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Sports Medicine

Steven P. Royall, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC

Steven P. Royall, DPM

Podiatrist located in Lehi, UT & Murray, UT

If you’ve been sidelined with an injury stemming from repetitive use because you play sports, you’re looking for a physician who understands sports injuries. Dr. Steven P. Royall, DPM, with Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, in Lehi and Murray, Utah, provides cutting-edge minimally invasive non-surgical treatments as well as advanced surgical procedures. They optimize your healing time and give you the quickest and most complete recovery possible for your sports-related injury. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What are the most common foot and ankle injuries in sports?

Podiatrists at Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC treat many musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and ankle. Any time you use muscles and ligaments strenuously every day, they are susceptible to damage. Dr. Royall sees many runners, soccer players, skiers, and ballet dancers--athletes who rely on their feet. Their training can lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles heel tendonitis, stress fractures, and tendonitis in the foot where it joins the ankle, called posterior tibial tendonitis. In addition to damage to your feet from overuse, an ankle sprain is another very common injury.

What are the best sports medicine treatments for foot injuries that result from training and playing sports?

Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, has a specialty center for sports medicine used by both professional and amateur sports teams in Utah. Sports medicine aims to return the athlete to peak performance in the shortest possible time while ensuring safety. For most musculoskeletal injuries in their mild form mentioned above, Dr. Royall recommends:

  • Rest: Resting the ankle for a few days ensures that the injury doesn’t get worse.
  • Ice: Wrapping ice in a cloth and applying it on and off helps reduce swelling and pain.
  • Compression: Wrap the area in an elastic bandage for the first two or three days to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation: Lie with your foot on pillows so that it is above your heart.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to calm inflammation.
  • Steroid injections for fast pain relief.
  • Taping or foot and ankle braces for support
  • Splints prevent re-injury
  • Orthotics are custom-made inserts that help correct a biomechanical problem when you walk.
  • Physical therapy helps athletes learn proper walking gait and how to stretch and strengthen muscles to regain range of motion. Dr. Royall examines biomechanical factors that may have contributed to your foot condition, such as your arch and your gait when you walk or run.

In more severe cases of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles heel tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, or hammertoes, Dr. Royall uses a new treatment that is minimally invasive, so recovery is quick. It is a non-surgical procedure known as the Tenex FAST (Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue) procedure which removes damaged tissue causing the pain. Tenex FAST is revolutionizing how physicians treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions involving tendons, such as tennis elbow and swimmer’s shoulder.