Swollen feet can happen for a variety of reasons. It may result from the stress and pressure of being on your feet all day long or playing sports. All of this foot action can cause your feet to balloon up like Astronaut Snoopy at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Swollen feet may also be a sign of an underlying condition that requires treatment. If your swelling is constant or reoccurs from time to time, have it checked out by your podiatrist right away.
Here are five reasons for your feet and ankles to swell:
Systemic disease: Heart disease, kidney damage, and liver disease can cause swelling in your feet and ankles.
Obesity: Another common reason for swollen feet is obesity. Weight gain can cause a host of foot problems, including swollen feet. The extra weight you're carrying can cause undue stress and pressure on the feet, which results in fluid retention in the lower extremities.
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, most women experience swelling in their feet and ankles. The weight of the growing baby and hormonal changes causes a buildup of fluid, which results in swelling of the feet. See your podiatrist for any concerns you may have.
Medications: Sometimes, the body can have an allergic reaction to a medicine, causing swollen feet and ankles. Check with your podiatrist if you suspect this is the case.
Foot injury: Many times, a foot injury can cause swelling of your feet and ankles. It could be anything from a fracture to a sprained ankle.
Swollen feet are unpleasant and can be sensitive to touch. If you notice any swelling around your feet or have concerns about your foot health, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry. Our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help you end your struggles with swollen feet. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 to schedule a convenient appointment or visit any of our offices in Brooklyn, NY.
Halloween is all about having fun — trick or treating, partying with friends and loved ones, dressing up like skeletons and ghosts, watching a horror film, or visiting fright festivals and haunted attractions. Whatever your fun Halloween adventures are for the night, we at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry want your little ones to stay safe. A foot or ankle injury can quickly spoil all the fun.
Here are some do's and don'ts to help make your child’s Halloween fun, safe, and injury-free:
- DO visit areas that are well lit. Use sidewalks rather than walking down the middle of the street. Know your route so you don't accidentally trip and fall.
- DON’T let your child wear oversized footwear or high heels as they can affect their balance. Stick to shoes that offer protection, stability, and proper arch support.
- DO hem your child’s costume so that it falls above the ankles and does not become a tripping hazard.
- DON’T let your child wear a mask that can impair their vision. Try face paint but first test the color in a small area of the child's skin for any allergies.
- DO let your child carry a flashlight at night to avoid unseen curbs, potholes, and other hazards. It may save them from a potential injury like a sprain or fracture.
- DON'T let your child carry accessories like brooms or lightsabers as they can increase the chances of tripping or other injuries.
If your child runs into any foot or ankle pain on Halloween, contact Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.
The key to prevention is to take proactive measures. Make sure to consult your podiatrist for advice regarding your foot health to avoid pain, injury, and other complications. Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas can examine your foot and determine the best treatment course to get you back to feeling pain-free. You can contact any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, NY, and schedule an appointment with our team of board-certified podiatrists.
Happy Halloween and stay safe!
Ankle sprains are a common complaint treated by a podiatrist. It occurs when you roll or twist your ankle inward or outward. When you sprain your ankle, you tend to overstretch or tear the ligaments and tendons holding your ankle joint together. It can happen as a result of coming down awkwardly from a jump as you land or accidentally hitting a curb. It can cause severe pain, swelling, and disrupt your everyday activities. If not appropriately treated, even a minor ankle sprain is likely to become injured again and lead to chronic ankle instability. In the most severe case, tendons and bones can break and could require surgery. See your podiatrist for the best diagnosis and treatment to avoid potential complications.
Treatment for ankle sprains
RICE (Rice, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) — The RICE method is commonly used to treat a sprained ankle or any injury to the wrist and joints. It involves resting your ankle, applying an ice pack and a compression wrap around the injured area, and keeping the ankle elevated (above the level of your heart) using a pillow. It provides immediate relief and starts the healing process.
Immobilization — You may use a rigid boot to help immobilize the ankle. It redirects pressure off the ankle joint and allows your ankle to heal properly and quickly.
Physical therapy — Physical therapy exercises are essential for strengthening your feet and ankle joints. It helps you become more stable and prevent reinjury.
At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York, our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, can help to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision so you can be worry-free about any reoccurrences.
A lot of us don’t think about the health of our feet until they start to hurt or cause us problems. Our feet do so much for us, yet we do so little to keep them in good health. The truth is that many people are either unsure of where to go for treatment or think it's normal to have continuous foot pain. However, by ignoring foot pain we are causing more harm to ourselves. If you notice any changes in your feet, whether, in appearance or how they feel, you should immediately notify your podiatrist, a specialized medical professional trained to assess, diagnose, and treat foot-related injuries and disorders.
Today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share three signs that should prompt you to speak to a podiatrist right away.
- You have swollen feet. Persistent swelling in your feet is not something to ignore. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition that requires a trip to the doctor.
- You have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing different foot problems like neuropathy and ulcers. Even a minor issue could lead to complications such as amputation and loss of limb if left untreated. Any signs of discoloration, cuts, pain, sores, and infection around the lower extremities should be looked at by a podiatrist right away. Your daily foot care regimen plays a critical role in diabetes management.
- You have constant foot pain. If you are experiencing unusual pains in your feet and ankles, it warrants a trip to the podiatrist. Foot pain that starts for no apparent reason can signal the onset of arthritis and a variety of different health issues.
Your feet require proper care and attention. Even changes that may seem small are worth the attention and may even save one's life. Do not hesitate to contact us at either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403, to schedule an appointment with our foot doctors who are experts in determining the best treatment plan for your foot condition.
A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a foot deformity in which the big toe leans towards the other toes, forcing the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out. Wearing shoes that are overly tight or narrow around the toe area is often the common cause of bunions. Bunions may not be as painful in the early stages of development but, over time, may develop into a severe disfigured foot deformity if it's not appropriately addressed. It can cause additional problems like blistering and overlapping toes. A painful bunion can make it challenging to wear shoes or even walk. Bunions could form as a result of an occupational hazard, as in the case of ballerinas, teachers, doctors, and nurses, whose feet suffer severe repetitive stress.
Here are a few early-stage conservative treatment options for preventing bunions:
Smart shoe selection — Pick out footwear with a roomy, round toe box to avoid rubbing on the insides of your shoes and overlapping of the toes. Select shoes that fit well and provide comfort, protection, and adequate support. Avoid pointy or heeled shoes.
Use orthotics and other devices — Over the counter or custom-made orthotics can help relieve pressure off your bunion. Toe spacers, braces, and bunions splints can also be used to help correct alignment of your big toe and reduce stress on your big toe.
Start physical therapy exercises — You may want to try regular exercises for bunion relief and prevention. Exercises like toe curls, toe spread-out, toe circles, marble/towel pick up, and ball role can help relieve bunion pain, improve flexibility and mobility, and increase strength and function of the big toe.
The type of treatment depends on the severity of the bunion. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas provide expert treatment for bunions and other foot and ankle disorders. You can call our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403, and schedule a consultation with our team of board-certified podiatrists.
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