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Posts for: February, 2013


There has been a recent research project at a runner’s exposition where an individual’s actual running style was compared to what they thought it was and they were educated on the different types of running styles people have. It’s quite surprising to find out how people (including seasoned runners) differed from what they thought their running style was to what it actually is. At the exposition they looked at three different foot strike patterns: 1) heel striker-a person who strikes the ground with the heel of their foot, 2) forefoot striker- a person who strikes with the ground with the ball of their foot, 3) midfoot striker- a person who strikes the ground with the heel and the ball of their foot at the same time.

 If you are curious about your foot strike pattern, you could see your local New Iberia Podiatrist to help you determine what it is. Also, depending on your running style, you may experience different types of pain after running. A heel striker is more susceptible to heel and knee pain. A forefoot striker is more likely to feel pain around the ball of their foot and into their shins. If you are a runner and experiencing pain, one method you could try would be to alter your running style.

You may also look at your footwear if they are looking worn down, it is time to change them. Shoes typically need to be changed every 300-500 miles. The style of your shoe is going to vary depending on your running style. A heel striker is going to want a shoe that has more padding around the heel area, a forefoot striker will want more padding around the ball of their foot, and a midfoot striker will want padding between the heel and the ball of their foot. For people who are into barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes, they will benefit more from a forefoot or midfoot style of running. If you have any questions about running styles or your running shoes, set up an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia and we’ll help you out.

Dr. Jonathan Purdy 


Pau Gasol, forward for the LA Lakers, will be out for the next six to eight weeks after tearing his plantar fascia in a win against the Brooklyn Nets. Gasol has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for the entire season but Tuesday night’s game proved to be a challenge for Gasol. Gasol noticed that something was different during the first half and by the second half, his plantar fascia was really hurting him.  During the last few minutes of the game, Gasol claims that he felt a pop in his foot while blocking a shot and with three minutes and fifty seconds left in the game, Gasol asked to go to the locker room with the team medic.

Plantar Fasciitis, otherwise known as heel pain, is a very serious condition that affects many people and if not treated properly as in Gasol’s case, could lead to a tear of the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is a band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that helps to maintain the arch of your foot. People who work on their feet a lot or athletes who do a lot of running can develop an overuse injury called Plantar Fasciitis. One of the tell-tale signs of Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the bottom of your heel and becomes worse with the first few steps you take when you wake up in the morning.

If you are experiencing symptoms of heel pain, you should get to your local New Iberia Podiatrist to check it out. Plantar Fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with custom made orthotics and some anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is usually a last resort option when conservative measures fail. Minor tears of the plantar fascia will initially be treated conservatively. More severe tears or minor tears that don’t respond to conservative injuries will usually require surgery.

Gasol isn’t going to let this injury keep him down, the LA Lakers forward tweeted “I am hoping to recover ASAP so I can be back with the team and keep fighting.” We here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia wish Pau Gasol a speedy recovery so that he can return to the courts with the LA Lakers. If you or a loved one is also experiencing symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis or any other common foot injuries, make an appointment and we will help you get back on your feet!

Jon Purdy, DPM


Demi Lovato, a singer-songwriter, actress, and former X-factor judge slipped on her hard wood floors this past weekend and fell, injuring her foot. Lovato’s roommate recently cleaned their hard wood floors with Pledge and when the former X-factor judge walked on it she slipped and fell and is now on crutches and in a walking boot. No reports have been released on the extent of her injuries but based on pictures that Demi posted on Twitter; it appears that it may be a lateral ankle sprain or possibly a distal fibula fracture.

Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most common ankle injuries that a person is likely to receive in their lifetime. Lateral ankle sprains occur when a person does something to injure the ligaments that are on the outer side of their ankle such as slipping on freshly cleaned hard wood floors. But that’s not the only way someone can receive a lateral ankle sprain, really anything that might cause you to twist your ankle could cause a lateral ankle sprain. Common causes include slipping on icy sidewalks in the winter time, tripping on objects that you don’t see on the ground, and most commonly from sports injuries due to cutting maneuvers that players perform in various sports such as football, soccer, and basketball.

If you think you sustained a lateral ankle injury, you should perform R.I.C.E. rest, ice, compression, and elevation and then you should get to your local New Iberia podiatrist to check it out. Often treatments include wearing a walking boot and using crutches (as in Demi’s case) for about two weeks in order for it to heal. Demi had some good advice for avoiding these types of injuries, “Never, ever, ever, EVER let your roommate clean your hardwood floors with Pledge.” Demi is maintaining a positive outlook despite her injuries and that is the most important thing a person can do for any type of injury. We here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia wish Demi a speedy recovery and if you or a loved one is also experiencing pain from an ankle sprain or any other common foot injuries, make an appointment and we will help you get back on your feet!

Jon Purdy, DPM