Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Even if you’re a pro, you can’t always prevent injuries while playing sports. With sports medicine treatments from the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, you can return to the field or the court safely and without pain. For more information about sports injuries and treatments for them, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a medical specialty specifically focused on treating athletes and injuries sustained during sports. While there are countless benefits of being physically active and in shape, playing sports puts you at risk of getting injuries that can cause pain and affect your movement.

Sports medicine treatments and therapies focus on treating your injury and promoting fast healing so you can continue participating in your sport and staying active. Many sports injuries happen because of repetitive movements in sports, and playing through an injury without getting the proper treatment can make the injury worse. 

The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York primarily treats foot and ankle injuries. While you can get a foot or ankle injury in nearly any sport, a few that cause lots of foot and ankle injuries are cheerleading, basketball, soccer, and tennis. If you play sports like these, the team can help you learn to protect yourself from injuries in the future.

What are some common sports injuries?

Athletes are susceptible to many common injuries, and sports medicine specialists can treat them quickly and effectively. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York often treats these injuries in athletes:

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains happen when you tear a ligament in your ankle, usually after rolling it. In the short term, ankle sprains cause pain, swelling, and bruising. If you don’t treat them, they can cause chronic ankle instability.

Stress fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks in your bones. They can cause immense pain despite their size and get worse with time. 

Heel pain

Heel pain has many potential causes, including plantar fasciitis, and pinched nerves. The team can evaluate your heel pain to find the exact source and treat the injury. 

Peroneal tendinitis

Your peroneal tendons go down the sides of your lower legs and attach to your smallest toes. When you overuse them during sports, they can become inflamed and painful.

How are sports injuries treated?

Your sports medicine treatment plan depends on the type of injury you have. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York might take X-rays and other images of your foot or ankle to identify the damage and plan your treatment for it. They typically use nonsurgical treatments first and only recommend surgery when it’s immediately necessary. Your treatment might include:

  • Foot and ankle wrapping
  • A walking boot
  • Stem cell therapy 
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest

The team can also give you tips for preventing future sports injuries, like stretching before and after you exercise, cross-training, and using protective gear while you play.

To find out more about sports medicine and prevention strategies, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or request an appointment online today.