Total Family Foot Care
Podiatrists located in Fort Worth, TX & Arlington, TX
A sports injury can interfere with your ability to walk, run, or participate in the activities you enjoy. At Total Family Foot Care in Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas, Terry Wright, DPM, and Jacquelyn Perry, DPM, diagnose and treat a broad range of foot and ankle sports injuries. To learn more about how sports medicine can help you, call Total Family Foot Care or schedule an appointment online today.
Sports Medicine Q&A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is health care that focuses exclusively on preventing and treating exercise-related injuries. While sports medicine is essential for athletes, active individuals can also take advantage of its benefits.
At Total Family Foot Care, Dr. Wright and Dr. Perry use advanced treatments, including laser therapy, to rehabilitate your feet and ankles after a sports injury. They also help athletes improve their performance with individualized preventive care that keeps your feet and ankles healthy during sports and exercise.
What injuries can sports medicine treat?
The feet and ankles absorb pressure from your legs and upper body, while also providing motion and stability. That leaves them vulnerable to injury. Whether you play soccer or gymnastics, many types of sports injuries can affect your feet and ankles, including:
The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles and heel. Repetitive pressure on the Achilles tendon can cause inflammation that affects your performance.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone (plantar fascia) becomes irritated. Stress on the feet can lead to plantar fasciitis. Heel pain is a telltale sign of the injury.
An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments that help stabilize your ankle suddenly stretch too far. Many athletes experience ankle sprains during sports that involve running, such as soccer or football.
A fracture is a break in the bone. Repetitive pressure on the feet and ankles can cause stress fractures over time. Proper conditioning can help reduce your risk of stress fractures when you exercise or play sports.
What are the most common sports medicine treatments?
Total Family Foot Care offers several treatments for sports injuries at the offices, including:
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Custom-made orthotics
The practice also uses advanced laser therapy to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and restore function to damaged soft tissues. If you have swollen joints or a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury, laser therapy may help accelerate the healing process.
To learn more about sports medicine, call Total Family Foot Care or schedule an appointment online today.