Sports Injuries Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Sports injuries can cause immense pain and leave you unable to run, walk, or stand. At Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois, experienced podiatrist Neil Levin, DPM, provides personalized care for patients of all ages, from student-athletes to highly active adults. To speak with Dr. Levin about your sports injury, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the different types of sports injuries?

Common types of sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Stress fractures

Most sports injuries are caused by trauma or overuse. Ankle sprains are a common type of sports injury that occurs when the ligaments that support your ankle stretch beyond their normal limits. 

Plantar fasciitis is another common condition that occurs when too much stress causes tears and overstretching to the tissues along the bottoms of your feet. 

Sports injuries can cause symptoms like redness, bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. They also can drastically limit your physical performance and keep you from the activities you enjoy. 

Without proper treatment, certain conditions like ankle sprains and stress fractures can lead to worsening symptoms or issues with chronic pain and dysfunction. 

When should I see a doctor about my sports injury?

If you experience symptoms of a sports injury, you should speak with an experienced podiatrist as soon as possible. Dr. Levin and his team can provide you with early diagnosis and treatment that can help you achieve a quicker recovery and return to the activities you love. 

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

A proper diagnosis is key to restoring your health and physical abilities. During your appointment, Dr. Levin begins the diagnostic process with a physical exam and discussion of your sports injury.

After the physical exam, Dr. Levin may perform additional tests like an X-ray to get a good look at your foot and ankle structure. After your diagnosis, Dr. Levin works with you to develop the right treatment plan for your condition. 

What types of treatments does a podiatrist offer?

Family Podiatry offers a wide range of safe and effective treatments for sports injuries. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:

  • Activity restrictions
  • Physical therapy
  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Immobilization (brace, splint, or cast)
  • Custom orthotics
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Padding
  • Steroid injections
  • Pain medication

In most cases, Dr. Levin successfully treats sports injuries using conservative, nonsurgical methods. If your condition is severe or doesn’t respond to conservative care, he may suggest surgery. 

To learn more about how the specialists at Family Podiatry can help you avoid and treat sports injuries, book an appointment by phone or online today.