Sports Injuries Specialist

Podiatric Foot & Ankle Specialist located in Renton, WA

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Sports Injuries

Physical activity offers many health benefits, but it also increases your risk of injury. Sports injuries affecting the feet or ankles can benefit from podiatry care. Jacqueline Buckley, DPM, is an experienced podiatrist who treats sports injuries at her practice Roka Foot and Ankle Centers in Renton, Washington. Dr. Buckley provides care for both children and adults with injuries caused by sports activities. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries include any damage that occurs during physical activity. Though physical activity is good for your body, it also places extra stress on your musculoskeletal system, including your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. 

A misstep or bad fall may push the body too far, resulting in an injury. You may also be at risk of developing a sports injury if you overtrain or don’t have the right gear.

What type of sports injuries benefit from podiatry care?

Sports injuries that involve your feet or ankles benefit from podiatry care. Dr. Buckley is a foot and ankle specialist and diagnoses and treats all types of problems that affect these body parts.

Common sports injuries that benefit from podiatry care include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Achilles tendon tear
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Foot pain
  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee

You may also benefit from podiatry care at Roka Foot and Ankle Centers for injury prevention. 

Abnormal foot mechanics may increase your risk of injury, so Dr. Buckley can provide custom orthotics to improve foot mechanics and potentially improve your athletic performance.

What happens during consultations for sports injuries?

Dr. Buckley takes a holistic approach to care and conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in with a sports injury. She wants to heal the damage as quickly and safely as possible and prevent future problems.

Dr. Buckley asks detailed questions about the injury, including your symptoms and how it happened. She also reviews your usual workout routine and the type of footwear you use. Dr. Buckley examines your feet and ankles and may run imaging tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Buckley customizes care for your sports injury based on the diagnosis and severity of your injury. She takes a conservative approach and recommends nonsurgical treatments whenever possible.

Your plan may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Change in shoewear
  • Bracing, splinting, or casting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Dr. Buckley schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your injury and adjust your plan as needed. Some sports injuries may take time to heal, and it’s important to follow your treatment plan to prevent delays in your recovery.

If conservative care fails to heal your sports injury, Dr. Buckley may talk to you about your surgical options.

Find out more about care for sports injuries at Roka Foot and Ankle Centers by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online today.