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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
October 12, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

You may already be familiar with orthotics, these are inserts that are worn inside of your shoes to help with a wide variety of foot problems. They can alleviate discomfort, help correct certain conditions, and improve the way our feet support us as we carry on everyday activities. Their early adoption, for specific cases, can help us avoid the need for surgery, and are even helpful in recovering from it. Orthotics fall into a few categories, but there is even more distinction between what type of materials they are constructed, to learn more you can reach out to Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

Soft Orthotics

For those who are suffering from pain, orthotics manufactured from soft materials are what is typically prescribed. These compress when pressure is applied to protect affected areas. They can help provide better balance and are also a common option for diabetic patients.

Rigid and Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Orthotics made of strong firm materials are usually better suited for controlling the motion of a joint and can keep the foot in a certain position to encourage correct movement altogether. These usually occupy less space in your shoe than soft orthotics.

A compromise type of orthotics between soft and rigid is referred to as semi-rigid. These are regularly used by those who practice physical activity, from regular exercise to sports.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

The types of inserts you may encounter at your local drug store can assist with easing discomfort and providing some level of support. Plastics and gel are the typical materials employed in this effort, and while they are helpful with mild conditions you should consult with your podiatrist. Your feet are very important and whatever discomfort you are feeling will rarely improve on its own, and rather than self-diagnosing you can depend on your podiatrist to discover the source of your pain. Custom-made orthotics from your doctor's office are made of better quality materials and are constructed with your foot and your condition in mind.

Orthotics in Brooklyn Heights, NY

Let your doctor guide you to the best type of orthotic for your feet, schedule a consultation today with Drs. Stuto and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn Heights, NY, by dialing (718) 624-7537.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
July 09, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

Do you have foot or ankle pain? Orthotics prescribed by your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, could help relieve your painful symptoms.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts that support, align and cushion your foot. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, orthotics are designed by your podiatrist to address your specific foot issues. During your visit to the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your doctor will examine your feet, observe the way you walk, and make an impression of your foot.

What are the benefits of orthotics?

Wearing orthotics in your shoes can reduce or eliminate pain related to many foot conditions. The inserts can be helpful if:

  • You need a little extra cushioning: Orthotics can improve your comfort if you have Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, bunions, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or stone bruises. They also make walking more comfortable if the fat pads under your feet have thinned as you've gotten older.
  • You experience frequent ankle sprains: You may be more likely to develop future sprains after a bad sprain due to ankle instability. Adding a custom orthotic to your shoe supports your foot and reduces the risk that you'll turn your ankle again.
  • You have leg, hip, or back pain: Your feet support your weight and help keep your bones properly aligned. If you have a foot imbalance or turn your feet too far inward or outward when you walk, the alignment of your bones may be affected. As a result, you may develop pain in your legs, hips, or back. Supporting your feet with orthotics can help ease your pain.
  • You need to reduce pressure on your feet: Pressure can make many conditions feel worse, including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and tendonitis. Fortunately, orthotics can ease the pressure. Orthotics can also help you avoid blisters and friction if you have diabetes.
  • You're prone to foot and ankle pain after running or play sports: By properly supporting your feet with orthotics, you may be less likely to develop tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other conditions.

Are you ready to find out if orthotics could help you? Call your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 03, 2020
Category: hammertoe

Hammertoes are usually very painful and require treatment to avoid other painful conditions from developing.

What is a hammertoe and how can it hurt you? A hammertoe is a condition in which the middle joint of your toes starts bending downwards, due to an imbalance of the muscles and tendons that keep the toes straight.

The bend is quite pronounced and causes pain as your toes are under constant strain being in an abnormal position. Another way hammertoes hurt your feet is by increasing the risk of corns or calluses that develop due to friction i.e. when the bend keeps hitting against the insides of your shoes.

Here are some common factors that can lead to the development of hammertoes:

  • Tight or ill-fitted shoes that make your toes bend or curl inwards

  • Age may affect the position of your toes: as the bones lose their strength, they may start bending your toes

  • At times, this condition may be hereditarily passed down to younger generations

  • Arthritis – a disease that also weakens your bones – could also cause hammertoes

  • Injury or bone fractures may also damage the structure and position of your toes

Treatments for hammertoes vary and depend on the severity and rigidity of the bend. If the bend is not flexible, surgical procedures may be required to correct the position of the joint.

However, the following preventive measure treatments may be useful in avoiding this condition:

  • Wearing shoes that have ample space between your big toe and the shoe wall, so that your toes don’t touch the insides of your shoes

  • Comfortable footwear that does not push or cram your toes is effective in preventing hammertoes

  • Flexing exercises that stretch your toe muscles are helpful in gaining strength

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, at Joseph Stuto, DPM, strongly advises our patients to visit their podiatrist regularly so that any unnoticeable conditions can be caught in time and addressed with proper treatment. Feel free to contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York, and schedule an appointment. For more extensive information on podiatry related topics, visit our patient library and blog section.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 03, 2019
Category: Fall prevention

Did you know that falls are the leading factor behind fatal and non-fatal injuries among senior citizens? At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we want to make sure that our senior patients and your elderly loved ones are safe from trips and falls.

It’s a good idea to talk to your loved ones about the high risk of falls.

Here are a few ideas to help them prevent trips and falls:

  • Communicate: Your loved ones need to understand that a lifetime of wear and tear of the feet will require extra care and caution at this stage of their lives. Understand they may feel as though their independence may be lost, and reluctant to discuss with family. Let them know how important their presence is in your life which is why they need to take good care of themselves and especially their feet to avoid falls.
  • Observe: Keep a lookout for any signs of difficulty in walking or standing in your elderly relatives. They may hold on to furniture, walls or look for support to maintain their balance. Ask them if they feel any discomfort or pain. Get their feet examined by your podiatrist regularly to identify any changes that require immediate attention.
  • Exercise precaution: Look around the house and identify any tripping hazards like runners and carpets, wires and chargers, etc. Remove these hazards so that walking is easier as areas become more spacious. Install hand support railings if required.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle: As bones lose their strength, they require adequate amounts of calcium to prevent further deterioration. A healthy diet that includes leafy greens, nuts and seeds, lentils and beans, will provide a substantial source of calcium. Add light exercise, like walking, so that your muscles and bones remain strong and flexible.
  • Act: Using customized orthotics make walking more comfortable and stable. They also provide support to the heels and arches, thereby reducing pain and discomfort. Consult a podiatrist to help you identify the fall-risk factors and assist in measures to achieve the best outcomes for all your foot and ankle problems.

We encourage you to consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, for you and your older loved one’s foot problems. Visit us at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for guidance on foot health, or call us to schedule a convenient appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 25, 2019
Category: orthotics

Are you suffering from pain in your heels, arches or the balls of your feet? Has walking become an unbearable ordeal for you? Try using orthotic shoe inserts to relieve the pain in your feet and ankles.

By redistributing weight around various areas of your feet, orthotics lift undue pressure from the inflicted areas and provide the necessary support so that your feet feel comfortable and stress-free.

Some over-the-counter orthotic inserts are effective; however, if the pain persists, it is better to get customized ones made by your foot specialist according to your shape and size for optimal benefits. Here are some of the issues that can be avoided simply by using orthotic inserts:

  • Inflammation of the tissue running below your feet, connecting the heel bone to the toes (also known as the plantar fascia) can be reduced through inserts.
  • Inserts provide support and reduce the intensity of impact which may result in the occurrence of Achilles tendonitis (pain caused by soreness of the muscle joining the calf to the heel).
  • They help correct your posture which may also reduce any knee or back pain that you may be encountering.
  • Orthotics provide the necessary support which may eliminate the need for surgery for joint issues or bone protrusions.
  • They provide stability and balance, thereby preventing falls and resultant sprains or bone fractures.

It is strongly advised that you visit your foot doctor and get your feet examined regularly to identify any issues that may be affecting your gait or posture. Your podiatrist will also direct you to use the right inserts that will maximize the health of your feet.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto specializes in treating a range of foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, fractures and wounds, diabetic foot issues, toenail infections and more. Feel free to call our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and get your feet back in shape as soon as possible!