NYC Foot & Ankle Center
NYC Foot & Ankle Center


Podiatry located in Manhattan Valley neighborhood of the Upper West Side, New York, NY

Foot and ankle injuries, like fractures, sprains, and general wear-and-tear, are painful and debilitating, but you don’t have to suffer. At NYC Foot & Ankle Center in the Manhattan Valley neighborhood of the Upper West Side, expert podiatrists Diana Valencia, DPM, Emmanuel Bustos, DPM, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating various foot and ankle injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and more. Schedule injury treatment at the New York City office today or book your injury consultation online. 

Injuries Q & A

Do foot and ankle injuries only affect athletes?

No. Although athletes, like runners, are certainly more prone to foot and ankle injuries, anyone can experience them. 

Consider that your feet have more than 26 bones and 33 joints. These structures support the weight of your body and assist you with standing and walking. They’re tough, but they aren’t invincible. 

Aging, general wear-and-tear, and trauma can all result in an injury, so receiving treatment is essential if at-home care doesn’t ease your symptoms.

What are some common foot and ankle injuries?

The NYC Foot & Ankle Center team treats various foot and ankle injuries, including:


A fracture is an injury to a bone. Some fractures are minor (stress fractures), while others cause a bone to break into multiple pieces. These injuries often occur due to trauma, like car accidents or dropping something heavy on your foot. 


A sprain occurs when you overextend the ligaments –– thick bands of tissue –– in your feet or ankles. You might suffer a sprain if you step down awkwardly, roll your ankle, or exercise on an uneven surface.

Sports injuries

Sports injuries occur because of athletic endeavors, like running or playing sports. Common sports injuries that affect the feet and ankles include Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, and ankle sprains. 

Wear-and-tear (overuse injuries)

Wear-and-tear injuries occur because of overuse. For instance, plantar fasciitis is a type of heel pain that occurs because of damage to the plantar fascia –– a band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. 

The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot but experiences wear-and-tear daily, increasing the risk of pain and inflammation.

How are foot and ankle injuries treated?

The NYC Foot & Ankle Center team treats foot and ankle injuries using a conservative, minimally invasive approach. They might suggest:

  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy 
  • A cast or splint if you have a fracture or sprain
  • Shockwave therapy to relieve pain and promote healing
  • Custom orthotics

You might benefit from minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery if your injury doesn’t improve with conservative care. Minimally invasive surgery uses smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, allowing for a quicker recovery and a reduced risk of complications.

Call NYC Foot & Ankle Center today if you’re suffering from a foot or ankle injury, or schedule your appointment with the online booking feature.