Participating in sports and other physical activities can provide many benefits including better mental and physical health and reducing stress. However, whether you are new to a sport or have been playing for years, sports-related injuries are bound to happen. And when they do, more often than not, it affects the lower extremities.
Repetitive pounding from running, quickly changing direction, and high impact sports and activities make feet and ankles more prone to injury. And no one sees that more than athletes. When one experiences a traumatic foot or ankle injury, it can lead to persistent aches, swelling, and bruising.
Our goal at Shady Grove Podiatry is to also make sure our patients return to peak performance and find relief from their foot pain, heel pain or ankle pain. We specialize in providing exceptional podiatric sports medicine services to our patients. These services include diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Our state-of-the-art healthcare technology ensures that our patients are receiving the highest quality care in foot and ankle treatment.
Sports Injuries Treated
Sports injuries in the feet and ankles require special treatment to ensure the bones, ligaments and tendons heal properly and can remain healthy for years to come. We offer a range of treatment options to help ensure you receive the best outcomes. At Shady Grove Podiatry, we make every effort to provide the least invasive treatment while minimizing downtime. Here are some of the most common sport injuries that we treat:
- Athlete’s foot
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
- Heel fissures
- Ingrown toenails
- Overuse injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
What Is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine provides a comprehensive approach to treating acute and chronic sports-related injuries while building strength and stamina. The goal is to help you stay active, particularly when you’ve been sidelined by an injury. By treating the underlying issue while simultaneously rebuilding strength, you’re more likely to return to the activities you love faster while preventing the same injury from reoccurring.
Podiatrists that specialize in sports medicine have focused medical training to help you recover from injury, improve your athletic performance and offer preventative care to reduce the risk of future injury. Sports medicine podiatrists not only treat the underlying injury, but they also rehabilitate and strengthen the surrounding muscles and joints to help create a better support system for your foot and ankle. A sports medicine podiatrist will work to understand your goals to return to your active lifestyle.
When to See a Sports Medicine Doctor
Knowing when to see a sports medicine podiatrist is essential for restoring function to your lower extremities and maintaining foot and ankle health to keep you in the game longer. Sports medicine podiatrists can evaluate, diagnose and treat acute injuries as well as overuse injuries and genetic abnormalities. If you experience any of the following symptoms it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist:
- Pain that worsens with increased activity
- Stiffness or limited mobility in the ankle or foot
- Tenderness or difficulty bearing weight
The podiatrists at Shady Grove Podiatry have extensive training in sports-related ankle and foot injuries. It is their specialized training that has helped athletes in the Gaithersburg and Rockville, Maryland areas get back in the game quicker and stronger than before.
If you are having persistent pain in your ankles or feet, a podiatrist specializing in sports medicine can diagnose your concern. Our podiatrists will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your sports-related foot and ankle injury, review your medical history, examine your gait and the affected area.
Depending on the severity of your injury, your podiatrist may also order additional testing such as ultrasound diagnostic imagery or X-rays. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific injury to help you get back to doing what you love.
Sports Medicine Treatment
Having a foot or ankle injury can be due to several different factors, such as using faulty machines at the gym, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or performing poor training techniques. At Shady Grove Podiatry, we incorporate a variety of techniques and treatments to optimize healing.
Common forms of sports medicine intervention include many modalities:
- Activity modifications
- Foot and ankle bracing
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Injury prevention
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Shock wave therapy
- Strength training and conditioning exercises
- Ultrasound therapy
Being sidelined from the sport or activity you love can be frustrating, to say the least. If you require surgery to correct your injury, we will make every effort to utilize minimally invasive techniques to reduce your amount of recovery and downtime when possible.
Contact Shady Grove Podiatry Today
If you suspect that you may have suffered a sports-related injury and want to make an appointment, contact us online or call Shady Grove Podiatry in Gaithersburg, Maryland today at 301-948-2995.