Sports Medicine Specialist

Put Your Feet First

Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A, F.A.P.W.C.A.

Podiatrist located in Scottsdale, AZ

When you’re an athlete, there are few things more frustrating than being sidelined because of an injury. No matter what you play, experienced podiatrist and member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, treats a full range of foot and ankle injuries, so you can get back out there as soon as possible. To schedule a sports medicine appointment with Dr. Forman, call or click to book online today.

Sports Medicine

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on the treatment and prevention of injuries that result from sports and exercise. It can benefit anyone who is physically active, whether they’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior, or simply following an exercise program.

Athletes experience a number of common foot and ankle injuries while playing sports, such as sprains and tears. Many of these injuries result at least in part from fatigue and overuse and are preventable through adjustments in form, equipment, and training.

Dr. Forman’s goal as a sports medicine doctor is to minimize how much time you spend sitting out. When he treats sports injuries, he focuses equally on helping you recover quickly and making sure you can continue to be active without risking further injuries.

How is turf toe treated?

“Turf toe” is a sprain of your big toe joint that happens when you bend your big toe too far back, which affects athletes in numerous sports, including:

  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

 

These activities involve your feet making contact with hard surfaces, which carries the risk of jamming your big toe.

In most cases, with Dr. Forman’s supervision, you’ll follow a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to protect your toe from further injury, including toe immobilization. The pain will subside within two to three weeks, and Dr. Forman will evaluate the cause of your injury to help you prevent recurrences, which may include wearing more supportive shoes and correcting your gate.

How do you treat a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries, especially for athletes who play sports that require quick changes of direction, such as soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

Dr. Forman treats most ankle sprains with ice, anti-inflammatory medicine, and depending on the severity, wrapping or fitting your ankle with a brace or walking foot to provide support as it heals. He will also teach you exercises to help restore range of motion and strength in your ankle, as well as prevent future injuries.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament connecting your heel to your toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly affects runners, and the resulting heel pain can make running difficult.

For plantar fasciitis, Dr. Forman may recommend one or more treatments, such as:

  • Icing the area
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stabilizing the heel through night splints or athletic tape

 

These approaches relieve symptoms in the majority of cases within six weeks.

If you get plantar fasciitis, that usually means there’s some issue with your running routine. Dr. Forman will help identify factors that may have contributed to your plantar fasciitis and advise you on adjustments you can make, such as:

  • Wearing running shoes with more arch support
  • Increasing hill work, speed work, and mileage gradually, not suddenly
  • Stretching your calf muscles properly before running


Though plantar fasciitis affects many runners, it’s thankfully preventable in most cases.

How are stress fractures treated?

Stress fractures result from repetitive force on the weight-bearing bones in the foot, which is why they commonly affect runners. Most stress fractures heal within six to eight weeks of rest, though rest includes taking a break from running and other high-impact exercises.
Dr. Forman provides you with advice on modifying and varying your exercise activities to put less pressure on your legs and feet. To protect your feet from future stress fractures, he’ll also guide you in adjusting your running technique and may recommend better-fitting footwear, as well as padding and orthotics.

To schedule a sports medicine appointment, call or click today.