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Sports Medicine Specialist

Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist located in Scottsdale, AZ

If you enjoy playing sports and suffer a foot or ankle injury, getting fit and back in the saddle is a priority. Experienced podiatrist Nima Sana, DPM of Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona, is an expert in podiatric sports medicine whose patients include professional basketball players. As more foot and ankle injuries occur when playing basketball than in any other sport, you know you're in good hands with Dr. Sana. To take advantage of his expertise, call or use the online booking form today.   

Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on treating injuries that occur when you’re participating in sports, training, or doing other physical activities. Sports medicine experts can also help you avoid injury and optimize your performance by looking at how you move and train.


There’s no doubt that getting plenty of exercise by playing sports has significant benefits for both your body and mind. However, intense physical activity increases the risk of injury.  


If you do suffer a foot or ankle problem, Dr. Sana is an expert in sports medicine and can have you back on your feet with minimal delay.

What kinds of conditions does sports medicine treat?

Sports injuries are a common foot and ankle problem. An ankle sprain is one of the most frequent injuries. It occurs when the ligaments attaching the bones in the joint overstretch or tear.

Tendon tears are another frequent problem, particularly in the Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle. Fractures and dislocations are also possible. With these injuries, the bones break or the joints come apart under excessive strain.

As well as acute injuries, Dr. Sana treats overuse or repetitive strain injuries like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures. If there’s nerve compression in your ankle, you could develop a condition like tarsal tunnel syndrome.   

Dr. Sana prepares an individual treatment plan for all sports medicine patients that accounts for their specific needs.

What treatments does sports medicine use?

In addition to your injury and its severity, your age, activity level, other health issues, and personal goals are all important when formulating a suitable treatment program. The exact treatment you need varies depending on the cause of your injury and your unique situation.

Conservative treatments

Some of the treatments that might be included in your sports medicine treatment plan at Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Strapping
  • Orthotics
  • Splints
  • Ankle braces
  • Walking boots

These conservative measures are often very successful, but if your condition persists, you might benefit from steroid injections. Steroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that can provide long-term relief from tissue inflammation and pain.

Regenerative medicine 

Dr. Sana also uses regenerative medicine techniques such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and amniotic stem cell therapy. 

These substances are made of natural human cells that promote faster and better healing.


Severe injuries might require foot and ankle surgery to repair or replace the damaged tissues or bones.

Find out how you can benefit from Dr. Sana's expertise in sports medicine by calling Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists or booking an appointment online today.