Dr. Emel helps return athlete to competition

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      Goodwin at the Walt Disney World
       Marathon Relay, January 2012

Four marathons in 29 days following debilitating foot syndrome
Local orthopedic practice helps return athlete to competition

TULSA, Okla. (January 30, 2012) – Lifelong fitness activist, Regina Goodwin, returned to competitive running following her diagnosis and treatment by sports medicine specialist, Dr. T. Jeffrey Emel at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center.

Unable to run pain-free in years, Goodwin was able to complete four half-marathons in four different states in 29 days, after being diagnosed with Cuboid Syndrome in her foot. Dr. Emel explains that he has recently seen a dramatic increase in the common, but poorly recognized, cause for lateral foot pain in athletes and shares his concerns for trending shoe styles.

“TOMS shoes, UGG® boots and ballet flats have become extremely popular, but these types of shoes do not provide adequate support for your feet or protect them from conditions such as Cuboid Syndrome,” states Dr. Emel.

Dr. Emel treated Goodwin’s syndrome using a manipulative technique, flexing Goodwin’s foot up and down before applying direct pressure to the cuboid bone (which lies on the outside of the foot). This technique provides immediate relief of symptoms and successful inflammation reduction to the affected area. 

For more information on Cuboid Syndrome or treatment of foot and ankle pain, contact the specialists at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center by calling (800) 283-3662.

Located in Tulsa, Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center is the longest established orthopedic and sports medicine practice in northeast Oklahoma. Its 14 highly skilled physicians treat shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, spine, hip, knee, foot and ankle, sports medicine, primary care sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics. The practice proudly serves as the team physicians for The University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, Northeastern State University, The Tulsa Drillers AA baseball team, Connors State College, Rogers State University and Broken Arrow High School, as well as other local high schools. Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center’s specialists are available at the practice’s main location in Tulsa and four additional locations: Claremore, Owasso, McAlester and Broken Arrow. For additional information on the practice, please visit www.eooc.com.