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Sports Medicine Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

Whether you’re a professional athlete, exercise regularly, or play sports for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries. If you have foot, ankle, or lower leg pain, contact James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, for a sports medicine evaluation at Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois. The podiatrists offer the most up-to-date sports injury treatments, including regenerative medicine, so you can get back to your training routine as quickly as possible. Book your sports medicine exam at the Norwood Park office online or call to schedule a visit today.

Sports Medicine

What is sports medicine?

Many sports are hard on your feet because of quick and repetitive movements, as well as constricting footwear. Sports medicine is a specialized branch of podiatry that involves both treating and preventing injuries and chronic conditions athletes regularly face. 

Without proper treatment, sports injuries can progress, continue coming back, or lead to more severe injuries later on. The focus of sports medicine is to help you heal, while getting you started on cross-training options to help you continue to train during your recovery. 

Throughout your sports medicine treatment plan, you should become stronger and more flexible, which can lower your risk of further injuries. 

When should I see a podiatrist for sports medicine care?

The sports medicine experts at Ankle & Foot Specialists encourage you to come to the clinic for an evaluation if you’re new to a sport, exercise routine, or training regimen. You can meet with a dedicated podiatrist who counsels you about proper training techniques to minimize injuries. 

If you’re already involved in a sports routine, it’s important to have a podiatric exam if you experience any kind of foot, ankle, or lower leg pain, injuries, or wounds. The podiatrists regularly treat common sports injuries, including:

  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Turf toe

Ankle & Foot Specialists also provides comprehensive treatment plans for skin and nail issues that are common among athletes. The podiatrists can help with fungal nail infections, athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, and more. 

What can I expect from sports medicine treatment?

The skilled podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Specialists are experts in the latest advancements in sports medicine solutions. Your podiatrist spends time talking with you about your training regimen, as well as any symptoms you have. 

After gathering any essential ultrasound or X-ray images, your podiatrist educates you about which sports medicine treatments you may need. Plans can include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Immobilization with a cast, brace, or splint
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications 
  • Corticosteroid injections 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Sports orthotics 

You can even undergo regenerative sports medicine treatments at Ankle & Foot Specialists. The podiatrists offer advanced stem cell therapy injections to promote healing and minimize inflammation, so you can recover more quickly*.

Ankle & Foot Specialists provides integrative sports medicine services. Find out more information by booking a sports medicine evaluation online or by phone today. 

* Individual results may vary.