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How Podiatrists Can Help Athletes Overcome Common Sports Injuries

In sports, where every step counts, injured feet and ankles can make it hard for athletes to bring their A-game! That’s where the foot pros come in! Podiatrists are the most qualified medical professionals of the lower extremities, with the skills to tackle a wide range of sports injuries. Let’s look at some of the most common injuries we treat at My Chicago Foot Expert and why an expert DPM is the best choice for athletes who want to get back on the field and perform their best.

Sprains and Strains

  • Ankle ligament damage is common after rapid turns or landings that aren’t smooth. Ankle sprains are common in sports like basketball, soccer, and running.
  • A podiatrist can accurately diagnose the severity of the injury and can utilize conservative treatments like the R.I.C.E. method, anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, orthotics, and physical therapy.

Stress Fractures

  • Hairline cracks in the bone from constant impact. Often seen in athletes who do high-impact sports like running or jumping.
  • Podiatrists can use advanced imaging methods to help make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatments, such as braces and ways to keep the foot from moving.

Achilles Tendonitis

  • An inflammation of the Achilles tendon that is often caused by too much use or wearing the wrong shoes. This is often seen in runners and other sports who train hard.
  • An expert foot doctor can conduct exams that look closely at inflammation and physical issues and prescribe effective treatments like orthoses, stretching programs, and the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).

Plantar Fasciitis

  • Heel pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar ligament. Common in sports like running and tennis, that put a lot of stress on the feet over and over again.
  • An expert DPM can perform clinical tests to find out what causes heel pain and provide advice on how to do stretching movements and make custom orthotic inserts.

All the above conditions can benefit from Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment. The PRP treatment is a new and innovative idea in the area of sports medicine. It can be used to heal a wide range of joint problems. As experts with feet and ankles, podiatrists know that PRP treatment can help their patients in significant ways.

  • Long-Term Benefits: PRP not only heals, but it also helps tissues grow back, which helps keep your foot healthy.
  • Practice Based on Evidence: Podiatrists use methods that have been supported by studies, and PRP has been shown to work in many studies.

With their specialized knowledge and accurate testing tools, podiatrists are the best people to help athletes who have been injured while playing sports. They know how to treat a wide range of injuries, from sprained ankles to stress fractures and Achilles tendonitis, so you can get better faster and heal completely.

Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Cook County podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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