Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine services offered in Sugar Land and Katy, TX

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, offers sports medicine to people of all ages. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.

What is sports medicine?

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.

What types of issues does sports medicine treat?

At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo use sports medicine to treat various foot and ankle injuries, including:
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Swollen muscles
  • Ruptured Achilles tendon
You might also benefit from sports medicine if you step down awkwardly and dislocate your ankle joint.

What happens during a sports medicine visit?

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.

What types of treatment does sports medicine provide?

At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo officer several types of sports medicine. Depending on your age, symptoms, and health history, he might recommend:
  • Physical therapy
  • Biologic therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Losing weight
  • Custom orthotics
  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Elevation
If your symptoms persist or worsen, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo might recommend more invasive treatment, such as reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

How can I reduce the risk of a sports injury?

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

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Client Testimonials

Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
2022-11-03
Everyone was very kind and professional. The wait time was a bit long
Steven Martin
Steven Martin
2022-11-03
Wonderfully, efficient and informative.
Cheryl Wilkins
Cheryl Wilkins
2022-11-01
The Dr. Vanessa Marcelo was extremely professional, she had a good friendly disposition. She was accurate about my diagnosis. I felt confidence in her care. Thanks to all the front staff for being friendly as well.
Claire Stelly
Claire Stelly
2022-10-28
Dr. Marcelo and Debra took excellent care of me. When I hobbled in with severe Heel Bone Spur/ Plantar Fasciitis they knew just what to do immediately and gave me a plan of action.
Cinthia Duarte
Cinthia Duarte
2022-10-27
I highly recommend Vargas Foot and Ankle Specialists! Amazing Doctors and staff. Everyone is very professional and caring. Got fitted for custom orthotics and they work miracles on my flat feet.
Manuela Valencia
Manuela Valencia
2022-10-24
This is the best podiatrist I have ever been. DR.Vargas truly cares about his patients and wants to help them in any way possible.  I would highly recommend him. The best foot doctor. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
John Vanison
John Vanison
2022-09-21
Nafisa Bandukwala
Nafisa Bandukwala
2022-09-19
Lay Caraway
Lay Caraway
2022-09-16
Mary Bass
Mary Bass
2022-09-16
Excellent
Helen H.
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I cannot fault my experience here. It was my first time at a foot specialist. Dr Marcielo was delightful, proficient and talked me gently through the procedure. Melanie the nurse was equally kind and caring. They even called me the next day to check on me. First class!
Claudia Q.
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Dr Vargas gave me back my health... my foot was very painful that i could barely walk and I couldn’t even drive. He recommended 8 laser treatments and orthotics and after the 3rd laser treatment I was able to drive. The orthotics he gave me are amazing!!! That is all I use in all my shoes now.
Robin C.
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Staff is always professional and personal. I've been going there for about 10 yrs now and I have always been happy with all results. Dr. Vargas and associates are always thorough and listen to my explanations. Thank you all
Sam B.
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Dr. Vargas and all his staff from the front desk to the back office have always been very professional and very helpful and doing all with a smile. Thank you Dr. Vargas to you and all your staff
Larry J.
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This was my first time visit. They came highly recommended and I will be coming back for my complete foot care going forward. Great service.
Mery V.
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Best Doctor in Houston! Thanks Dr Vargas for the surgical intervention, for you I am already walking. Everyone in your office is super nice and super quick to serve me. Super clean office. Really the knowledge of the Doctor is the best. A bilingual Dr who speaks perfect my Spanish language. I recommend it.