Podiatrist Blog

Back to school season is here — students are eager to start their upcoming school year. But like most things in the year 2020, the school year in the new coronavirus era is going to be anything but normal.

Whether it's a traditional or virtual classroom, the health and safety of every child are paramount. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we are here to support parents and walk them through some of the best ways to protect their kid's feet before they head back to school.

Keep an eye on your child's feet: The younger the child, the faster it grows. This rapid growth requires parents to do a regular foot and shoe check. Make sure to get your child's foot measured every three months to ensure their shoes fit correctly. Shoes that are too tight and small can lead to serious foot deformities and permanently damage the structural integrity of the foot.  

Don’t assume shoe size: A young child may not be able to communicate correctly and tell you if the shoe size fits right or not. You need to be certain of the shoe size that your child wears - never assume! The right shoes can help prevent injuries and help aid the healthy development of your child's feet.

Check the condition of their shoes: If the child's shoe has lost all of it's cushioning and padding, it is time to shop for a new pair. Shop with your child. Just because you know their size doesn't guarantee that it's a proper fit. Always have his or her foot measured by a professional.

Don't delay seeking treatment: If your child is too young to communicate, don't dismiss the visible signs of hurt. If your child's walk does not look symmetrical or has a limp, see a podiatrist for a check-up right away. Look for any signs of foot pain and fatigue.

It is not normal for a child to experience foot or ankle pain. If you have any concerns about your child's feet, contact Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles that will guide you in dealing with potential health issues.

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
August 03, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Even though it has been months since the Coronavirus outbreak and the quarantine at home began, much of the world is still staying at home, and taking measures to maintain social distance. Whether you are working from home or in an office, remember to take appropriate measures in light of the pandemic. Pay attention to your health overall, and the health of your feet and ankles.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is sharing a few essential tips to help keep your body and feet in good health:

  • Start walking: Even if it's just a short walk to the kitchen for a glass of water or vacuuming your room - walking is an extremely beneficial activity. Maintaining good mobility and independence is key to good health and fitness. Always wear proper shoes to help prevent injuries and other potential foot hazards, even when enjoying time at home.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water! Experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day. A well-hydrated body is a crucial component of your overall body health.
  • Maintain good hygiene: Good hygiene habits help the body stay clean and healthy. Wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly (don't miss the spaces between the toes). Basic foot hygiene can help prevent infections, ingrown toenails, and other issues.
  • Get a good stretch: Revitalize your feet with a few simple stretches. A good stretch can help improve flexibility and strengthen your foot muscles and ligaments. Stretching is also an excellent way to loosen the muscles and help relieve pain.
  • Develop good eating habits: Avoid sugary and junk foods. Being overweight causes many complications for the body. A nutritious diet strengthens the immune system and helps you maintain a healthy weight.

See your podiatrist at least once every summer. If you have questions and concerns about your foot health – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 27, 2020
Category: Foot Care

It's a tough time for everyone right now - the coronavirus pandemic has changed lives, industries, business models, consumer preferences, world trade, health, safety, and so much more.

At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we recognize the threat of home injuries that may be lurking around the house, as families are spending more time at home than ever before. Dr. Joseph Stuto suggests that we create a safe home environment to reduce the likelihood of an injury.

Here are three ways to avoid an injury while at home:

  • Furniture anchoring: Make sure you secure all your furniture and appliances to the wall to prevent them from tipping over. Check if your free-standing furniture is fully stable. Items like chests of drawers, bookcases, and free-standing mirrors are usually unstable and can easily topple, causing serious injuries to anyone underneath.
  • Keep the medication out of kids reach: Secure your medicines from children - make sure it comes with child-resistant packaging. But that alone does not guarantee safety, which is why it is best to keep your medicine locked up in a cabinet and out of reach from children. Keep the medicine in its original container - do not peel off the label to avoid mix-up.
  • Clear the clutter: Make sure your rooms, walkways, and corridors are kept clear from toys, electrical cords, throw rugs, and loose or damaged carpets. Also, ensure that all these pathways are well lit, particularly for seniors.

Pay attention to these dangers lurking at home. Take steps now to create a safe home environment for your whole family.

Feel free to reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403 and schedule a visit with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto. Get free access to our patient education library and blog articles that will guide you in dealing with potential health issues.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: barefoot   footwear   foot odor   swollen feet  

Summer can be hard not just on the body but also on your feet. Feet are vulnerable to catch infections due to heat and humidity.

Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is highlighting some of the most common foot health hazards that you should be aware of during warm summer months. The right information can help you make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and enjoy the wonderful weather without putting your feet in danger.

Here are some top foot health hazards to be aware of in summer:

  1. Walking Barefoot: Walking barefoot can put your feet at the front line in terms of risk of infection or injury. If you have arch problems, walking barefoot or wearing shoes that do not support the arch of the foot can leave your feet open to harm.
  2. Wearing the wrong shoes: Shoes that offer no protection and support to your feet are a foot hazard. Flip-flops may provide the bare minimum support you need when you are out on the beach, but wearing them for prolonged periods can increase the risk of sprains, stress fractures, and other injuries. Shoes also provide the necessary cover against germs and infections like athlete’s foot.
  3. Swollen feet: Do your feet tend to swell up in the summer? This frequently happens as the veins dilate because of rising temperatures or if you’re always on your feet. Avoid salty foods and increase your walking and exercise to keep the fluids moving. Remember to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  4. Sweaty, Smelly Feet: Increased heat and humidity can lead to sweaty and smelly feet. Wear socks that wick away moisture and decrease bacteria on your feet. Change and wash your socks regularly.
  5. Sunburn: Staying out in the sun all day can do severe damage to your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by using sunscreen. Don’t forget to wear sunblock on the feet. Also, wear protective clothing to shield the body from harmful sun exposure.

Seeing your podiatrist at least once every summer is a good start to help ensure safe and healthy feet. We want you to have a carefree summer! Don’t hesitate – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses   corns  

Some people who have calluses and corns are not bothered by these foot skin conditions. On the other hand, if a callus or corn becomes very inflamed and painful, seek proper treatment from your podiatrist here at Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.

During your consultation in our Brooklyn, NY, or Brooklyn – Heights, NY, office, Dr. Joseph Stuto will inspect your feet to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms like cysts or warts. You might also need to undergo an x-ray if your podiatrist determines that your callus or corn is due an abnormality in your foot structure.

Treatment Options for Corns and Calluses

Treatment typically entails avoiding repetitive habits or actions that led to your corns and calluses to develop in the first place. In most cases, this involves wearing shoes that fit well and protective shoe pads. But if your calluses or corns persist or bring you pain despite doing the necessary self-care and lifestyle modifications, your foot doctor will recommend one or a combination of these treatment options:

  • Custom Orthotics: If your condition is due to a foot abnormality, your podiatrist may recommend customized orthotics in the form of shoe inserts to prevent the recurrence of your bothersome callus or corn.
  • Medication: Your podiatrist may apply a medicated patch that contains high salicylic acid concentration and instruct how often you’ll have to replace the patch. For larger areas, you can also opt for salicylic acid gel. You’ll also be instructed to use an emery board, nail file, or pumice stone to buff dead skin cells before putting on a fresh patch or applying the gel.
  • Smoothening Excess Skin: Your podiatrist can trim or buff away corns and calluses using a scalpel here in our Brooklyn, NY, or Brooklyn – Heights, NY, office. Never attempt to do this yourself.
  • Surgical Treatment: Rarely, podiatrists suggest a surgical correction for fixing the alignment of a certain bone that causes friction, and in turn, the formation of persistent corns and calluses.

Take note that if you suffer from a condition that results in obstructed blood circulation to your feet like diabetes, you have a higher chance of developing complications from calluses or corns. So never try to do DIY removal methods without your podiatrist’s advice.

Get Relief from Your Calluses and Corns Now. Call Us

You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403 and schedule a visit with your podiatrist here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph Stuto.





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