Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries Specialist
At Hayward Foot & Ankle Center in the Harder-Tennyson neighborhood of Hayward and the Silicon Valley's Mountain View community, both suburbs of San Francisco, Dr. Bita Mostaghimi helps athletes overcome sports injuries. Athletes hroughout the East Bay and Silicon Valley regard her as one of the area’s leading experts in foot and ankle sports injuries.

Sports Injuries Q & A

by Bita Mostaghimi, DPM

What are Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries is a broad term that encompasses any kind of injury sustained while participating in a sport or other physical activity. The list of injuries includes everything from concussions to turf toes.

When Should Athletes See a Podiatrist for a Sports Injury?

Athletes should consult a podiatrist if they sustain an injury to their foot or ankle while participating in a sporting event or activity. Because podiatrists specialize in feet and ankles, they may be able to provide more nuanced care and more advanced treatment options than doctors who don’t specialize only in the feet and ankles.

Some common sports injuries that athletes frequently see podiatrists for include the following:

  • Fractured toes, feet, and ankles

  • Turf toes

  • Sprained ankles

  • Achilles tears

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Sports Injuries?

Because many different injuries fall under the umbrella of sports injuries, the recovery time for sports injuries varies greatly. Some injuries, like mild ankle sprains, take only a few days to recover, while others, such as Achilles tendon tears, require surgery and extensive rehab.

Whatever an athlete’s injury is, podiatrists always work with them to develop a treatment plan that will provide the best possible recovery in the shortest amount of time possible.

What Should Athletes with Sports Injuries Look for in a Podiatrist?

When choosing a podiatrist, athletes in Hayward who have sustained a foot or ankle injury should first look for a podiatrist who is licensed in California and board-certified. Second, they should seek out someone who has extensive surgical experience, in case surgery is needed. Finally, they should look for a doctor who has a practice that’s easy to get to. Many sports injuries require several appointments to ensure that the recovery process is going well, and choosing a conveniently-located practice makes getting to these appointments easy.

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