The team at New York Foot Center understands how debilitating a sports injury or sprain can be. Under the direction of New York’s leading podiatrist, Terry Robertson, DPM, the clinic can help you get back in the game as quickly as possible. If you have a new injury or lingering pain from an old sports injury, book your evaluation through the online scheduling system or call the office in Yorkville, Upper East Side.
Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast or regularly participate in sports, you want to get back to your activity as soon as possible. It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience any of these issues in your feet, ankles, or lower leg:
Those are just some of the initial warning signs that you have a sprain, which is an overstretching or tearing of your ligaments. One or more of them could be a red flag that you've strained, overstretched, or torn your muscles or tendons.
Because some symptoms take days to surface and your condition can worsen, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment as soon as your injury occurs.
Treating your sports injury depends on the cause and the severity of your symptoms. Typically, Dr. Robertson gets you started on pain-relieving solutions right away, such as splinting, bracing, or anti-inflammatory medication.
The next treatment phase involves rehabbing the injury and strengthening your soft tissues. This usually means several weeks — or months — of physical therapy to perform exercises designed to heal and strengthen. In some cases, Dr. Robertson provides corticosteroid injections for minimizing pain and inflammation further.
If these conservative measures don’t provide relief, or if your condition worsens, Dr. Robertson may suggest surgery. He can repair damage from strains or sprains, or even fractures if you have a broken bone, with minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques.
While you can’t prevent every single sports injury from occurring, there are plenty of things you can do to minimize your risk of future injury. For instance, continuing physical therapy strengthening and stretching exercises strengthens the injured area, even if it’s fully healed.
You may also need to brace your foot or ankle while you’re participating in your sport or exercise activity. Dr. Robertson spends time going over preventive measures, so you (hopefully) never have to miss another day on the field or at the gym again.
If you have an acute sports injury or pain from an old sprain or strain, book an evaluation at New York Foot Center. Schedule either online or over the phone.