Common Conditions

Sports Injuries

Foot Sports Injuries | Foot Wart Removal | Takoma Park | Riverdale MD | Laurel MD | Rockville MDSports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it's Little League, recreational play or a high school, college or professional sport.

As with a sports team, there are many physicians who work together to help the patient regain maximum use of the injured limb or joint. "Players" on the team are typically the physician, orthopedic surgeon, rehabilitation specialist, athletic trainer and physical therapist - and the patient him/herself.

Common injuries treated include:

  • ACL Tears
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Shin Splints
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Stress Fractures
  • Torn Tendons & Ligaments

These injuries often occur as a result of a fall, twisting or hit to a targeted area, as well as from overuse or infection. Different athletic activities may put athletes at an increased risks for certain types of injuries, so it is important to take precautions to prevent injuries from occurring.

Treatment of sports injury depends on the type, severity and location of the injury, and may include conservative methods such as rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications, or surgery for severe injuries. Nearly all patients who suffer from an athletic injury will need physical therapy to restore strength and function to the affected area. Physical therapy uses increasingly difficult exercises to help patients restore their quality of life and return to playing sports.


Plantar warts are noncancerous growths that develop on the soles of the feet as a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV enters the body through tiny breaks in the skin, which are often present beneath pressure points in the feet on the heels or balls. These warts appear on the skin as a small, hard bump that may be gray or brown with well-defined boundaries. In some patients, they may cause pain or tenderness with walking.

While plantar warts are not usually a serious condition, many patients experience pain or embarrassment regarding this condition and may desire treatment for comfort or aesthetic motivations. Patients should seek medical attention for warts that are painful, change appearance or color, multiply or interfere with normal activities. It is important for patients with diabetes or circulatory disorders to seek immediate treatment in order to reduce the risk of serious complications.

Plantar Warts Removal

Plantar warts can be removed through several different noninvasive procedures, including cryotherapy (freezing), laser surgery, cantharidin, immunotherapy and medication injections. These outpatient procedures are usually effective in removing warts with little to no scarring. Dr. Zarate will decide which treatment option is best for you based on your individual condition. Some plantar warts may not require any treatment at all.

Patients can reduce their risk of developing plantar warts by keeping the feet clean and dry, avoiding direct contact with warts and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas.

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