When you participate in athletic activity, your skin is always at risk. Because it is the shield against damage to other, more important parts of your body, it can take a beating. Though most skin conditions are not serious, they can impact your level of performance in your sport and, if left untreated, can cause complications, such as infections.
Our sports medicine physicians and specialists can help treat the skin and will suggest that preventative measures be taken to help the problem from reoccurring. Here are some of the skin conditions we can treat:
- Road rash
- Chafing rashes
- Ringworm (wrestlers)
By diagnosing and treating a skin problem as soon as possible, you can stop the discomfort and stop the problem from getting worse.
When serious cuts or deep gashes happen during training or game time, they might require stitches. Our sports medicine physicians can stitch the damaged skin back together and educate you about ways to encourage the healing process.
Our certified sports medicine specialists can analyze the type of sports-related rash you have, prescribe some topical treatment, and provide you with ways to prevent the rashes from happening the future.
Most rashes occur due to the friction of skin rubbing against clothing or other skin. The best way to keep that from happening is to wear athletic clothing that is the right size for you. In some situations, using lubricant or ointments can also reduce the amount of friction your skin experiences.
If blisters are left alone for long enough, they can break open, creating an open sore. Because blisters are most commonly on feet where bacteria reside, they can be a recipe for a terrible infection. If you have a nasty blister or open sore, consult a sports medicine physician for treatment and preventive care.