Charleston Sports Medicine stays a foot ahead on DI

From hiking trails to numerous sporting activities, active area residents have access to a variety of exercise options. When workout warriors over do it, they also have some of the best treatments available right here on Daniel Island.
Dr. Bright McConnell has been practicing orthopedic surgery in Charleston since 1985. In 2005 he established Charleston Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center on Daniel Island. McConnell is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in sports and regenerative medicine. He uses the latest treatments and technologies to treat general orthopedic issues, sports injuries, and degenerative disease. 
This July, Dr. Amanda Riley joined Charleston Sports Medicine and became the island’s first podiatrist. “I chose Daniel Island specifically because I saw an opportunity to help the community. There are currently no other podiatrists on the island ... I really try to put myself in my patient’s shoes.”
Bright is excited to have Riley on board. “She will be offering treatment options and technologies that are not yet available anywhere else in South Carolina. We practice together as partners and we both hold the same vision and mission to deliver novel, cutting-edge technologies that allow less invasive treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical techniques when required.” 
Daniel Island resident and real estate agent Solange “Sunny” Wiltse is part of a very athletic family. She highly recommends Riley for her friendly deposition and professional manner. “I met Amanda two years ago when she was working in Manhattan and have used her as a go-to source on all of our foot and ankle ailments and injuries,” Wiltse said. “Her office offers cutting-edge technology such as laser therapy and shockwave therapy that are excellent options for treating foot pain, especially if you want to avoid surgery.”
Like many other businesses, the pandemic impacted the practice. Riley explained, “We started implementing telemedicine visits to provide education to patients that are not comfortable coming into the office. These video visits allow for continuity of care while practicing social distancing and eliminating the risk of exposure to the virus.”
According to Riley, while working from home, many patients have stepped up their foot care. Daniel Island resident Matthew Flamman always had flat feet and during the pandemic, because he was wearing shoes less often, his feet were starting to hurt. “After seeing Dr. Riley, things changed for the better. She showed me different stretches I can do each morning to help with my plantar fasciitis as well as provided me with orthotics which I now won’t leave the house without,” Flamman said. “I would highly recommend her services. Unlike most doctors I’ve seen, she invests time in her patients by seeking to understand their situation and explaining each solution thoroughly which made me feel much more comfortable and confident.”
Riley’s goal is to make sure patients can continue to engage in sports without pain. “Whether it be removing an ingrown toenail, custom orthotics, injections, or surgical treatment we’re here to help the community in any way we can.”
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