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What is Sports Medicine?

Sports Medicine Therapy Doctors Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-AtlanticPeople hate going to the doctors, none more than athletes. For those individuals who try and incorporate athletics into their lives, it is difficult to admit one needs a doctor. By the time someone comes to my office, they have decided they need to see someone, have asked their friends and family and googled it on the internet. Their biggest fear is that we will send them to physical therapy and discontinue their exercise program. A good Sports Medicine doctor will understand the demands of the sport and design a program that can potentially cross-train, really not telling an athlete what they can't do, but what they can do without risking further injury and helping the injured parts continue to heal. By strict definition, Sports Medicine is concerned with the treatment of injuries or illness resulting from athletic or recreational activities. In actuality, it also encompasses the psychology and dieting needs from these activities as well. This often takes a deeper understanding of the entire process. We at Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) are fortunate to have many members of the American Academy of Sports Medicine (AAPSM), considered the most comprehensive program of Sports Medicine in Podiatry. Three of our doctors - Dr. Lee Firestone, Dr. David Levine and myself -  are Fellows of the Academy. Our doctors across the Washington Metropolitan Area participate in care of athletes of all ages and in events locally, nationally and worldwide. Many of FASMA’s doctors run local clinics and participate in discussions to educate athletes of all varieties of sports. I am the team Podiatrist for the Washington Wizards of the NBA, and along with Dr. Jennifer Gerres, treat the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. The field of Sports Medicine has grown leaps and bounds, with many disciplines qualifying as athletics, such as: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Crossfit and Ultimate Frisbee; in addition to the typical slate of activities like running. basketball, football, soccer and baseball. Knowing what is involved in these disciplines helps guide what is and isn't allowed during rehabilitation. There are many new aides to expedite the rehabilitation process without surgery.  We have become more acutely aware of metabolic issues that often complicate healing like low Vitamin D levels and new protocols for treatment.  There are new treatment options to adjunct some tried and true treatments. They include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), shockwave (EPAT/ESWT), and cold LASERS. Even biologics like Amniofix, which is derivative of amniotic membrane, are now used to try and speed up the process. These modalities can reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to aid the healing process. Surgery can often still be considered the gold standard, though. It is generally the best option and does require a period of recovery, but shouldn’t be feared. Most of us are exercising longer into our lives and frequently addressing a problem that surgery can fix permanently, so that you can exercise longer. Rehab options have come a long way and time-frames of recovery have reduced as we have changed the algorithms on return-to-activity. Immobilization times have reduced in favor of controlled return-to-activity programs. Most of our practices have trusted physical therapists and other adjunctive professionals to refer to.  These include acupuncturists and chiropractors as well. Sports medicine may be the best discipline to help us live longer, more productive lives and our doctors and support staff at FASMA look forward to helping our patients continue their activities as pain free as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact one of our FASMA offices to see how we can help.

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Lyme Disease is Back This Time of the Year

A bite from a deer tick that carries the organism that causes lyme disease is at the highest ever in the Mid-Atlantic area. So, if you are out doors whether for work or recreation, you are at risk. What to look for? Typically, a red rash (bull's eye), fever, fatigue, headache. How is it diagnosed? An examination, review of a history of a tick bite and blood test. Not everyone gets the bull's eye rash! What are treatment options? Oral antibiotics are necessary for several weeks is necessary. Don't wait to get treatment.  Those that wait can end up with a life long chronic arthritis that is preventable by an early visit to a podiatric physician when the symptoms appear on the lower leg, ankle or foot. Best preventative options: use insect repellent, wear protective clothes and boots, shower if exposed and wash and dry suspected exposed clothing at high temperatures. Lyme Disease Dr. David Freedman Foot and Ankle Specialists David J. Freedman is the Vice President of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic. Dr. Freedman's office is conveniently located off Georgia Avenue, adjacent to the Leisure World Shopping Center. The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice.  You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose.  Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional.  The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice.  This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship.

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Dr. Man Cho and Dr. Priya Parthasarathy Featured in APMA Spring Campaign Videos

Many people are not aware that the condition of their feet can serve as an early warning sign of larger issues, speaking to the value of preventive medicine. As part of the APMA Spring Campaign Video Series, various topics within Podiatric Medicine are discussed.
        My Podiatrist Saved my Life This episode in the series titled "My Podiatrist Saved my Life" featuring Dr. Man Cho, discusses vascular disease and its diagnosis. Dr. Cho and the patient featured in the video discuss the gentleman's appointment with Dr. Cho regarding his swollen toes, leading to the identification of something far more serious. Click the video image below to watch this informative piece. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTH_CszAGCU[/embed] Diabetes and Vascular Disease In this episode, Dr. Priya Parthasarathy briefly explains the cause-and-effect relationship between diabetes, indicators to help people recognize when to seek help and tips on diabetes management. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWseSzNR9Sc[/embed]