When athletes become injured, they need to return to the playing field as quickly and safely as possible. Orthopaedic doctors specializing in sports medicine focus efforts on doing just that. A division of orthopaedic medicine, sports medicine involves treating joint and musculoskeletal injuries in a manner that is minimally invasive and focused on patient comfort. Sports injury treatment options allow patients to heal in a shorter amount of time when compared to traditional open surgery. Likewise, these procedures afford a number of minimally invasive benefits, including less blood loss during the operation, minimized scarring, and a shortened post-operative recovery period.
Drs. Kurtis Biggs and Jamie Weaver specialize in the treatment of sports injuries, including meniscal tears and turf toe. As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Biggs has an expertise in advanced arthroscopic techniques of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Weaver, a member of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, offers complete patient care with state-of-the-art treatment solutions and surgical techniques.
The knee joint is comprised of three main bones: the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone), and the patella (kneecap). Resting between the femur and the tibia lie two menisci, which provide cushion to the bones and absorb shock during everyday use.
For those playing soccer, rugby, or football, meniscal tears are one of the most common sports injuries. A torn meniscus results in pain, instability, and a loss of joint function. Athletes who have sustained a meniscal tear will report knee pain, severe inflammation, a feeling that the knee has 'given out' from underneath them, and a limited articulation and flexion.
Severe meniscal tears can cause pieces of the meniscus to move into the joint space and cause significant pain. These severe cases may require arthroscopic surgery of the knee to clean the area and remove the loose materials. Arthroscopy allows the orthopaedic surgeon to perform the corrective surgery without making large incisions.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive approach to treating orthopaedic injuries, and is a common solution for sports injuries. Knee arthroscopy involves inserting a tiny fiber-optic camera into the joint, which allows the doctor to view the knee from within. Arthroscopy requires much smaller incisions compared to open surgery, allowing for quicker post-operative recovery and minimized scarring.
Common amongst football and soccer players, turf toe is a podiatric condition that causes pain in the big toe, or 'hallux'. Incorrectly kicking, running, or jumping on tough artificial turf usually causes the condition. Improper footwear can contribute to the condition, as shoes with limited support to the forefoot have been linked to turf toe.
In incidents of turf toe, players sustaining a turf toe injury tear the joint capsule surrounding the base of the hallux, causing severe pain and instability. Ultimately, turf toe can lead to accelerated cartilage wear and arthritis of the hallux.
Treatment options for turf toe are typically conservative, and involve resting or immobilizing the foot. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) of the foot are recommended for acute cases of turf toe, while more serious cases will require long-term immobilization in a boot or a cast. In certain cases of turf toe, hallux malalignment or toe clawing can require surgical intervention.
For more information about turf toe treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Weaver at Joint Replacement Institute's Bonita Springs location »