Sports medicine, sports injuries treatment in the St. Lucie County, FL: Port St. Lucie (White City, River Park, Fort Pierce, Hutchinson Island) and Martin County, FL: Stuart, Port Salerno, North River Shores, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Ocean Breeze areas

What is Sports Medicine?

Podiatrists that specialize in sports medicine treat (and help prevent) injuries in athletes and dancers to get them back in game and help them achieve peak performance.

Both professional and amateur dancers and athletes rely on their feet and ankles. They put a great deal of stress and strain on muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints in the feet and ankles every time they train, compete, or perform. Repetitive motions, overtraining, improper form, or accidents can lead to a variety of injuries—both overuse and acute.

Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries are actually common for the athlete or dancer. These types of injuries develop gradually over time and may not be painful enough for the athlete or dancer to stop their activity. However, even the most mild overuse injury may persist and worsen over time, making it harder to treat.

Overuse injuries are commonly due to repetitive stress, improper training or recovery, inappropriate footwear, a previous injury, age and weight, as well as biomechanical issues. The most common overuse injuries among athletes and dancers include:

Achilles tendon injuries

Plantar fasciitis

• Stress fractures

Morton’s neuroma

Ankle sprains

• Contusions

• Sesamoiditis

• Ankle impingement (common dance injury)

• Trigger toe (common dance injury)

Acute Injuries

An acute sports injury is one that occurs immediately by a specific traumatic event such as a collision, blow (or other form of impact), a fall, twist, or by changing direction suddenly.

These types of injuries typically result in pain that is immediate and severe and may be accompanied by swelling, redness, bruising, a physical deformity (as in a bone protrusion), and a reduced or complete lack of mobility.

The most common acute injuries among athletes and dancers include:


• Ankle sprains

• Ankle strains

• Achilles tendon ruptures

• Turf toe

• Bone dislocations

• Shin splints

• Crush injuries

The Importance of Prompt and Proper Treatment

It may be tempting for the athlete or dancer to ignore symptoms and try to “push through” an injury in order to continue training, competing, or performing. However, these symptoms are a warning sign and should be evaluated immediately by a podiatrist. Receiving prompt and proper treatment will prevent the injury from worsening or leading to further, possibly more serious, complications.

No matter what level athlete you are, do not ignore any pain, swelling, bruising, or limited mobility in your feet or ankles. Make an appointment to be evaluated by a podiatrist who can get to the root of your issue and fix it. They can also help you prevent future injuries and offer additional tips and techniques to keep you in top form.

Sports Medicine (FAQs)

What is sports medicine? 
Sports medicine is a branch of podiatry concerned with diagnosing and treating sports-related foot and ankle injuries. A podiatrist specializing in sports medicine can find the right treatments for you to ensure a full recovery and get you back on your feet faster. They can also teach you preventive measures to avoid further foot and ankle injuries in the future. 
What types of sports injuries can podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists can treat a wide range of sports injuries, including ankle sprains, foot and ankle fractures, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, Morton’s neuroma, and many more. These specialists can also analyze your gait, prescribe orthotics, help you find the right running shoes, and recommend exercises to improve your foot and ankle health.  
How do podiatrists treat sports injuries?
Treatments depend on the type of injury that you have sustained. These may include conservative treatments, such as footwear and activity modifications, resting and icing the injured foot, wearing orthotics, and taking over the counter pain medications, or surgical treatments. 
How can I prevent sports-related foot and ankle injuries? 
There are many things that you can do to help prevent foot and ankle injuries. Stretching and strengthening the lower limbs is suggested, as strong, flexible feet and ankles are less likely to be injured. Wearing the right shoes, both for your feet and for your sport, will protect and cushion your feet. Allowing yourself adequate time to rest following a workout, and increasing the intensity and duration of your workouts slowly over time can also help you avoid injury. For more information about how you can protect your feet and ankles, please consult with a podiatrist. 

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