Sports medicine is a specialty of the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A. in Burnsville, MN. That's because athletes are the group of patients most susceptible to foot-related problems, including stress fractures, inflammation and deformities. Whether you're on the basketball court or the tennis court, it's important to watch your feet and see your podiatrist whenever you're experiencing discomfort or pain.
About Sports Medicine and Foot Health
Sports medicine deals with the treatment and prevention of physical trauma, wounds and injuries in athletes. One important branch of sports medicine deals with protecting and treating the feet, because they are very susceptible to injury. The repetitive acts of running, jumping and twisting your feet during athletic competition can cause significant damage to the feet and ankles over time. Athletes often complain of foot pain during and after their practices and games. Sometimes foot problems also develop and worsen because of wearing poorly designed sneakers or cleats.
Common Foot-Related Athletic Injuries
The type of sport you play may make you more prone to certain types of athletic injuries. For instance, runners often complain about Achilles tendinitis and tennis players often have ankle problems. Here are a few of the most common foot-related ailments in sports medicine:
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
- Flat feet
- Ankle and stress fractures
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ankle sprains
- Corns, calluses and bunions
Luckily, your Burnsville, MN, podiatrist offers a number of non-invasive and surgical treatments that can help you get back to the court or field if you have any of these foot concerns.
Prevention and Foot Remedies for Athletes
The best solution for an athlete is to take action to prevent foot problems altogether. Preventative actions include wrapping your feet before games, doing foot exercises, stretching and heat or ice therapy. If one of the aforementioned foot-related injuries is diagnosed, therapies available include:
- Laser treatments
- Physical therapy
- Nerve decompression
- Ankle arthroscopy and other surgeries
Make Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A. Part of Your Team
If you're an athlete, Dr. Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A. is a sports medicine specialist who is eager to team up with you to ensure your ongoing foot health. Call the Burnsville office at (952) 435-2629 today to schedule an initial consultation.