Sports Injuries

National Capital Foot & Ankle Center -  - Podiatrist

Franklin R. Polun, DPM

Podiatrist located in Potomac, MD & Friendship Heights, Washington, DC

Sports Injuries Specialist
When patients from Potomac, Maryland and Friendship Heights, Washington, DC suffer a sports injury, Dr. Franklin Polun can help with traditional podiatry services and MLS laser therapy.

Sports Injuries

What Are Common Sports Injuries?

It is common for sports injuries to affect the foot and ankle because of the increased pressure and stress on these delicate body parts. Dr. Polun and his associates treat patients who experience injuries including:

  • Achilles bursitis
  • Broken toes
  • Bruised heels
  • Bunions
  • Calcaneal fracture
  • Dislocated toes
  • Joint sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Turf Toe

Several injuries can be prevented or reduced when athletes of all capabilities follow the safety and care recommendations of the podiatrist. Wearing the proper shoes, strengthening the muscles of the foot, ankle, and legs, and stretching and warming up appropriately prevent many injuries.

When Should I See a Podiatrist for a Sports Injury?

Injuries that disrupt your normal day-to-day activities or training should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. If you are experiencing any of the following issues or symptoms you should make an appointment to see Dr. Polun.

  • Severe swelling
  • Deformity of the foot or ankle
  • Unable to perform typical everyday tasks after 3 days
  • Sensations of pins and needles or loss of sensation in the foot or ankleĀ 

What Treatments Are Used for Sports Injuries?

Dr. Polun uses diagnostic imaging including x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs so that he can see the extent of the injury properly diagnose and determine treatment. Non-surgical treatments usually used include:

  • Laser treatments to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain
  • An immobilizing boot or splint
  • Prescription or over the counter NSAID pain medications such as ibuprofen can be utilized to minimize swelling

Physical therapy and using orthotics can also support the feet and help with moderate injuries such as sprains or bunions. Some conditions such as fractures or very serious plantar fasciitis might require surgery or cortisol injections. Surgery is usually a last resort because of the time necessary to recover in full and return to your sport.

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