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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 19, 2019
Category: foot health

Did you know that an average active person walks roughly 7500 steps in one day? Multiply that by 365 and see how gigantic a task this seems to become for a year! Yet how many of us take out any time to ensure that our feet are healthy and fit? Barely a handful of people!

Not surprisingly, our feet, which are also one of the most complex body parts in terms of bone and muscle structure, are the most neglected and taken for granted.

There are several conditions that affect our feet; the most common ones include:

However, did you know that we humans are not the only ones who can fall prey to these conditions? Recently a baby giraffe in Seattle’s Woodland Zoo was diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperextended fetlocks” in which the rare legs of the giraffe were misaligned, causing it pain and making it difficult for it to walk properly.

Luckily, a team of experts was able to create customized shoes and leg casts to support its feet and lower legs; enabling it to walk in a more stable manner. If it was not for the dedication and hard work of Dr. Tim Storms and a team from Kentucky, that giraffe’s quality of life would have been severely compromised.

It is truly a wonder how many benefits podiatrists are offering us humans and yet we avoid consulting them. Podiatrists can help us adopt a lifestyle that will ensure that our feet are healthy so that we are not deprived of the small pleasures that life has to offer, like walking on the beach, running outdoors, playing sports and merely going from one point to another.

They not only treat and cure foot conditions, but they also prevent long term damage to our feet. So, utilize their services and enjoy your feet (like the baby giraffe did). Schedule your annual foot checkups today with Joseph Stuto, DPM to make sure nothing catches you off guard.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 30, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Some professions require people to be on their feet most of the time. For example, construction workers, nurses, on-field reporters and the like usually find themselves on the move for the most part of the day.

If you have a similar profession, you need to make sure that your feet are looked after in the best possible manner. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we suggest five ways to give your feet a break:

  • Be careful of your shoes: the type of shoes you choose to wear will impact the health of your feet. It is advised to opt for soft cushioned shoes that also provide arch and ankle support for your feet. Size matters as your feet should be comfortable and your walk should be stable.
  • Rest your feet: whenever you get some time off, rest your feet by elevating them. Flexing your ankles, arch and toes will help too. In case you are unable to sit down for a while, shifting your weight from one side to another will reduce extra stress from your feet.
  • Drink lots of water: standing in one position for a long duration can cause swelling or fluid retention. Staying hydrated will protect your ankles and feet from such conditions.
  • Physical activity and compression: indulging in physical activities that are less strenuous on the feet like swimming, rowing etc. will also relieve your feet from overexertion. Applying compression will improve blood circulation and speed up the healing process to repair any damaged tissues in your feet. 
  • Go to your podiatrist: common issues encountered due to excessive usage of feet include flat feet, plantar fasciitis, swelling, Achilles tendons and more. These conditions can worsen and hamper your ability to move about if not treated timely. Schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto today.

Call or visit us at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 in case of any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. Our specialists can answer your queries and lead your feet in the right direction.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 10, 2019
Category: heel pain

Our feet comprise a complex structure of muscles, tissue, and bones. The long tissue that connects the heel with the toes is called the plantar fascia, which provides support to the foot and enables it to maintain its balance when we walk, jog or run.

However, overexertion of this tissue causes inflammation and severe pain in the heels – a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. If care is not appropriate, damage to this tissue could be long-term resulting in deterioration and weakness of the foot muscles.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we recommend the following home treatments; however, consulting your podiatrist is the safest and most secure solution:

  • Applying ice to the inflamed area soothes the tissue and eases the pain.
  • Resting reduces inflammation and pain; therefore, it is important to take breaks between your walking and running routines.
  • Slight exercises to stretch and strengthen the lower legs, especially the calf and ankles, are beneficial for the health of your feet.
  • Appropriate footwear is crucial to ensure that your feet are provided with adequate support and are not exposed to severe shocks.
  • You might need orthotic insert devices to secure the position of your feet so that they are not under excessive and unnecessary stress.
  • Physical therapy has proved to be quite beneficial in reducing heel pains and strengthening the muscles of your feet. It also helps in improving blood circulation which is known to speed up the healing of any damaged tissue.
  • In extreme cases, one could consider the possibility of undergoing surgery to repair and rebuild your foot’s structure.

We strongly urge you to get proper guidance and treatment from our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who is trained to examine, diagnose and treat all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. Be it fungal infections, bunions, ingrown toenails, gout, injuries, even neuropathy due to diabetes, and a lot more; we have solutions and we are here to help. Call us today at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for healthy and happy feet!

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 26, 2019
Category: laser therapy

Did you know that you can get rid of severe and chronic pain in your feet and ankles through shockwave therapy? This treatment is not new and many athletes undergo this therapy for intensive damage repair in their muscles and tissues.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Depending on the severity of the damaged tissue, shock waves of varying intensities are discharged into the body from points identified as core pain areas. In most cases electromagnetic pulses are released; however, high-pressure airwaves can also be used to treat the injured foot.

Once emitted, these shock waves act as a boost for the blood to flow to the injured area and accelerate the healing process. The procedure has a rejuvenating effect as it triggers blood flow to rush to the impacted areas quickly. Benefits of this treatment are known to include:

  • Fast relief from acute pain in the feet and ankles.
  • Restoration of mobility and foot movement.
  • Repairing effect due to new blood vessel creation, cell growth, and tissue repair.
  • The decrease in chronic inflammation around the ankle area.

Precautionary measures such as ice application, orthotic inserts, exercises, and stretches are effective; however, in extreme cases where such methods prove to be unsuccessful in getting relief from pain, shockwave therapy seems promising.

Shockwave therapy is used to treat foot concerns like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and heel injuries. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have the required expertise and success stories of patients who fought foot injuries through the implementation of shockwave therapy. Why suffer when our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto has the best solutions to offer for all your foot and ankle concerns? Please visit our offices nearest to your location, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, NY, or call us to schedule an appointment and start enjoying a healthy and a pain-free life from today!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 23, 2019
Category: Foot Injuries

As thrilling and exhilarating as running can be, it would be naïve to ignore the harmful effects associated with it if precaution is not exercised.

Here are some of the four most common running injuries that you can encounter:

  1. Achilles tendinitis  – a drastic increase in activity, aggressive calf stretches, and tight-fitted shoes can cause the Achilles tendon, a band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel, to flare up, causing severe pain and discomfort. This injury develops over time from repetitive movement.
  2. Shin splints – are a common occurrence in runners and soccer players, primarily due to poor biomechanics and overtraining. Too much strain can cause severe pain, discomfort, tightness, and inflammation around the shin bone (tibia).
  3. Plantar fasciitis – This is a common injury for runners, usually caused by overusing the muscles in your feet. These abrupt, recurring movements can cause small tears, swelling, and tightening of the plantar fascia.
  4. Stress fractures – repetitive motions, weak bone density, quick or abrupt movement during sports activities (like cross-overs in basketball) can cause hairlines cracks or tears in the bone.

Injuries can be physically and emotionally hard to deal with especially if you’re a pro-athlete and run for a living. The key to injury prevention requires recognizing an injury and taking prompt action when pain comes along. If you develop recurring pain from running and are not sure what’s wrong, see a podiatrist for a professional opinion.

If you are suffering from severe foot pain, chronic overuse injury, or any other foot and ankle condition, call Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York. We treat everyone from infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his highly-trained staff can treat your running injuries and a multitude of other foot and ankle problems with advanced technologies and expertise. Contact us at either of the two numbers listed above or schedule an appointment. Check out our patient education library covering a wide range of podiatric-related topics and gain a better understanding of your feet.