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Posts for: June, 2014

Recent sports headlines have been humming with reports of Joel Embiid having surgery for a stress fracure in his foot. Joel Embiid was thought to be a top draft pick for the NBA this year, but a recent physical found a stress fracture in his foot that will take months to recover from. Patient's who have read this story have been concerned that they will also need surgery for their stress fractures. Rest assured, that not all stress fractures require surgery. In fact, with proper treatment, most stress fracture will heal with some combination of a cast, boot, or crutches. What makes Joel's injury different? Well, for starters, he's a professional athlete. Embiid will need to get back to training as soon as possible. For this reason alone, his physicians will want the fracture site to be as stable as possible. Second, he's 7 feet tall and weighs 240lbs. His height and weight alone equate to extra stress on his feet and will need the fracture site as stable as possible. How did Embiid fracture his foot? Stress fractures usually occur because of either: decreased bone strength or increased repetitive force on the bones. Embiid's height and career both add up to a lot of strain on his feet. Stay tuned for a more in depth discussion of stress fractures next time.

June 16, 2014
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Over the past several years, many patients have asked me about the Vibram FiveFinger minimalist running shoes. Many of you have probably either tried or at least seen these shoes before. I have met runners who love these shoes, but I've also met many people who have ended up in my office with stress fractures after wearing these shoes. The combination of lack of support, lack of cushioning, hard surfaces, and improper training can result in overload of the foot bones. Last month, Vibram agreed to settle a class action suit against the company alleging that the company made false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of its footwear. The company will be paying 3.75 million dollars to settle this suit. Although minimalist running combined with proper training can work for some individuals, I can't say that I'm sorry to see the decline in the "barefoot running" craze amongst the general public. For most runners, I will continue to recommend a more traditional running shoe, such as Aasic, Saucony, or New Balance. If you have any questions about what running shoe or what running style may be right for you, please don't hesitate to ask!

June 05, 2014
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Many moms have come to the office asking about their baby or toddler's feet. This topic is especially of interest to me at the moment since I currently have a 5 week old baby boy. Most parents start to notice the shape of their child's feet around the time that the child starts walking. Rest assured that it is usually completely normal for babies and toddlers to have flat feet. Babies are born without many of the bones in their feet that adults have. This results in a foot that appears flat and floppy. As your little one grows, the bones will fully develop and provide that arch that we are accustomed to seeing. If your child continues to have very flat feet or shows any signs of difficulty walking please bring them by so that we can evaluate the architecture of your child's foot. There are some rare conditions that may be responsible for a flat foot and usually a quick in-office x-ray can alleviate any fears. In the meantime, here is a picture of my baby boy's feet.