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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.
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.
June is National Men’s Health Month, and at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, it’s another opportunity to raise awareness about health issues that affect men, especially concerns about the health of their feet and ankles.
Men are usually casual when it comes to the health of their feet. Foot problems will not magically go away. It is essential to develop healthy habits and have regular check-ins with your podiatrist for boosting your foot health. Today, Dr. Joseph Stuto, at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, is sharing five tips for healthy feet.
- Change your socks every day – even twice a day, depending on the kind of activity you are engaged in. Feet tend to sweat more during the summer months and to keep your feet nice and dry, change your socks regularly.
- Wash your feet daily. Your feet need to breathe. When you have taken off your shoes, wash them thoroughly with soap to get rid of bacteria.
- Keep your feet dry. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially the inside of your toes. Feet with moisture tend to breed bacteria, resulting in foul smell and other complications like fungal infections.
- Trim your toenails. Do not clip deep into the nail or into the sides of the nail, as that can cause ingrown toenails, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Try to cut them straight across and never too short. If you do not trim your nails properly, you risk toenail infections that can be extremely painful and may require surgery.
- Avoid bathroom surgery. In case you have rough skin or calluses, use a pumice stone or put some padding in your shoe to reduce the pressure from the affected area. However, refrain from self-treating your foot issues. Seek the advice of a professional foot doctor.
We are open and seeing patients in our office for the treatment of all foot and ankle conditions.
Telemedicine appointments are available.
To schedule an appointment, contact any of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.
Feet are complex structures designed to make us mobile and execute our movements swiftly. They face the maximum risk by carrying our entire weight, and yet are likely to get the least of our attention.
While we may take them for granted, our feet are usually the first ones to suffer if there is anything wrong in our body. This is why at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, our experts always advise listening to your feet.
Here are some warning signs to look out for:
Foot cramps are a sign of dehydration. Your body needs water and maybe lacking some essential nutrients, which is why your feet may be cramping.
Burning feet or itchy skin is usually a sign of skin infection. Check your feet daily for any changes in the color or texture of your skin. Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual.
If your feet are always cold, it could indicate poor blood flow in your lower limbs. This may be due to diabetes or nerve damage caused by neuropathy.
Plantar fasciitis can be identified if you experience excessive heel pain or you may have developed calcium deposits in your heel that also cause extreme pain.
- Flat feet and arch pain are common especially if you are overweight. Your feet may be suffering from excessive pressure resulting in pain and discomfort.
If you feel that your feet are in pain or your movement is not easy, contact our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto immediately. For the safety of our patients and staff, we’re now offering telemedicine. Stay safe and keep your feet safe from harm as well. If they are healthy, there is a high chance of your entire body being healthy and happy.
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?