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 [...]

By |2018-04-17T09:43:59-07:00April 17th, 2018|Foot/Heel Injuries, Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|1 Comment

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|8 Comments

Top 10 Truths about Running Injuries that Might Surprise You

How do I prevent Running Injuries?   Running injuries have long been associated with biomechanical factors such as excessive impact forces and excessive pronation.  Recently, many so called experts have made a giant leap of faith and proclaimed that heel-toe running has more impact forces tha [...]

By |2018-04-23T09:49:44-07:00September 17th, 2015|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries, Training|4 Comments

Tennis Leg & Medial Gastrocnemius Syndrome

I have been treating calf injuries in runners for 10 years.  I thought I had seen it all, in addition to the usual suspects like Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis I have successfully treated ruptured Achilles tendons, Soleus tendonosis and Haglund’s Deformities (pump bumps) the size of walnuts.  I [...]

By |2018-04-24T11:19:10-07:00September 9th, 2015|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|1 Comment

What Causes Butt Pain/Gluteal Pain?

Pain in the butt/Gluteal pain is common in long distance runners as well as in the non-running population.  When a patient presents complaining of pain in their butt/Gluteal pain it is extremely important to do a thorough exam and rule out any and all other possibilities.  There are usually 6 possib [...]

Ischial Bursitis

There are two types of hip bursitis.  Ischial Bursitis which is a swollen bursa near where your hamstring attaches on your Ischial Tuberosity (SITS bone) and Trochanteric Bursitis which is where your Gluteal muscles attach on the greater trochanter located on the side of your femur.  Bursitis can oc [...]

By |2018-05-02T06:19:29-07:00April 17th, 2015|Glute Pain, Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|2 Comments

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are common in runners.  Typically stress fractures are seen in newer runners or in runners that increase their weekly mileage too quickly.  Recently I saw a patient that experienced a stress fracture in his lower left shin (tibia) after an extended break from running. This particula [...]

By |2018-04-30T11:28:41-07:00April 10th, 2015|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|0 Comments

Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD) and Pain

I had this Leg Length Discrepancy since I was a toddler with chronic knee pain that would wake me from my sleep. The only relief was to run scolding hot water in the bathtub over my knee until I wouldn't feel anything. I have been to all kinds of Dr.'s including going to Shriners in Chicago, also wa [...]

By |2018-05-07T07:57:34-07:00February 18th, 2015|Leg Length Discrepency, Sports Injuries|0 Comments

How to Rehab a High Hamstring Injury

My son has had High Hamstring Injury starting in October during football season.  He is able to work through it, but when he sprints, he says he feels it the most and it is annoying.  He is going into baseball season and I don't want him to hurt worse. Thanks for giving us the idea of eccentric lift [...]

By |2018-05-08T08:32:11-07:00February 3rd, 2015|Running Injuries, Sports Injuries|0 Comments
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