Injuries to your foot or ankle can make it difficult to walk and often turn into chronic pain problems. Chronic injuries can lead to problems higher up in the knees or hips. If you have foot or ankle pain, sports medicine physician Irwin Abraham, MD, can help. At his practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Dr. Abraham uses manual therapies and cutting-edge prolotherapy treatments to alleviate foot and ankle pain. Call the New York City office today for more information or book an appointment online.
What causes foot and ankle pain?
Foot and ankle pain can result from an acute injury such as a fall that breaks or sprains your ankle. In many cases, foot and ankle pain are due to the gradual deterioration of joint cartilage or connective tissues because of overuse or the aging process.
Even small stresses at the ankle and foot can result in major distress and disability.
Causes of foot and ankle pain include:
Achilles tendon injuries
How does prolotherapy help with foot and ankle pain?
Prolotherapy is a safe, non-surgical method of stimulating your body's healing processes. Dr. Abraham injects a dextrose or glucose solution with a local anesthetic and sterile water into your body's damaged tissues.
Dr. Abraham uses two types of prolotherapy:
Traditional prolotherapy injections can go deep into your tissues. The solution encourages healing cells to come to the injection site, where they multiply to create new tissues. The process takes about six weeks and often needs one or two repetitions..
Perineural injection therapy (PIT)
PIT works along the same lines as traditional prolotherapy, but Dr. Abraham targets nerves that are near the surface of your skin. PIT helps switch off pain nerves to reduce and relieve the severity of your chronic pain, leading to promptly starting regeneration of damaged structures.