Over the Counter Inserts vs Custom Orthotics

Should You Try an Over the Counter Insert Before Going to a Custom Molded Orthotic? Occasionally, I am told by a patient that they want to try an over the counter insert first. Then, if it helps, they will get the custom-made orthotics.  Although this thinking is not completely flawed, this type of test does […]

So You Were Told To Get Dad Shoes?!?

Funny, as a doctor biomechanically treating adolescent patients suffering with so called “overuse injuries” or “growing pains,” I am keenly educated on the most current lingo. So, what is the newest lingo I learned?  “Dad shoes!”  What??  The mother quickly interjected…those are the shoes that have those “big clunky soles.”   Oh, like the clunky soled […]

Confused on How to Prevent a Running Injury?

Did you know? Studies have shown that anyone who runs has about a 40-60 percent chance of suffering an injury – depending on what study you read.  Rather high odds in my opinion. Over the last 40 years, research has been conducted, changes have been made in footwear, training, treatments, etc., but running injury and […]

Expensive Shoes Hurting Your Feet?

There is a new disease of the foot now appearing more and more frequently in podiatrists’ offices.  It is even being discussed in the literature; especially the biomechanical literature.  It is called “Expensive Shoe Disease.” This is a condition(s) in which you suffer with pain in the feet, legs, hips, or even the lower back.  […]

The Benefits of Compression Socks

Compression socks/stockings use to be reserved for those with medical conditions such as blood clots, edema (swelling), etc., but not anymore.  Many are using them for comfort as well. Why? Overall, because they allow “Fresh” oxygenated blood to your feet and legs. This improves the elimination of “Old” deoxygenated pooled blood out of your feet […]

Dry Needling-The Best Solution for Plantar Fasciitis?

There are many “solutions” for plantar fasciitis. One of the newer solutions people are discussing is dry needling.  Does dry needling work?  Well, it depends on what is causing the plantar fasciitis. All heel pain is not plantar fasciitis. Therefore, one should have it professionally diagnosed.  The next step should be to determine what is […]

Knee Pain – How Foot Orthotics Can Help

A recent study has shown that the use of foot orthotics, along with knee strengthening exercises, helps resolve knee pain better than simply doing the knee strengthening exercises alone. Specializing in biomechanical treatments, this does not surprise me.  This is since, essentially, all of us pronate and supinate when we walk and run.  Doing so, […]