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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 01, 2019
Category: nerve pain
Tags: heels   neuroma  

In order to protect your feet, you need to know what neuroma is – it is a condition characterized by thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve in the ball of your feet leading to the toes. It is also known as “nerve tumors;” however the tumors are non-threatening and non-cancerous.

The most commonly cited causes for the development of neuromas are prolonged compression of the toes and excessive weight on the ball of the foot that irritates the nerve and inflames the tissue around it.

The symptoms of neuromas are gradual; however, if treatment is not appropriate, the condition can aggravate and become unbearable. Early symptoms include:

  • Pain or burning in the ball of the foot
  • Piercing pain in the toes when pressure is applied
  • Numbness or pricking sensation
  • Feeling of a hard lump inside the ball of your foot while walking
  • When wearing shoes, it may seem like a sharp object inside the shoe is hurting your foot

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we recommend that the following measures be adopted to avoid neuromas:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that have ample space to accommodate your toes
  • Avoid wearing heels that are higher than 2 inches
  • Use customized orthotics to support your feet and safeguard them from unnecessary stress
  • Padding inside shoes is helpful to avoid friction and irritation caused by hard surfaces
  • Ice application reduces swelling and provides pain relief
  • Take a break from the activities that may be triggering your pain and allow some idle time for your feet to recuperate

If the pain does not subside in the ball of your foot, visit your podiatrist right away. Visit or call our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto to get your feet examined and treated effectively.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 02, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: Heel Pain   podiatrist   properly fitting   sports   heels  

As we age, the everyday wear and tear on our feet begins to build up and cause pain and injury. Some of this pain is relatively minor and can be cured with the use of over-the-counter medication. Not all pain is so easily dealt with though. Some pain hurts so much that it can cause a relatively healthy person to become immobile.  When this occurs, it is important to visit a podiatrist right away because the heel pain may be due to an underlying condition. While waiting for your next appointment, consider using some of these tips and tricks to help prevent the heel pain from flaring up even more severely.

•When it comes to heel pain, the right pair of properly fitting shoes can make a giant difference in your life. Shoes that fit well should have cushion, arch support and shock absorption capabilities and should not fit too tightly or too loosely. Sneakers tend to meet most of these requirements and can be a rather affordable way to help prevent your heel pain.

•Shoes get tired over time. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your shoes also get old and worn out. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if you use them on a regular basis. As they wear out, they are no longer able to provide you with the comfort and support you need to prevent heel pain.

•Prep and prime before you hit the gym or partake in sports. This should be done before and after exercise to be sure that your muscles are ready for the onslaught of activity.

•When you’re out on the field in your element, it can be easy to get carried away in the moment. Sometimes even professional athletes push themselves too hard and end up injured. Save yourself the heel pain and take it things in stride while you are out on the field.

•Your heels are constantly taking the brunt of your weight as you walk. If you are overweight, that means you are putting more strain on your heels. Consider dropping a few pounds to help your heels carry you farther without suffering from painful consequences.

Although there are many ways to prevent heel pain, sometimes it can still sneak up and get the better of you. If this happens it is time to see a podiatrist. Heel pain has many causes and only a trained podiatrist and his or her staff can help get to the bottom of the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can educate you on heel pain and its many causes. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.