A Closer Look At A New Custom Sandal Program

Jenny L Sanders DPM
7/3/12 | 4486 reads | 0 comments
Chaco recently sent out a press release regarding its custom sandal program launch. Nike was a pioneer in the field of footwear customization with NIKEiD (see http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/?l=shop,nikeid ) and now Chaco gives customers that same ability with sandal customization. Read More.

Can A Shoe Lift Ease Back Pain From CAM Walkers?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/31/12 | 3793 reads | 2 comments
Low back pain represents 2.3 percent of all physician visits and about one-fourth of U.S. adults reported having low back pain in the past three months.1 Podiatrists routinely immobilize their patients with controlled ankle motion (CAM) walkers. These walkers inevitably contribute to limb length inequality, resulting in low back pain. Even Up™ is a patented shoe lift device that minimizes back strain due to cast immobilization. One can easily apply Even Up externally to a shoe and the device can accommodate a wide variety of shoes. Read More.

Educating Patients On The Three-Point Approach To Testing Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/7/12 | 3870 reads | 0 comments
Patients frequently ask for guidance in choosing an appropriate running shoe. In the 1990s, Mark Reeves, DPM, of the Virginia Mason Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle, created the three-point approach to testing running shoes. Read More.

Comparing Soccer Cleat Widths To Help Ensure An Ideal Fit

Jenny L Sanders DPM
3/28/12 | 6626 reads | 0 comments
Soccer cleat sizes do not indicate widths, and this can make it difficult to obtain a good fit. Since many medium width cleats will run either wide or narrow, you can use a side-by-side comparison to identify volume differences among different pairs of shoes. Read More.

Reminding Patients About Soleus Muscle Stretching To Help Counteract Plantar Fasciitis

Jenny L Sanders DPM
2/29/12 | 5415 reads | 0 comments
An American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Podiatric Practice Survey of nearly 3,000 podiatrists found that plantar fasciitis/heel pain was the most commonly treated condition.1 A longtime hypothesis is that reduced ankle dorsiflexion is the most important risk factor for the development of plantar fasciitis.2 Decreased ankle dorsiflexion secondary to a tight Achilles tendon may lead to compensatory pronation of the foot, which can contribute to plantar fasciitis.3 Read More.

Educating Patients About Soccer Cleat Design

Jenny L Sanders DPM
1/31/12 | 6574 reads | 0 comments
A competitive soccer player recently came into my office with a new $250 pair of Adidas adiPower Predator TRX FG soccer cleats. When he asked me to evaluate his cleats, I was shocked to discover that they sat everted on the table as the image at left shows. Read More.

Teaching Patients How To Use Rocktape For Injury Prevention And Rehabilitation

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/28/11 | 5623 reads | 0 comments
We use tape for many conditions. We use tape to illustrate what custom orthotic support might feel like. We use tape to rehabilitate plantar fasciitis. Typically, however, we do the taping as opposed to teaching our patients how to tape themselves. Read More.

Why Recommending Barefoot Running As An Alternative For Injured Runners Can Be A Reckless Proposition

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/5/11 | 5937 reads | 0 comments
I recently blogged about minimalist shoes and injuries (see http://tinyurl.com/73qpd6x ). Dana Webb, DPM, commented on the blog, emphasizing the contention that effective minimalist running is all about technique. Here is the comment from Dr. Webb and my subsequent response. Read More.

Educating Patients About Worn Out Athletic Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/1/11 | 4353 reads | 0 comments
We are routinely asked by patients to help them determine when their athletic shoes are worn out. Unfortunately, this is not a one-sentence answer and can be frustrating for both patient and practitioner when the question cannot be satisfactorily answered. Running shoe stores typically recommend 300 to 500 miles on a pair of running shoes but this number is useless when talking about gym shoes, hiking boots, basketball shoes, tennis shoes or any number of other sport specific shoes. Read More.