If you don’t warm up properly or wear the appropriate footwear, you’re more likely to experience sports injuries. At Sarasota Foot Care Center, with two convenient locations in Sarasota, Florida, the team diagnoses and treats sports injuries in people of all ages. They also educate patients, lowering the risk of injury while ensuring athletes can participate in the activities they love. To schedule an appointment today, call the office in Sarasota North or Gulf Gate Sarasota, or book a consultation online.
Sports injuries occur due to strenuous physical activity. Anyone can experience a sports injury, but they’re especially common in children and teenagers.
You’re more likely to experience a sports injury if:
If you or a loved one suffers a sports injury, don’t wait to seek professional treatment. Early intervention can lower your risk of complications and encourage your body’s natural healing process.
The team at Sarasota Foot Care Center treats a variety of common sports injuries, including:
Additionally, the team treats sports injuries that cause foot pain, heel pain, and ankle pain.
Anyone can experience a sports injury, but several factors increase your risk, including being middle-aged or older, being overweight, and failing to warm up or cool down.
A lack of care can also play a role. For example, many sports injuries occur due to overuse. If you experience pain or discomfort while exercising, listen to your body. Instead of pushing through the pain, visit Sarasota Foot Care Center as soon as possible.
To diagnose a sports injury, your podiatrist at Sarasota Foot Care Center reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, including how often you exercise, if you warm up properly, and what events triggered your injury.
After gathering this information, your provider conducts a comprehensive physical exam. This includes a visual inspection of your feet, ankles, and toes; a series of strength and range-of-motion exercises; a gait analysis; and diagnostic imaging, such as an onsite digital X-ray or ultrasound.
Your provider uses these measures to pinpoint the source of your pain and develop a custom care plan.
Treatment for sports injuries depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life.
Usually, the team at Sarasota Foot Care Center recommends conservative, holistic treatments such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), getting plenty of rest, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and wearing proper protective equipment.
If your injury persists or gets worse, you might benefit from:
If your sports injury is unable to heal on its own, surgical intervention may be necessary. The team at Sarasota Foot Care Center uses arthroscopy to conduct minimally invasive surgeries.
Schedule a sports injury appointment at Sarasota Foot Care Center today. Call or book a consultation online.