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Posts for tag: walking

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 22, 2019
Category: footwear
Tags: walking   sports   shoes   running   hiking   arch support  

Summers are associated with outdoor activities like walking, running, and hiking, to name a few. As you step out, it is important to know what kind of shoes to wear depending on the activity you choose to engage in.

Here are four things to keep in mind when selecting your footwear:

  1. The right size: Wearing the right fit shoes is crucial to protect your feet from harm. Make sure there is ample space for your toes to move inside the shoes. However, they should not be so large that your foot slips out from the back. It is suggested to try on shoes closer to day’s end (that’s when your feet have expanded to the max) along with the socks that you will be wearing at the time of the physical activity.
  2. The right shoe for the right purpose: Your shoe selection will depend greatly on the type of terrain you choose to walk on. For instance, running shoes will not be appropriate for hiking on rugged or uneven trails.
  3. Endurance: It is important to test the flexibility of your shoe type; i.e. it should bend at the balls of your feet and the sole should be soft so that it can absorb shocks better.
  4. Arch support: Your shoes should provide the maximum arch support to your feet. Your arch can be high, low or even flat. Accordingly, it is critical to buy shoes that best fit the shape of your feet so that they are not under excessive or undue stress.

While you gear up and head out, visiting your podiatrist as a precaution would be a wise decision. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, Dr. Joseph Stuto provides a range of foot care solutions and guidelines to keep your feet safe and healthy. Visit our two offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more details.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 25, 2018
Category: foot conditions
Tags: walking   feet   pain   orthotic   overpronation  

Are your feet beginning to look misaligned or disfigured? Do they burn when you walk? Are your hips and back always in pain? No matter how old you are, or what you do regularly it is still estimated that about 45% of people have a foot disorder that not many have heard of. This foot disorder is widely known in the podiatry world as misaligned feet.

What Are Misaligned Feet?

Have you ever noticed that your feet behave differently when you walk? If your feet roll inward when you walk, this could be a sign of misaligned feet. More specifically, when the feet roll inward when walking, this is called overpronation or hyper-pronation. When your feet are properly aligned, your ankle bone sits in the right spot which is directly on top of your heel bone. The front edge of the ankle bone sits slightly overlapping the heel bone and allows for a natural amount of space to occur. This space is called the sinus tarsi.

When your feet are misaligned, the ankle bone doesn’t work properly. Instead, it slips off of the heel bone. The slipping causes the sinus tarsi to collapse which allows the feet to roll inward, eliminating the naturally occurring gap.

How Misaligned Feet Affect You

The average person takes up to 10,000 steps a day if, not more. That means you are constantly on your feet. If you are walking a lot and your body is misaligned, your body ends up being forced to make up for its positioning by putting extra strain and pressure on your ankles, knees, hips and back. This can lead to excessive and chronic pain. Not only does this really hurt, but it can also keep you from your everyday tasks.

What Can You Do About Misaligned Feet?

There are many treatment options available for those who suffer from misaligned feet. One such treatment is the use of orthotic devices. These devices are custom-made for your foot and can help to make up for any deformity you may be dealing with. They are inserted into the shoe and generally you cannot notice them. The most obvious sign that you are wearing them is that your pain is eliminated.

Another option is surgery of the foot. There are multiple kinds of surgery that are available due to technological advances. Many newer surgery practices are minimally invasive and require less downtime than the traditional procedures. Before choosing surgery as an option, it is important to consult a podiatrist. Our office can help make your consultation easy and worry-free. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your misaligned feet. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 01, 2017
Category: foot exercise
Tags: earthing   barefoot   walking   circulation  

Walking outdoors is always a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The fresh air, ambiance and atmosphere really amplify the enjoyment of it. Some people will walk at their local park, on a trail or in their neighborhood. There are all kinds of places to walk and many walking styles. Walking is a universal form of entertainment and also good exercise. Some people use sneakers while others walk completely barefoot. There are pros and cons to walking barefoot.

Barefoot walking or “earthing” is a trend that has taken off recently. At first people were unsure as to whether or not it was beneficial for the feet to walk barefoot outside, but now there have been studies supporting that it is indeed good for the feet. Studies have shown that it improves quality of sleep, can reduce inflammation and also reduce stress and anxiety.

Earthing is the act of walking barefoot on sand, soil or grass. Earthing does not include walking barefoot on pavement. The theory is that walking barefoot on the earth’s natural environment directly affects the electrons your body uses to function.

If you aren’t convinced about earthing, that is okay too. Walking in general provides a lot of proven health benefits. It has been cited as reducing the risk of certain types of cancers, helps keep sugar levels down for patients with diabetes, and is good exercise for your body overall.

What if I want to walk barefoot?

Walking barefoot should be done with plenty of preparation and caution. It is important to walk in a place that is clean, free of hazardous debris, and animal matter. If you walk barefoot and injure your foot, you can become prone to wounds, infections and diseases.

There are benefits to walking barefoot. One such benefit is the effect it has on your balance. Your overall balance evens out and improves when walking barefoot. Circulation is also improved when walking barefoot. When your feet are barefoot they work harder as they walk. This allows for more muscles to be used and a higher blood flow in the feet and body. Another great benefit that barefoot walking brings is the reduction of high blood pressure. This is because it is said that when bare feet touch the ground, it wakes up nerve endings on the bottom of the feet and increases circulation for better flow.

Are you interested in barefoot walking? Are you unsure whether or not barefoot walking is right for your feet? Contact podiatrists Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot Specialist, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.