About Us

Meet C. Ralph Hooper, Jr, CPO - The Co-Inventor of CryoBallMD™

Ralph Hooper, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, obtained a Graduate Certification in Orthotics from New York University Medical School in New York, NY in 1976 and a Graduate Certificate in Prosthetics from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1976.

With over 40 years of experience complimented by an extensive list of continuing education certifications, Ralph is widely recognized as one of the industry’s leaders. He is board certified in both orthotics and prosthetics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) and is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP).


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Meet Dr. William Whiteside, MD - The Co-Inventor of CryoBallMD™

Dr. Will Whiteside is an esteemed orthopaedic surgeon with a specialization in foot and ankle conditions. He completed an orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship at the renowned Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Florida. As a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), Dr. Whiteside is dedicated to the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of a wide array of foot and ankle injuries, diseases, and conditions. His expertise encompasses disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, and skin. Dr. Whiteside is proficient in performing reconstructive procedures, treating sports injuries, and managing trauma specific to the foot and ankle.

In his practice, Dr. Whiteside addresses the fact that approximately 75-80 percent of Americans will experience some type of foot or ankle problem in their lifetime, ranging from fractures or sprains to conditions like Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis, a common condition affecting about 1 in 10 individuals, is a focal point of his work. Dr. Whiteside has dedicated many clinic hours to discussing heel pain with his patients, sharing his expertise on this common ailment. His own experience with plantar fasciitis during his medical training motivated him to develop an effective and easy-to-follow treatment program.

Plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel or arch pain, is characterized by inflammation of the tissue band running from the heel to the toes. The primary symptom is pain during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged rest. Dr. Whiteside emphasizes the importance of non-operative treatments, recommending calf and Achilles stretches, ice massage, supportive footwear, and anti-inflammatory medications before considering surgery. To aid in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, he co-designed a product called CryoBallMD, which combines ice massage with a stretching regimen for the calf, Achilles, and plantar fascia. This program has proven successful in his practice, and Dr. Whiteside is committed to expanding its reach to benefit more patients.