Rahul Patel, DPM, FACFAS
Board-Certified Podiatrist located in Flushing, Queens & Nomad, New York, NY
When you suffer a sports injury, Dr. Patel can help. At his practices in Flushing and Nomad, NY, Dr. Patel can work with patients from throughout New York City to create a personalized treatment program to treat sports injuries and ensure peak performance.
What are the Most Common Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries affect the foot and ankle and can occur when partaking in any type of athletic or sports activity where there is a risk of trauma or atypical stress to the area The most commonly experienced injuries include:
- Achilles bursitis
- Broken toes
- Bruised heels
- Calcaneal fracture
- Dislocated toes
- Hammer toe
- Hallux rigidus
- Midtarsal joint sprain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Turf Toe
Several injuries can be prevented or reduced when athletes adhere the recommendations of the podiatrist. Wearing the proper shoes, strengthening the muscles around the joint and stretching and warming up appropriately can aid in many impediments.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
If you are experiencing any of the following issues or symptoms you should make an appointment to see Dr. Patel for diagnosis and treatment
- Severe swelling
- Great discomfort, especially when walking
- Unable to perform typical everyday tasks after 3 days
- Sensations of pins and needles or loss of feeling in the foot or ankle
If you have employed the RICE therapy of rest, ice, compression, and elevation to address the injury without significant results and are either unable to walk after 3 days or the pain is not reducing, you should see a doctor. Additionally, if weakness persists for longer than 14 days you should also come in.
What Treatments Are Used for Sports Injuries?
Generally, Dr. Patel will order X-rays and may order a CT scan or an MRI so that he can see th inner workings of the injured body part to properly diagnose and determine treatment. Non-surgical treatments usually used include:
- An immobilizing boot can be employed.
- Resting the foot and applying ice regularly while elevating the appendage can help mild to moderate injuries heal.
- NSAID pain medications such as ibuprofen can be utilized to minimize swelling as well as prescribed pain relievers.
Physical therapy and using padding or splints can also help with moderate injuries such as sprains or bunions. Some conditions such as fractures or very serious plantar fasciitis might require surgery. Surgery is usually a last resort because of the time necessary to recover in full.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
Please contact our office for additional information regarding our insurance providers.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Patel was so attentive and thorough with my foot injury. Has a great bedside manner and made me feel really well taken care of throughout my entire healing process."
"On top of all the amazing service he provides, he makes sure the patient heals fast as he has this down to a science! Love Dr. Patel and I recommend anyone.."
"He was able to pinpoint the causes of my foot/leg pain right away, and he helped me get great orthotics. He also explained everything to make sure I understood. "
"The best and cool doctor ever."
"Your feet could not be in better hands. Dr. Patel has been able to help me where others have not; excellent for diabetic care."
"Went to Dr Patel a few years ago for an ankle injury. I still continue to go to him for any foot related problems. He takes his time with his patients on their issues."
"Dr Patel takes the time to listen. He is extremely compassionate and empathetic. He is always available for questions and/or concerns. Dr Patel truly cares."
"A doctor with a caring touch for the gentle feet. I highly recommend to anyone searching for a reliable podiatrist."