High heels are viewed as the epitome of style, elegance, and grandeur by most women. However, what they don’t realize is the amount of damage they expose their feet to when wearing such shoes.
Here we will highlight some harms of high heels:
- Wearing high heels shifts the weight of the entire body onto the balls of the feet. Due to excessive stress, they become prone to swelling and pain. One cause for this condition is sesamoiditis.
- Heels with restrictive toe space end up cramming the toes together, leading to the development of bunions and hammertoes.
- Extended periods of wearing high heels could damage your Achilles tendon by shortening it. This causes extra stress on leg muscles as they become overly stretched and can make walking excruciatingly painful.
- A slight imbalance or unexpected trip could lead to painful sprains and even bone fractures.
Luckily, you can still wear these beauties if you adopt a few precautionary measures:
- Shorten the heel size: wearing a two-inch heel instead of a four or six significantly minimizes your exposure to falls and trips.
- Avoid stick-thin heel types: broader heel types like “wedges” distribute weight more evenly on your feet and save them from excessive stress.
- Use shoe inserts: pads and orthotic inserts are helpful in providing support and relief to your foot’s pressure points.
- Wear high heels for shorter durations: If you have a busy day that will keep you up and about on your toes, it is better to avoid wearing heels on such days. Switching between heels and flats also eases the stress on your feet.
- Flexing your ankles and feet, along with mild exercises, is good for the overall health of your feet.
In case of any discomfort or pain in your feet, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM, suggest that you consult a podiatrist right away. Call us at our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for a thorough examination, treatment, and relief.
Numbness in your feet can be very painful and expose you to great risks in terms of tripping, falling and injuring yourself; not to mention weakening of your foot and ankle muscles.
This lack of sensation can be caused by a number of reasons; here are a few:
- Diabetes causes nerve damage that affects the feet and hands first and foremost. This condition is known as “Neuropathy” and is characterized by numbness, burning, and poor blood circulation in the feet.
- Another painful condition called “Neuroma” also causes numbness and burning, usually between the toes or the ball of the feet. This is due to the growth of nerve tissue that tends to pinch the nerves, resulting in loss of sensation.
- Back injuries such as disc slips or protrusion also affect your feet. The nerves leading to your feet may become compressed or even damaged in severe cases.
- Trauma to the feet and ankles encountered due to accidents or falls is also a major reason for numbness in the feet.
- Sports injuries are also known to cause loss of feeling and burning sensation in the feet.
- Wearing uncomfortable shoes that compress your feet or do not have adequate foot space can result in pain, swelling, and numbness as well. As blood circulation becomes restricted, your feet are likely to suffer.
- If you have flat feet and you do not provide them with the necessary support that is required, the excess pressure and weight will affect the nerves of your feet leading to pain and numbness.
In case of any tingling feeling or suspected nerve damage, we urge you to visit your podiatrists without any further delay. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our team of experts specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle related conditions.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, as we progress into the month of May, our commitment to Arthritis Awareness increases steadily. No amount of emphasis on joint protection is enough to capture the importance of the 33 joints that comprise each one of our feet!
With age, the cartilage in these joints can diminish, causing friction between the joints leading to inflammation, pain, and possibly irreparable damage.
Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to your foot joints. Here are the three most common risks that they face:
What can you do to care for your joints?
- Indulge in light but regular physical activity. Exercise flexes the muscles and makes them strong, which ultimately protects the joints from injuries.
- Warming up before exercising is crucial to prevent your muscles and joints from long-term damage.
- Excess body weight is harmful to the joints as it exerts extra pressure on the feet. Maintaining or reducing weight to a healthy level is essential for joint protection.
- Your selection of food also affects your weight and the health of your joints. Certain foods like berries, nuts, and leafy vegetables have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints, making their consumption beneficial. Moreover, avoiding sugary and oily foods is good for your overall health and body weight.
- Wear protective gear like ankle braces, knee pads and the like when taking part in sports. Avoiding joint injuries right from the start goes a long way against fighting arthritis and similar diseases.
If you are experiencing any joint pain or have suffered an injury, visit our podiatrists at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537. Please call us and schedule an appointment without any delay. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto will thoroughly examine your feet and carry out the required treatment accordingly. Be assured that your feet are safe in our hands!
Have you ever experienced a sudden tightening of your foot or leg muscles in such a way that you needed to hold them or rub them to bring your muscles back to their original place? These muscle constrictions are known as “foot cramps” and, needless to mention, their occurrence is excruciatingly painful.
Why do foot cramps occur? Here are a few common causes:
- Staying hydrated is crucial for our body to perform its functions properly. One of the main reasons for foot or leg cramps is dehydration, especially when the water supply is not replenished during or after exercise and strenuous work-outs.
- A condition called “lumbar stenosis” could be the reason for your cramps. This is when your spine narrows its passage causing nervous compression in the areas connecting the lower back and your legs.
- Insufficient supply of minerals to your muscles also causes cramps. Minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc. are essential for the proper functionality of the muscles. Certain medications also tend to use up the mineral storage from our bodies, leading to dehydration and cramps.
- Foot cramps can also be attributed to poor blood flow in your legs and feet. This state is worsened if you are experiencing artery or vein compression which results in fluid accumulation around your feet and ankles.
Usually, we tend to take cramps lightly as they occur for a few (though seemingly endless) minutes. However, if you feel that their frequency is increasing or their duration is longer, then it is advised that you visit your podiatrist and get your feet examined thoroughly.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we specialize in treating a range of foot and ankle-related conditions with years of experience and excellent results. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is committed to providing patients of all ages with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options. We have two offices conveniently located in Brooklyn: (718)624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights) and (718)567-1403 (Brooklyn). Call or visit us at your ease and convenience and say goodbye to foot cramps!
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