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Sports Medicine Specialist

Pritesh Patel, DPM -  - Board Qualified Podiatrist

Pritesh Patel, DPM

Board Qualified Podiatrist located in Boca Raton, FL

Your feet absorb the impact of every move out on the playing field, so a foot-related sports injury can sideline you. If you have a foot injury, you should go straight to the experts at Florida Foot and Ankle Associates. Pritesh Patel, DPM specializes in podiatric sports medicine and offers the most effective therapies to get you back in the game. Contact his Boca Raton, Florida, office by calling or clicking the “book now” button.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is podiatric sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on preventing and treating sports-related injuries. If you injure any part of your foot or ankle during physical activity or athletics, you should consult a podiatrist who specializes in sports medicine such as Dr. Patel.

As a sports medicine practitioner, Dr. Patel helps active adults and children prevent and fully recover from injury so they can get back into action as fast as possible. Dr. Patel treats injuries specific to:

  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

You can also see Dr. Patel if you have an injury related to any other sport, fitness pursuit, or physically demanding job.

Which sports-related conditions are treated?

Dr. Patel treats any medical issue related to the ankles or feet as a result of repetitive or strenuous play. The conditions he treats most often include:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel spurs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn ligaments
  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuromas

You don’t have to wait until you’re hurt to see Dr. Patel. Dr. Patel can also provide you with preventive strategies to avoid injury and improve performance such as gait analysis, foot stretching and strengthening exercises, shoe recommendations and fittings, and more.

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Patel’s goal for treatment is threefold: help you recover and return to the game, prevent the injury from happening again, and help improve your performance.

Dr. Patel handles each sports injury with a highly personalized, multimodal approach. Treatment depends on your diagnosis, but Dr. Patel offers the following treatments, among others:

  • RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Splinting, taping, and bracing
  • Custom shoe inserts and orthotics
  • Medication
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections
  • Conditioning exercises, stretches, and physical therapy

Most foot conditions can be managed with non-invasive techniques. However, in the event of a severe or treatment-resistant injury, Dr. Patel may suggest surgical repair.

If a foot problem is inhibiting your ability to play at your best, contact Dr. Patel online or over the phone for an exploratory appointment.