Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries services offered in Westlake Village, CA

Many foot and ankle injuries happen in active people, and sports injuries are one of the most common reasons patients come to the office of Dr. Daniel Geller. The talented team, headed by renowned podiatric sports medicine specialist Daniel Geller, DPM, has an outstanding reputation for treating sports injuries in everyone from weekend warriors to elite professional athletes. Comprehensive foot and ankle sports injury care is available in Westlake Village, California, so call the nearest location or book your appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What causes sports injuries?

Sports injuries are connected to sports or other physical activities, but they happen for many different reasons, including:

  • Accidental collision with other players
  • Landing badly after a jump
  • Tripping and falling
  • Overtraining, including going too long or too intensely
  • Sudden changes to your routine, like running on a different surface
  • Wearing the wrong shoes
  • Failing to wear proper protective gear, such as shinguards

Some sports injuries may happen quite suddenly and sideline you immediately, but others can creep up slowly and gradually make it harder and harder to function normally. 

What sports injuries affect the feet and ankles?

At the office of Dr. Daniel Geller, a few of the most common sports injuries are:

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis affects the tendon starting in the back of the lower leg. The condition occurs over time, with consistent wear-and-tear on the tendon, and usually causes pain where the tendon meets the heel. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is sometimes a sports injury but can also occur in people who are inactive. Due to pressure on the plantar fascia ligament on the bottom of the foot, tiny tears develop. This causes inflammation and sharp heel pain. 

Plantar fasciitis is common in certain athletes who stress their feet a lot, like distance runners and dancers. 

Ankle sprains

Sprained ankles happen when the ligaments in the ankle are overstretched. Sprains can range from mild to severe, with more severe injuries featuring ligament tears. 

Ankle sprains have a high reinjury rate if untreated. Your risk of another sprain roughly doubles in the year after your first sprain, and can lead to ankle instability, in which the ankle repeatedly gives out. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment of your sports injury depends on what part of the foot or ankle is affected, and the severity of the injury. The office of Dr. Daniel Geller offers the spectrum of sports injury treatments for foot and ankle injuries, including: 

  • Custom Orthotics
  • Special Footwear
  • Bracing or walking cast
  • Corticosteroid Injections
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections and other precision medicine options
  • Botox® Injections
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Physio Therapy

Most sports injuries respond to a combination of these approaches along with short-term activity modification. In some cases, surgery may be the best approach for sports injuries, particularly if they cause chronic pain. The team has extensive experience with reconstructive surgery to help repair injured bones, ligaments and tendons.

Call the office of Dr. Daniel Geller or book your appointment online for sports injury help today.