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By Dr. Steven Miller
January 30, 2017
Category: Shoes
Tags: running   pain   Rocker   sole  

Forefoot rockerInstead of a flat sole, rocker bottom shoes are curved and have been shown to substantially relieve pain associated with a variety of foot problems.

The most common design, which is incorporated in many running shoes, is a forefoot rocker.  By reducing the motion in a painful toe joint, metatarsalgia and hallux rigidus pain can be eliminated.
Heel-to-toe rocker
For a painful heel or arch, a full heel-to-toe rocker may be needed. Examples include MBT, Ryn, Skechers Shape-ups 2.0, and Abeo ROCS.

If you need assistance with choosing the correct shoes for your feet, schedule an appointment by calling (847) 675-3400 or go to

By Dr. Steven Miller
January 18, 2016
Category: Toenail
Tags: running   fungus   melanoma   black  

Black spot in toenailThe most common cause of black toenails among runners is bruising (bleeding) under the nail. Repetitive trauma of the shoe bumping the toenail can also cause the nail to thicken.

If the nail became suddenly painful, a podiatrist may need to puncture the nail to release the blood and ease the pressure. This is often the result of trauma, such as being stepped on or dropping a heavy object on the toe.

A fungal infection can discolor and thicken toenails. Treatment options include oral and topical medication. The two newest topical prescription medications are Jublia and Kerydin. Testing the nail can often identify the causative organism.

Most concerning, a black spot under or in a nail that does not go away can be a melanoma (skin cancer). Please have a podiatrist check it. A biopsy may be needed. The famous reggae singer and musician Bob Marley died from melanoma that started in a toenail.

At Skokie Foot and Ankle Specialists we provide attentive care and are trained to perform these tests, usually in our office. If you have any concerns regarding the appearance of your nails, we urge you to call us at (847) 675-3400 or click here for an appointment.

See also:

  •  Patient Reviews  (Testimonials)

  •  Ingrown Toenails

  •  Heel Pain

By contactus
February 14, 2012
Category: Shoes
Tags: Shoelaces   running   tie laces  

As medical students, we spent many hours learning various techniques to tie suture knots (stitches). I pass these skills on to the medical residents that assist me. Thus, this video given at a TED conference has special meaning to me both as a podiatrist and as a foot surgeon: tying your shoes so they won't slip open. Go ahead and try it out:

On the subject of tying shoes, you may want to check this website with 18 different methods for tying your shoes: