Sports Medicine: Heel Pain - When to Call a Doctor

The heel is one of those behind-the-scenes body parts we don’t think much about—until it’s injured. Home to the biggest bone in the foot, the heel absorbs a great deal of impact. When it becomes strained or inflamed, the simple act of walking can be incredibly painful—or even impossible.

Common Causes of Heel Pain In […]

Sports Medicine: Cuboid Syndrome - The Foot Pain That Won’t Go Away

A few days ago, I saw a 25-year-old male with lateral foot pain who had gone through multiple doctors and six months’ worth of tests and treatments—including x-rays, ultrasound to check blood flow, pain medication, and physical therapy—without results. He had significant swelling along the ankle and the side of the foot, […]

Sports Medicine: Got heel pain? We’ve got solutions.

If you’re suffering from heel pain, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 of my patients complain of some type of discomfort or strain in the heel. The good news is, you don’t have to resign yourself to living with this chronic pain.

Why is heel pain so common?

Because […]

Sports Medicine - The Facts about Orthotics

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Sports enthusiasts since the early 1970’s have been turning to the little plastic devices that have helped revolutionize the field of sports medicine. The functional foot orthotic (as it is technically known) emerged during those early years as an alternative method of treating sports injuries without surgery. The elite athletes […]

Sports Medicine: Heel Pain in the Young Athlete

Earlier this year I wrote about a number of possible causes for heel pain in the adult. The pain, of course, constitutes a helpful signal alerting you that something is wrong and maybe where the problem is in the foot. Among the lesser known causes of heel pain is calcaneal apophysitis – injury to the […]

Sports Medicine: Recognizing and Relieving 3 Common Sports Injuries

Being a sports medicine specialist can be compared to coaching a team. The coach encourages his players to do their best and push themselves to the limit. In doing so, he also knows, however, that accidents do happen and people do get hurt. Some of the most common injuries athletes sustain involve the heel, ankle […]