Plantar Fasciitis and The Big Toe Joint

Plantar fasciitis, that painful heel condition starting your day on a not so happy note when first getting out of bed (or even after sitting/rest), is the most common heel pathology diagnosis.  Plantar fasciitis can be treated in many ways. However, addressing the true cause of it, typically faulty biomechanics, is the most important issue […]

Is It Really Your Shoes Causing Your Bunions?

What You, Especially Runners, Should Know About the” Rest of The Story.” You most likely were not born with bunions.  They typically developed over time. Bunions develop from what is thought to be abnormal forces upon the big toe joint.  Yes, stilettos and tight shoes can enhance them, but are the shoes the real cause? […]

Can Heel Pain Be Something Other Than Plantar Fasciitis?

Can Heel Pain Be Something Other Than Plantar Fasciitis? After over 30 years of practice, I would venture to say that the most common diagnosis of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.   However, many times after examination, I’ve found out it is something else. It is also possible that there are other conditions in conjunction with […]

A Solution for Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Heel Pain? (Fill in the blank)

Confused on what to do with your heel pain or plantar fasciitis pain? Well, from what I’ve read, I’m not surprised. The title above pretty much seems to sum it all up. You’ll hear or read choices to fill in the blank from toe spreaders, pads, injections to custom molded “Flexible” orthotics. Some will even […]

Why Do Comfort Shoes Typically Cost More Than Your Average Shoe?

Obviously, we all want a shoe that is comfortable. Certain shoes are labeled as comfort shoes because they are designed to address problematic feet or skeletal alignment issues. These shoes typically have advanced features built within compared to your average shoe. Therefore, the additional features built into the shoe increases the cost.  Other additional costs […]

Are All Custom Orthotics the Same?

In short, the answer is no, not all custom orthotics are made the same. There are many different factors to consider. Who is taking the cast/impression/scan of the feet? As I stated in a previous blog, Custom Orthotics Frequently Asked Questions, education level varies between those who fabricate orthotics. Some only complete a weekend course to […]

Custom Orthotics- Frequently Asked Questions

What is a custom orthotic? Foot orthotics or arch supports are devices that go inside your shoes to assist in correcting biomechanical faults. These devices basically realign the feet to the back to improve function throughout the joints, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Improved function leads to reduced stress and strain. Stress and strain can cause […]

Athletic Taping For Plantar Fasciitis

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis? As you may know, plantar fasciitis is from an excess pulling on the plantar fascia. This is a long fibrous band on the bottom of the foot that runs from the toes to the heel bone (calcaneous).  Inflammation and possible subsequent degeneration of the fascia occurs from strains of the fascia. […]