Sports Medicine Specialist

Battle Born Bone & Joint Center

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

You may do everything right, but sports-related injuries can still happen in spite of your training and preparation. Dr. Jaymes Granata at Battle Born Bone & Joint Center in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV specializes in athletic injuries involving the foot and ankle, including ankle sprains and ligament injuries, and offers advanced treatment options to get you back in the game. Whether you need urgent care or ongoing treatment, call the office or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What types of athletic injuries affect the foot and ankle?

There are a variety of sports injuries that can affect your feet or ankles.  Some of the more common injuries we see are described below:

  • Achilles tendon inflammation and tears
  • Ankle sprains
  • Midfoot (arch) sprains
  • Metatarsophalangeal (Big toe) joint sprain
  • Heel spurs

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of your Achilles tendon, which is responsible for helping you run and jump. While the tendon can withstand a significant amount of stress, it can become inflamed from overuse.

Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Pain at the tendon or back of the heel
  • Pain and stiffness at the tendon first thing in the morning
  • Pain at the tendon or heel that worsens with activity
  • Swelling around the tendon or thickening of the tendon

Conservative treatment for Achilles tendonitis may include rest, ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, and physical therapy.

For Achilles tendon ruptures, your options generally include casting or surgery, to encourage the tendon to heal in the appropriate position.

How do you repair a tendon injury?

Surgical procedures for Achilles tendon ruptures include:

  • Debridement and repair: removing the injured portion of the tendon and then stitching the tendon back together again
  • Debridement with tendon transfer: using the tendon from the big toe to augment the Achilles tendon

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is caused by overstretching the ligaments in your ankles. While most ankle sprains may be treated conservatively, you should visit Dr. Granata to appropriately diagnose your injury. He may offer treatments to help improve your healing and prevent further damage.

Symptoms of an ankle sprain include:

  • Swelling and bruising around the ankle
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Difficulty walking

Conservative treatment of ankle sprains may include:

  • Rest and icing
  • Crutches
  • Stretches that work on flexibility
  • Exercises to improve strength and mobility

If you have ligament injury that’s not responding well to conservative treatment, Dr. Granata may recommend considering surgery.

Surgical procedures for unstable ankle ligament injuries may include:

  • Ankle arthroscopy: using a small camera and surgical tools to view and repair your injured ankle.
  • Reconstruction: surgically repairing the torn ligament