice a day.
  • Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet.
  • Rotate your shoes.  Allow your shoes to air for at least 24 hours before you wear them again.  The fungus can grow in your shoes.
  • Wear shower sandals in public places like pools, showers and spas.

Athlete's foot is an irritation and an annoyance, but it's also a fungal infection that needs to be treated.  It won't go away by itself.  Call your Dr. Stuto to take the first step to rid yourself of this common foot condition.