Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine services offered in North Andover, Lowell and Haverhill, MA

If you experience an injury as a result of playing sports or exercising, sports medicine is an area of podiatric specialty that focuses on treating those injuries and preventing further injury. At his offices in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dr. Wachtel and his team offer expert sports medicine care for all types of foot or ankle injuries. To find relief for your foot and ankle pain, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

In podiatry, sports medicine addresses injuries to the feet and ankles as a result of playing sports or exercising. Football players, basketball players, runners, dancers, and soccer players, often face the risk of having a sports injury. However, you can experience a sports injury while participating in any workout or sport.

Dr. Wachtel is an expert at treating sports injuries, and can help diagnose and treat your condition so you can return back to enjoying your favorite activities with ease. 

What are the symptoms of a sports injury?

If you have a sports injury, you might experience sudden pain in your feet or ankles as well as: 

  • An inability to stand or walk 
  • Bruising 
  • Swelling 
  • Weakness 

There are some sports or activities that can cause damage over time as a result of repetitive movement. Regardless of how you developed or got the sports injury, if you're experiencing any uncomfortable or painful symptoms, you should reach out to a sports medicine specialist for prompt care to avoid further complications. 

Dr. Wachtel discusses your symptoms with you and develops a treatment plan to help relieve any pain you're experiencing.

What conditions does sports medicine treat?

All types of foot and ankle injuries may require sports medicine. Some of the conditions that Dr. Wachtel can treat include: 

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Stress fractures 
  • Dislocations 
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles’ tendon injury 
  • Achilles’ Tendonitis
  • Tendonitis   

Sports medicine can also treat conditions that aren't injury-related, such as ingrown toenails as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes while participating in sports. 

What are the benefits of sports medicine?

Sports medicine is not only helpful to treat injuries to the feet and ankles, but it also provides an opportunity to learn how to prevent further complications and move more comfortably in your daily life. 

Dr. Wachtel and his team can coach you through exercises and stretches that reduce pressure on your feet. They may also recommend physical therapy or massage techniques to help ease foot or ankle pain. In the visit x-rays will be ordered or performed and he will provide you with a treatment program via bracing and heal you in the fastest amount of time.

They also offer custom orthotics (individually designed shoe inserts) to correct misalignments in the feet that can cause pain. 

Many injuries can heal very quickly with laser therapies that are provided at the practice.

Don't wait to get the help you need for a sports injury. Call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online to find out how sports medicine can help you.