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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 23, 2020
Category: nutrition

Did you know that your eating habits impact the health of your feet too? Unhealthy eating will not only play havoc with your weight, but it will also adversely affect your bones and your feet. The condition is worsened if you have diabetes or are suffering from any heart disease.

March is National Nutrition Month and we at Joseph Stuto, DPM want to ensure that your feet stay strong and your mobility remains unhampered.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Monitor your blood sugar level. Diabetic patients have high glucose levels and face the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease. These conditions are characterized by poor blood flow leading to numbness and eventual nerve damage. Therefore, controlling your sugar is crucial.
  • Control your weight. Being overweight is extremely unhealthy and can damage your feet as they remain under excessive stress persistently. Possible outcomes include conditions such as flat feet, heel pain, swollen ankles and the like.
  • Consult a medical professional to make your diet plan and then stick to it. A nutritious plan would ensure the intake of ample vegetables and fruits. Leafy greens and colorful fruits are essential features of a well-balanced diet.
  • Exercise but don’t overdo it. An exercise routine that suits your current condition will not only help your overall body but will ensure that you do not fall prey to injuries and avoid breaking down completely.
  • Visit your podiatrist regularly to catch and treat any developing conditions before they aggravate.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with our experts for more information on healthy lifestyles and happy feet. Our doctors will discuss and devise a plan of action for you; however, your commitment to healthy living should be persistent and steadfast. Call us today or visit our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York any time.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 23, 2020
Category: senior citizens

While we may tend to take our feet for granted, we usually forget that they require extra care and protection during the winter season. This is especially true for our senior members, whose chances of experiencing foot problems increases manifold in the winters. Nevertheless, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients not to suffer from any winter blues. There is no reason why you cannot enjoy the outdoors.

Just follow these important measures and you are good to go:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes: Make sure your shoes provide ample support for your heels and arches and have a strong grip. This will ensure greater stability and balance.

  2. Don’t forget to exercise your feet: This may not be possible outdoors; however, you can always follow your stretching and flexing routines indoors. Use braces when necessary.

  3. Avoid dampness: With closed shoes and socks, your feet may become damp, exposing them to the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. Change your shoes immediately when you return indoors, wash and dry your feet thoroughly.

  4. Moisturizing is essential: Winters are usually dry and the air tends to dry up the skin of your feet. If left unattended, this could result in flaky or cracked skin and sores.

  5. Hygiene is critical: People tend to forget trimming their toenails in winter since their feet are almost always inside shoes and socks. Cutting toenails properly is important to avoid issues like ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections.

  6. Report any foot concerns to your podiatrist: If you have diabetes, you should visit your foot doctor regularly to identify and address any unseen yet slowly progressing foot health issues.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your feet or if you require more information on effective foot protection, our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is available at your service. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-140 for your ease and convenience.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 04, 2019
Category: foot care tips

With the holiday season coming up and all the sales kicking off, attracting crowds to shopping stores and malls, make sure your feet are well-equipped to keep you running throughout your shopping spree!

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to practice caution before your holiday spirit jumps into action. Being careless with your feet might end up in you missing out on all the fun.

Here are a few useful tips to consider:

  • Use customized orthotic inserts to save your feet from unnecessary stress. Every individual has a different foot shape and gait; therefore, the foot support needed to optimize the condition of your feet requires customized orthotics. Not only do they provide stability and balance, but they also redistribute weight from the problematic areas in your feet and relieve pain. Visit your podiatrist to get customized inserts that are best suited for your feet.
  • Don’t leave your protective support behind. Be it ankle braces, knee support or toe joint correction pads, make sure that your footwear is complete and comfortable. With longer than usual walking rounds during shopping, it is essential to keep your feet safe. Negligence can lead to injuries or sprains, or even relapse or reversal of any healing process that may have been underway.
  • Take a break and relax your feet.  If you don’t want to suffer from sore feet and swollen ankles, it is extremely important that you get off your feet every now and then and take a break. Allowing a little idle time in between your shopping rush will go a long way in maintaining your energy levels as well.

Consult with our experienced and board-certified specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto for any foot conditions that you might be concerned about. Feel free to contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule a convenient appointment. Precaution today will save you from long term damage to your feet.