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Sports Injuries

Apple Podiatry Group

Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Arlington, Fort Worth, & Flower Mound, TX

In a given year, as many as 8.6 million Americans suffer from a physical activity-related injury. Since sports and exercise injuries are on the rise, Jarna Rathod-Bhatt, DPM, and Rahul Bhatt, DPM, of Apple Podiatry Group take the time to diagnose and treat you thoroughly so you lower your risk of future re-injury. If you suffered a sports injury, book an exam at the practice’s Arlington, Flower Mound clinic locations. Click the online scheduler or call either office directly.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common types of sports injuries since just about any type of exercise, dance, or sport leads to added strain on your lower extremities.

Sports injuries are any issues that happen suddenly while you’re participating in an activity or chronic pain-causing conditions that develop gradually over time, such as runners’ injuries (like stress fractures).

Common sports injuries include:

  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Ingrown toenails  
  • Broken bones
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Neuromas

Sports medicine is a complex branch of medicine. Your podiatrist not only has to diagnose you, but they also have to understand the demands of your sport so you can get back to modified sport-specific training as quickly as possible.

Are there symptoms of sports injuries?

Yes, and at Apple Podiatry Group, you have access to a team of sports medicine specialists who spend time going over all of your symptoms, gathering imaging, and examining you so you can get started on treatment right away. When you have a sports injury, you may experience:

  • Ankle instability
  • Redness or bruising
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Popping or grinding sensations
  • Obvious deformity, such as a bony bump
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

The highly skilled podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group educate you about your diagnosis and talk with you about all of your different treatment options.

How are sports injuries treated?

Your sports injury treatment plan may begin with immobilizing your foot and ankle. This can involve casting, bracing, splinting, or even compression wrapping.

Sports injuries are also treated with:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Corticosteroid injections or medications
  • Supportive footwear
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy

If you have a complex sports injury, such as a complete fracture, your podiatrist at Apple Podiatry Group may talk with you about surgery.

Using minimally invasive techniques, your foot and ankle surgeon can place pins and rods, perform tissue grafts, and make any essential repairs to treat your sports injury.

The sports medicine specialists at Apple Podiatry Group help you recover from your sports injury and get back to 100%. Find out more by booking an exam online or over the phone.