Sports Medicine Specialist

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Portland, OR

Nationally recognized foot and ankle surgeon Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS, specializes in sports medicine. Dr. Gentile and his team at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute in Portland, Oregon, perform innovative treatments for sports injuries, including minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy. For excellent sports medicine treatment of the full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries, call or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries in athletes and active people. However, you don’t need to play sports to sustain a sports injury.

Dr. Gentile and the team at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute work with active people of all ages and backgrounds, from high school track stars to construction workers who get injured on the job.

What sports injuries affect the foot and ankle?

Your feet absorb high levels of stress during simple daily activities like walking the dog. If you participate in sports or have a job that keeps you on your feet all day, they endure even more pressure.

For this reason, the foot and ankle are especially prone to sports injuries, including:

  • Tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fractures, including stress fractures

In addition to providing you with an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan, Dr. Gentile advises you on steps to take to prevent injuries from recurring in the future.

How are sports injuries diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose your injury, Dr. Gentile asks you to describe how and when your foot pain started. He also takes a complete medical history and performs a physical exam. This may include diagnostic procedures, like an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI.

Then, Dr. Gentile creates an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment may include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Bracing and splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections

As a highly trained sports medicine specialist and board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Gentile performs surgery when necessary. He has extensive expertise in advanced procedures, including minimally invasive arthroscopy.

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure because it requires very small incisions, about the size of a buttonhole. Traditional, open surgery uses incisions that are several inches long.

Because it’s a minimally invasive procedure, arthroscopy offers the following benefits:

  • Less pain and scarring
  • Faster recovery time
  • Reduced risk of infection

Most of the time, Dr. Gentile performs arthroscopic surgery as an outpatient procedure, which means you don’t have to spend the night in the hospital.

For excellent sports medicine care, call Portland Foot & Ankle Institute or book an appointment online today.