Podiatric Sports Medicine Specialist

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN

Pain, swelling, and bruising in your foot, ankle, or lower leg after a sports injury can prevent you from returning to play or exercising. To get back on the field or in the gym, see the podiatric specialists at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists for reliable diagnosis and treatment. Located in Merrillville, Indiana, you can get the care you need where it’s most convenient for you. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking tool or call today.

Podiatric Sports Medicine Q & A

What is a sports medicine podiatrist?

A sports medicine podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) who has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries related to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Podiatrists treat a wide variety of overuse and traumatic injuries caused by sports and general recreation, including running and exercising in the gym. They can also help you to prevent recurrence of foot and ankle injuries through personalized medical treatment and therapy.

What are the signs of a podiatric sports injury?

Some studies suggest that up to 50% of all sports injuries involve the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Common signs of podiatric sports injuries include:

  • Stiffness or decreased range of motion
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Popping, clicking, or cracking in the joints
  • Pain that is worse with certain activities, like running or getting out of bed in the morning

These injuries can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and disability, especially if you’ve experienced trauma to your foot or ankle.

What causes podiatric sports injuries?

Most podiatric sports injuries involve soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments, though specific bones and joints may be involved. Common podiatric sports injuries include:

  • Lateral ankle sprains
  • Medial ankle sprains
  • High ankle sprains
  • Ligament tears with or without fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Turf toe or sand toe
  • Stress fractures

If you have any foot deformities, including corns or bunions, or are wearing old athletic shoes that need to be replaced, your risk of a sports injury may be higher than someone without these issues.

How do podiatrists treat sports injuries?

Your podiatrist offers a variety of treatment methods to address sports injuries. For mild-to-moderate injuries, the team may recommend ice, rest, bracing, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. For injuries that are more severe or involve ligaments tears or fractures, surgery may be needed to repair the damage.

The team also works with physical therapists to improve treatment outcomes, either during your recovery or after surgery, to strengthen your feet and avoid the risk of re-injury when possible.

For all of your foot and ankle-related sports injuries, call or book a visit online at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists now.