Preventing And Treating Ankle Injuries From Aggressive Spikeball Games

Jenny L Sanders DPM
4/2/14 | 721 reads | 0 comments
A patient came in last week with an ankle injury from a sport I had never heard of called Spikeball (www.spikeball.com/ ). Popular among college students, Spikeball is a cross between volleyball and four square. Essentially people play the game around a circular trampoline-like net, which sits on the ground. Four players surround the net and “spike” the ball into the net. The pace is fast and furious and can result in unstable, single-leg landings, leading to severe sprains and strains, especially at the ankle. Read More.

Essential Tips For Fitting Soccer Cleats

Jenny L Sanders DPM
2/26/14 | 1597 reads | 0 comments
Soccer cleats are notoriously tight and narrow. This combined with a flexible, unsupportive upper can cause foot and ankle injuries secondary to shoe structure, independent of foot structure or alignment. Read More.

What Do Graduated Compression Stockings Really Do For Runners?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
1/7/14 | 2352 reads | 0 comments
Graduated compression stockings have been popular with runners since 2010. But what do these leg warmer-esque compression socks really do anyway? Read More.

An Unlikely Blog Topic That Can Drive Traffic To Your Site

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/5/13 | 2786 reads | 0 comments
I have been blogging since 2007 and a quick review of my all-time-stats (1.3 million views and counting) reveals that “top of the foot bump” is the most popular online search term that directs readers to my blog. Searching that term will lead to several posts with titles that are a variation of “top of the foot bump” as well as blogs on bunions and modifying shoe laces. Read More.

Can A Reverse Morton’s Extension Be Beneficial For Treating Functional Hallux Limitus?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/6/13 | 4082 reads | 0 comments
Functional hallux limitus is a loss of metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) extension during the second half of the single support phase when the weightbearing foot is in maximal dorsiflexion. Functionally, it constitutes a sagittal plane blockade during gait. As a result, the mechanical support and stability mechanisms of the foot are disrupted with important consequences during gait.1 Read More.

How Evaluating Sock Liners Can Provide Diagnostic Insights

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/7/13 | 4277 reads | 0 comments
A sock liner in a running shoe acts as a moisture barrier between the foot and the insole of the shoe, and provides light cushioning as well. Not all shoes have sock liners but those that do can provide a wealth of information for you and your patients. An easy way to educate patients about their foot function is to show them their sock liner wear patterns. Read More.

How Shoe Stretchers Can Help Your Patients Get A Perfect Fit

Jenny L Sanders DPM
9/5/13 | 6180 reads | 0 comments
Just like clothes, few shoes fit perfectly "off the rack." Most need some tailoring to fit. Do your patients have bunions, hammertoes or other deformities that make shoes difficult to fit? If so, a shoe stretcher can help. Patients will often pay to have a single pair of shoes stretched, but you can teach them how to stretch all of their tight fitting shoes at home easily, safely and for a lot less money. Read More.

Easy Ways To Help Patients Monitor Shoe Wear

Jenny L Sanders DPM
7/2/13 | 1878 reads | 0 comments
It always surprises me when an injured athlete comes into the office with excessively worn running shoes and doesn’t know how old they are. Did the athlete buy them six months ago, a year ago? Has the athlete had the shoes for more than a year? Read More.

Passing Along Recommendations To Patients For Orthotic-Compatible Sandals

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/4/13 | 9493 reads | 0 comments
The most important consideration when making a custom orthotic for a sandal is to make sure the sandal that the orthotic will be going into has a removable foot bed. Next, the orthotic should be made specifically for the purchased sandal. In order to accomplish this, I have my patients purchase the sandal first and then send the sandal and the custom orthotic prescription to the lab for a precise fit of the orthotic into the sandal. If you order an orthotic first and then try to fit to the sandal after the fact, it rarely works. Read More.