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At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we find many patients suffering from foot disorders due to their professions. Either they have to stand for extended hours, or they are on the move for most of the day. In both situations, their feet are under heavy stress.
Nevertheless, here are a few useful tips to relieve your feet from all that burden and feel relaxed at the end of your day:
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support to your feet and allow you to work efficiently throughout the day.
- Keep changing your shoes throughout the week so that they get enough time and air to stop bacteria or fungi from accumulating inside them.
- Use your breaks wisely: you may want to get off your feet during this time and keep them elevated to avoid swelling.
- Massage and compression are very effective in reducing pain and allowing good blood circulation. Flexing your ankles, feet, and toes also help in relieving pain and easing constricted muscles.
- If you experience burning or inflammation after a long day of work, applying ice on your feet will help reduce the swelling and soothe any unpleasant sensations.
- Standing in one place can lead to fluid retention in the ankles. Therefore, it is necessary to drink sufficient amount of water to avoid edema or swelling of your feet and ankles.
- Visiting your foot doctor is essential if you notice any unusual changes in your feet. Delaying your visit will only aggravate the problem.
If you feel that your feet are suffering and need help, or are unsure whether they are in optimal condition or not, we suggest you consult our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and care. Call us at (718) 624-7537 or visit our Brooklyn Heights office right away.
Foot health is paramount to our lifestyle, health, and well-being. While our feet get us around comfortably and effortlessly, they are the ones that bear the brunt of seasons and our day-to-day activities. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we would like to urge patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and adhere to good foot care practices.
Here are some easy ways to help protect your feet:
- Daily inspection/spot-checks: Do a thorough inspection of your feet on a daily basis, if you’re not doing it already. Examine your feet from top to bottom and use a mirror if necessary. This step helps spot changes more quickly and may save you from a potential foot problem. People who have diabetes must follow this step religiously. Look out for anything usual such as scrapes, corns, skin color, bunions, swelling or blisters.
- Maintain good foot hygiene: Keeping your feet clean can help protect them from acquiring any fungal infections or bacteria. Make sure to wash your feet with lukewarm water and then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use a moisturizer to help keep the skin clean and hydrated. If your feet sweat profusely, make sure to use foot powder. Try to switch your shoes from time to time. This allows your shoes to air out properly and helps prevents foul odor.
- Trim toenails: Always cut your toenails straight across and never too short. Do not cut them in round shape or trim the corners of toenails as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Regular check-ups: Conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can affect your feet in more ways than one. If you have any condition that affects your feet, it needs to be monitored and evaluated properly by a certified podiatrist.
- Address your foot pain: Ignoring foot pain only aggravates the symptoms and prolongs the suffering. If there is recurring foot pain, it is important that you see a specialized foot doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Timely steps can help prevent major complications.
If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our offices located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help evaluate your foot and take the necessary measures to correct any foot and ankle disorders you may have. For more insight on foot care and foot health, you can browse through our patient education library online.
Running a 5k or a marathon is a great challenge and accomplishment. Many people spend months preparing and training for these types of activities and work hard to bring out their best performance. Unfortunately, for some athletes, a 5k or marathon can mean a severe ankle fracture. Ankle fractures often occur when the ankle is rolled or due to a sudden amount of pressure. The fracture is only a partial bone break, but it can be as painful as a full bone break.
- Blisters near the site of fracture
- Bruising almost immediately after an injury occurs
- Inability to walk or get mobile
- Ankle looks different from the other ankle
- Bone is protruding from the skin – this warrants an immediate visit to the emergency room
As soon as you receive an ankle injury, it is important that you seek the help of a podiatrist or trained medical professional. Ankle injuries can range from mild to severe. It is important to treat such injuries early so that no complications arise and so that the injury does not get worse.
Treating an Ankle Fracture
After you are diagnosed with an ankle fracture from your foot doctor, you may be instructed to do the following to help alleviate pain and heal the injury:
- Rest your ankle. This means to stay off of it completely and avoid bearing weight on the injury.
- Ice your injury regularly. Ice packs should be wrapped in a towel to prevent frostbite. Ankles should be iced for 15 minutes and then given a break. This should be repeated regularly.
- Compression is usually done with an ace bandage, a splint, or an air cast. This will help to reduce swelling of the ankle.
- Elevating the ankle so that it is positioned slightly higher than your heart will also help to reduce swelling.
- Immobilization may occur if the fracture is severe enough. This includes casting of the foot and ankle to prevent further movement which may exacerbate the injury.
- Medication may also be prescribed to help alleviate pain and swelling.
If you recently injured your ankle and noticed that it is swelling, bruised and painful, then it is time to call your podiatrist. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can get your fractured foot back into top shape. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.
Walking around with pain in your feet can be very aggravating. First, you want to know what is causing your feet to hurt. Second, it is disrupting the flow of your day. Foot pain can make it hard to walk, stand, or bear weight. This can have a direct impact on your job and responsibilities. If you are plagued by flat feet and are experiencing foot pain, you could be suffering from accessory navicular pain.
What Is the Accessory Navicular?
Sometimes when the foot is formed inside the womb, it creates an extra piece of bone or cartilage. This bonus part of the foot can be found on the inside of the inner foot near the arch. It is located close to a tendon and, due to rubbing and foot formation, can become inflamed and painful over time. Not everyone is born with this extra bone.
What Causes Accessory Navicular Pain?
- Foot or ankle trauma
- Improperly fitting footwear
- Overuse or extreme exercise
Signs and Symptoms of Accessory Navicular Syndrome
Symptoms usually appear during early adolescence. This is because the body is developing, and as the foot develops it becomes more evident that the extra bone is there and taking up space. This bone can begin to get aggravated and swell. A young adult will start complaining of foot pain and could have a hard time walking. Other symptoms include:
- Orthotics - These are custom made for each individual foot. They are seamlessly inserted into the shoe and are worn every day. They can help to alleviate stress and pain in the arch and reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Physical Therapy – A podiatrist may ask you to begin physical therapy if you come to the office with this condition. Physical therapy can build up the strength of the foot which can help alleviate pain.
- Ice – A podiatrist may have you ice your foot regularly to help reduce inflammation, redness, and swelling.
- Immobilization – in severe cases, immobilization may be required. This can be in the form of an air cast or a splint. A podiatrist will teach you how to properly immobilize your foot to help it heal.
Pain in the foot does not have to get you down. Instead, call our office to make an appointment to get rid of the pain that an accessory navicular can cause. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help get your accessory navicular pain in control. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.
Warts can be a real nuisance, especially to those who enjoy wearing open-toed shoes. Warts are generally due to a viral infection that is passed from person to person. People who go to the gym, pool, or other damp public areas, or who walk with no socks or shoes on, are at a high risk of getting the warts virus. Warts do not always appear right away - sometimes it can take a few days or even a few months. When a wart does surface, however, it is especially important to get it checked out and removed by your podiatrist.
One type of treatment a podiatrist can use for removing a stubborn wart is cryotherapy. Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart and its affected tissue. As it freezes, the wart dries out and falls off of the foot. This method is very popular for wart removal as well as skin tag removal.
Most warts can be removed using cryotherapy. Sometimes when removing a wart with liquid nitrogen, it takes more than one session to be successful in the removal of the entire wart. A podiatrist will let you know the best course of action after your first appointment.
What are the side effects?
While liquid nitrogen treatment is generally considered very safe, there are potential side effects that some patients may experience. One potential side effect is that the procedure can be somewhat painful. In order to reduce this pain, a podiatrist may sometimes give a local anesthetic to help ease the discomfort of the treatment. Once this medicine ebbs away, the site of the wart removal may be tender.
Another potential problem is if the wart is not completely removed the first time, you must watch it for infection. The wart may also still house the virus that causes it to be contagious. This means that you want to be extra careful to prevent the spreading of the virus. Signs of infection are discolored discharge from the wart site, swelling, fever and fatigue. If you suspect you may have an infection, call your podiatrist immediately.
Warts can be troublesome and sometimes even painful. Call a podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have a wart. These warts can be easily removed without scarring. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can get your warts under control. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.