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Sports Medicine

Philip Messenger, DPM, PLLC -  - Podiatrist

West Side Foot Care

Philip Messenger, DPM, PLLC

Podiatrist located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

The sports medicine offered at West Side Foot Care involves treating sports and exercise injuries or conditions, then working to strengthen the affected area to prevent future issues. Because your feet play a key role in your training, it’s important to get care from an experienced podiatrist like Philip Messenger, DPM, PLLC. At his practice, West Side Foot Care on the Upper West Side in New York City. Dr. Messenger specializes in sports medicine and preventive care. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, call or schedule an appointment online with West Side Foot Care today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What sports injuries can a podiatrist treat?

A sports medicine podiatrist has extensive training in diagnosing and treating all issues related to your feet and ankles, including skin care. You should consider seeing Dr. Messenger if you have foot or ankle fractures, strains, turf toe and achilles tendonitis, or sprains, including a sprained ankle. Also, if you have an old sports injury that isn’t getting better, Dr. Messenger can help you strengthen the area and work to prevent future injuries.

Sports medicine isn’t just about treating and preventing injuries, though. It can also involve treating common skin issues that athletes face. For instance, if you have athlete’s foot, plantar warts, or an ingrown toenail, Dr. Messenger can provide the care you need to get you back in the game.  

How do custom orthotics help athletes?

One of the most common and beneficial sports medicine solutions for athletes and exercise enthusiasts is a set of custom orthotics designed by Dr. Messenger. These specialized inserts are designed specifically for your feet. They provide support where you need it while taking pressure off injured or sore areas so they can heal. Custom orthotics offer support if you have any of the following issues:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Warts, corns, or calluses
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament or tendon injuries

Since over-the-counter shoe inserts and arch supports are designed for everyone, they probably won’t give you the same support as custom orthotics. If they are a poor fit for your feet, they can even cause more pain or discomfort. This is why custom orthotics are designed only for your feet with your specific concerns in mind.

How are custom orthotics designed?

Because Dr. Messenger has extensive training in sports medicine issues, he has a state-of-the-art orthotic system right in the office. This advanced system digitally measures your feet using a 3D scanner so your orthotics provide comfort and pain relief as soon as you slip them in your shoes. This is prescribed after an extensive biomechanical examination.

After gathering your measurements, Dr. Messenger sends your information off to the lab to have your orthotics designed.  During your follow-up appointment, he ensures that the orthotics fit you comfortably and provide the support you need.

If you have a sports injury or need custom orthotics, schedule an appointment at West Side Foot Care by calling or using online scheduling today.