Sports medicine can reduce your risk of injuries and enhance your performance if you run, play sports, or lead an active lifestyle. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Sugar Land and Katy, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM, and Dr. Vanessa Marcelo, DPM, offer sports medicine to people of all ages. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.
Sports medicine is a podiatry subspecialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents activity-related injuries, like sprains, strains, and fractures.
If you run, play sports, or work a job that increases your risk of an injury, enroll in sports medicine at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists. Routine checkups and preventive screenings can enhance mobility and improve your quality of life.
At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo use sports medicine to treat various foot and ankle injuries, including:
You might also benefit from sports medicine if you step down awkwardly and dislocate your ankle joint.
At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, a sports medicine visit begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms, including when they started and if they're worse during certain activities or at specific times of the day.
Next, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo perform a physical exam. He looks at your foot, heel, and ankle, checking for redness, swelling, or bruising. Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo also presses on different parts of your foot to pinpoint areas of warmth or sensitivity and tests your muscle strength and range of motion. Last, he orders X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
After identifying your injury, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo make treatment recommendations.
At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo offer several types of sports medicine. Depending on your age, symptoms, and health history, he might recommend:
If your symptoms persist or worsen, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo might recommend more invasive treatment, such as reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
To reduce the risk of a sports injury, warm up and stretch before exercise. It’s also important to use the proper technique, wear the necessary safety equipment, and listen to your body. For example, if a specific activity causes you pain, stop what you’re doing immediately.
To see if you’re a candidate for sports medicine, make an appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.