In 2015, 509,000 runners completed a marathon race in the United States. Of these, 49,365, completed the TCS New York City Marathon. As marathon running becomes an increasingly popular hobby, I have been seeing more patients in my office with running-related problems.

Some of the more common foot problems in runners are….

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splint
  • Tendinitis
  • Blisters

Plantar Fasciitis

Many runners experience heel pain, or plantar fasciitis. This is inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of your foot. In runners, it is caused by overuse. In order to prevent such an injury, it is important to stretch before and after workouts. Freezing a water bottle and rolling it over the bottom of your foot will also help decrease inflammation. The condition can also be caused by worn out shoes, and in many cases you may also need an arch support, or an orthotic. For orthotic evaluation, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist today!

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures can be caused from overuse. They can also be caused by increasing the length and intensity of your workouts too quickly. They are frequently accompanied by a sharp and sudden pain in the bone of your foot and can be difficult to differentiate from tendinitis. In cases where diagnosis with x-ray is inconclusive, an MRI may be ordered. Unfortunately, bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal and taking time off from running will be a necessity.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are pain along the front of your shin bone. This occurs because of inflammation of the tendons and muscles along your shin. Shin splints can also be caused by overuse or even flat feet. The first line of therapy is icing, stretching, and anti-inflammatories. If you have shin splints, you should  be evaluated by a podiatrist today to see if you are a candidate for orthotics. This will help to better align your feet and prevent the tendons and muscles in this area from working too hard.


Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons in your feet. One commonly affected tendon is your Achilles tendon. This is the large tendon that runs down the back of your leg and inserts into your heel bone. If this tendon is not properly stretched, it can easily become inflamed and injured. The tendons in the front of your leg and foot are responsible for slowing you down. They are activated when running downhill, pain at this time or after a hill workout might be tendinitis. It is treated with ice, compression, and anti-inflammatories.


Blisters are a result of the friction between your foot and sock, or foot and shoe. They can be filled with either blood or clear fluid. If you have a blister, do not attempt to drain it on your own, because this can cause an infection. Seek medical attention to have it treated under sterile conditions and to decrease the risk of infection. It is also important to wear shoes that fit well with moisture-wicking socks.

If you are a runner and are having any of the above problems, or any additional problems, call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today at (845) 298-9704, for an appointment. We are serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls.

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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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I came here today for the first time what a wonderful group of people, very professional and friendly and the Dr. I saw, Dr. Geshev, he is absolutely the first podiatrist I’ve ever seen that made me feel very comfortable, and he knows what he’s doing. I would recommend this podiatrist office to everybody.

- Valerie G.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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Wonderful staff (warm and inviting). Clean office. Dr. G is knowledgeable and listened to me. He knew 3 ways to help my situation and I know that I will feel better under his care and instructions. I recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists!

- S.G.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
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Saturday: By appointment only

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