Runner’s and Athlete’s Achilles Heel

A common injury in running and Triathlon is “Achilles tendonitis”.  To be fair, for most of these athletes this is an umbrella term that does not accurately describe the actual structures involved.  In most cases, it really isn’t a tendonitis as “itis” implies acute inflammation such as that occurring after an acute ankle sprain or […]


Resolve Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

A NON INVASIVE TREATMENT TO RELIEVE HEEL PAIN AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS! By Dr. Matt Fontaine How long have you suffered from heel pain?  If you are like most people  who have it; a long time.  Maybe you had to give up wearing high heels or dress shoes.  You may wake up in the morning in […]


Recovery and Regeneration

by Dr. Matt Fontaine Get to Know Your Body The biggest single key to full Ironman and half IM distance racing is being able to get to the start line healthy enough to compete. That is to say, that mileage that you can save on the training side can often pay big dividends on race […]


Does your head hurt after exercise?

By Dr. Matt Fontaine   Does your head ache after workouts? Sports related headache Headache following exertion has been documented to have been described by Hippocrates1. Mainstream medicine often classifies headaches as either migraine or tension type headache. But the evidence based research does bot necessarily support this simplistic categorization. Simply said, many of the headaches […]


Hip Function & Low Back Pain in Runners

Hip flexor by Dr. Matt Fontaine When it comes to running injuries, many think of foot, ankle or heel pain, shin splints, runner’s knee or ITB syndrome.  But poor hip mobility and function can lead to LOW BACK PAIN in runners and also cause runners to lose power and efficiency in their runs. Defining the […]


Why Proper Warm Up Matters

Why Proper Warm Up Matters By Dr. Matt Fontaine Clinic Director for Potomac Physical Medicine Most of us lead hectic schedules day to day.  We often rush into workouts in the interest of saving time.  Triathletes are often quick to push off warm ups, especially on their runs.  They can ease in and warm up […]


The Overhead Squat: The Exercise I Used to Hate

  By Dr. Matt Fontaine   As a sports physician with over 14 years in clinical practice, I have evaluated and treated my fair share of injuries.  One of the tools we use to screen athletes and patients as part of a thorough examination is the Functional Movement Screen™ .  This is a valuable screening tool that gives us […]


10 Ways Stress is Sabotaging Your Workout

            The following is taken from an article on   1.  Stress impairs your memory.  It slows down your processing.  This stress can slow you down mentally and physically, causing fatigue. 2.  Stress affects concentration.   High stress can negatively impact cognition, perception, and focus. 3.  Stress impairs motor […]


What Can We Learn from Treating Elite Athletes?

  The Modern Laboratory of Human Movement by Dr. Matt Fontaine    “All Athletes and Weekend Warriors Have One Thing In Common… Soft Tissue Injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves”.   Sports and training have the potential to wear us down over time and lead to soft tissue injuries that result in muscle and joint […]


The Top 3 Things Every Runner Should Do After Every Run

Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI, also known as RSI, CTD, CTS) have become a pandemic in sports, especially for endurance athletes like runners and triathletes.  This class of injuries and illnesses are the result from weeks, months or years of overuse of joints. Connective tissues in the body become sore and sometimes unusable from repeated exposure […]