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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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 02, 2019
Category: foot conditions

Shockwave therapy. You may have heard about it from a friend who has had a kidney stone, but did you know that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a trusted podiatric treatment as well? At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Plantar FasciitisJoseph A. Stuto use ESWT in the office to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions—especially plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Affecting one in 10 American adults according to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes, and it can cause considerable pain, loss of feeling, tenderness, and swelling.

Unfortunately, many patients spend considerable time and effort dealing with their conditions, only to find little to no relief. So, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, we offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy as an adjunct to, or replacement for, customized shoe orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, injections, and other common treatments.

The procedure

Many adult patients qualify for ESWT. A complete podiatric exam, X-ray imaging, and a review of medical history will tell Dr. Soto if the procedure is both safe for you and has a good chance of succeeding. People with reduced sensitivity and circulation in their feet, take blood thinners, have a cardiac pacemaker, or who exhibit open sores or wounds cannot undergo this procedure. Also, women who are pregnant should postpone treatment until after they deliver their babies.

Regarding the treatment, it takes place in its entirety in the office with the benefit of local anesthetic or light sedation. Used since 2000 in the United States, ESWT delivers short, intense bursts of sound waves to selected areas of inflammation. The aim? ESWT helps:

  • Increase circulation
  • Speed healing
  • Reduce tenderness and harmful swelling

Afterwards, patients can return home (with an adult driver) and resume most of their normal routines the next day. However, they should postpone very strenuous activities, such as gym workouts, for a couple of weeks.

Contact us

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry's Brooklyn practices, you'll be well treated and can take advantage of up-to-date, innovative treatments such as shockwave therapy. For a personal consultation on your plantar fasciitis or other persistent podiatric conditions, please call our office team at (718) 624-7537.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 16, 2018
Category: sports injuries

Sports are a great way for people to get outdoors and be active together. While it is fun playing some form of organized sport, it is important to be safe while you are doing so. Injuries are part of an athlete’s life. Whether it is golf or rugby, there is always the risk of injury.

Our feet are one of the most injury-prone parts of the body in any sport. Our feet are constantly exposed to elevated levels of stress from sprinting, jumping or switching directions. Even though our feet are quite robust and hard-working, they are vulnerable to all kinds of injuries.

Here are some common injuries that occur to those playing sports:

  1. Plantar fasciitis – This injury is very common in impact and running sports. The injury occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue which connects the heel bone to your toes, suffers little tears when it is overly stretched. This ligament provides support to your foot’s arch and, once damaged, can disrupt your mobility.  
  2. Ankle sprains – Trauma or stepping onto an uneven surface or object can result in this type of injury. This occurs when the ankle ligaments are overstretched. A sprain may vary in severity.
  3. Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. It can withstand elevated stress levels but, when overused, can cause rupture, swelling, irritation and severe pain.
  4. Turf Toe – Hyper-extension of the big toe joint can cause this type of injury. This injury is common in a number of sports such as football, soccer, and baseball.

Don’t let an injury or lingering pain keep you out of the game! Take timely measures to avoid complications. The best resource for any kind of foot and ankle condition is your podiatrist.

If you are experiencing any sport-related injury or chronic pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our team of podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can provide a full array of services to help all your foot and ankle needs and get you back in the game. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 or schedule an appointment online.