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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 24, 2020
Category: footwear

Our feet are a complex structural form that requires care and protection. Negligence can cause severe problems that could have long-lasting effects. Therefore, pay attention to what shoes you wear.

The wrong footwear or ill-fitted shoes can lead to several foot problems, including:

  • Ingrown toenails: tight shoes can push your nails to grow inwards into your skin, causing pain and in worst cases, bleeding and infection. Make sure you have ample space between the interior walls of your shoes and your big toe.
  • Bunions: tight shoes can also wreck the shape and positioning of your toes. A bunion is a protrusion on the joint of the big toe that pushes it towards the other toes. Constant friction with the shoes increases the deformity and results in extreme pain.
  • Haglund’s deformity: is a bony bump that develops at the back of the heel, due to hard, tight or rigid shoes. If the back of your shoes is irritating you, then it is best to change the shoe, get a bigger size, or use padding to protect the back of your heel.
  • If your shoes are not comfortable or place too much pressure on your heels, toes or joints, you may develop calluses or warts. This starts with the thickening of the skin and can aggravate into painful wounds.

Dr. Joseph Stuto of Joseph Stuto, DPM recommends that you select your footwear wisely.

Here are a few tips:

  • Get your feet measured professionally by a podiatrist.
  • It is better to go shoe shopping later during the day, as your feet tend to swell up and reach their maximum size by that time.
  • Buy shoes that have extra padding, so that your feet do not get injured due to friction.
  • Shoes with a stronger grip are good for stability and balance.

If you are experiencing any of the above conditions or would like to get your feet checked as a precaution, call us today at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and consult our experts right away. Feel free to browse through our patient library for more information on podiatry related topics.

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

Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.

It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:

  1. Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
  2. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
  4. Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
  6. Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
  7. Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.

Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.

 

 

Studies have revealed that men with diabetes are less likely to exercise precaution and more likely to ignore the advice of their podiatrists. This June, at Joseph Stuto, DPM as we celebrate Men’s Health Month, we urge you to focus on your health, especially your feet!

With diabetes, the worst threat is that of an injury or a callus becoming infected due to poor healing capability. If the infection is not caught in time, it could lead to amputation in severe cases.

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind to protect your feet:

  • Avoid walking barefoot, especially in moist and damp places. Wearing shoes will prevent exposure to fungal infections that may affect your toenails and skin as well. Chances of cuts or injuries are also reduced with adequate footwear.
  • Examining your feet is very important. Look out for any cuts or wounds that you may not be aware of due to poor blood circulation or loss of sensation in the feet and ankles.
  • Keep a lookout for ingrown toenails, which can be extremely painful and can become infected with pus if not treated timely. Keep your nails short, and if you develop ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist immediately.
  • Watch out for skin infections as well, especially between the toes. Diabetes can make your skin dry and flaky, which, if it deteriorates, can turn into infectious cuts and cause bleeding.
  • Hygiene is important – feet should always be clean and dry. In case of dry skin type, using a good moisturizer is advised. Avoid restrictive shoes and socks that may cause excessive sweating.

If you notice any unusual conditions on your feet like swelling, redness or blisters, or suffer any injuries like cuts, sprains or fractures, visit Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more information.

 

Our feet are precious assets that need constant protection and care; otherwise, they are susceptible to numerous hazards and problems. Toenails too can fall prey to infections, pain, and suffering.

We must examine our toenails frequently and look for signs like discoloration, change in texture or swelling around the nail area. Two major toenail conditions that you should be aware of are:

  • Fungal toenails: This is when the toenail starts to change color and becomes thick due to fungal infection. Fungi exist in damp and moist places and can easily settle under the toenails when the opportunity arises. Closed shoes, public washrooms, and non-absorbent socks are common places for fungal proliferation.
  • Ingrown toenails: This condition occurs when the toenail starts to push inside the tender skin around the nail area. The constant pressure can lead to swelling, redness, and pain in the affected areas. Knowing how to cut and shape your nails is important, as that can increase or decrease the chances of this occurrence.

Since precaution is better than cure, here are a few tips to protect your toenails from harm:

  • Regular inspection for any signs of change.
  • Avoid closed and tight shoes as they push your toenails hard against each other and can cause deformities as well.
  • Wash your feet and dry them properly.
  • In case of infection, apply anti-fungal ointment to stop the fungi from spreading.
  • For severe cases, advanced laser treatments are available to treat the infected toenails.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have the latest technology and vast experience to diagnose and treat different foot and toenail conditions. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is known for his expertise in foot and ankle care.

Visit us at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-753, NY for guidance on foot health related issues, or call us to schedule your appointment today.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 06, 2019
Category: foot care tips
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   blisters   swelling   foot hygiene   odor  

Foot health is paramount to our lifestyle, health, and well-being. While our feet get us around comfortably and effortlessly, they are the ones that bear the brunt of seasons and our day-to-day activities. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we would like to urge patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and adhere to good foot care practices.

Here are some easy ways to help protect your feet:

  • Daily inspection/spot-checks: Do a thorough inspection of your feet on a daily basis, if you’re not doing it already. Examine your feet from top to bottom and use a mirror if necessary. This step helps spot changes more quickly and may save you from a potential foot problem. People who have diabetes must follow this step religiously. Look out for anything usual such as scrapes, corns, skin color, bunions, swelling or blisters.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene: Keeping your feet clean can help protect them from acquiring any fungal infections or bacteria. Make sure to wash your feet with lukewarm water and then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use a moisturizer to help keep the skin clean and hydrated. If your feet sweat profusely, make sure to use foot powder. Try to switch your shoes from time to time. This allows your shoes to air out properly and helps prevents foul odor.
  • Trim toenails: Always cut your toenails straight across and never too short. Do not cut them in round shape or trim the corners of toenails as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Regular check-ups: Conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can affect your feet in more ways than one. If you have any condition that affects your feet, it needs to be monitored and evaluated properly by a certified podiatrist.
  • Address your foot pain: Ignoring foot pain only aggravates the symptoms and prolongs the suffering. If there is recurring foot pain, it is important that you see a specialized foot doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Timely steps can help prevent major complications.

If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our offices located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help evaluate your foot and take the necessary measures to correct any foot and ankle disorders you may have. For more insight on foot care and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library online