Sports Medicine

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
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Stinging insects and ticks can cause problems for athletes who participate in outdoor sports or activities. At the very least, these stings or bites can lead to itchy and irritating skin conditions. On the more extreme end, these stings or bites may lead to serious anaphylactic reactions or Lyme disease. Therefore, it is important for sports medicine practitioners to recognize the potential... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
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Hallux rigidus is a painful and insidious condition that can lead to significant limitations in an athlete’s ability to perform. The condition is characterized by a limitation of motion in the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ), chiefly in the direction of dorsiflexion. This limitation of motion is caused by a reactive proliferation of bone along the dorsal aspect of the joint and is... Read More.
By Mark Caselli, DPM
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   Pruritis, a common complaint in athletes, has many causes. In addition to the eczematous dermatoses previously discussed (see “A Closer Look At Eczematous Dermatitis In Athletes,” pg. 112, February issue), one should be aware of other equally important conditions that may cause itching in athletes. These conditions include infections, parasite infestations, insect stings or... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
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   Pruritis, or generalized itching, is the most common presenting skin complaint. It can be a particularly annoying and sometimes debilitating problem for athletes, who place great demands on their skin. Since pruritis may be caused by a particular skin disease or may occur without evidence of any specific skin disorder, diagnosis can be challenging for the clinician.  ... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and John Brummer, DPM
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   Fluid replacement is an important part of any athletic regimen, but proper hydration is one of the most neglected aspects of the athlete’s diet. Now that podiatrists are active members of the medical teams servicing many types of athletic events (and often act as medical directors and co-directors), it is vital to have a working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of dehydration... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and Nikiforos Pantelaras, DPM
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Consider the following presentations of athletes. A 35-year-old male ballet dancer presents to your office with an antalgic gait. He experienced sudden lateral foot pain in the left foot after making a slightly off-balance landing from a jump. He also complains of left foot weakness and fears that he may not be able to continue to dance ballet. A 14-year-old male basketball player comes in with... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
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   Few would argue that football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. There are an estimated 1.5 million high school and junior high school players, and 75,000 college and university athletes who play the sport. Football also has one of the highest injury rates among high school sports. The number of football-related injuries is estimated at 600,000 per year.... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, Edward C. Rzonca, DPM and John J. Rainieri, DPM
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   The sport of cycling has grown in popularity in recent years. Spurred on by Lance Armstrong’s successes in the Tour de France and the increasing popularity of mountain biking (the first Olympic mountain bike race was held at the 1996 summer games in Atlanta), participation in bicycling is second only to swimming.    The Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM
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   Volleyball is the world’s most popular participation sport. The Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), volleyball’s international governing body, reports that over 800 million people worldwide play volleyball. Individuals of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the sport. Athletes in over 200 countries play volleyball and almost half of these countries compete at the... Read More.
By Mark A. Caselli, DPM, and Edward C. Rzonca, DPM
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   Martial arts, such as karate and tae kwon do, have become very popular in recent years for both adults and children. Karate and tae kwon do have been promoted as excellent activities for maintaining good health and fitness. People frequently perform these activities after school or work.    Given that the foot and ankle account for at least 10 percent of the total... Read More.
By Tim Dutra, DPM, MS
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Taping is a critical art as well as a science when it comes to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries. Taping takes practice, creativity and adaptability. It is a very important part of a sports medicine practice. Not only is taping therapeutic, it can also be diagnostic in the evaluation and treatment of injuries in athletes since the athlete’s response to taping can indicate the... Read More.
By Richard T. Bouché, DPM, Peter M. Vincent, DPM, and Katrina Sullivan, DPM
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    The sport of cycling has seen tremendous growth in the past decade. Athletes are utilizing bicycling not only as their primary sport but also as a form of cross training and rehabilitation. As a result of this growth, there has been a corresponding increase in the incidence of non-traumatic (overuse) injuries. Wilber, et. al., found 85 percent of cyclists to be suffering with... Read More.