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Posts for tag: hammertoes

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 05, 2019
Category: foot deformities
Tags: hammertoes   corns   blisters   surgery  

Hammertoes are painful and cause severe problems when wearing shoes. If they become excessively bent, the problem is likely to worsen unless you take action to protect your feet from further harm.

If left unattended, hammertoes can become infected with blisters, corns or disproportionate bone protrusions and more. Not only is the condition excruciatingly painful, but you also may not be able to carry out your daily chores as merely walking can become an ordeal.

If your foot condition has passed the preliminary stages and is not responding well to other treatments, surgery is a viable and effective method to treat bent hammertoes. Through surgery, the toes are placed in their proper position so that the functionality of the tendons improves; toe muscles become stronger and more stable.

There are two types of surgical procedures that can treat your hammertoes: Fusion and Joint resection. The former type of surgery involves removing the damaged joint and combining the ends together so that the shape of the toe is restored. The latter surgical procedure entails removing the end of the joint and using a device to maintain the rightful position of the toes.

Following surgery, rest is essential to allow ample healing time for the foot. In most cases, some low-intensity program of physiotherapy is required to regain proper functionality of the toes and the foot as a whole.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot experts are equipped to solve your foot concerns and ensure that your foot health is not compromised. Consult our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for all your foot and ankle-related concerns. We deal with hammertoes, toenail infections, bunions, diabetic foot care, flat feet, orthotics, tendon pains, foot and ankle injuries and more. Feel free to visit our offices in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York and enjoy healthy and pain-free feet. For more information, you can schedule an appointment or browse through our extensive educational library online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 16, 2019
Category: foot care tips

With layers of snow and whiffs of freezing winds, winter season not only pushes us to stay cooped up inside our homes, but also forces us to cover ourselves up with layers of warm clothing including socks and shoes. It is likely that our feet may be neglected undercover. Moreover, since they are mostly concealed, who knows what they must be suffering from, whether their health is being compromised, or do they need attention? It is essential to be more careful about infections and skin rashes when your feet are covered throughout the day and even at night too.

Here are a few key tips to prep your feet for the cold winter season:

  1. Practice good foot hygiene. Despite the season, foot care should remain constant. Wash and dry your feet properly. Use a pumice stone around your foot to gently remove any dead skin. By applying a moisturizer, you can keep the skin from getting dry and avoid painful complications such as cracked heels.
  2. Take care of your nails. Keep your toenails properly trimmed in order to avoid ingrown toenails. Always cut your nails straight across and use a file to soften the edges. Never cut them too short. Cutting your toenails incorrectly or unevenly can result in ingrown toenails. This can cause swelling, redness, pain and sometimes an infection around the toe.
  3. Wear the right shoes. If you do not wear proper footwear and you are an ice skater or a snowboarder, your winter fun can turn into winter misery. Wear well-fitted and activity-specific shoes that provide the necessary comfort and support for the activities that you are involved in. Tight shoes can lead to a number of serious problems such as hammertoes, bunions, corns, and other deformities.
  4. Listen to your feet. Not addressing your foot concerns on a timely basis will only make the condition worse and cause additional injury. Regular foot checks can help spot anything unusual on your feet such as blisters, calluses, cuts or discoloration of the nails.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help you determine exactly the cause of your foot condition and provide the best solutions to avoid them from recurring. For more information, you can browse through our extensive library on topics that interest you online or call our office at any of the two numbers listed above to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 18, 2018
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   hammertoes   warts   shoes   young feet  

As a parent, you are constantly thinking about your child’s health and well-being. From monitoring their physical activities to their eating habits, parents can never be too cautious. While all these checks are necessary for your child’s development and overall health, their feet are often overlooked.

To make sure that young feet stay healthy, here are some key tips for parents:

  1. Daily foot inspections can ward off many concerns, especially for those with diabetes. Check for any abnormalities such as warts, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, cuts, and bruises. Early detection and timely corrections can help prevent many foot and ankle problems.
  2. Wash your feet every day with warm water and soap. Use a towel to dry your feet properly, especially between the toes. Keeping your feet dry and clean helps to keep infections from setting in.
  3. Proper shoes can go a long way in averting foot disorders, especially in children. Wear shoes that have wide-toe boxes and proper arch support. Children’s feet grow very fast. Their feet ought to be measured by a professional every time they buy new shoes.
  4.  We all know how much kids love walking and running around barefoot, especially in the summer season. Their feet are at risk of an injury or infection.

Adopting these key foot care practices can help assure that your child’s feet stay happy and healthy. However, if problems persist, be sure to call a podiatrist for best results.

If your child is having a tough time communicating or articulating foot problems, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help your child make the best decision for all your foot and ankle conditions. For more information, you can visit our patient library online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 27, 2018
Category: toenail conditions

Many people face a common problem of ingrown toenails where the edges of the nail start to grow and cut through the soft skin tissue of the toe. This can cause severe pain, swelling, redness, discomfort, and infection around your toe. In more serious cases, it can progress to an open sore, inviting fungal and other bacterial infections. A prolonged infection can have serious ramifications especially if you have diabetes, circulation problems or have an impaired immune system.

Here are some of the best ways to help prevent ingrown toenails:

Avoid trimming your toenails too short— The easiest way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim your nails straight across and not curved. Proper grooming and nail care can go a long in preventing this condition.

Wear proper footwear—Poor footwear can set up an ideal environment for painful ingrown toenails to develop. Wear well-fitted shoes to avoid crowding and overlapping of your toes. This can help reduce undue stress on your feet.

Avoid trauma One of the main reasons you may experience this condition is injury or trauma to the toe area. This is a very common occurrence in sports, vigorous-intensity activities, and especially running.

Whether your ingrown toenail is infected or recurring in nature, it is best to get it examined by a qualified doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we provide high quality and advanced diagnostic tools to help treat a range of foot and ankle conditions. Whether you have hammertoes, bunions, sports injury or toe deformities, our dedicated and qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help! For more information on ingrown toenails and foot health, call us at our two office locations in Brooklyn, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 05, 2018
Category: toe conditions

The best way to treat any foot and ankle condition is to get early treatment. This measure not only averts major complications but also presents more treatment options. This certainly holds true for a medical condition called hammertoes. A hammertoe is a toe deformity generally caused due to a muscle imbalance where the middle toe gets curled and takes the shape of a hammer.

Hammertoes can be quite irritating and painful. It’s a progressive disorder, which only gets worse if it is left untreated. The best resource for hammertoes is your podiatrist.

Here are some of the early hammertoe treatments that a podiatrist may suggest:

  • One of the most important and common practices to avert hammertoes is simply wearing the correct footwear. Before you put on a pair of shoes, have your feet measured by a professional. Having a shoe that fits you properly helps to avoid overlapping of the toes.
  • Use padding in your footwear to avoid unnecessary friction and pressure on your toes due to body weight.
  • Custom orthotic foot inserts may also help support and reduce the stress levels of your toes.
  • Use splints or straps to straighten out hammertoes, but only after consulting your podiatrist.
  • Exercise is key in avoiding this toe deformity. Toe exercises like stretching, toe squeeze, toe crunch and toe tap should be a part of your daily routine. This not only strengthens the muscles, but it also helps in the repositioning of the curled toe.

If you are dealing with hammertoes or any other foot and ankle condition, then it is time to call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you fix your toe deformity, as well as all your foot and ankle problems. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 and schedule an appointment today.