Plantar Fasciitis – Frequently Asked Questions

Plantar Fasciitis – Frequently Asked Questions answered by former foot surgeon, David J. Sables, D.P.M. Dr. Sables now practices exclusively in biomechanics. Should I buy a compression sleeve for my foot? The compression sleeves that came out a few years ago have lost their hype.  Some patients that simply need compression for swelling relate it […]

Should Everyone Be A Runner?

Run, Run, Run…If You Want to Experience an Injury…Go for it! We were not born to run!  At least not repeatedly over miles and miles, day in and day out.  I am not against running.  I am against the push to have everyone become a runner.  The latest marketing trend is to move, move, and […]

6 Common Running Tips DEBUNKED!

Thanksgiving is nearing and that means so is the Nashville Turkey Trot Marathon! Hundreds of thousands of people participate in Turkey Trots each year.  When one decides to challenge themselves to complete a walk/run, this not only helps the associated charity but also helps themselves both physically and mentally.  They are following proper training methods […]

Foot Scanner VS Professional Shoe Fitter

As a child, traditionally, your parents would check the fit of the shoe by reaching over and checking for a thumb’s length at the tip of the toe. Other than that, maybe… does it feel too tight?  That’s about it. Later, professional fitters evolved. Besides the fit, professional fitters also know the many variables that […]

Painful Feet, What’s My Diagnosis?

When I have painful feet, I hurt all over.  I hear this frequently.  I also hear patients seemingly needing to know the exact diagnosis of their problem.  Knowing such seems to be relieving to them so they do not feel like they are just nuts.  However, a diagnosis may be easy to make, yet explaining […]

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 […]