The sole of the foot is what is referred to as the plantar area. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation to the plantar fascia ligament.  It is an injury causing micro-tears to the ligament as it attaches to the heel bone or other areas of tightness on the sole of th... read more

What is Osgood Schlatter disease? This disease is inflammation of the area just below the knee, where the tendon from the kneecap, or patellar tendon, attaches to the shinbone (tibia). Osgood Schlatter occurs most commonly in growing adolescents, when growth spurts... read more

Question– Dr. Kiskila, what is physical therapy? Answer- Physical therapy is rehabilitation to help restore your health and strength, alleviate pain and learn about your condition. Question- What happens during my first physical therapy visit? Answer- The phy... read more

If you are engaging in strenuous activity or fall and suddenly you feel a sharp pain that doesn’t go away in your wrist, ankle, knee, or finger, this pain could be a sprain. “A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue... read more

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia). There are two menisci in each knee joint. They can be damaged or torn during activities that put pressure on or rotate the knee joint. What is a ... read more

Who is Tommy John and what is Tommy John Surgery? Tommy John is a former pitcher in the MLB whose 288 career victories rank him as the seventh highest total among left-handers in major league history. After a season-ending damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his p... read more

Seventy-five percent of Americans will experience foot pain. The human foot contains 26 bones, 133 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles, so there are many parts to care for to prevent injury.  Stretching, proper shoes, massaging, and a healthy diet (if diabetic) ... read more

Participating in sports can have many benefits to both the body and mind. Sports involve the activity of each and every muscle in your body. They can also help prevent weight gain and some cancers by reducing depression and improving cognitive function. Though it s... read more

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments within the knee. It connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). This ligament is essential for jumping, bending and helps in stabilizing the knee. A torn anterior cruciate ligament... read more

Hiking is a great activity for all ages and an excellent form of exercise, but a day hiking in the sun can quickly go from fun to dangerous if you are not prepared. When exercising in the heat for long periods of time, dehydration is of utmost concern.  Dehydratio... read more

What Is Swimmer’s Ear? Swimmer’s ear is the layman’s term for Otitis externa, an infection of the outer ear canal that typically occurs within a few days after swimming. When water stays in the ear canal for a prolonged time, the environment of the ear become... read more