|Skills and Expertise
Dr. Newell can
probably be considered one of the grandfathers of Podiatric Sports
Medicine. While attending the California College of Podiatric Medicine,
he not only completed four years of medical training but also four
years of biomechanical training. He studied directly under the pioneers
in biomechanics, Dr. Merton Root, Dr.John Weed, and Dr. Thomas
Scarlato. He was in the right place at the right time, as this was when
the running boom hit and the running public began to experience overuse
injuries to the feet, legs, knees, etc. A Biomechanical solution,
instead of a surgical solution was a wonderful alternative. He was the
medical illustrator for 3 of the early books on sports medicine.
For 12 years Dr.
Newell did research with a high speed camera that went 300 frames a
second. By evaluating athletes while walking and running barefoot, with
and without Orthotics, with just shoes and then with Orthotics in the
shoes, he proved many of his theories about what did and didn’t work in
relationship to controlling the foot and leg to correct poor alignment
and prevent injury.
Dr. Newell was also the director of the Olympic Orthotic Lab for 25
years. With the use of his own private lab, Dr. Newell experimented
extensively in modifying Orthotics and shoes and then used the high
speed camera to see if the modifications functioned as hypothesized.
This led to a very comprehensive understanding of biomechanics,
alignment, Orthotics and shoes. This in turn has led to the very
successful treatment of many foot, ankle, knee and back complaints.
The motion of the foot begins a chain reaction which also affects the
ankle, knee, and back. All of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles,
and tendons should work together in harmony. If thy do not, it leads to
disharmony and injury.
Newell’s senior year at the California College of Podiatric Medicine he
became the Director of the Orthotic Lab at the college. When he first
went into practice, he established his own lab in the office. He worked
with a high speed camera, doing gait analysis, evaluating what
pathology Orthotics could help and learning what Orthotics wouldn’t
help. That knowledge has served him well over the years. He has spent
hours experimenting and designing, not only Orthotics but shoes as well.
We believe that
treating children and adolescents can be even more rewarding than
treating professional athletes. Typically, children don’t complain
unless they are really hurting. It is our goal to keep children active
and healthy. We understand the importance of a young person
participating in their sport by playing each season. We appreciate the
fact that when a young person is active and healthy it affects their
self esteem, their social life, and their family life along with their
A number of years ago, we did a retrospective study on 142 children who
were diagnosed with “growing pains”. We believe that there is a
biomechanical reason for foot, leg, knee, and low back, pain that
children experience. We have been very successful in treating these
symptoms with a custom Orthotic.
Our interaction with children and their families is one of the joys of our practice .
Video Gait Analysis
A picture is worth a thousand words and so is a video gait analysis.
We live our whole lives and rarely see how our gait looks from the
back. The view from the back shows our gait, alignment and structural
The connection between the forefoot, rear foot, ankle, leg, knee, and
back can readily be seen. A patient can gain a good perspective on
biomechanics and visually see how poor alignment can cause problems
with the foot, arch, heel, Achilles, knee, and back. We can also use
the video to evaluate shoes with and without Orthotics.
Back are becoming the
second most frequent foot related problem seen in our office. Our
success rate with backs has created a steady stream of patient
referrals from physicians and others dealing with back pain.
There are many reasons for back pain and anyone who has back pain
should be screened by a physician for arthritis, disk problems, tumors,
etc. We have had much success treating low back pain with proper
alignment. We believe that chronic low back pain is aggravated by
rotation of the pelvis and spine on all three body planes,. This
abnormal motion is created when the legs internally rotate forcing the
femur into an internal rotation and the pelvis tilting to unload the
hips, resulting in the malposition of the spine. This puts the
vertebrae in an unhealthy position. By insuring that the foot, knees,
and legs are in their proper position, it takes strain off the lower
is good medicine and good physicians do not mind getting another
opinion on the condition or progress of their patients. It is our
practice to recommend second opinion when we feel it is warranted. We
also offer second opinion services to patients who would like another
evaluation of their condition and progress. Our surgeons’ collective
experience is very deep in the area of foot and ankle injury, poor
surgical outcomes, primary intervention opinion and difficult case
opinion. Please call to establish an appointment specifically for a
capable second opinion should you find that you are in need of this
YES! We do
treat acute injuries. Whether you have stepped on a nail, sprained an
ankle, or ruptured your Achilles tendon, we will help get you back on
your feet as soon as possible.
Stanley G. Newell, DPM, F.A.C.F.A.S.
9501 5th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 206-527-4177, Fax: 206-527-2850