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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 [...]

How to Diagnose Piriformis Syndrome

In all cases of diagnosing any injury or condition you have to 1. listen to the patients presenting symptoms and history and after come up with a checklist of the top 5-6 things they COULD have 2. Through a series of orthopedic/neurological/provocative testing eliminate conditions one at a time for  [...]

By |2019-04-15T11:32:47-07:00April 15th, 2019|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|0 Comments

High Hamstring Tendonosis (HHT)

I have seen many cases of High Hamstring Tendonosis (HHT) over the years.  Most patients have presented with  a similar set of symptoms. Symptoms High Hamstring Tendonosis Pain while sitting Pain while running, biking or rowing Increased pain while running faster Increased pain while running uphill [...]

By |2018-08-20T18:48:28-07:00August 20th, 2018|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|0 Comments

Hamstring Tear from Chronic Overuse Tendonosis

One of the more common injuries I see in runners are chronic high hamstring tearing that results in HHT or High Hamstring Tendonosis at the attachment on the Ischial Tuberosity.  It is challenging for runners to understand how this happened and why it got progressively worse over time.  This article [...]

By |2018-04-19T16:12:15-07:00April 19th, 2018|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|0 Comments

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

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