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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Sports Medicine: Common Myths About Foot Injuries

There are a lot of health myths that are repeated so often, many people assume they’re true. By learning to separate the truth from the common misconceptions, you’ll be prepared to avoid some serious problems.

Here are some of the most frequently believed myths about foot and ankle injuries. Do you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]