Many people who are involved with sports and running find that they develop feet and ankle problems over time. Accidents and wear and tear on the foot and surrounding areas can cause pain, injury and other issues. Our Brooklyn foot doctor, Dr. Howard Dinowitz, has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating running and sports related foot problems and pain.
Repetitive running and sports can cause things like stress fractures, tendonitis and abnormal soreness. Because the foot is made up of so many bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, one small problem can cause the entire foot to become sore and hard to walk on. Some of the more common injuries our Brooklyn foot doctor has treated are plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, extensor tendonitis, and problems with the abductor and adductor hallucis. Dr. Dinowitz is qualified to treat these and many more conditions. Plantar fasciitis is usually signaled by a sharp and stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot. It can be caused by wearing improper running shoes or intense training. Treatment includes changing running shoes, stretching, or using a shoe insert or orthotic. If the problem results from a stress fracture, it may be hard to tell if it is due to a tendonitis or bone issue. Time off from running may be a solution, however. In most cases, once the fracture is healed, the pain is gone permanently.
Extender tendonitis is a condition where the tendon in the foot becomes inflamed. Similar to a stress fracture, causes can be linked to the Achilles tendon, weak calf muscles, and again, improper shoes. Inflammation can be reduced by icing the affected area and using shoe inserts. If there is not enough arch support in the shoe, our Brooklyn foot doctor may find that the problem lies with the adductor or abductor hallucis. When this condition is present, the foot may feel tight or stretched. Bunions may also be a main cause. In any case, physical therapy, medication, and other treatments may be administered at our offices. Our doctor may also recommend foot orthotics such as custom shoe inserts used to treat flat feet, heel spurs and neuromas.