• Opinion

Doctor, my heel hurts

This is a common complaint heard in a doctor’s office. It affects men and women, young and old. But what is it? It is most commonly plantar fasciitis. You may not have heard of this diagnosis. It is more commonly known as a heel spur. This is an older terminology for the same diagnosis. The reason it was called a heel spur was because when the foot is X-rayed, often one sees a spur-like bony projection off of the bottom of the heel bone. For many years, this was thought to be the cause of the pain. Surgery was often performed to remove the spur. But often, even after removing the spur, the pain persists.


Philly Play will help remedy child obesity

Last summer, I started a program called Philly Play right here in the Northeast. I did so because I was concerned about both the lack of access and information surrounding active play and the growing rate of childhood obesity in our city. We held play-oriented events around the 6th District, hosted community conversations around play and health and ended with a block-long street festival for families.


Letters to the Editor: May 28, 2014

Not one more penny


Letters to the Editor: May 21, 2014

Veterans Affairs scandal investigated


Tips to help your mind and body

Here are some healthy foods to nourish your brain and body.


Letters to the Editor: May 14, 2014

Say no to status quo


Some helpful hints to make fitness more fun

We all know that exercise is good for us, but sometimes it’s just not at the top of our “To Do” list.


Letters to the Editor: May 7, 2014

Congress must take action now to protect working families


Mom’s spring spirits

There isn’t a woman in the world who could take her place. She’s universal, yet she’s singular, personal, special and unique.


Nobody ever told me… the journey of motherhood

Nobody ever told me, when I became the mother of a newborn, that I would carry her home from the hospital trembling in terror, wondering how in the world I’d know what to do with her. She seemed like a tiny, helpless victim of my gross ineptitude.