Dr. Mark E. Sowell, DPM | Matthew Daugherty, DPM
The human foot is a complex machine. It combines mechanical complexity and structural strength particularly for the athlete. The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscle, tendons and ligament all working together to absorb the shock of ground forces and transfer that energy to propulsion. A good understanding of this system helps Dr. Sowell manage and treat the special needs and injury risks an athlete has in their particular sport.
Sports medicine is a commonly overlooked aspect of podiatry but Dr. Sowell enjoys the discipline and feels it helps him treat patients of all activity levels. A clear understanding of foot and ankle biomechanics leads to proper assessment of injuries and leads to treatment regimens that will return the athlete to their sports as soon as possible with the required strength and flexibility to avoid additional injuries. Treatments might include mechanical support, shoe modification, corticosteroid injections, joint mobilization and manipulations, stretching and rehabilitation. Also, helping the athlete with strength and conditioning plans can reduce risk of additional injury. Call Dr. Sowell if you have suffered injury when active or want to properly prepare and support your body in a new athletic plan.