Running Injuries Specialist

Bryon Butts, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Performance Footcare, PC

Bryon Butts, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Running is an excellent type of exercise and forms an important part of many people’s training programs, but it does put a lot of strain on the legs and feet. If you’ve hurt your lower limbs when running, Bryon Butts, DPM, and his team at Performance Footcare PC in Midtown West Manhattan in New York can help. They provide a range of effective treatments for running injuries, including state-of-the-art regenerative medicine techniques and shockwave therapy. If you’re looking for a specialist practice that excels in treating running injuries, call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Running Injuries Q & A

What are running injuries?

Running injuries are a common problem for anyone who regularly runs, not surprising when you consider that each of your feet hits the ground around 800 times every mile. If you’re often running several miles or more, your feet and legs are under considerable strain, and injuries are almost inevitable.

What types of running injuries affect my feet?

There are many different types of injuries you can sustain when running, the most common being:

Blisters

Blisters are caused by friction between your skin and your shoes and socks. Blisters are often disabling as they can be very painful, but they’re rarely a serious health issue. Prevent blisters by wearing properly fitting shoes and synthetic socks, and apply friction-reducing products. You can pop a large blister with a sterile needle and drain it, then use a clean dressing to protect the raw skin. Small blisters are best left to dry up on their own.

Runner’s toe

Runner’s toe causes blackened toenails due to a subungual hematoma, where blood collects underneath your toenail. They can be painful, and Dr. Butts might need to drill into the toenail to release the pressure, or in some cases remove the entire nail.

Shin splints

Shin splints cause pain up the length of your shins and usually occur if you increase your mileage suddenly or do more than you’re fit for. You’re more likely to get shin splints if you have overpronation, where your feet bend inwards too far, and wearing the wrong shoes for running frequently leads to shin splints.

You should stop running if you have shin splints and see Dr. Butts for advice on the right running shoes to wear. He can also use radial shockwave or extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT) to treat your shin splints and create custom orthotics to help prevent shin splints recurring.

Stress fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack in the surface of the bone, typically developing due to excess pressure on the bone during running. 

This could happen if you increase your mileage or intensity too quickly. Dr. Butts uses X-rays and MRI scans to diagnose stress fractures and can supply a hard-soled surgical shoe or fracture boot to keep the pressure off the fracture as it heals.

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain is a stretch injury of the ankle ligaments. The pain ranges from a mild ache to severe pain that prevents weight-bearing. Initial care for ankle sprains is RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), but you should see Dr. Butts for further treatment and a personalized rehabilitation program.

What does rehabilitation for running injuries involve?

Rehabilitation for running injuries involves continuing with anti-inflammatory medication, plus a combination of treatments that might include:

  • Range of motion exercises
  • Calf stretching exercises
  • Progressive use of balance training
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight-bearing exercises
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic whirlpool
  • Ankle braces
  • Injury-specific strapping
  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Achilles tendinitis surgery
  • Plantar fasciitis surgery
  • Tendon repair surgery

If you incur an injury, getting the right treatment can make a world of difference between regaining full function of your feet and legs in as short a time as possible and developing a chronic problem that causes long-term pain and reduced function. 

Take action to prevent an injury from affecting your ability to run in the future by calling Performance Footcare today, or book an appointment online.

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