Sports Medicine Specialist

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aurora, CO

Feet play an essential role in most types of physical activity, making them prone to various sports injuries. Board-certified podiatrist Erik J. Thelander, DPM, FACFAS, and the expert team at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists offer podiatric sports medicine for patients of all ages living around Aurora, Colorado. If you have foot pain from physical activity, call or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine

What is podiatric sports medicine?

Podiatric sports medicine focuses on treating and preventing foot and ankle injuries related to sports and exercise. Dr. Thelander and the team at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists not only treat the symptoms of sports injuries but work with you to improve athletic performance and prevent future injuries.

From high school athletes to weekend warriors, Dr. Thelander and his team offer comprehensive sports medicine care for patients of all ages and activity levels. Whether you’re training for your first marathon or are a seasoned triathlete, they provide personalized treatments plans designed specifically for your needs.

What conditions affect the foot and ankle?

Common sports injuries and ailments that affect the foot and ankle include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and strains
  • Achilles tendon injuries (tendonitis and tendonosis)
  • Joint pain
  • Stress fractures
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Hammertoes
  • Calluses
  • Warts
  • Neuromas
  • Heel spurs
  • Athlete’s foot

You don’t have to be an athlete to experience a sports injury or ailment. Many of the most common foot and ankle injuries are caused by repetitive motions that gradually wear down the tissues in your joints.

Certain conditions — such as hammertoes — may also be related to the type of shoes you wear. Dr. Thelander and his team thoroughly review your symptoms and medical history to determine the root cause of your foot injury or problem.

How do you diagnose and treat sports injuries?

To diagnose your injury or foot problem, Dr. Thelander begins with a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history. He may also take an on-site X-ray to check for signs of injury in your foot and ankle.

Then, he discusses the best treatment options for your particular condition. Dr. Thelander carefully considers each patient’s unique physical condition and fitness goals before recommending a treatment plan.

Podiatric sports medicine treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the underlying issue, but may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization with a cam walking boot
  • Rest from the activity that caused the injury
  • Custom orthotic devices

If your injury is serious or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, Dr. Thelander may recommend surgery.

For high-quality podiatric sports medicine, call Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online.