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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 04, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.

It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:

  1. Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
  2. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
  4. Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
  6. Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
  7. Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.

Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.

 

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 26, 2019
Category: summer foot care

When we think of summers, we think of fun activities, outdoor workouts, water sports, open shoes and more. But have you ever considered how all these pleasures expose our feet to numerous hazards and harms?

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we advise everyone to exercise care and precaution before indulging in any adventures.

Here are a few risks to remain mindful of:

  • Fungal infections: Summer fun comprises mostly of water sports like swimming, sailing, etc. At the same time, bacteria thrive in moist places and are likely to cause infections like fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and other skin infections. Using antiseptic soaps and wearing closed shoes in public places are good deterrents.
  • Cuts and wounds: Outdoor activities may entail being barefoot, exposing your feet to cuts by sharp or pointed objects, insect bites, etc. If left unattended, the injuries may become infected, causing pain and killing your summer spirits. In such cases, it is necessary to clean your wound and seek medical assistance for proper treatment.
  • Sprains and fractures: When energy levels are high, one may tend to overexert while exercising without realizing that it could harm your ankles and feet. Some common results in such situations include ankle twists, sprains, and stress fractures. Starting slowly and then gradually increasing the intensity of exercise routines is safer and saner.
  • Arch and heel pain: While sports require appropriate footwear, most people tend to give their feet a break every day by wearing open shoes like flip-flops. These airy shoes provide the least support to your arches, leading to excessive stress on the heels. Choosing shoes with better support and stronger grip will eliminate such pains.

If you encounter pain in your feet, or you feel that your injuries are not healing, we urge you to get in touch with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto and avail yourself of a full array of podiatric services. Visit our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn or you can reach us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment right away.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 05, 2019
Category: footwear

High heels are viewed as the epitome of style, elegance, and grandeur by most women. However, what they don’t realize is the amount of damage they expose their feet to when wearing such shoes.

Here we will highlight some harms of high heels:

  • Wearing high heels shifts the weight of the entire body onto the balls of the feet. Due to excessive stress, they become prone to swelling and pain. One cause for this condition is sesamoiditis.
  • Heels with restrictive toe space end up cramming the toes together, leading to the development of bunions and hammertoes.
  • Extended periods of wearing high heels could damage your Achilles tendon by shortening it. This causes extra stress on leg muscles as they become overly stretched and can make walking excruciatingly painful.
  • A slight imbalance or unexpected trip could lead to painful sprains and even bone fractures.

Luckily, you can still wear these beauties if you adopt a few precautionary measures:

  • Shorten the heel size: wearing a two-inch heel instead of a four or six significantly minimizes your exposure to falls and trips.
  • Avoid stick-thin heel types: broader heel types like “wedges” distribute weight more evenly on your feet and save them from excessive stress. 
  • Use shoe inserts: pads and orthotic inserts are helpful in providing support and relief to your foot’s pressure points.
  • Wear high heels for shorter durations: If you have a busy day that will keep you up and about on your toes, it is better to avoid wearing heels on such days. Switching between heels and flats also eases the stress on your feet.
  • Flexing your ankles and feet, along with mild exercises, is good for the overall health of your feet.

In case of any discomfort or pain in your feet, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM, suggest that you consult a podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and relief.