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This April, give your feet the care they deserve for bearing the brunt of all our weight and carrying us around all the time. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we are celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month in honor of our feet.
Here are a few important facts about our feet that you probably were not aware of:
- One foot comprises 10 tendons, 19 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments.
- On average, a person takes 10,000 steps in one day!
- Our feet have natural shock absorbing capabilities.
- While walking, each foot carries approximately 1.5 times our body weight, which increases to 5 times when we are running.
- Problems with our feet are usually signals of major issues in other parts of the body like diabetes, edema, kidney and liver issues, etc.
- Despite their immense significance, only 2 out of 10 people pay attention to their foot health on a regular basis.
According to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, a large number of people suffering from diabetes will not even know that they have any foot condition and are more likely to end up with foot ulcers. Due to poor blood circulation, lack of sensation may occur which means foot ulcers may go unnoticed till their condition worsens severely. If treatment is not sought, they could become infected or, even worse, may require amputation.
Therefore, it is advised to:
- Examine your feet thoroughly on a daily basis.
- Wear proper and comfortable shoes that provide stability, and do not harm your feet with excessive friction or constriction.
- Exercise on a regular basis to improve circulation and enjoy an overall healthy body.
- Massage and compression are beneficial for blood circulation and healing of damaged tissue.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we offer a range of foot health-related services to fulfill your needs and address your concerns. For any queries, visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights or call us at (718) 567-1403/ (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment.
Ulcers are painful cracks in your feet that expose the inner layers of your skin and make them prone to infections. Once infected, the condition becomes extremely unbearable and requires immediate medical treatment.
Here are some important treatments that can prevent foot ulcers:
- Wearing soft cushioned shoes can ease the pressure on your feet and stop the ulcers from becoming worse. Special and customized shoes are available for such conditions. Ask your podiatrist for guidance related to the right kind of footwear.
- Anti-fungal creams and ointments are effective ways to improve the healing process. Application of adequate bandaging prevents ulcers from further infections.
- Properly cleaning and draining the fluids from the ulcers helps in healing and reduces the chances of aggravating their condition. Open ulcers are likely to get worse very quickly if not cleaned regularly.
- Physical therapy has shown positive results as it improves the blood flow and speeds up the healing process for ulcers.
- Being overweight increases the stress on your feet and consequently enhances the risk of ulceration.
Don’t wait for your foot ulcers to become worse. If you notice that the cracks in the skin of your feet are not healing, get professional assistance right away! Delaying treatment harms not only your feet but adversely affects your overall body. You remain in pain and your mobility is also likely to be negatively impacted.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto is an expert for treating foot ulcers and other foot-related conditions. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we understand the need for specialized care and individual attention and therefore we respond accordingly. You can visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, New York, or call us at (718) 567-1403 / (718) 624-7537 at your convenience for any foot health-related concerns that you might have.