Podiatrist Blog
By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 08, 2020
Category: blog

As summer starts to kick in, many people might be eager to get to the beach to cool off with family and friends. However, planning such a day in times of a pandemic can be difficult, though not entirely impossible. If you and your loved ones are ready to take certain precautions, you can have an excellent time at the beach.

Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing a few tips to stay safe at the beach.

 

1. Continue social distancing: Maintain a 6 feet distance in public. Find an isolated spot at the beach - it might not be the best spot, but it will surely be safer. Get a comfortable face mask. Wear it at the beach to make sure that you and the people around you are protected, thereby reducing the chances of contracting the virus.

2. Take precautions in the water: Flowing water breaks and dilutes the virus, making it less likely to spread through water. However, precautions are still needed. Make sure you maintain a safe distance from other people in the water. Wear the necessary gear, which includes nose clips, goggles, and earplugs to keep the water from getting in. Most importantly, don’t let any water get in your mouth.

3. Avoid crowds: Plan your visit to the beach beforehand. Pick a day when you expect fewer people. Also, avoid going to the public washrooms on the beach altogether if possible.

4. Wash your hands and do not touch your face: Make it a habit to wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unnecessarily. Wash your hands properly as per the 20-second guideline. Also, wear shoes to protect your feet from any puncture wounds, hot surfaces, or sharp objects.

5. Stay protected from the summer sun: As you head to the beach, take sunscreen and preferably an umbrella to keep yourself safe from the scorching summer sun.

In case of any trouble with your feet, feel free to contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Call us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 or make an online appointment at your convenience.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 01, 2020
Category: blog

Current times have forced people to stay indoors. One of the benefits of staying at home is being able to enjoy quality time with your family and loved ones. This includes exercise routines, family television, and fun mealtimes. 

Prepping food is an exciting activity that can engage all family members to work together. However, doctors at the Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry urge you to be careful while working in the kitchen.

Here are a few simple safety precautions to take:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before you start working. Make sure other members of your family do the same if they are helping in the kitchen as well.

  • Wear shoes or non-slip slippers while working. A variety of stuff, including vegetables, slippery peels, sharply pointed cutlery like forks and knives, can fall and injure your feet.

  • Watch out for water on the floor, especially if it is soapy. Trips and falls can be avoided if you keep the floor dry and mop it frequently.

  • The hot steam from dishwashers can also burn or damage the skin of your feet. Shoes or socks are, therefore, a must to wear in the kitchen.

  • If your young ones are helping out in the meal preparation process, you should keep knives away from their reach. Cutting and dicing can be done in advance. Or you may ask your children to observe from a safe distance.

  • Wash your vegetables and fruits before using them. Soaking them in baking soda for at least ten to fifteen minutes also helps in killing the germs.

If you or your loved ones accidentally encounter a foot or ankle injury while cooking, seek medical assistance from our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto right away. Call us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 or make an online appointment at your convenience.

With the lockdown situation taking a toll on everyone, it is not uncommon to hear people being mentally stressed, overworked, exhausted, and even frustrated.

With boredom kicking in, the situation becomes worse. However, there are a number of places that are offering a whiff of fresh air by arranging virtual tours for their visitors.

If you are missing art and animals in your life, here is a list of places that will rejuvenate you and bring you back in touch with your creative spirit:

  1. The National Aquarium—Feel the thrill of experiencing ocean life from the tropics to the tundra at this exciting landmark.
  2. The Atlanta Zoo is offering live streaming of the pandas at their facility. These adorable creatures are sure to light you up any given day.
  3. Monterey Bay Aquarium lets you explore the habitats via online footage of this breath-taking aquarium.
  4. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History—360 degree tours are always exciting. Combine that with all the exhibits of this facility; you will experience natural history all around you.
  5. The Cincinnati Zoo shares its live feed on Facebook for their Home Safari. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled experience.

Staying indoors can affect your physical health, as well. If you are concerned or feel that you need assistance with any foot or ankle problems, contact your podiatrist right away.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto is an expert in treating a range of foot conditions such as sports injuries and other wounds, diabetic foot issues, toe deformities, arthritisnail fungus, arch problems, muscle sprains, and stress fracture, heel pain and more. Contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for more information. We are here for you. Stay safe and healthy always!

If you have elderly people in your neighborhood, be sure that you look after them and help them out during this quarantine period.

It will be tough to help them out since they are the most vulnerable at this time.  By running their errands, you may end up exposing them and yourselves to the virus by carrying it along with you.

Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York has a few suggestions for you:

  • Many communities have organizations and charities that are looking after the elderly and tending to their needs. Contact them for more information and find out ways in which you can contribute.
  • Stay in touch with your neighbors through phone and video calls. Let them know that you are there for them and that they can contact you in case of an emergency or if they require help.
  • If you offer to get their groceries or get them delivered for them, make sure that you and the store operators are following the proper precautionary measures required to safeguard against this virus.
  • Taking out their trash or offering to clean their stairway areas is another way to help, especially since cleaning services are probably discontinued.
  • They may be reluctant to take their pets out for a walk or to the vet. You can offer to provide these services while maintaining social distance and without compromising on your safety.
  • Unfortunately, some elderly people have fallen prey to fraudulent schemes of those trying to take advantage of them even during the crises. Make your neighbors aware of such cases and tell them what they should look out for to avoid being in such a situation. Also, share relevant contact numbers with them in case of an emergency.

If you feel they require medical assistance or are suffering from foot conditions, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for a consultation.

With the rapid spread of this infectious virus, many people are concerned about their safety and wellbeing. 

In tough times, “health” somehow tends to take a back seat for many people. However, in these challenging times, we at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are here to encourage you to stay healthy and safe because that is our top priority.

While it is true that there are certain groups of people who face a higher risk of being affected, taking a few simple precautions will help them greatly.

Especially those who are diabetic, have respiratory or heart-related diseases, and the elderly, should follow these guidelines strictly:

  • Avoid crowded areas, as exposure to others, increases the risk of contracting the disease.

  • Wash your hands, arms, and face properly. Taking a shower after coming back from outdoors is highly recommended.

  • Wear clean clothes and disinfect your living area frequently.

  • Follow a healthy routine that includes a nutritional diet and regular exercise. These are essential for building a strong immune system.

  • Stress tends to affect our sleep as well.  Getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential, or else your health will suffer; 7-8 hours of sleep is a must for a healthy person to function properly.

  • Don’t let your fluid intake drop. Staying hydrated is important if you want to stay healthy and active.

Staying healthy is also essential for the health of your feet. If you become lazy and fall into the trap of being idle, your feet will suffer the most. Not only will you experience problems with mobility, but you will also increase the risk of issues associated with weight gain like diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and more.

The office of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is taking every necessary precaution to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his dedicated team are adhering to all CDC guidelines on the containment COVID-19.





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