The Evidence Shows the One Stretch Design Has No Equal

The Evidence Shows the One Stretch Design Has No Equal

I would like to wholeheartedly thank my Thai colleagues for their recent enlightening publication in Foot and Ankle International, “Effectiveness of the Simultaneous Stretching of the Achilles Tendon and Plantar Fascia in Individuals with Plantar Fasciitis.”...
Don’t Be a Part of the Herd Mentality

Don’t Be a Part of the Herd Mentality

There are 25 of us foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons who meet every year where we rapidly exchange thoughts and ideas, argue some, present talks and greatly enjoy each other’s company. I like to call it a “think tank” because it sounds way important and cool. I will...
Is Surgery Really the Answer? It Appears My Colleagues Think So

Is Surgery Really the Answer? It Appears My Colleagues Think So

“Why do I need to stretch my calves?” I’ve been answering this question from my patients for nearly 30 years, if you can believe it. I’ve long said the following: A calf that is too tight is the primary cause of plantar fasciitis, and other foot ailments (22+ other...
The Big Man Can’t Shoot

The Big Man Can’t Shoot

I agree Malcolm Gladwell…calf stretching is embarrassing. Here is the $64,000 question: Why would we not stretch when we know it will work? I have had countless desperate patients who have “failed everything” leave my office convinced that the calf is the problem and...

Misguided Conventional Wisdom

I was talking to another doc the other day, and we started to talk about conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom is “commonplace knowledge.” It’s information that people generally accept…and then hold on to. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith is said to have used the...