CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists
Hubert Lee, DPM
Podiatrist located in Bellevue, WA
If you’re a physically active individual who plays sports, you’re also more likely to suffer a foot or ankle injury. At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, Hubert Lee, DPM, offers more than a decade of experience treating sports injuries. If an injury has you sidelined, make an appointment today by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool.
Sports Injuries Q&A
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries are injuries that occur due to physical activity or participation in sports. Children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to these types of injuries, but adults experience them as well.
You’re more likely to suffer a sports injury if you are starting a new sport, play sports daily, or suddenly increase the intensity of play. If you or a loved one experiences a sports injury, make an appointment with Dr. Lee at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists right away.
What are some common sports injuries?
There are a wide variety of sports-related injuries. Common exercise-induced injuries include:
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Shin splints
- Turf toe
If you play sports, you’re also more likely to experience a traumatic injury such as an Achilles tendon rupture or ankle fracture.
If I suffer a sports-injury, do I need to visit the doctor?
Whether you need to see a doctor following a sports injury depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you only experience minor bruising or swelling, conservative measures of care such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation –– the RICE protocol –– may provide adequate relief.
However, if your sports injury is serious or the pain you experience is severe, make an appointment with Dr. Lee. In addition, you should seek emergency treatment if you experience:
- Severe swelling or pain
- Visible bumps or lumps
- Popping or crunching sounds
You should also visit your nearest emergency room if you’re unable to place weight or walk on your affected foot or ankle.
How do you diagnose sports injuries?
To diagnose sports injuries, Dr. Lee reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. During your exam, Dr. Lee may attempt to move or place light pressure on your injured foot or ankle. This helps him see how the area moves and helps him pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort. If necessary, Dr. Lee might also order a series of X-rays or an MRI.
How do you treat sports injuries?
Treatment for sports injuries depends on the severity of your symptoms and the type of injury. Whenever possible, Dr. Lee uses noninvasive means to provide relief. Depending on your symptoms, he might recommend physical therapy, rest, or ice and elevation.
If these methods of care don’t provide relief, you might benefit from custom orthotics or corticosteroid injections. Surgery may also be considered in certain injuries.
Don’t let sports injuries keep you from the court or playing field. Make an appointment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists today by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool.