Sports medicine is a podiatric subspecialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents activity-related accidents and injuries.
If you play sports or lead a physically active lifestyle, it’s important to visit a sports medicine specialist regularly. Routine checkups with Dr. DeCarbo can educate you on the importance of proper technique and even enhance your performance on the court or playing field.
At Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. DeCarbo uses sports medicine to treat various problems, including:
You may also benefit from sports medicine if you sprain your ankle or dislocate a joint during an activity.
If you suffer from a foot or ankle injury while running, working out, or playing sports, it’s important to seek professional medical help (especially if you experience symptoms like sudden, intense pain, swelling, or bruising).
Even if your symptoms are mild, it’s better to understand your current condition with a diagnosis. After a diagnosis and physical exam, Dr. DeCarbo can develop a treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.
At Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, a sports medicine appointment begins with a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms. Then, Dr. DeCarbo asks you to remove your shoes and socks before examining your feet, heels, toes, and ankles.
If an exam doesn’t provide enough insight into your condition, Dr. DeCarbo runs several tests to pinpoint the source and severity of your discomfort. He may also order X-rays to rule out more serious problems (like a fracture or a dislocated joint).
After making a diagnosis, Dr. DeCarbo develops a treatment plan that relieves your symptoms and encourages your body’s healing process.
If you want to reduce the risk of a sports injury, Dr. DeCarbo recommends:
It’s also important to listen to your body. If a certain exercise or activity causes you pain, please don’t push through it. Take it easy and try something else instead.
To make an appointment for sports medicine help, call the Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center in Wexford, Pennsylvania, or book online today.