What is Sports Medicine?

Whether you’re a professional athlete or an everyday one, our foot and ankle experts provide the most advanced treatment and the best practices for prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. 

Common Injuries for Athletes

  • Fractures 
  • Heel pain 
  • Neuromas 
  • Sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles repair
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Trauma
  • Arch pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Lisfranc joint injury
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Accessory navicular syndrome
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How are Athletic Injuries Treated?

Every treatment for each unique athlete will be different. Some feel much better with simple pain medication and rest. Others need physical therapy or non-invasive treatments such as platelet-rich plasma. And then there are those who require surgery to continue with their sport. Your treatment plan will be determined by your medical history, your specific sport, and your symptoms. Below is a selection of the treatment options we provide at Foot & Ankle Specialty Group.

Custom Sports Orthotics

Custom orthotics are small inserts that fit inside of the shoes as comfortably as insoles. They are personalized to each individual’s unique foot and sport to help repair foot issues and imbalances in order to decrease foot pain and strain on the whole body by properly aligning the feet into proper anatomical positions. Each unique sports orthotic helps to support the feet and ankles; promote foot function; prevent excess shock; reduce pain, and maintain foot and ankle stability. 

Achilles Repair

The Achilles tendon can become damaged due to a sudden large force, abrupt pivoting, an increase in physical activity, or overuse of the tendon. The most common non-surgical treatment for this injury is to keep the foot in the correct position in order to give the Achilles tendon a rest and allow it to heal on its own. This is done by casting the foot.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is taken from a patient’s own blood and injected into the foot and ankle area in order to heal soft tissues around the joints and to deliver powerful growth factors to injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to repair conditions such as sprains, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and much more. 

Endoscopic Foot Surgery

Endoscopic foot surgery can repair heel spurs, as well as correct damage to ligaments affected by a severe foot or ankle sprain and issues with damaged articular cartilage around the big toe joint. This procedure can also assess a fractured foot that is not healing well to decide if surgery is needed. 

Learn More about PRP Treatment at Foot & Ankle Specialty Group

Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungus that affects many individuals who share changing rooms. Mild cases of athlete’s foot can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications (clotrimazole, econazole, ketoconazole, and miconazole) to fight off the infection and ease the symptoms. More severe cases of athlete’s foot may require prescription anti-fungal medication.

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Why Choose Foot & Ankle Specialty Group?

If you’re an athlete in need of foot and ankle repair, our team can help. We are a podiatry clinic founded by American Board of Podiatric Surgery Fellowship member Dr. Salma Aziz, D.P.M, M.S. with a focus on in-office treatments as well as surgical procedures for athletes of all ages. 

Utilizing regenerative medicine, physical therapy, advanced techniques and treatments, and a deep knowledge of the anatomy, Dr. Aziz — along with Dr. Petrina Yokay and Dr. Jessica Arneson — work hard to get athletes back on their feet and back to their life in sports. Since 2001, Dr. Aziz has been helping with foot and ankle injuries and conditions of all kinds with exceptional patient care and follow-up.

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