Shin Splints Can Be Treated And Prevented

The never-ending winter season, believe it or not, is ending, and spring sports will be upon us soon. Along with them is the prevalence of shin pain in athletes’ lower legs. AKA, shin splints Shin splints isn’t a medical term, but it’s the one everyone uses. The problem is that shin pain can be one... Read more »

The Sports Doctor: All movement starts with your feet By: Dr. Robert Weil

It starts with the feet — running, jumping, starting, stopping and balancing. Virtually all movement involves your feet and their ability to do some amazing things. Often taken for granted, the foot is a mechanical marvel designed to perform some specific functions during the so-called gait cycle. The terms pronation and supination describe normal positional... Read more »

Should kids play, one or multiple sports? — excellent question

So often young athletes are faced with the question whether to concentrate on one sport or play multiple sports. Today it’s not unusual to see kids younger than 13 who are already putting all their effort into one sport. The multiple-sport athlete is far less common today than years ago. Some of the thinking by... Read more »

Surviving High Heels-Accepting the Challenge

Women’s Great Dilemma-“I love how they look but, they’re killing me”. Recently, Sarah Jessica Parker (remember Sex and the City?), was commenting about, “If I only knew then what I know now, maybe I would have cooled it a little with all those heels.” But she sure looked great! Many women are reluctant to give... Read more »

Naperville's 'Sports Doctor' discusses Evan Lysacek bowing out of Sochi Olympics w/ The NapervilleSun

Dr. Robert A. Weil “The Sports Doctor,” met Evan Lysacek in 1996, when the Olympic champion was then a 10-year-old kid skating at All Seasons Ice Rink in Aurora under the guidance of coach Candy Brown Burek. “Evan was already special at that age,” said Weil, a specialty-sports podiatrist, who has crafted Lysacek’s custom orthotics... Read more »

Oh No! Evan Lysacek out of Sochi due to Lingering Hip Injury!

Evan announced in a Matt Lauer interview on the Today Show, that due to the nature of the injury & despite two months of aggressive treatment on his injured hip, he was informed by doctors that he risked permanent injury if he persisted. In a press release Evan Stated, “Words cannot describe how disappointed I... Read more »


Lots of runners out there man, you see 40,000 spaces gone in a flash for the October 2013 Chicago Marathon, and it is no different for the New York City race or around the country. That’s of course, in addition to the millions of recreational joggers and walkers. Here are my observations in the area... Read more »

Derrick Rose's Shoes

After choking on this latest knee injury to Rose, I’m wondering about these “lighter is better” signature shoes he & some others are wearing– both his injuries have been cutting, non contact variety. These lighter shoes don’t, in my opinion, have the structural integrity & stability of others. Also wonder if Derrick has orthotics in... Read more »

The Sports Doctor: On way to

Dr. Robert Weil and longtime sidekick Chris Fox get ready to tape the last “The Sports Doctor” show on WDCB. The two worked together for almost 20 years. It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing weekly “The Sports Doctor” shows for two decades on local WDCB — and most of that with sidekick Chris Fox, The... Read more »

Challenge of changing a sports culture

Concussions- head trauma- brain damage – all have been front & center in the great sports dilemma- what to do with American football. The NFL , college, high school, Pop Warner – all the levels of our countries most popular game, coming under intense scrutiny as more & more evidence shows that football is unsafe... Read more »
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    Born and raised in New York, I've practiced podiatry & sports medicine for over 30 years in the Aurora- Naperville area (almost BUT NOT QUITE LONG ENOUGH to lose my NY accent ). You can check that out for yourselves by listening to "The Sports Doctor," my weekly radio show on WDCB, 90.9 FM, Thursdays from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Go to to hear many past shows & read many articles under the heading The Sports Doctor. My specialty in sports medicine is orthotic therapy, combined with specific training & strengthening of the feet & ankles. I've been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the best athletes in all sports including many of the Super Bowl Bears back in the 80's, tennis greats John McEnroe & Tracy Austin, & numerous Cubs & White Sox. A true highlight of my career was watching Naperville's hometown figure skater Evan Lysacek, who I first saw as a nine-year-old and put orthotics in his skates, win the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal for men's figure skating with his orthotics (updated of course!) still in his boots. These high performance youngsters still remain my passion. Another big interest of mine is the challenge of our countries greatest epidemic: childhood obesity. I've been co-hosting "Kids Beating Obesity," a podcast produced by WDCB co-hosted by Rick Osbourne, author & creator of Pull Your Own Weight, an innovative simple method for kids to "immunize themselves against obesity for life." You can access the podcast by going to, click new media, click kids beating obesity.

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