Topeka, Kansas Sports Medicine
Few things are more devastating for an athlete than a foot or ankle injury. It doesn’t matter if you’re part of a competitive team or exercise daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re in middle school or middle age, nobody wants to spend time watching life from the sidelines.
At Gateley Podiatry, we get it. That’s why Dr. Gateley and our team are dedicated to providing our patients with comprehensive, advanced treatment options for their sports-related foot and ankle injuries. We always take time to listen to your questions and concerns, examine your feet carefully, and provide effective treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs.
Common Foot & Ankle Sports Injuries
Not all sports injuries are sudden, traumatic, and dramatic—although they certainly can be. Often, pain builds slowly due to the accumulation of many small impacts and injuries over time. Whether acute or chronic, a sports injury can keep you from achieving your full potential, or keep you off the field entirely. Common injuries include:
- Ankle sprains
- Muscle strains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Inflammation or tearing in other connective tissues (tendons and ligaments)
- Broken bones in ankles, feet, and toes
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
- Heel pain
- Turf toe
A Smarter Approach to Sports Medicine
When it comes to sports injury care, Dr. Gateley prides himself on staying ahead of the game. By investing in state-of-the-art technologies and keeping up with the latest evidence-based research and treatment protocols, we are able to help our patients achieve their goals as quickly as possible.
Sports can put a lot of pressure on your feet, and sometimes they just aren’t properly equipped to handle the load. This is especially the case for those who have biomechanical issues with their feet and ankles—flat feet, for example, or overpronation.
For minor aches and pains, an over-the-counter arch support may be appropriate. However, custom orthotics provide the best results for serious pain. We measure your feet precisely to craft personalized inserts just for you. The right pair of custom orthotics provide your feet and ankles with exactly the support, cushioning, and stability they need. With proper care, they can last for years.
Strapping and taping are common techniques that podiatrists use to provide short-term stability and treatment to the knees, ankles, or feet for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
At Gateley Podiatry, we may strap your foot to prevent an injury – for example: before a basketball game to prevent a lateral ankle sprain. We may also use this to treat an injury or to adjust biomechanics. Strapping is a common method used to place the feet into a more ‘neutral’ position that can, in the short-term, indicate whether a custom foot orthotic may be helpful long-term.
Gait analysis is a technique that investigates how one stands, walks and runs. A detailed analysis of an individual can reveal the source of muscle, nerve, or skeletal problems.
Standing, walking and running properly involves a chain of complex actions. Our bodies must integrate sensory feedback from the visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems to properly coordinate our muscles to prevent us from falling. Gait analysis is a descriptive tool that can help a physician better understand how each of these systems contributes to the way one stands, walks and runs.
Surgery is usually not required for most sports injuries. However, it may become a consideration in some cases. Unstable fractures typically require surgery, and it’s often recommended for certain severe soft tissue tears—for example, Achilles tendon ruptures. Rarely, chronic pain may need to be addressed surgically if the injury is not responding to conservative treatment.
Although we see surgery as a last resort, we are ready to step in and provide high quality surgical care when necessary. Dr. Gateley specializes in a wide variety of techniques—simple to complex—and can put together an appropriate surgical plan for your specific needs.
Injections have such a profound ability to change the direction of athletic treatment and recovery. Injections can be used to control, reduce or eradicate inflammation, or reduce the bulk of damaged tissues. Injections can be used to treat neuromas and revive the body’s ability to repair torn, thickened or scarred tissue. Dr. Gateley is knowledgable in all forms of injections and will provide this option if medically necessary.
Dr. Gateley Will Help Get You Back On Your Feet
Dr. Gateley is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist and offers a broad range of advanced treatments and experience. He and his team will consult with you regularly to ensure you get the highest quality care for your sports injury. At Gateley Podiatry, we will work hard to ensure you get back to full speed and endurance as quickly, easily, and safely as possible.