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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 18, 2019
Category: Stress Fracture
Tags: stress fractures  

Stress fractures are very common in the feet, especially when they are exposed to repeated yet sudden movements involving pressure and strong force.

One would normally think of a bone fracture as a bone that is totally broken into two pieces or broken from multiple places. However, stress fractures are different though equally painful, i.e. they are hairline fractures in the bone.

How can you detect if you are suffering from a stress fracture? Here are a few indications:

  • Feeling pain while walking or engaging in any physical activity.
  • The pain may diminish or disappear while resting.
  • Swelling on top of your feet.
  • Bruising or discoloration.
  • Feeling pain in only particular areas of your foot.
  • Soreness while touching the injured area or over-sensitivity.

Precaution is better than cure; therefore a few helpful tips to look after your feet can save you from stress fractures:

  • Select your shoes wisely – wrong shoes can become a nightmare for the feet. Wear proper shoes that will support your foot and save it from abnormal or frequent shocks.
  • Compression and bandaging can reduce inflammation and swelling. Ice is also effective to lessen the swelling caused by stress fractures.
  • Resting and giving yourself ample breaks in between tough physical exertions will also help your feet to recover and recuperate.
  • Most importantly, consult a foot care specialist any time you experience pain or discomfort. In severe and untreated cases, you may need to undergo surgery to keep your bones in place for you to carry on with your normal activities.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our foot care specialist Dr. Joseph Stuto is equipped to take care of all your foot and ankle related issues especially feet stress fractures. For a thorough examination, diagnosis and treatment, visit our offices in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, New York or call us at (718) 567-1403 or (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment today. For more information on foot health, foot disorders, diagnosis, and treatment, you can browse throughout an extensive patient library.

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
June 06, 2018
Category: foot pain

Getting a diagnosis of metatarsalgia can be very nerve-wracking and confusing. Not only does it describe a group of symptoms, but it can leave you with more questions than you started your appointment with. Metatarsalgia is actually a group of symptoms that affect the feet. People diagnosed with this condition usually show signs of pain, swelling and inflammation of the foot. There are many different things that can contribute to this condition and some of them are due to lifestyle habits and underlying conditions. Here are three of the most common scenarios and a breakdown of why they cause this pain.

Stress Fractures - when a stress fracture occurs in the toe or metatarsal bones, pain is often immediate. This pain causes a person to change their gait to accommodate the injury. This gait change causes excess pressure to build up on the back of the foot and cause the swelling, inflammation and pain known with this condition. Stress fractures often occur in athletes or individuals who endure large amounts of pressure and stress for long periods of time. This is why it is common to see athletes with these injuries.

Your Foot Shape is Affecting You - if you have high arches or flat feet, then it is likely that you will be dealing with these symptoms at least once in your life. High-arched feet sometimes have longer metatarsal bones which cause more pressure on the forefoot. This pressure can cause inflammation and swelling in that area.

Inflammatory Disorders - conditions such as gout and arthritis are known to cause inflammation. This can cause pain in the bottom of the foot and lead to this diagnosis.

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Sometimes a combination of the factors listed above can cause metatarsalgia. In order to determine whether or not this is the case for you, it is important to see a podiatrist to get a proper diagnosis. Not only can they diagnose your condition, but they can also help you treat the symptoms.

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