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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 06, 2019
Category: foot care tips
Tags: ingrown toenails   Bunions   diabetes   blisters   swelling   foot hygiene   odor  

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

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 21, 2018
Category: Ankle pain
Tags: podiatrist   swelling   pain   bone   ankle fracture   heal  

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.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • 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    

Diagnosis

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 13, 2018
Category: foot pain
Tags: orthotics   swelling   hurt   bone   flat foot   arch pain  

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
  • Flat-footedness

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:

Treatment

  • 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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 26, 2018
Category: foot fungus

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.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 21, 2018
Tags: injured   swollen   swelling  

When you take a glimpse at your feet and you notice that they are red, it can be quite alarming. Red isn’t usually the ideal color for your feet to be, after all. Your first thoughts probably are why are my feet red? Well, there are many different reasons your feet can be red. The only way to find out the true cause is by visiting a podiatrist. But, to help ease your mind and give you an inkling of some of the possibilities, read on for some of the most common reasons:

1.       Your clothes have excess dyes that turned your feet red – that’s right! Clothes that are colored and contain dyes sometimes can run and stain the feet. This is true with socks, tights, pants, and anything else that falls on or around your feet. So, before you completely panic, try to wash your feet first.

2.       You injured your foot – Yesterday when you were walking and rolled your foot, it didn’t hurt too badly so you thought nothing of it. Today, however, it is red, swollen and all around angry. When the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the foot are strained, they can become inflamed and cause redness and swelling to alert you that something is wrong.

3.       Cellulitis is running amok on your foot – This is a serious bacterial infection that occurs when bacteria enter into the body from a small cut or scrape. It is commonly found on the foot, ankles, and legs. It causes the skin to get red, swollen and tender. It should be treated by a medical professional immediately.

4.       You have a blood clot – When your blood flow decreases, you are more at risk of getting a blood clot. This is usually due to exercise or injury. The clot forms and causes redness, swelling, and warmth in the location of the clot.

5.       You could have venous insufficiency – This condition makes it so the blood in the veins cannot flow as easily. This is usually because the valves in the veins are damaged and allow the blood to flow backward.  The feet become red with time and can become painful. Usually, compression socks are used to help this condition.

If your feet are red and you do not know why it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Although not all causes of red feet are life-threatening, there are some conditions that can have serious effects. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can get to the bottom of your red feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.