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Sports Injuries


Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatry located in Palm Desert, CA & Indio, CA

Sports injuries can be minor or complex, but what’s so concerning about them is that if you don’t get your injury treated properly, your risk of re-injury is even greater. With the help of board-certified podiatrist, Ben Wehrli, DPM, of Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute in Rancho Mirage, California, you can get the sports medicine care you need under one roof. Start your sports injury treatment right away by booking an evaluation online or by calling the clinic directly.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries are injuries that occur while you’re playing a sport or exercising, or recurring overuse issues that gradually develop. Some of the most common sports injuries podiatrists treat include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Broken bones
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis


With continued use, especially if you don’t seek medical intervention right away, your sports injury can go from minor to severe rather quickly. Even if you just feel a little soreness or occasional discomfort, have your feet and ankles evaluated before spending another day on the field in pain.

When should I see a doctor for sports injuries?

The dedicated team of board-certified podiatrists at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute want you to schedule an evaluation if you experienced an injury while participating in a sport or exercise activity, or if you have an overuse injury that just isn’t getting better. It’s especially important to come in right away if you notice:

  • Visible bump or deformity
  • Numbness, swelling, or tingling
  • Bruising or skin redness
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot


These signs indicate that you might have a more severe sports injury that requires treatment right away.

How are sports injuries treated?

The foot and ankle specialists at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute provide comprehensive sports medicine care that’s designed to resolve any current pain and inflammation, while also helping you get back in the game as quickly as possible. Your sports injury treatment plan can include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Bracing, casting, or splinting
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics


For more complex sports injuries or for sports injuries that just don’t respond to conservative treatments, you may benefit from minimally invasive surgery. Your dedicated podiatrist at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute can use minimally invasive measures to perform tissue grafts, remove damaged tissues, or repair joints or bones, among other repairs.

Throughout your treatment and postoperative care (if surgery is needed), your podiatrist teaches you exercises you can perform during each stage of your recovery process, so when it comes time to participate in sports again, you’re going to be ready.

If you suffered from a sports injury, or have an old injury that never healed right, book an exam at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute today. Schedule online or over the phone.