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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 23, 2019
Category: Foot Injuries

As thrilling and exhilarating as running can be, it would be naïve to ignore the harmful effects associated with it if precaution is not exercised.

Here are some of the four most common running injuries that you can encounter:

  1. Achilles tendinitis  – a drastic increase in activity, aggressive calf stretches, and tight-fitted shoes can cause the Achilles tendon, a band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel, to flare up, causing severe pain and discomfort. This injury develops over time from repetitive movement.
  2. Shin splints – are a common occurrence in runners and soccer players, primarily due to poor biomechanics and overtraining. Too much strain can cause severe pain, discomfort, tightness, and inflammation around the shin bone (tibia).
  3. Plantar fasciitis – This is a common injury for runners, usually caused by overusing the muscles in your feet. These abrupt, recurring movements can cause small tears, swelling, and tightening of the plantar fascia.
  4. Stress fractures – repetitive motions, weak bone density, quick or abrupt movement during sports activities (like cross-overs in basketball) can cause hairlines cracks or tears in the bone.

Injuries can be physically and emotionally hard to deal with especially if you’re a pro-athlete and run for a living. The key to injury prevention requires recognizing an injury and taking prompt action when pain comes along. If you develop recurring pain from running and are not sure what’s wrong, see a podiatrist for a professional opinion.

If you are suffering from severe foot pain, chronic overuse injury, or any other foot and ankle condition, call Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York. We treat everyone from infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Dr. Joseph Stuto and his highly-trained staff can treat your running injuries and a multitude of other foot and ankle problems with advanced technologies and expertise. Contact us at either of the two numbers listed above or schedule an appointment. Check out our patient education library covering a wide range of podiatric-related topics and gain a better understanding of your feet.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 12, 2018
Category: Foot Injuries

Running is a great way to keep in good health. It’s the kind of activity you can do anytime or anywhere. Proper footwear can help avert running injuries. While running, the feet and ankles take on a great deal of stress. A runner may experience an injury if the stress exceeds high levels. Injuries often experienced by runners include Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints.

Following are some key tips to help avoid running injuries:

  • The importance of warm-up and stretching: Before you go on your daily runs or do any form of exercise, it is extremely important that you do some warm-up laps and stretches. Take 5 to 10 minutes to do the necessary stretches such as knee clasp, hamstring stretch, and wall push-ups. It is necessary to warm up the Achilles tendon to avoid tendonitis.
  • Proper footwear: Choice of footwear is key in averting major running injuries. Wear the right shoe for the right activity. For example, one cannot wear golf shoes while going for a morning run. Always wear the right shoe size to help avoid overlapping of your toes. Before making a shoe purchase, have the foot measured by a professional. Avoid going barefoot.
  • Orthotic shoe inserts:  Put inserts inside the shoes to help correct fallen arches, gait imbalances and other problems.
  • Stop rushing: When one starts a new exercise routine after a long break, you need to take it slow and easy to avoid injury (stress fractures).
  • Cooling off after your exercise routine: Let your body cool off and recover after a good run.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids before, in-between or after the long run. This can help lessen cramps, which are often caused by dehydration.

Running injuries are quite common. Even pro athletes experience this over and over again. The best resource for your foot and ankle needs is your podiatrist.

If you are suffering from a sports injury or any other foot and ankle condition, then it is time to call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you with all kinds of foot and ankle problems. Contact us at (718) 624 7537 and schedule an appointment today!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 23, 2017
Category: Runner Injuries

Running can be a great stress reliever.  People who have caught the “running bug” claim that they don’t feel happy or normal without getting their daily run in, or at least getting out a few times per week.  The benefits of running are many: increased cardiovascular health and endurance, endorphin surges, lower blood pressure, better physical fitness…. The list is long! 

However, running also takes its toll on our feet and ankles.  There are many injuries that happen to peoples’ feet and ankles when they are regular runners.  Are you amongst the running wounded?  At the office of Dr. Joseph Stuto, we treat many runners who are suffering from running inflicted injuries.  The five most common running related injuries we treat are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: symptoms are a tight, painful sensation, sometimes sharp in nature at the base of the heel.  It can be slightly annoying to downright excruciating in nature!  The pain often comes and goes, but we’ve been told it is comparable to having stepped on a nail heel first!! 
  • Achilles Tendinitis:  inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Unfortunately, Achilles Tendinitis is a slow healer, and usually manifests itself as a pain at the back of the lower leg (at the Achilles tendon, just above the heel). 
  • IT Band Syndrome:  inflammation of the tendon that connects your knee to your hip.  This has been explained to us as feeling like being stabbed in the side of the knee when you run!!  This annoying and painful injury can quickly become crippling if not addressed and corrected in a timely manner!!
  • Shin Splints:  Pain in the shin area.  In minor cases, the muscles in the shin may be tender and inflamed, but in severe cases, the shin splints can be extremely painful and turn into a stress fracture along the tibia… this results in searing pain with every stride!!
  • Runner’s Knee:  Constant aching underneath your kneecap when running… aka “runner’s knee”.

The treatments and “fixes” for these varying problems range from orthotics to stretching and strengthening calves, to movement based treatments for soft-tissue injuries (Active Release Technique), to resting, icing, and various stretching and strengthening exercises. 

Whatever the treatment required, we are here to help at either of our two convenient locations in Brooklyn, NY.  Relief is simply a call away!  Contact us to make an appointment and run away from the pain!