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What Does Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Sports Medicine Do?
February 21, 2023 at 4:00 PM
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Our feet and ankles are among the body parts that take the most strain from bearing our body weights. As a result, they can be often injured from misuse or overuse, especially among athletes and those whose work requires heavy lifting.

If you’ve been struggling with foot or ankle related pain or injuries, the professional practice of Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA is here to help! Here, we cater to issues affecting anything from the bottom of your knees down to your toes.

Read on to know more about foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine and how it can improve your quality of life and help you get back to achieving your goals.

Understanding Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Foot and ankle orthopedic medicine is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injuries and conditions affecting the foot and ankle. It involves the use of non-surgical and surgical techniques to address a wide range of musculoskeletal issues related to the lower leg.

Professionals that commonly make up the foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine team are orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physical therapists, and prosthetists.

Over the years, the need for such specialists has been greatly pronounced in professional sports. Football, basketball, athletics, baseball, tennis… there’s no shortage of sporting events that require participants to put a lot of pressure on their feet and ankles. And for many of these women and men in professional sports, foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine has been a career saver.

What are the biggest benefits of orthopedic sports medicine?

The benefits of foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine are numerous and can be significant for athletes and active individuals who suffer from foot and ankle injuries or conditions. Some of the key benefits of this specialty include:

Accurate Diagnosis

Foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine specialists are highly trained in diagnosing foot and ankle injuries and conditions. They use a variety of diagnostic techniques and medical equipment, such as X-rays, MRI scans, and physical examinations, to accurately identify the cause of the problem.

Personalized Treatment

Foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine specialists can provide personalized treatment plans for each individual based on their unique needs and goals. Depending on the situation, Dr. Parekh may recommend non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy or medication, or surgical interventions, such as arthroscopic surgery, to help athletes and active individuals regain their mobility and return to their normal activities.

Injury Prevention

Foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine specialists can provide expert guidance on injury prevention strategies to help pro athletes avoid future injuries. This includes professional advice on proper footwear, training techniques, and stretching and strengthening exercises.

Access to Advanced Technology

Technology is a big part of our approach to finding the right solutions for our clients at Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA. We utilize the latest technologies and treatments in the field to help patients achieve optimal outcomes. Additionally, advanced technology in orthopedic sports medicine can help make rehabilitation more effective, as well as help patients recover more quickly and more completely.

About Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA

I am an orthopedic surgeon with years of expertise in practice as well as in academia. Together with the team at Rothman Orthopaedics, we provide professional foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine services unique to our patients' needs.

We strive to achieve this goal consistently by conducting comprehensive assessments of signs and symptoms, thorough laboratory and imaging work-ups, and advocating minimally invasive procedures, whenever possible, to favor faster recovery and reduce pain.

I was among those who pioneered cutting-edge techniques, including the use of 3D printers to create orthoses, prosthetics and implants that are precisely customized for individual patients. Our top-notch post-care surgery and physical rehabilitation programs also significantly reduce days of confinement in the hospital and the need for re-admission.

Aside from attending to sports-related injuries, our practice also caters to pediatric (children) to geriatric (old) patients who may also have orthopedic medical and surgical concerns, arising from any of the myriads of congenital anatomical defects, to conditions that might have been the result of infection, accidents or injury.

We have clinics in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, providing care for patients in the tri-state area and beyond.

Get in touch

Need to consult a foot and ankle orthopedic sports medicine specialist? Reach out to Selene Parekh anytime by calling 800-321-9999 or through our contact form. You can also check out a comprehensive list of conditions that we can address at our clinical practice.

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