Foot and Ankle Injuries: When Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

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The phrase “time heals all wounds” is a nice sentiment, but it’s not necessarily true when it comes to wounds of the foot and ankle. This past August, I had three cases of non-healing wounds—all of them elderly patients with varying medical histories. In researching and treating them, I discovered a relatively […]

How Did My Foot Get So Screwed Up During Pregnancy? A strange case of fractured fibular sesamoid

A strange case of fractured fibular sesamoid

One of my recent patients is a young woman in her twenties who was pregnant, and had been suffering inexplicable foot pain for several months. She had done everything she could think of to relieve the pain, including researching on the Internet for possible causes, but […]

Foot Surgery: The Real Truth About Foot Tumors

Did you know that you can get a tumor on the foot? It’s true—you may never have heard of a foot tumor, but it does happen. After all, tumors can happen anywhere you have live tissue.

Over the last three weeks, I’ve seen two different patients with foot tumors. One is […]

Mortons Neuroma: Is Your Aching Foot Telling You Something ?

Neuroma pain often described as burning or tingling.

Every year tens of thousands of Americans will be diagnosed as having Morton’s Neuroma. In all likelihood, this represents a tenth of the actual cases since misdiagnosis, lack of medical treatment and non-reported cases are so common.

What Is It?

Laypeople may use a variety of […]

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 […]

Foot Surgery: New Approaches To An Old Problem Bunions

Have you had to buy larger shoes recently? Do you only have a few pairs of shoes that are comfortable? Have you been changing the way you walk or stand to avoid pain? Does it seem as though your big toe is angling back toward your foot or is a bump appearing where there was […]

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: Patello-Femoral Syndrome Spells Knee Pain

This source of pain is known by a seemingly unending variety of names, “runners knee”, “bikers knee”, the tongue twisters patellofemoral syndrome and chondromalacia patella. Why should anyone care about a problem with such a confusing and complex sounding name? Anyone with knee pain should listen up – according to many leading sources and sports […]