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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 29, 2019
Category: Diabetic foot Care
Tags: flat feet   diabetes   sports   neuroma   burning  

Numbness in your feet can be very painful and expose you to great risks in terms of tripping, falling and injuring yourself; not to mention weakening of your foot and ankle muscles.

This lack of sensation can be caused by a number of reasons; here are a few:

  • Diabetes causes nerve damage that affects the feet and hands first and foremost. This condition is known as “Neuropathy” and is characterized by numbness, burning, and poor blood circulation in the feet.
  • Another painful condition called “Neuroma” also causes numbness and burning, usually between the toes or the ball of the feet. This is due to the growth of nerve tissue that tends to pinch the nerves, resulting in loss of sensation.
  • Back injuries such as disc slips or protrusion also affect your feet. The nerves leading to your feet may become compressed or even damaged in severe cases.
  • Trauma to the feet and ankles encountered due to accidents or falls is also a major reason for numbness in the feet.
  • Sports injuries are also known to cause loss of feeling and burning sensation in the feet.
  • Wearing uncomfortable shoes that compress your feet or do not have adequate foot space can result in pain, swelling, and numbness as well. As blood circulation becomes restricted, your feet are likely to suffer.
  • If you have flat feet and you do not provide them with the necessary support that is required, the excess pressure and weight will affect the nerves of your feet leading to pain and numbness.

In case of any tingling feeling or suspected nerve damage, we urge you to visit your podiatrists without any further delay. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of experts specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle related conditions.

Visit our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 or contact us for guidance and consultation with Dr. Joseph Stuto.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 22, 2019
Category: footwear
Tags: walking   sports   shoes   running   hiking   arch support  

Summers are associated with outdoor activities like walking, running, and hiking, to name a few. As you step out, it is important to know what kind of shoes to wear depending on the activity you choose to engage in.

Here are four things to keep in mind when selecting your footwear:

  1. The right size: Wearing the right fit shoes is crucial to protect your feet from harm. Make sure there is ample space for your toes to move inside the shoes. However, they should not be so large that your foot slips out from the back. It is suggested to try on shoes closer to day’s end (that’s when your feet have expanded to the max) along with the socks that you will be wearing at the time of the physical activity.
  2. The right shoe for the right purpose: Your shoe selection will depend greatly on the type of terrain you choose to walk on. For instance, running shoes will not be appropriate for hiking on rugged or uneven trails.
  3. Endurance: It is important to test the flexibility of your shoe type; i.e. it should bend at the balls of your feet and the sole should be soft so that it can absorb shocks better.
  4. Arch support: Your shoes should provide the maximum arch support to your feet. Your arch can be high, low or even flat. Accordingly, it is critical to buy shoes that best fit the shape of your feet so that they are not under excessive or undue stress.

While you gear up and head out, visiting your podiatrist as a precaution would be a wise decision. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, Dr. Joseph Stuto provides a range of foot care solutions and guidelines to keep your feet safe and healthy. Visit our two offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more details.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 19, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: psoriasis   podiatrist   fungus   foot   pain   sports  

One of the worst feelings in the world is when you are peeling off a pair of socks and one of your toenails comes along with it. A toenail that detaches from the nail bed is a common occurrence. Typically, it happens because of an underlying condition or trauma. In less typical situations, chemicals, illness and medications can also cause the nail to become detached. If you lose a toenail, it is important to take the proper precautions while it heals and grows back. It is also important to figure out why it detached in the first place.

First Things First

After your toenail falls off you may be in a bit of a panic. What should I do with my newly-bare nail bed? Here are some tips on how to react before your appointment with your podiatrist:

  • If only part of your toenail has fallen off, don’t try to remove the rest of it – let it be.
  • If part of the detached nail is still barely hanging onto your toe and the rest of the attached part of the nail, get out a pair of sterile nail clippers. Carefully trim off the hanging piece so it does not catch and make the nail worse. If you are uncomfortable doing this, wait to see your podiatrist.
  • Smooth out any jagged edges with a nail file.
  • Clean your toe so there is no debris.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the site where the toenails fell off.
  • Cover the area with a bandage.
  • If your toenail has fallen off and will not stop bleeding, seek immediate medical care.

Why Did It Fall Off?

Injury

One reason your toenail could have fallen off is because of an injury. Car accidents, blunt force trauma, and sports can all damage your toenails.

If you received an injury to the foot and notice that your toenail is black or purple underneath, it could indicate that the nail will fall off. This discoloring is often due to the buildup of blood underneath the nail from an injury. Over time, as pressure increases, the nail may separate from the bed and fall off. If this nail is causing you pain, you should see a podiatrist immediately so that they can relieve the buildup of blood inside the nail.

Fungus

Fungus can grow underneath the toenail. This can cause separation of the nail from the bed. Over time, as it progresses, the nail can fall off. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to treat the fungus before it progresses too far. A podiatrist can help prescribe the right antibiotic to kill the fungus before it leaves you with one fewer toenail.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis can also cause you to lose a toenail. This is because, as the skin cells on the nail bed build up, they cause the nail to detach and eventually it will fall off. If you have symptoms such as pitting, thickening, or discoloration of the toenail, then you may have psoriasis. A foot doctor can determine whether or not you are suffering from this condition.

Losing a toenail is never fun, but a podiatrist can help you heal from the incident. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your detached toenail. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 02, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: Heel Pain   podiatrist   properly fitting   sports   heels  

As we age, the everyday wear and tear on our feet begins to build up and cause pain and injury. Some of this pain is relatively minor and can be cured with the use of over-the-counter medication. Not all pain is so easily dealt with though. Some pain hurts so much that it can cause a relatively healthy person to become immobile.  When this occurs, it is important to visit a podiatrist right away because the heel pain may be due to an underlying condition. While waiting for your next appointment, consider using some of these tips and tricks to help prevent the heel pain from flaring up even more severely.

•When it comes to heel pain, the right pair of properly fitting shoes can make a giant difference in your life. Shoes that fit well should have cushion, arch support and shock absorption capabilities and should not fit too tightly or too loosely. Sneakers tend to meet most of these requirements and can be a rather affordable way to help prevent your heel pain.

•Shoes get tired over time. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your shoes also get old and worn out. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if you use them on a regular basis. As they wear out, they are no longer able to provide you with the comfort and support you need to prevent heel pain.

•Prep and prime before you hit the gym or partake in sports. This should be done before and after exercise to be sure that your muscles are ready for the onslaught of activity.

•When you’re out on the field in your element, it can be easy to get carried away in the moment. Sometimes even professional athletes push themselves too hard and end up injured. Save yourself the heel pain and take it things in stride while you are out on the field.

•Your heels are constantly taking the brunt of your weight as you walk. If you are overweight, that means you are putting more strain on your heels. Consider dropping a few pounds to help your heels carry you farther without suffering from painful consequences.

Although there are many ways to prevent heel pain, sometimes it can still sneak up and get the better of you. If this happens it is time to see a podiatrist. Heel pain has many causes and only a trained podiatrist and his or her staff can help get to the bottom of the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can educate you on heel pain and its many causes. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.