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Do Orthotics Help Chronic Foot Pain?

A person with chronic foot pain wrote to me recently asking if custom orthotics would help her chronic foot pain.  Please see my responses in italics I am currently 52 years old and have suffered with foot pain for 20 years. I used to do quite a bit of running in my 20's and 30's. After pain develop [...]

Metatarsalgia and Mortons Neuroma

Here is a real email I recently received from a patient in another state who reached out to me because his doctor want to operate on him even though he admits he does not know what is causing the patients symptoms.  But before you read the email take a minute and read the below paragraph as it perta [...]

5th Metatarsal Pain in a Long Distance Runner.  Stress Fracture or Muscle Strain?

Hey Doc I need your Help! I am an avid, competitive runner. I developed pin point pain right on my 5th metatarsal. I could no longer run because I had pain on the lateral portion of my foot. The doctor suspected a stress fracture, put me in a boot and sent me for an MRI. I got the report back and me [...]

Plantar Plate Tears and Sprains Can Heal Without Surgery

I recently interviewed a new patient who had a 3 month history of pain in the ball of her foot near where the second toe meets the foot.   In anatomy speak we call this the Metatarsal region.  She struggled with this pain and eventually saw a podiatrist who told her she probably had Capsulitis and r [...]

Dr. Allen help! My foot hurts and my doctor’s are not helping!!

Dr. Allen, I have had pain in 2nd inter-digital space/metatarsal head for almost two years now. I have bunions outside both my little toes and currently run in Altra shoes to accommodate the space needed. The pain ebbs and flows as I decrease/increase my mileage. Currently I can run around 6 miles b [...]

By |2018-04-17T13:51:08-07:00February 9th, 2018|Foot/Heel Injuries, Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|0 Comments

What is Sesamoiditis?

What is Sesamoiditis? There are 2 sesamoid bones beneath your big toe.  These 2 bones function as a lever so that you can generate more force when you push off your toe as in running.  The sesamoids are attached to the flexor tendons in your foot.  These tendons transmit force which allows you to pr [...]

By |2018-06-04T10:59:33-07:00October 25th, 2017|Foot/Heel Injuries|Comments Off on What is Sesamoiditis?

Metatarsalgia is Pain in the Ball of your Foot

Pain in the Ball of the Foot = Metatarsalgia  Pain in the ball of your foot is usually referred to as “Metatarsalgia”. In Latin, the word Metatarsal is used to describe the region of the foot that is equivalent to the palm of your hand. The suffix “algia” simply means pain. So the word Metatarsalgia [...]

By |2018-04-19T16:58:36-07:00December 9th, 2015|Foot/Heel Injuries, Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|4 Comments

Metatarsalgia or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Metatarsalgia = Pain in the Metatarsal Region I am a 20ish or so mi/wk runner-two 5 milers during week and long run on weekend. I have suffered metatarsalgia for some time now. I usually run through pain. Recently due to increased pain and burning in tip of 2nd toe, I was forced to seek medical ca [...]

By |2018-04-21T12:51:53-07:00October 20th, 2015|Foot/Heel Injuries, Running Injuries|0 Comments

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Dr. Allen I was hoping you could help me with my Achilles Tendon Injury!  See my history below. I've had a very long-standing Achilles Tendon Injury (since April 2012), coinciding with a piriformis/gluteus issue on the same side (chiropractors have seemed to suggest that this messes up my gait and m [...]

By |2018-09-25T12:13:15-07:00March 5th, 2015|Foot/Heel Injuries, Running Injuries|0 Comments