Our feet are a complex structural form that requires care and protection. Negligence can cause severe problems that could have long-lasting effects. Therefore, pay attention to what shoes you wear.
The wrong footwear or ill-fitted shoes can lead to several foot problems, including:
- Ingrown toenails: tight shoes can push your nails to grow inwards into your skin, causing pain and in worst cases, bleeding and infection. Make sure you have ample space between the interior walls of your shoes and your big toe.
- Bunions: tight shoes can also wreck the shape and positioning of your toes. A bunion is a protrusion on the joint of the big toe that pushes it towards the other toes. Constant friction with the shoes increases the deformity and results in extreme pain.
- Haglund’s deformity: is a bony bump that develops at the back of the heel, due to hard, tight or rigid shoes. If the back of your shoes is irritating you, then it is best to change the shoe, get a bigger size, or use padding to protect the back of your heel.
- If your shoes are not comfortable or place too much pressure on your heels, toes or joints, you may develop calluses or warts. This starts with the thickening of the skin and can aggravate into painful wounds.
Here are a few tips:
- Get your feet measured professionally by a podiatrist.
- It is better to go shoe shopping later during the day, as your feet tend to swell up and reach their maximum size by that time.
- Buy shoes that have extra padding, so that your feet do not get injured due to friction.
- Shoes with a stronger grip are good for stability and balance.
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions or would like to get your feet checked as a precaution, call us today at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and consult our experts right away. Feel free to browse through our patient library for more information on podiatry related topics.
Muscle cramps can be extremely painful and last for a while before subsiding. The most common reason for leg and foot cramps is dehydration. Therefore, it is very important to drink plenty of water and rehydrating fluids so that your muscles retain their elasticity.
However, if you are experiencing these cramps more frequently than before, here are a few other causes that you should keep in mind:
- Poor blood circulation: Often associated with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), restricted blood flow can cause cramps in the lower limbs. These tend to worsen during physical exertion like in exercise routines. Therefore, staying hydrated is of utmost importance so that blood circulation improves and cramps can be avoided.
- Deficiencies: Your muscles require a healthy supply of several minerals including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Lack of these minerals also leads to the occurrence of cramps. Consult your foot doctor to recommend supplements and ensure a healthy diet so that your body gets ample replenishment.
- Diabetic nerve damage: Also referred to as peripheral nerve damage, this problem can constrict your nerves alongside restricting blood flow resulting in leg and foot cramps. Pinched nerves not only cause pain but can result in numbness and lack of sensation in the feet.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have seen that patients tend to mistake sprains and arch pain with muscle cramps. If you are experiencing cramps or are suffering from pain but are unsure about the cause, we urge you to visit your podiatrist right away.
Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is trained and certified to treat a wide range of foot and ankle issues including bone deformities, joint pain, ingrown toenails, heel or arch issues and more. Feel free to contact us for high-quality foot and ankle care at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for your ease and convenience. For more extensive information on podiatry related topics, visit our patient library and blogs section.
Are you one of those who set fitness goals at the beginning of the New Year, but end up sitting back? Is that because you injured your feet or suffered pain due to overuse?
Well, don’t let your fun stop. We at Joseph Stuto, DPM have a team of experts who treats a wide variety of foot conditions including sports injuries, in-toeing, bunions, hammertoes, sprains, fractures, diabetic foot disorder, shin splints, and more.
Just follow these few tips and we are sure that you will be back on track:
- Consult our foot doctor Dr. Joseph Stuto, who is a board-certified podiatrist. Not only will he conduct a thorough examination of your feet and lead your way back to recovery, but he can also suggest other fitness routines that will relieve pain and have a lesser impact on your feet so that they can heal properly.
- Footwear is crucial for the health of your feet. We cannot overemphasize the use of the right shoes for your activities. When going shoe shopping, make sure that you buy shoes that have enough room for movement, provide a strong grip and support to your heels and arches, and, most importantly, are the right size.
- Stop if you feel pain or discomfort. Do not persist thinking the pain will go away by itself. Overuse of the muscles can rupture or damage your tissue which could hold you back longer than expected. Listen to your body and visit your podiatrist right away.
- Taking a buddy along with you for exercise always helps. Not only is that added encouragement to keep pursuing your goals, but you both will have a constant reminder to take it slow and steady.
- Don’t forget to stretch and warm-up before you start, as most muscle pulls and sprains occur when people skip flexing routines.
If you feel discomfort in your feet or ankles, call us at any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York and schedule an appointment right away. Why suffer when we are here to help?
February is American Heart Month and at Joseph Stuto, DPM we believe that one of many ways to reduce your risk for heart disease is to maintain a healthy weight. We encourage our patients to lose weight because dropping even small amounts of weight can make a big difference in improving heart and podiatric health.
Here are a few suggestions to keep your weight in check along with lasting results.
- Calorie restriction— What is a good serving size? It’s often smaller than you think it should be. Getting the right food in your body is extremely important when it comes to losing weight. Measure and control your portion sizes. You may want to cut back on foods you love, but not all at once. Eating fewer carbs can significantly reduce hunger levels and lead to automatic weight loss. Eat plenty of colorful vegetables, fruits, and salads. Limit foods high in saturated fat, such as cakes, pies, biscuits, chips and other savory snacks.
- Regular Exercise— Exercise plays a big role in the health of your heart and feet. Dedicating an hour a day to exercise can help you shed some pounds, improve heart health and reduce your risks and severity of a variety of foot disorders.
- Being overweight or obese is a problem that affects the entire body, especially your heart and feet. Do not ignore warning signs from your feet as they can reveal signs of a more serious health problem. To learn more about heart health and your feet, be sure to talk to your podiatric physician.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a wide range of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, stress fractures, diabetic neuropathy, fungal infections, heel pain and more. Feel free to visit or call any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our experts advise our diabetic patients to exercise extra caution as winter elements such as closed shoes, wet surfaces, chill air, dry skin, damp socks and the like, are all hazardous for the health of their feet.
Here a few tips that will help you make it through the winters:
Examine your feet daily: You should thoroughly inspect your feet and watch out for any changes in the color and texture of your skin and toenails. Due to restricted blood flow, calluses or corns may go unnoticed by patients with diabetes. Visit your podiatrist immediately if you observe anything unusual.
Keep your feet dry: Walking along snowy streets could result in wet socks and damp shoes. Make sure you change your footwear as soon as you return indoors and dry your feet properly.
Moisturizing is crucial: Heaters tend to make the skin dry and flaky. If your feet are not well moisturized, your skin may start cracking. The condition could worsen as those cracks turn into wounds and fall prey to infections.
Wear comfortable shoes: Diabetic patients need to be extra careful about their footwear as their feet require greater support and padding to avoid ulcers and sores caused due to excessive pressure.
Manage your blood sugar level: Diet plays an important role in controlling your glucose levels. Make sure you follow your diet plan and don’t miss any medication that you are taking to maintain your sugar levels.
Visit your foot doctor regularly to ensure that your feet are healthy and not developing any painful conditions. One cannot emphasize the importance of these visits enough.
If you have any queries about diabetic foot health or would like more information, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto by contacting our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403.
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