Nashville Foot and Ankle Group: Board Certified Podiatric Physicians

Nashville Foot and Ankle Group:
Board Certified Podiatric Physicians

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We Are: Four board certified Nashville podiatrists providing quality foot care for the entire family for over 20 years.

With seven locations across Nashville, there is definitely a podiatrist near you. If you need a podiatrist in Nashville, call one of our offices today!

Dr. Gary Cockrell
Brentwood / Franklin | North Nashville
Call: 615.370.8880
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Dr. Berkeley Nicholls
Downtown Nashville | Hermitage | Smyrna
Call: 615.321.3668
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Dr. Therese Tlapek
West Nashville / White Bridge Road
Call: 615.353.0626
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Dr. Steven Head
Southern Hills Medical Center, SE Nashville
Call: 615.333.2555
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Proper Running Form to Avoid Foot Injury: Heel Strike versus Midfoot Strike

Here's one runner's take on how the foot should strike the pavement when running.

He favors the midfoot strike to avoid unnecessary shock and injury to the foot:

However not all runners agree.

Here's another treatment of the topic at

Which is a better way for me to run, midfoot or heel striking? The answer is a definite and resounding, yes to either one.

Currently there is no research that proves either is better. All we know is that faster runners in shorter events, up to about 10k, tend to run with either their midfoot touching first and in most cases then lowering their heel like applying an L-shaped piece of carbon fiber onto the surface for elastic loading.

At slower speeds in distances over a mile, most runners heel strike first. Good runners also tend to heel strike when they run slow and long.

The only thing we know for certain is that runners who habitually run shod (with shoes) and then learn to run on their midfoot, reduce the shock around their knees and this shock shows up as increased stress in their plantar fasciae and Achilles’ tendons as well as the calf muscles.

Even when looking at middle distance runners, we notice that they are likely to start off running midfoot, and as they fatigue, they heel strike more.

And Jessica Leitch, director of the Run3D Clinic in Oxford, says:

"Heel striking has received more negative press than it deserves.

The evidence simply doesn’t support the theory that everyone should run with a midfoot or forefoot strike to avoid injury.

Yes, it alters loading mechanics, with joints and tissues stressed differently by different footstrike types, but in doing so, it often shifts the problem from one area to another."

So if the jury is out on which part of the foot should strike, and if it will cause stress in different areas either way, how should one avoid foot injury when running? suggests:

"Studies show between 50 and 80 percent of runners are injured every year. Many of those overuse injuries result from a runner applying too much force on a repetitive basis. The way to reduce the chance for injuries is to run with the least possible musculoskeletal stress on your system possible with the least metabolic cost..."

And as always, if you experience foot pain or injury, contact one of our licensed Nashville podiatrists for your foot care needs.

Simple tips and proper gear can help prevent sports injuries

WASHINGTON—Americans may be ready to resume walking, running, and other outdoor sports this spring, but are their feet?

One in four Americans feels unable to exercise due to foot pain, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

With this in mind, APMA has announced a new campaign for Foot Health Awareness Month called “Play It Safe,” which will reach athletes of all ages to educate them about the importance of foot health in sports, and a podiatrist’s critical role in helping treat and prevent foot and ankle injuries.

“The amount of running, turning, and physical contact in sports can often translate to injuries,” said APMA President Phillip E. Ward, DPM. 

“If you or your child experiences a foot or ankle injury while playing sports, early attention is the key to preventing further damage. A delay in treatment can cause toe deformities and other podiatric problems.”

Ankle sprains and breaks are among the most common sports injuries for both adults and children.

Children can be especially vulnerable to injury, as their bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are still growing.

Podiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat injuries to the lower extremities, and can provide guidance on proper footwear, prescribe custom orthotics, evaluate biomechanics, and more.

The “Play It Safe” campaign, occurring during April’s Foot Health Awareness Month, will share important information about sports injuries, prevention, proper footwear and more.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists.

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg.

APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine.

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Brielle Day

Facts About The Human Foot

1. Each of your feet probably has exactly 26 bones.
That's a quarter of your entire skeleton, which has around 206.

2. Your feet also have 33 joints each.
The better to balance you with.

3. And over a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments,
giving your feet motion and strength.

4. Oh yeah-- and your feet each have 250,000 sweat glands
that can produce as much as half a pint of moisture a day.

5. The soles of your feet have more sensitive nerve endings
 per square inch than any other part of your body.

6. In a day of walking, your feet withstand hundreds of
tons of forces, equivalent to the weight of a cement truck.

7. The average person walks 115,000 miles in a lifetime,
enough to walk around the world four times.

8. But the average woman walks three more miles each day
than the average man.

9. When you run, the pressure on your feet can be
as much as four times your body weight.

10. Backaches, headaches, and even indigestion
can often be traced to problems with the feet.

Having problems with your feet? Call your local podiatrist and make an appointment today.