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Sports Medicine Specialist

Bryon Butts, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Performance Footcare, PC

Bryon Butts, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Midtown West, New York, NY

If you’re a keen participant in sports or you exercise regularly, sports medicine is the specialty you need when you sustain an injury. Bryon Butts, DPM, and his team at Performance Footcare PC in Midtown West Manhattan in New York can help provide a range of effective treatments for sports injuries, including surgery for severe cases. If you’re looking for a specialist practice that excels in treating sports injuries of the foot and lower leg, call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialist branch of medicine that focuses on treating injuries sustained during training and competing and optimizing your performance as an athlete.

Sports injuries are something all athletes encounter at some point, whether they’re a member of a national team or an enthusiastic amateur. Some of the injuries that commonly affect the feet and lower limbs include:

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Soft tissue tears
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Impact injuries

Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and tears, occur when tendons, ligaments, or muscle fibers stretch too far. This can happen because of an acute injury where the tissue gives way suddenly, or microtears can build up over time, causing long-term pain and reduced mobility.

Fractures are breaks in the bones, and dislocations occur when the bones in a joint separate; for example, the ball of your shoulder joint coming out of its socket in the shoulder blade. These types of injuries can cause severe damage to the surrounding tissues that require specialist rehabilitation.

What are the symptoms of sports injuries?

Symptoms of sports injuries do vary to a degree depending on what type of injury you sustain, but typical symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Tenderness
  • Reddening skin
  • Reduced function

It’s not always easy to tell what kind of sports injury you’ve sustained, so home treatment is often ineffective. For instance, it can be hard to tell the difference between a simple fracture and a sprain, conditions that need different treatments for optimal recovery.

Visiting Performance Footcare if you have a sports injury helps you recover more quickly and prevents the wound from causing long-term or permanent damage to your body. An injury that doesn’t heal properly could well limit your ability to perform in the future, but using advanced sports medicine techniques, Dr. Butts can minimize the effect of your injury.

What treatments are there for sports injuries?

The treatment you receive for a particular injury depends on what the damage is, how severe it is, and other factors like your age and any other influences on your health. Dr. Butts uses his considerable experience in sports medicine together with state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies to ensure an accurate diagnosis and enable him to provide the most effective treatments for you.

Potential treatments for sports injuries include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Laser treatment
  • Movement therapy
  • Stretching, range of motion activities, and exercises
  • Achilles tendinitis surgery
  • Foot fracture surgery
  • Plantar fasciitis surgery
  • Tendon repair surgery
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy

Dr. Butts uses conservative treatment approaches wherever possible, but if these aren’t working or you have a serious injury, Performance Footcare has state-of-the-art facilities for carrying out surgical procedures.

Prompt action after a sports injury is essential to make sure your recovery is as swift and complete as possible, so call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or use the online tool to book an appointment.

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