Injuries and Sports Medicine

“Dr Hoy was very kind and knowledgeable. I came seeking to understand what had happened to my ankle and I left clearly understanding. I felt relieved and well cared for.” -Julia W.

Whether you are a worker, a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, injuries can happen at the most inopportune time.  Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are first aid for a foot injury, but if your pain is not improved within 24 hours, or if you cannot bear weight on the injury or notice severe swelling or bruising, it’s time to seek treatment.

Podiatrists provide specialized care for foot and ankle injuries, from conservative treatment to surgical intervention, for patients of all ages. With the ability to accommodate urgent appointments, we can correctly identify the cause and effectively treat the injury to minimize long term problems. Check out the types of injuries and other conditions we treat.

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Dr. Hoy has worked with the Special Olympics and professional athletes and dancers, and is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.  He has also been an Independent Medical Examiner for the State of Washington, invited to serve on multiple consultation panels to assess and make recommendations regarding on-the-job and other injuries. Finally, he instructs Family Medicine residents on rotation as a Teaching Associate of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Many patients with foot and ankle injuries see multiple providers with conflicting opinions how to resolve the issue. However, with injuries it is important to know when to rest and immobilize, when to rehabilitate, and when to have surgery. Oftentimes premature rehabilitation or surgery can lead to complications. Dr. Hoy can ascertain the proper timing and give guidance.

For diagnosis and immobilization, our office has on-site x-ray technology as well as the full array of taping, casts and healing shoes to prevent an injury from getting worse. 

For rehabilitation we perform extracorporeal shockwave therapy and refer to physical therapy to work with you to achieve your specific goals. Biomechanical control may also be necessary with orthotics.

For recalcitrant or severe cases we refer to imaging providers to diagnose the problem correctly. Dr. Hoy also performs reconstructive trauma surgery of the foot, and refers to other centers of excellence in the local area for reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

“We would like to thank Dr Hoy for his incredibly high level of care and professionalism on the diagnosis and treatment on my daughter’s recent foot injury. She fell from 15 feet height at a climbing gym and 3 bones fractured. Dr Hoy was able to quickly diagnosis the injury and provided the best treatment plan for her foot. He started with thorough office exam on her injured foot, listened to my daughter’s every concern and answered all questions attentively, then followed up with us consistently with instructions in great details. The healing went great as expected by Dr. Hoy. Ava the assistant is very nice & kind. She helped make our office visit a heartwarming & cheerful experience. Highly recommend Dr Hoy if you have any foot issues. You will be in a good hands.” -Sylvia C.

Foot and ankle injuries are common among people who participate in sports. Several factors can contribute to these injuries, including failing to stretch or warm up properly, not wearing the proper type of shoe, and not taping or providing other types of support for the ankle or foot. The most common foot and ankle injuries suffered by people involved in sports are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendon damage or ruptures. If not treated properly, these conditions can lead to long-lasting problems.

Treating these injuries is relatively simple if they are identified and addressed early. Many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains associated with injury as soreness or tired muscles. Their first response is often to try working through the pain, which can lead to serious problems. Many minor injuries become more serious when athletes continue to put strain and pressure on them. Athletes should have unusual aches and pains evaluated by a skilled, licensed medical professional.

For more information on injuries for specific sports, please click this link.

“Recurrent sporting and orthopedic challenges have meant I have visited podiatrists before. Dr Hoy compares extremely favorably with the best I had previously attended, from prompt, courteous and thorough front desk support to detailed history, careful examination and thorough explanation of the pathology and proposed management.” -Dr. Stephen S., MD