Foot/Ankle Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Problems of the Foot & Ankle

Our podiatrists at our Northwest Indiana podiatrist office know the value of regular exercise and competitive athletics. Dr. Nirenberg loves treating sports medicine injuries in athletes and even the “weekend warrior.” Dr. Nirenberg exercises on a regular basis and knows first-hand how important it is to keep people moving, whether just walking the dog, jogging on the treadmill or performing in a competitive sport. He strives to do his very best to resolve your sports medicine injury as fast as possible–and keep you on your feet.

At Friendly Foot Care, our podiatric physicians treat sports medicine problems of the heel, foot and ankle problems in athletes of all ages, from children to the elderly. Women’s Adventure Magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine have sought Dr. Nirenberg’s sports medicine expertise.

Many of our sports medicine patients are competitive athletes while others are simply people who want to walk, jog or run for better health. So if you are pro-athlete or weekend warrior, our doctors can accommodate your sports medicine injury or problem.

Our podiatrist office treats people with a sports foot and ankle injury from all of Northwest Indiana (Lake County and Porter County). If you are looking for a podiatrist in Valparaiso, or podiatrist in Gary, Merrillville, podiatrist in Schererville, podiatrist in Dyer, Winfield, podiatrist in St. John, podiatrist in Highland, Portage, Chesterton, podiatrist in Cedar Lake, podiatrist in Griffith, Lowell, Wheatfield, Hobart, podiatrist in Hammond, Munster, Lafayette, Michigan City, Kouts, East Chicago and Valparaiso, or even Chicago, call us today at (219)663-2273!


Innovative Technology

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Our podiatrists use state-of-the-art sports medicine injury technology to keep your feet, ankle and entire lower extremity well-aligned and functioning at its very best.

Besides using diagnostic ultrasound and real-time fluoroscopy to evaluate foot and ankle injuries, our podiatrists may use Dartfish gait analysis video software. “Gait” refers in most basic terms to how we move, which is often running or walking. Dartfish gait analysis software was developed in Switzerland and has won numerous awards, including the Tabby Award winner in Sport and Fitness, and numerous medal-winning Olympic athletes use it.

Our award winning Indiana licensed podiatry practice treats sports medicine injury of the heel, toe, foot and ankle for Northwest Indiana, including Highland, Merrillville, Schererville, Valparaiso, Hobart, Lafayette, Kouts, Dyer, Portage, Gary, Dyer, Winfield, Cedar Lake, Griffith, Lowell, St. John, DeMotte, Hammond, and Chesterton. If you have a sports injury or sports-related foot or ankle problem, call us today at (219)663-2273!


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The impact on our feet and ankles after a great jump shot is substantial and as a result, foot and ankle injuries during basketball are common and they can be severe. Our podiatrists know the importance of properly treating basketball injuries to prevent long term complications, such as a lifetime of pain or foot and ankle weakness.

Basketball injuries can range from a simple sore toenail to a torn achilles tendon or ligament, or even a fracture of the ankle or foot (or in some cases, both!). Other common basketball injuries our podiatrist office sees include Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and sprains and strains.


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Gymnasts appear to move gracefully, even effortlessly, but the reality is that gymnastics can strain and injure our feet and ankles. Our podiatrists know how important gymnastics is to those people involved in the sport and they strive to get gymnasts back on their feet as quickly as possible.

The most common gymnastic injury our podiatrists see is a sprained ankle. Ankle sprains in gymnasts can be minor or severe. In severe sprains, the ankle ligaments can stretch or even tear, and if these are not properly treated, gymnasts can be at risk for a lifetime of pain and weakness.

Other gymnastic injuries our doctors see include ankle weakness, pulled tendons and even tendon tears, sesmoid bone injury (sesmoiditis), plantar fasciitis (heel pain), neuromas, painful bunions and fractures.


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Baseball may look tame but our podiatrists have seen bones broken from the impact with the ball. Players feet and ankles are subjected to sprinting, twisting and sliding. The upshot is that baseball players often injure their feet or ankles. The baseball injuries that our podiatrists see in the office include fractures, sprains, ligament tears, ankle weakness, tendon tears and high impact contusions to the foot and ankle.


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Nothing is better than executing the perfect spike in volleyball, at least until you land. That is when your feet and ankles endure the brunt of the impact. When a volleyball player’s feet are not landing after a jump, side-to-side movement can stress them. As a result foot and ankle injuries especially ankle sprains are common in volleyball players. Worse, ligaments can rupture and tendons can tear.

Our podiatrists often use our in-office diagnostic ultrasound technology to check for an injury to ligaments or tendons. If these problems are not correctly treated, the foot and ankle can remain sore and weak for years.

Running (in shoes and even barefoot)

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Runners are at high risk for injury. Dr. Nirenberg is an avid runner and participates in barefoot and minimalist running (and has even penned a chapter on the subject!).

Our podiatrists treat a host of runners, from those who run marathons to weekend joggers. The repetitive nature of running can cause many different problems, including heel pain (plantar fasciitis), fractures (and stress fractures), tendonitis, bursitis, nerve problems (such as a neuroma or tarsal tunnel syndrome), sprains, tendon tears, ligament ruptures, and other problems.

Most runners dread the thought of not being able to run because of an injury. The doctors at our practice strive to keep runners running, while alleviating their foot or ankle problem, or at a minimum, getting the patient running as soon as possible.


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Dancing may not be considered a sport but dance can be just a grueling as many other sports. Dancers often subject their body, and particularly their feet, to severe stress. Common problems our podiatrists see include injured toenails (including ingrown toenails), nerve entrapments, shin splints, tendonitis and heel pain (plantar fasciitis).


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The severe intensity of football puts the feet and ankles at risk for a large number of injuries. A player’s ankle may be twisted or torqued excessively, or even stepped on. The result may be a torn ligament, tendon rupture or fracture. Some football injuries are overlooked, such as a subtle fracture of the foot called a Lis Franc fracture.

Our podiatrists often use a combination of x-rays and diagnostic ultrasound to diagnose football injuries of the heel, foot and ankle. In severe cases, the doctor may also examine the foot or ankle in our office using real-time fluoroscopy or send the injured player for an MRI or CT scan of their foot or ankle.


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Most injuries to the foot or ankle during soccer are the result of trauma; instead of kicking the ball, a player kicks someone’s foot. The common problems are podiatrists see include sprains, ligament tears, tendon tears, and fractures.

Knee, Hip or Back Pain Could Be Related to Your Feet

Often knee, hip, ankle, foot and even back pain relates to the way our feet are functioning. After all, our feet serve as our foundation and they when they are misaligned our whole body can be affected. By improving the biomechanics of our feet, problems throughout our body may improve—this is especially true for athletes who have knee pain.

We also use special wraps and braces to keep get our patients well faster and keep them moving. When surgery is needed, our podiatrists often use arthroscopic cameras to solve the problem through tiny incisions on an “out-patient” basis or other minimal incision techniques. The bottom line is we do everything we can to get you “back in the game” as quickly as possible.

Common Sports Medicine Problems of the Foot & Ankle

Sports medicine problems of the heel, foot and ankle we treat include:

Our foot and ankle podiatry practice treats sports medicine injury of the heel, foot and ankle for people throughout Indiana and Northwest Indiana, including Merrillville, Schererville, Valparaiso, Hobart, Lafayette, Kouts, Dyer, Portage, Gary, Dyer, Highland, St. John, Cedar Lake, Griffith, Lowell, Wheatfield, DeMotte, Rensselaer, Hammond, Munster and Chesterton. If you have a foot or ankle injury or other sports problem, call for an appointment today at (219)663-2273!

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