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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 18, 2018
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   hammertoes   warts   shoes   young feet  

As a parent, you are constantly thinking about your child’s health and well-being. From monitoring their physical activities to their eating habits, parents can never be too cautious. While all these checks are necessary for your child’s development and overall health, their feet are often overlooked.

To make sure that young feet stay healthy, here are some key tips for parents:

  1. Daily foot inspections can ward off many concerns, especially for those with diabetes. Check for any abnormalities such as warts, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, cuts, and bruises. Early detection and timely corrections can help prevent many foot and ankle problems.
  2. Wash your feet every day with warm water and soap. Use a towel to dry your feet properly, especially between the toes. Keeping your feet dry and clean helps to keep infections from setting in.
  3. Proper shoes can go a long way in averting foot disorders, especially in children. Wear shoes that have wide-toe boxes and proper arch support. Children’s feet grow very fast. Their feet ought to be measured by a professional every time they buy new shoes.
  4.  We all know how much kids love walking and running around barefoot, especially in the summer season. Their feet are at risk of an injury or infection.

Adopting these key foot care practices can help assure that your child’s feet stay happy and healthy. However, if problems persist, be sure to call a podiatrist for best results.

If your child is having a tough time communicating or articulating foot problems, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help your child make the best decision for all your foot and ankle conditions. For more information, you can visit our patient library online.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 14, 2018
Category: footwear
Tags: shoes   shoe shopping  

With so many brand options and styles to choose from, finding the perfect pair of shoes that best suit your feet can be quite a challenge. While you may find shoes that are better than others, the best shoes, however, are the ones that best suit your feet. You may have bought the trendiest pair of sneakers, but what good are they if they are the wrong size and are a source of constant pain and discomfort? In fact, we often make the most common mistakes while shopping for shoes and as a result, our choices contribute to pain, foot disorders and injuries.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we believe that one of the best ways you can keep your feet safe and healthy is to house them in the right shoes or the most appropriate footwear. Here are some key tips to help you buy your perfect pair of shoes and to avoid these mistakes while shoe shopping.

  • Try on both shoes before buying:

Do not rush to the counter before trying on both the shoes. Try walking around the store to ensure whether the shoes are a right fit for your feet. Be sure to measure both feet by a professional. Many people tend to have one foot slightly bigger than the other.

  • Try shoes with socks:

Try shoes with socks to ensure the best fit. However, if you are trying sandals or high heels, wearing socks may not be necessary.

  • Perfect time to shop for shoes:

The size of our feet tends to change during the course of the day. The most ideal time to shop for shoes is towards the end of the day. That is when our feet are the most swollen from bearing our weight all day long.

  • Right shoes for the right activity:

Every shoe is designed for a particular activity. Selecting the most appropriate footwear for each activity can enhance performance, give proper support, alleviate foot pain, reduce the risk of injuries, and prevent or eliminate foot disorders.

If you want to know more about proper footwear and foot health, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help you understand the importance of footwear and foot health. Our highly qualified staff is committed to providing our patients with the best care and treatment plan to prevent further foot disorders. For more information, call us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 30, 2018
Category: foot conditions
Tags: hammertoes   calluses   corns   podiatrist   metatarsal bone   x-ray   shoes   orthotic  

If you have been experiencing some discomfort in your feet, it isn’t unnatural for you to get curious and take a look down at your toes. What is it that is causing the discomfort? Can I remove something to make it better? If you look down and notice that your second toe, also known as your pointer toe, is longer than your other toes, including your big toe, this could be a sign of a more complicated foot problem known as Morton’s toe.

Morton’s toe is a condition in which the pointer toe is longer than the other toes. Specifically, it is a condition in which the second metatarsal bone in the foot is elongated more than usual. This condition can often be diagnosed via x-ray in the office of a podiatrist.

What Impact Does This Have?

Morton’s toe has an impact on our daily biomechanics. This is because the pressure that is put on our feet is transferred differently in a Morton’s toe. Whenever pressure is added or shifts, the foot is more likely to endure foot pain and improper biomechanics.

Morton’s toe can also have an impact on the shoes that we choose. A shoe is most often crafted with the intention of the big toe being the longest toe. That means most shoes do not accommodate enough space for a foot with an elongated second toe, so a Morton’s toe is more likely to jam into the shoes of the sufferer. Jamming the toe can cause corns, calluses, hammertoes, nailbed problems and sprains or fractures.

Avoiding the Pain

The best way to avoid pain and find relief is to seek the help of a podiatrist. They are trained in the dealings of Morton’s toe and can help you find a good treatment option for your specific case. While biding your time for your appointment, you can try some of these simple tactics to lessen pain and suffering:

  1. Buy shoes that are bigger and can accommodate the longest toe.
  2. Try an orthotic or splint inside the shoe to reduce rubbing and jamming.
  3. Splint the toes so that they do not suffer deformity from trauma.

If you are suffering from a Morton’s toe, contact our office immediately. We can help you find a treatment option that is right for you. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help get you on the right path to treat your feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.