Not only does being overweight affect your major body organs, but your feet take a beating as well. Numerous studies are reflecting on the harmful effects of excess weight on our feet.
Maintaining a healthy weight can save people from a vast array of health issues and protect your feet at the same time.
Here is a list of foot and ankle issues caused by weight gain:
- Pain in the arch – the foot arch tends to flatten as your weight increases.
- Bunions – extra weight pushes your toes into each other, especially in closed shoes.
- Hammertoes – toes tend to curl up due to excessive pressure.
- Heel or Ball pain – with the extra burden falling on the heels and the balls of your feet, they are likely to become tender and experience pain.
- Ankle pain – carrying extra weight can sprain your ankles and result in pain.
- Arthritis – If your weight continues to increase, the onset of arthritis also increases. Extra weight speeds up the wear and tear process on your bones and muscles, exposing you to many other risks like fractures and an unstable gait.
Consult your podiatrist for a healthy lifestyle that will keep your weight under control and protect your feet from unnecessary damage.
Our team of experienced and qualified experts at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry can provide guidelines to reduce weight and treat the associated foot pain. Comfortable footwear, including padded insoles for shoes, custom orthotics, and physical therapy are effective ways to treat foot discomfort.
Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, to seek high-quality foot and ankle care. Call our two office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403 right away.
Plantar fasciitis symptom is severe heel pain caused by damaged tissue and inadequate rest to allow for healing. The plantar fascia becomes inflamed and, if ignored, can have long-term harmful effects.
What are the signs of Plantar Fasciitis?
- Tenderness or inflammation in the heel.
- Pain or discomfort when you take your first step in the morning or after getting up from an idle position.
- Heel pain after exercising or engaging in intense physical activity, especially running or jogging.
- Burning sensation in the foot in general, or in the heel in particular.
However, experts recommend that a little resting period and some preventive measures can eliminate this problem.
At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, our experts suggest the following ways to manage your pain:
- If the pain is caused after exercising, take some time off and let your feet repair the damaged tissue.
- Avoid strenuous activity and choose relatively easier sports that do not put too much pressure on your feet, like swimming.
- Wear comfortable shoes with soft padding and extra heel and arch support for better balance and to avoid injuries.
- Elevate your feet while resting to avoid swelling and inflammation.
- If you are overweight, maintaining a healthy weight will reduce pressure on your feet and prevent such conditions.
If your heel pain is persistent and is not improving despite adopting precautionary measures, schedule an appointment or visit any of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403, so that our experts can examine your feet thoroughly and devise an appropriate course of treatment accordingly.
Our podiatrists are experienced in treating a wide variety of foot conditions, including sprains, injuries, stress fractures, bone or joint deformities, diabetes-related problems, fungal or bacterial infections, and more. Contact us today and benefit from our advanced technologies and high-quality services geared to ensure that your podiatric needs are served in the best possible manner.
Did you know that stress, high blood pressure, and poor foot health are interconnected? Yes, it’s true! High levels of stress, increase your blood pressure and put you at risk for many health problems, including restricted blood circulation, heart problems, diabetes, inadequate healing, and more. All these conditions affect your feet adversely as they become prone to sores, wounds, and infections.
- Exercise daily: Strenuous exercise is not recommended, especially if you have not been working out for a while. Start slow and increase your pace gradually. Set realistic and achievable goals so that you remain persistent and steady throughout the year.
- Stay connected: With closure and restrictions in social interactions due to COVID-19, many people have and are still suffering from depression, loneliness, and isolation. Use social media platforms to stay in touch with your loved ones, as it will not only help them, but also allow you to maintain a positive state of mind.
- Eat healthily: Adopting healthy eating habits will enable you to enjoy life in all respects. You will feel fresh, light, and avoid numerous problems associated with being overweight like diabetes, flat feet, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, and more. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and avoid fried and sugary foods.
- Stay hydrated: Avoid fizzy drinks and sugary juices. Drink plenty of water and use electrolytes to keep yourself hydrated at all times.
- Sleep well: Most people tend to underestimate the role of adequate sleep in staying healthy. 7-8 hours of sleep a day is a must to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate any damaged tissue, especially in your lower limbs and feet.
If you notice anything unusual in your feet like numbness, changing skin color, tenderness, inflammation, or swelling, it is best to talk to your podiatrist. Contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
Some children experience pains as part of the growing process, and others feel pain due to overexertion. Persistent pain in children’s feet, however, is not a good sign and should not be ignored.
Most kids develop foot arches after they are three years old; till then they normally have flat feet. It is important to regularly examine their feet at this age and to provide necessary support in case their feet hurt. Ensure proper care so that your child keeps optimal foot health.
Flat feet may seem scary, but they are not always painful. In fact, the pain can be eliminated through customized orthotics and other methods. Timely consultation with your podiatrist will save your children from suffering unnecessarily.
Here are some signs that parents should look out for and take necessary actions accordingly:
- Your child frequently complains about pain in the feet, ankles, or legs.
- They avoid or withdraw from physical activities like running, sports, and other exercises.
- They walk in an unusual manner, perhaps by limping, or walking on their toes, or putting more weight on the outer sides of the feet instead of using the entire foot.
- They tend to trip or fall frequently due to the pain in their feet.
If you notice anything unusual in their gait or if they are constantly complaining about pain, schedule an appointment with our podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas, without delay.
Our experienced doctors have found that most children encounter pain due to flat feet. With thorough examination and evaluation of your child’s feet, they can recommend proper treatment, including orthotics, exercises, and more, that will help in the proper development and growth of your child’s feet now and prevent any painful foot-related conditions in the long run as well. Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry offices are conveniently located in Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. Contact or visit us for more information.
With a month into the New Year, we at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are encouraging everyone to continue with their healthy eating lifestyle goals and resolutions. A healthy and nutritious diet provides many benefits to your body and feet.
Benefits of Healthy Eating
A well-balanced diet combined with exercise helps you shed those extra pounds and makes it easier to move more and sit less. Physical activity can improve your blood circulation throughout your body and helps keep joints flexible.
A healthy and nutritious diet keeps your immune system fit and robust. The body needs vitamins and minerals to function properly and effectively. Intake of calcium and vitamin D can help improve your bone health.
Always remain steadfast in pursuit of your goals. Remember, weight loss takes time. Don’t try to change everything all at once; take small steps towards achieving your health goals.
Go for a walk regularly and increase your pace gradually.
Swap sugary and fizzy drinks with water. Swapping soda for water is an effective way to cut calories, stay hydrated and improve your overall health.
Reduce your portion size and try to resist the temptation of second helpings.
Add an extra fruit or vegetable to your daily meals.
Start with cutting carbs from one meal a day and then progress slowly.
Your lifestyle choices can affect your podiatric health. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot and ankle health, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. Our team of foot doctors can diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions such as arthritis, warts, sports injuries, toe deformities, nail fungus, heel pain, and flat feet. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
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