You take pride in your health and appearance and know how important it is to stay active to maintain your physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, a sudden trip, turn, or step can keep you out of the gym or off the path for weeks, killing your momentum and wreaking havoc on your goals. You need to get back on your feet—and back to your life—but the pain doesn’t seem to be going away. Is there anything you can do?
Get Long-Lasting Relief From Your Athletic Foot Injury
The podiatry team at North Florida Foot & Ankle Center caters to patients of all ages with active lifestyles, offering products and therapies to stop the pain of sports injuries. If you have been sidelined by a sporting accident or an overuse injury, our foot and ankle doctors are here to help. Call our office today at (904) 236-5023 or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment in our offices.
We can help with a wide variety of sports injuries, including:
- Sprains. Foot and ankle sprains are caused by trauma to the ligaments (strong bands of tissue between bones). Sprains may range from minor to severe, depending on whether the ligaments are stretched, partially torn, or completely torn.
- Fractures. A broken bone can occur anywhere in the foot and may be caused by sudden trauma or repetitive stress. Stress fractures—tiny, hairline breaks in the bone—often occur in the forefoot, while traumatic fractures are likely to involve the ankles and toes. We treat these common overuse injuries by protecting and restricting the foot, allowing the bone to heal.
- Sesamoid injuries. The sesamoids are the two small bones beneath the big toe joint. One of the most common sesamoid injuries is turf toe, a swelling or tearing of the soft tissues when the big toe is overextended. Patients may also suffer chronic pain and swelling in the ball of the foot (sesamoiditis) or even fracture the sesamoid bones.
- Midfoot injuries. Pain in the arches could be caused by a Lisfranc injury or damage to the point where the bones in the arch connect with the long bones leading up to the toes. Running, jumping, and cycling can all lead to sprains, fractures, or even dislocation of the Lisfranc joint.
- Shin splints. Shin splints are the common term for chronic pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs. The condition may be caused by a sudden change in physical activities and is often aggravated by running or walking. Our podiatrists can examine the mechanics of your feet, footfalls, and gait to find the right treatment to prevent shin splints from coming back.
- Stability problems. Past injuries, improper healing, and genetic factors can all cause instability in the feet and ankles. If you have chronic pain or weakness in your ankles, we can devise a treatment regimen to strengthen the limb without risking further damage.
Our St. Johns County Podiatrists Offer Top-of-the-Line Sports Medicine Injury Treatments
Our podiatrists know how hard it can be to struggle with a painful sports injury. Dr. Amanda & Dr. Drew have been sidelined by more than a few athletic injuries over the years, and each one has allowed them to hone their sports medicine services.
Today, we are able to offer a variety of treatments centered on minimizing pain and reducing recovery times, including:
- MLS Laser Therapy. The MLS, or Multiwave Locked System, is a safe and effective laser treatment for plantar fasciitis, sprains, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, and other chronic foot conditions. The MLS laser’s ability to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation makes it a popular alternative to injections for patients suffering from soft tissue injuries.
- Platelet Rich Plasma and stem cells. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection of the patient’s own blood into the injury site, triggering natural healing without the risk of an allergic reaction or disease transmission. A small amount of blood is drawn, concentrated in a centrifuge, and then re-injected back into the patient’s body, stimulating the stem cells at the site and promoting faster recovery.
- Radial Pulse Therapy. Healthy blood flow is vital for healing, but if you have a condition that affects your circulation (such as diabetes), it may take much longer for wounds and injuries to heal. Radial Pulse Therapy (RPT) sends a mechanical pressure wave down the legs and deeper into injured tissues, reinvigorating the blood supply. This non-invasive therapy allows the body to heal naturally, quickly, and without medication.
Why spend more time off your feet when we can get you back in the game? Simply fill out our contact form or call us at (904) 236-5023 to set up an appointment in our Nocatee or Jacksonville offices.