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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on the prevention and treatment of injuries related to physical activity and sports. Podiatrists play a vital role in sports medicine as they specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of foot and ankle injuries. They are trained to work with athletes of all levels, from amateur to professional, to help them recover from injuries and prevent future ones.


Podiatrists can help athletes in several ways, including:

  • Conducting a thorough examination and diagnosis of foot and ankle injuries

  • Providing non-surgical and surgical treatments for injuries such as sprains, fractures, and tendonitis

  • Recommending custom orthotics or off-the-shelf orthotics to help improve foot and ankle function and to prevent injuries

  • Providing guidance on proper stretching and conditioning techniques

  • Advising on the use of appropriate footwear and equipment

  • Providing guidance on injury prevention and rehabilitation programs

  • Helping to develop return-to-play protocols

Podiatrist also help athletes to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and peripheral neuropathy, which can affect the foot and ankle and impact the athlete's performance.

Sports medicine podiatry is an essential part of the healthcare team for athletes. The podiatrist’s expertise in the foot and ankle can prevent injuries and help athletes return to their sport faster, stronger and healthier. Podiatrist work closely with other healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, primary care physicians, and sport coaches to provide the best possible care for athletes.

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