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Sports Injuries Specialist

Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Bradenton, FL & Sarasota, University Park, FL, & Ellenton, FL

Feet and ankles must support all your weight and put up with a lot of stress when you’re playing sports. If you suffer a sports injury to your foot or ankle, the team at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialist can help. The practice has three convenient offices in University Park, Ellenton, and Bradenton, Florida, where you can benefit from the team’s experience in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. For a speedy return to full fitness after injury, call the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists office nearest you today or request an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries happen when you’re playing, competing, training, or doing physical activities. They usually involve damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones in your foot and ankle.

As your feet work so hard when you’re physically active, sports injuries are a common problem. The Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists team focuses on assessing and treating sports injuries of the foot and ankle.

What kinds of sports injuries affect the feet and ankles?

One of the most common sports injuries is ankle sprains. These happen when the ligaments that connect the bones in your ankle joint stretch too far or tear. Twisting or bending the ankle over are the usual causes.

Tendon injuries are another common problem. Your Achilles tendon that forms the back of your ankle and the peroneal tendons that run through the ankles can tear or rupture. Bones in the foot and ankle can break, and dislocations, where the joints come apart, are also possible.

As well as these acute injuries, the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists team treats overuse sports injuries like Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Pressure on the nerves in your ankle can trigger tarsal tunnel syndrome.

What treatments do sports injuries need?

How your sports injury is treated will depend on the kind of injury you’ve suffered, how severe it is, your age, how active you usually are, any other health issues you have, and your personal goals.

Conservative treatments are effective for many foot and ankle sports injuries. These include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Rest
  • Icing
  • Strapping
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Splints
  • Ankle braces
  • Walking boots

If your sports injury doesn’t get better, you might need one or more steroid injections. Steroids are anti-inflammatory drugs that offer long-term relief from pain.

Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists also use stem cell therapy to treat sports injuries. These natural human cells boost your body’s repair processes for faster, better healing.

Severe foot and ankle injuries might need surgery to repair or replace the damaged tissues.

If you suffer a foot or ankle injury, call Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists today or request an appointment online.