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Associated Press – Plymouth Meeting, PA –
While the world is exploding with Pokémon fever, there is a podiatrist in Plymouth Meeting, PA who is seeing an increase in business. Dr. Nicholas Pagano, a podiatric surgeon and founder of Barking Dogs Foot and Ankle Care, is concerned with the amount of injuries that are spawning from the new craze.
“This gives new meaning to the weekend warrior, people are getting off of their couches and chasing around these crazy things and running into multiple foot injuries. Overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis and tendonitis to direct trauma like stubbed toes and sprained ankles. This is due to wandering around unsteady ground as well as not paying attention to your surrounding environment from staring at their phones.” says Pagano.

It’s a problem that is going to get worse before it gets better. There are a few simple steps that Dr. Pagano recommends to prevent injuries.
“It’s always important to STRETCH prior to activities and if you are going to focus on your phone, have a buddy to be your guide when walking around.”
If you do suffer an injury, hope is not lost and Dr. Pagano is more than happy to help.
“We have instituted a SAME DAY POKEMON Appointment Policy, because of the need for immediate treatment. We’re kinda of becoming the Pokémon Urgent Care Center of Montgomery County” says Pagano.

-Thomas L. Waldron, freelance reporter
-If needed to contact Barking Dogs Foot and Ankle Care for an appointment, please call Dr. Nicholas Pagano at 484.681.9485

Spenco Teams up with Legendary Shoe Retailer to Host Medical Events in New York City

A series of professional Medical Nights sponsored by Spenco helped educate New York City podiatrists on the benefits of Spenco’s insoles and footwear.

The May events, held in conjunction with the well-known local Eneslow footwear store, helped educate members of the medical community on new options for patients with foot problems.

About 15 podiatrists and some assistants attended the catered events, where they received a tour of the Eneslow stores and custom orthotics production room.

Dr. Nick Pagano, one of Spenco’s resident podiatrists, gave a history of Spenco Medical Company.

He demonstrated the features of the company’s flagship Total Support® Insole, as well as other specific types of insoles, including the new Spenco MedicsTM Diabetic Insole.

“The benefit of events like this is exposing doctors to new and different products that may help their patients,” said Spenco Product Manager Brian Mangione. “Not everyone needs custom orthotics, and podiatrists can help those patients more quickly and affordably with other options.”

Each doctor received a complimentary pair of Spenco footwear, which Eneslow carries.

Hey Drew Brees and Peyton, Let me tell you about Shockwave!

This year elite NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have been stricken with a very common foot problem, plantar Fasciitis with tearing of the fascia.  I’ve also been stricken with a horrendous fantasy football team due to this foot ailment, but that’s another story.

I’ve personally suffered from plantar fasciitis as discussed in a previous blog and it can be very disabling.  It puts it into perspective that these elite athletes, with the best tretament options and care available are still suffering and don’t heal immediately.

Imagine the recovery time for your 37 year old podiatrist who has no personal trainers and a 3 and a 1 year child to chase around 24/7. (No rest).

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of a ligament that extends from the heel to the forefoot and is responsible for maintaining the integrity of you foot structure.  It’s extremely important. When you experience tearing and inflammation, every step can hurt.

Treatment consists of stretching, rest and supporting any foot deformity that may cause your issue. Injections can be helpful and physical therapy has been wonderful for my patient.

But I have something NEW:

Treatment Method for Sports Medicine injuries

Extracorporeal Sound Wave Therapy

Extracoporeal Sound Wave Therapy is a new treatment option (also known as EPAT) that has become a staple in my practice.

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®) is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method based on the use of pressure waves that stimulate healing in areas of injury (like the plantar fascia) by enhancing blood circulation to speed up the healing process. Damaged tissue is able to reform and heals.

This is a great option to avoid steroid use, limit non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (to avoid side effects) and allow my patients to continue to live their lives while healing.   One appointment a week and a range of 3-7 treatments total for recovery.  The treatments take between 15-30 mintues at a time. I perform the treatments.

This new option has made such an incredible difference for my patients!

So if you are like our NFL superstars or a weekend warrior like myself and you are suffering from tendon pain, Ankle Sprains, Heel pain, neuromas and other sports injruies, avoid the needles and boots and come in for an evaluation.

You deserve to get better!

To make an appointment call: 484-681-9485 or email us at info@barkingdogspodiatry.com


75 Degrees and Sunny: What a great day for the Broad Street Run!

Hope everyone had a great day yesterday at the Broad Street Run! The weather couldn’t have been better and Broad Street was full of supporters.

This is still one of my favorite races and looking forward to running it again.

Thanks to all the Barking Dogs Supporters who wore our shirts to  the race!!!!


Broad Street Run Slefie

Broad Street Run

Broad Street Run

SEPTA Train to The Start Bravery


Broad Street Run Post Race

Speed Demon!!!

La Salle University’s Toniann Cummins (Razzi)

Broad Street Barking Dogs

Braod Street Run Pre Race Looking Good in the Orange


I found a new love: It’s “ON” (RUNNING SHOE TOP 5)

A runner and their shoes can be a love/hate relationship.  It can make or break your training and can be a difference maker in achieving your PR or just maintaining health in the daily grind of training.

I’ve been running since I was 12 years old and I was a shoe salesman at Jenkintown Running Company which helped lead me to chosen profession.

I can use my running shoes as a timetable and I wanted to share my favorites and talk about my newest love!

1. Nike Air Icarus (First pair of running shoes)

Loved that they were Navy and Grey, introduced me to running.  No Frills, must be sentimental, like your first girlfriend…

2. Nike Air Max 95.  (Senior Year Cross Country)

This is a great memory, good season and this still is my favorite shoe put out by Nike of all time.

3. Asics Gel Kayano (Orange and Blue ones):  The pair I wore were the 1997 edition. So light, so supportive.  Owned about 5 pairs.


4. Adidas Boston (LaSalle University)

La Salle University was sponsored by Adidas while I was steeple chasing and I wore about 4 pairs of this shoe. Lots of miles and never had a problem or a complaint!


And now, I found another love:

1. On Cloud

This shoe is so lightweight and responsive, I am looking forward to purchasing about 5 pairs so I don’t lose out on this love. My legs feels great on any terrain.

On Cloud Olive / Flame

But who is “On”

– Swiss engineerd, performance running shoes created by world class triathlete Olivier Bernhard, with a dynamic outsole that absorbs impact forces by allowing more horizontal motion.  Feel free to check them out and give them a try at on-running.com.

So runners:  Do you have a top five?  Go down Memory Lane with me and share in the comments below, I’d love to share it with my patients!


Trail and Tails 5K this Weekend!! RUNNING WITH YOUR DOGS? WHY NOT

The Whitpain Trails and Tails 5K and 1 mile Fun Run at Prophecy Creek Park is on November 9th at 9am. We are happy to be a sponsor for this race. It is a great course, reminds me of my old cross country days. It’s an all grass course (rare to find these days) and Prophecy Creek Park is scenic and beautiful right in the heart of Whitpain Township. Please join us to support the community as proceeds will go towards building both a dog park and walking trails! Please note: You can run with or without a dog.

You can register the day of the race or at the website link below:


Happy Running!!!