Key Tips On Athletic Taping Of The Foot And Ankle

By Tim Dutra, DPM, MS | 118,209 reads | 1 comments | 04/03/2006

Taping is a critical art as well as a science when it comes to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries. Taping takes practice, creativity and adaptability. It is a very important part of a sports medicine practice. Not only is taping therapeutic, it can also be diagnostic in the evaluation and treatment of injuries in athletes since the athlete’s response to taping can indicate the effectiveness of orthotics in controlling biomechanical issues.

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests running shoes of different prices have comparable cushioning regardless of cost.

Do Runners Get What They Pay For With Expensive Shoes?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 11,967 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2007

When choosing a pair of running shoes, consumers have a wide range of choices with a number of models available in different price ranges. Does buying a more expensive running shoe necessarily translate into getting a better quality shoe? A recent study suggests there may not be that much difference in cushioning between inexpensive and more expensive shoes.

A Closer Look At Orthotic Solutions For Women’s Dress Shoes

Alona Kashanian, DPM | 41,495 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2009

Given the challenges of prescribing orthoses in women’s dress shoes, this author addresses biomechanical considerations, device modifications and the five most common mistakes in writing orthotic prescriptions for this growing patient population.

   Terror strikes the hearts of many practitioners when a woman walks into their office with a bag full of dress flats, wedges and pumps. Regardless of gender, the podiatric physician cringes at the thought of dealing with a “shoe” issue rather than a pathological or symptomatic foot.

A Closer Look At Minimalist Running Shoes

Paul Langer, DPM | 26,947 reads | 0 comments | 08/27/2012

Given the increased popularity of minimalist running shoes, this author discusses their structural features and separates the marketing from the literature in examining the impact of reduced cushioning, reduced shoe mass and the “zero drop” phenomenon.

Recommending Shoes To Patients Who Insist On Minimalist Running

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 5,979 reads | 0 comments | 08/31/2012

Let me first say that I am not a fan of minimalist running for the majority of my patients. Having said that, “just don’t do it” is not an acceptable directive to patients who are going to run in minimalist shoes in spite of what I recommend. Due to this, I have reluctantly learned to evaluate minimalist running shoes. Not surprisingly, the best way to do this utilizes some of the same principles used when evaluating non-minimalist styles.

Why Minimalist Shoes Are A Boon For My Practice

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS | 10,767 reads | 1 comments | 07/26/2012

I am fascinated by the postings on this Web site in which colleagues argue about the merits of barefoot running as well as the superiority of minimalist shoes over traditional running shoes. I have been one of many who have challenged the barefoot/minimalist advocates but now I wonder why I should go through any effort at all.

The fact is that my own clinical practice has blossomed with new patients presenting with injuries directly attributed to this new type of footwear.

Questioning Our Reliance On Motion Control Running Shoes

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS | 8,409 reads | 3 comments | 08/16/2012

I recently lectured at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine on New Paradigms in Endurance Sport. It was an honor to be in the presence of one of the greatest educators on running, Mark Cucuzzella, MD, a nationally known lecturer and instructor on running form as well as a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon.

Why We Need Better Data On Fitting Shoes For Children

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS | 3,988 reads | 0 comments | 05/09/2012

Children are not just little adults. We know this intuitively when we care for our own children but when it comes to feet, I think most shoe companies are really regressing.

Recognizing And Treating Nail Trauma Caused By Ill-Fitting Shoes

Tracey Vlahovic DPM | 29,978 reads | 1 comments | 11/03/2010

When I think of Lady Gaga, besides the mental image of the “meat dress” and the like, I can’t help but ponder those incredible, unwearable feats of fashion engineering known as the “Armadillo” shoes by the late, great Alexander McQueen (see ).

What You Should Know About Rock Climbing Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 10,781 reads | 0 comments | 10/01/2010

The sport of rock climbing has become increasingly popular, especially with the availability of indoor climbing walls. With this increase in popularity, however, there has been a proportional increase in forefoot pain and pathology due to the shoes rock climbers are wearing. Rock climbing shoes are designed to fit snugly, which is where the problem arises.