Sports Injuries Specialist

Richard de Asla, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon Located At Naples Community Hospital In Naples, FL

If you're a weekend warrior who enjoys running marathons or going on outdoor excursions, you're also susceptible to sports injuries. Without proper care, sports injuries can keep you sidelined and away from your favorite activities. Fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon and Arthrex® consultant Richard J. de Asla, MD, and his team regularly diagnose and treat sports injuries using cutting-edge methods of care. To request your appointment, simply call the office in Naples, Florida, today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries are injuries that occur during exercise or while playing a sport. Traditionally, sports-related injuries were largely seen in children and adolescents. However, more and more seniors are staying active, playing sports, and suffering injuries in their later years. 

You're more likely to suffer a sports injury if:

  • You don't warm up before exercise
  • You don't exercise regularly
  • You play contact sports

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of a sports injury and improve your performance on the court or playing field. 

What are some common sports injuries?

Richard J. de Asla, MD, and the team regularly diagnose and treat a variety of different sports injuries, including:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Ankle injuries
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

They also treat foot and ankle trauma caused by bending, twisting, and falls.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

To diagnose a sports injury, Dr. de Asla reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your affected foot and ankle. He may also observe your posture and gait. If necessary, Dr. de Asla might also order a series of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet. 

How are sports injuries treated?

In most instances, sports injuries respond well to conservative, at-home measures of care like the RICE protocol. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. To achieve the best results, you should practice the RICE protocol during the first 24-36 hours following an injury. If swelling, bruising, or pain persists, schedule an appointment with Dr. de Asla. This is particularly true if you experience symptoms like severe swelling, instability, or weakness. 

If your sports-related injury doesn't respond to conservative measures of treatment like RICE and physical therapy, surgery may be considered. Dr. de Asla is an Arthrex┬« consultant with extensive training in the latest surgical treatments for foot and ankle instability and other foot and ankle related sports injuries. If necessary, he might recommend treatment using an internal brace or the tightrope technique. 

Don't let a sports injury prevent you from staying physically active. If you're suffering, make an appointment with Richard J. de Asla, MD, by calling the office today. 

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