Playing sports is a great way to stay fit, but your participation in practices and games can also be hard on your feet and ankle joints. At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, board-certified podiatrists Jay Mukker, DPM, FABPM, CWSP, and Gavin Lee, DPM, specialize in diagnostic testing and treatment services for a wide range of sports-related foot and ankle injuries. If you can’t play your favorite sport because of the persistent ankle or foot pain, call the office in Fresno or Madera, California, or book an appointment online today.
Many sports rely heavily on your feet and ankles, which can increase your risk for painful sports injuries. Athletes at all levels are prone to overuse injuries like muscle strains and ligament sprains that occur from strenuous physical activity.
Other common sports injuries the providers at Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center diagnose and treat include:
Running around the field or court can also make your feet sweaty and increase your risk for calluses and ulcers. When you shower in public locker rooms in your bare feet, you might also risk getting an infection like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
Even minor sports injuries can result in foot or ankle complications. If you’re hurt during practice or a game, schedule an evaluation with the foot and ankle specialists at Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center.
You also need a diagnostic consultation if you have foot or ankle pain that you can’t treat on your own or if your pain worsens even with treatment.
Your provider uses advanced diagnostic technologies to assess your bones and soft tissues. Based on the results, they customize a treatment plan to relieve pain and restore function in your foot or ankle joint.
If you have a sprain or strain, you might need medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Your Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center specialist may also recommend rest and ice or heat therapy.
When oral medications aren’t enough, you might need injections of steroids or pain relievers directly into the joints of your feet or ankles.
The practice also offers Multiwave Locked System (MLS®) M6 laser therapy and Miracle Wave® acoustic wave therapy, noninvasive treatments that help repair, restore, and rejuvenate muscle tissue.
If you have a more serious injury like a fracture or a tendon tear, your provider may recommend surgery. They can use advanced minimally invasive or open surgical techniques to repair damaged bone or tissue, so it can heal properly.
The providers may also refer you to physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your ankles and feet.
Physical therapy helps you heal from sports injuries and can lower your risk for additional complications. You can learn exercises to improve your flexibility and increase your overall performance in your chosen sport.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for a sports injury, call the Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center office near you or book an appointment online today.