Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle
Foot & Ankle Surgery & Podiatry located in Madison, WI
Sports medicine podiatrist and fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon Colin Graney, DPM, treats the full spectrum of orthopedic foot and ankle conditions. He treats patients of all ages and athletic backgrounds at Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle in Madison, Wisconsin. If you have a sports injury that affects your foot or ankle, call or book an appointment online today.
Sports Medicine Q & A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine focuses on treating injuries that affect your musculoskeletal system, which consists of your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries commonly occur while exercising or playing sports.
Dr. Graney specializes in sports medicine podiatry, which encompasses any injury or condition that affects your feet and ankles. Because your feet and ankles play an essential role in running, jumping, and climbing, they’re under a lot of pressure during many sports.
Whether you consider yourself a novice, amateur, or professional athlete, having a sports injury can seriously disrupt your daily life. Dr. Graney is committed to helping you get back to the sport you love as soon as possible.
What common sports injuries affect the foot and ankle?
From pounding out miles on pavement or rugged trails to the quick, cutting movements required by sports like soccer and basketball, there is an abundance of opportunities for your feet and ankles to get injured during sports. Dr. Graney treats the full spectrum of sports injuries, including:
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Stress fractures
- Broken bones
Repeated injuries, or those that don’t heal well, may also lead to future foot and ankle problems like ankle instability and post-traumatic arthritis of the foot and ankle.
How are foot and ankle sports injuries diagnosed and treated?
First, Dr. Graney reviews your symptoms and medical history. He asks you to describe how your injury occurred and whether the pain started suddenly or developed gradually. Then, he carefully examines your foot and ankle to check for areas of tenderness and limited range of motion. He may also take an X-ray to check for broken bones.
After he diagnoses your specific type of sports injury, Dr. Graney creates an individualized treatment plan. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Custom orthotics or shoe inserts
- Immobilization with a brace or splint
Dr. Graney always explores the most conservative approaches to treatment first, but severe injuries may require surgery.
For high-quality podiatric sports medicine, call Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.