Don’t let a sports injury keep you off the field or court. Eastside Foot & Ankle provides sports medicine tailored to you as a whole person. Brian M. Bowen, DPM, and Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, diagnose your injury and explain all of your treatment options, freeing you to select the treatment that's right for you. Both are board-certified specialists, and Dr. Mineo is a former competitive skier and triathlete. Call either office in Portland and Gresham, Oregon, or book a consultation online today.
Sports medicine focuses on both prevention and treatment. It includes stretches and exercises to help prevent injuries before they ever occur. And, when you’re injured, sports medicine includes a variety of treatments to speed you on the path to recovery.
As soon as possible after an injury, you can try at-home care with the R-I-C-E method:
You may also want to take ibuprofen to alleviate pain and swelling, and see if your injury gets better in a day or so.
Sports injuries are divided into two types: acute and chronic. Acute injuries, such as a sprained ankle, are often the result of a sudden movement or activity.
With an acute injury, you should generally see a provider if your condition doesn’t improve or worsens after a day or two of at-home care. Common warning signs of an acute injury include:
If you suspect a broken bone, contact Eastside Foot & Ankle right away.
Chronic injuries are typically caused by overusing one area of your body. The repetitive motion of playing a sport or exercising over a long period can break down your tissues, tendons, and cartilage. The signs of a chronic injury include:
It’s best to see a specialist before a chronic injury develops. But if you’ve been procrastinating and hoping your injury will go away, you’ll want to contact Dr. Bowen or Dr. Mineo as soon as possible.
Here are a sample of sports- and exercise-related conditions that sports medicine is designed to treat:
If you’ve been nursing a sports injury at home, you can count on Eastside Foot & Ankle for expert care by a team that emphasizes personalized care in sports medicine. Call today or book a consultation online.