As an athlete, a serious sports-related injury can impact your ability to perform and limit your career choices in the future. Fortunately, James Cottom, DPM, FACFAS, and Jay Badell, DPM, AACFAS at Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center offer a wide range of options to treat your sports-related injury before it causes permanent damage. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.

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What is sports medicine?

If you or your child suffer an injury while playing a sport, such as cross country, soccer, baseball, basketball, or football, it’s best to seek out a doctor who specializes in sports medicine or treats sports-related injuries.

Not only do we treat your injury and create a comprehensive treatment plan for your speedy recovery, but also teach you how to prevent common sports injuries in the future.

What are sports injuries?

The most common types of sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Turf toe
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Groin pull
  • Muscle strain
  • Hamstring injuries

Proper stretching and resting can help reduce your chances of developing these injuries, so it’s important to talk to us about your fitness routine before you sign up for your next 10K or a community basketball team.

How can I prevent sports injuries?

Some sports injuries occur because we simply aren’t conditioned for a new activity.

If you’re a big swimmer, that doesn’t mean you should start running five miles a day without training. Different exercises work out different muscles; you may put stress on your tendons and ligaments if they haven’t been conditioned for that kind of impact.

We can recommend dynamic stretches, warm-ups, and cooldown exercises to make sure that you don’t overexert yourself when trying a new exercise.

In addition to warm-ups and stretches, icing your muscles and taking anti-inflammatories can help reduce pain and swelling in your body after a tough workout, whether you’re an avid runner or a high school athlete.

What are my treatment options?

If your sports injury is severe enough to require treatment from a doctor, your recovery plan depends on the nature of your injury.

First, we will determine what type of injury you have and how serious it is — a diagnosis that sometimes requires a stress X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, or ultrasound.

If your injury occurs in your foot or ankle, he may recommend a combination of treatment options, including:

  • An ankle brace or boot
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Call Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center today or book an appointment online to learn more.