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Sports Medicine

Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot Surgeon located in Freehold, NJ

Exercise is vital to your overall health, but it also increases your risk of foot- and ankle-related injuries. Sports medicine can provide tips and insights to improve your posture and performance, lowering your risk of sprains, strains, and fractures. At his private practice in Freehold, New Jersey, board-certified podiatrist Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS, offers sports medicine consultations to people of all ages. He can help you determine your best options for sport-specific shoes, orthotics, and insoles. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing sports- and activity-related injuries. Sports medicine providers like Dr. Lemberger are experts in improving performance on the court, track, or playing field. 

Sports medicine can benefit physically active people of all ages and backgrounds, including professional and amateur athletes, weekend warriors, children, and teenagers. You might also benefit from sports medicine if you work a physically demanding job, like on a construction site or in a warehouse.

What are some of the injuries that sports medicine treats?

Dr. Lemberger provides treatment for sports injuries that affect the ankles, feet, and toes, including:

  • Foot and ankle sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Swollen muscles
  • Dislocations
  • Plantar fasciitis

You might also benefit from sports medicine if you want to improve your posture or form. Certain stretches and exercises can strengthen your muscles, joints, and ligaments, making it easier to perform at the highest level of competition.

Can sports medicine help prevent injuries?

Yes. If you’re an athlete or physically active individual, sports medicine can offer tips, insights, and suggestions to minimize or prevent injuries.

Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and a discussion of your lifestyle and goals for treatment, Dr. Lemberger might recommend:

  • Regular warm-ups, including stretching and proper conditioning
  • Physician clearance to play your sport
  • Cross-training or graduated levels of activity
  • Evaluation for proper foot gear
  • Sports-specific shoes
  • Good socks
  • Custom orthotics
  • Insoles

Every patient is different, but Dr. Lemberger usually recommends combining several types of treatment. If you’re physically fit and wear the proper safety equipment, you’re much less likely to experience an injury that keeps you sidelined.

How does sports medicine treat foot and ankle injuries?

Treating foot and ankle injuries with sports medicine depends on the underlying problem and the severity of symptoms. Dr. Lemberger regularly treats skin problems like athlete’s foot, warts, and blisters; soft tissue injuries like sprains, nail injuries, and plantar fasciitis; and bone injuries caused by traumatic and stress fractures.

Whenever possible, Dr. Lemberger recommends conservative treatments like rest, ice, physical therapy, custom orthotics, and enPuls radial shockwave therapy. If your injury persists or results in worsening symptoms, surgical intervention may be necessary. 

To learn more about the benefits of sports medicine, schedule an appointment at the practice of Steven Lemberger, DPM, DACFAS. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.