Sports Injuries Specialists
If a sports injury leaves you sidelined, but you’re ready to get back to training, board-certified podiatrists Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, and Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, FACFAS, and their expert team can help at Eastside Podiatry PLLC, located in St. Clair Shores and Fraser, Michigan. They specialize in sports injury treatments for feet and ankles. At the first sign of an injury, call the office for an appointment or use the online booking tool at any time.
Sports Injuries Q & A
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries, especially in your feet and ankles, are common among athletes. They affect your musculoskeletal system made up of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Some sports injuries heal on their own over time. If you have a severe or non-healing sports injury, see the Eastside Podiatry PLLC team for an evaluation.
What are common foot and ankle injuries?
Sports injuries that can affect your foot or ankle include:
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
Symptoms commonly associated with foot and ankle injuries include dull or sharp pain, redness, swelling, numbness, tingling, and reduced range of motion or mobility. See the team at Eastside Podiatry PLLC for an evaluation to get back on the field or court as quickly as possible.
How are sports injuries diagnosed?
To diagnose a sports injury, your podiatrist reviews your medical history and discusses your lifestyle and symptoms. They examine your injured foot and ankle and might recommend blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to confirm your diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
How are sports injuries treated?
Your personalized sports injury treatment plan depends on the type of injury you have and its severity. Your podiatrist might recommend:
Home treatments that can accelerate healing and reduce pain include rest, compression, ice or heat packs, elevation, and wearing a splint or brace.
Your provider shows you injury-specific exercises and stretches that can boost strength and flexibility and prevent reinjury.
Taking anti-inflammatory medicines or receiving injections can reduce pain and inflammation associated with a sports injury. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use your own blood plasma to stimulate cell regeneration and healing.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
ESWT uses sound pulses to stimulate healing, break up scar tissue, and reduce pain and inflammation associated with sports injuries.
Laser therapy uses noninvasive laser energy to stimulate healing and cell regeneration without pain, surgery, or downtime.
Fracture care at Eastside Podiatry PLLC might include wearing a brace, splint, or cast, traction, external fixation, or surgical procedures in the case of a severe fracture.
If you have a severe sports-related injury in your foot or ankle, surgery might be needed to fully restore musculoskeletal structure and function. The experts at Eastside Podiatry PLLC offer minimally invasive procedures using the latest innovative technology.
Don’t live with a slow-healing or severe sports injury when a wide array of treatments are available at Eastside Podiatry PLLC. Book an appointment by phone or online today.
How is a sprained ankle treated?
Whenever possible, the caring providers at Eastside Podiatry PLLC use conservative, nonsurgical treatments to ease pain caused by a sprained ankle. Usually, they recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation, also known as the RICE protocol. If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from an ankle brace or physical therapy. If your sprain doesn’t heal or your ankle joint remains unstable, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To learn more about your treatment options for a sprained ankle, make an appointment at Eastside Podiatry PLLC today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.