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Tenex, New Technology for the Treatment of Achilles Tendinosis

Ultrasound guidance used to identify pathologic tissue and guide the Tenex MicroTip during tissue removal.

Tenex is a state-of-the-art treatment for Achilles Tendinosis, but generally is not for Achilles Tendonitis. So let’s first discuss the difference between a Tendonitis condition and one that is a tendinosis? Tendonitis refers to an inflammation or irritation to a tendon, which subsequently causes pain and tenderness. This is often aggravated with activity. Commonly, tendonitis is treated with rest, ice, Read More »

Plantar Warts

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A plantar wart is a growth in the skin that occurs if it is infected with a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is spread through direct contact and typically they occur on the sole of the foot. They can occur as a single, solitary wart, or as a cluster of warts. Symptoms: Patients with warts will often Read More »

Smoking and Bone Healing

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We all know the negative effects of smoking. We all know that smoking is highly related to various cancers, increases the chances of stroke and heart attack, and even causes wrinkles. What you might not realize, however, is that smoking can affect the way our bones heal. This means that if you are a smoker and break a bone, or Read More »

President Obama Faces Agony of the Feet

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As it turns out many of our patients have something in common with the President of the United States: plantar fasciitis , a painful heel condition commonly found with active people. An avid basketball player, Obama is a prime candidate for plantar fasciitis. Though pre-existing conditions such as flat feet or high arches can increase your risk of developing plantar Read More »

What Are The Best Running Shoes For You?

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Over the past few years there has been a trend in the running world toward minimalistic shoes. A minimalistic shoe is defined as a shoe that allows the foot to function as close to its natural state as possible. They are generally manufactured with less cushioning and support – overall much less material than standard running shoes. There are two Read More »

Growth Plate Injuries: Sever’s Disease and Fractures

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Growth plates are present in the bones of every growing child. Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage near the ends of bones. Once the growth of the bone is complete, the growth plates close and are replaced with solid bone. Because growth plates are the weakest area in a growing skeleton, they are vulnerable to injury. Repetitive stress is Read More »

Santa Barbara Podiatrist Mae Chandler and “Team Chandler” Walk to Cure Arthritis

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THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to all of those who participated in the Walk to Cure Arthritis – Santa Barbara as donor, fundraiser, volunteer and/or walker! The Walk might be over, but the battle against arthritis pain and disability continues: in honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month, Santa Barbara is still raising funds! Throughout the month of May, please continue to Read More »

Five essential and easy diabetic foot care tips

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Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans and 8.3% of the American population and growing yearly. Diabetes can affect your feet in several ways.The following are five several suggestions to keep your feet healthy: Monitor your sugars and getting your feet checked regularly It is critically important to monitor your blood sugar daily and through regular lab tests with your doctor. Sugars Read More »

Diabetic Foot Wounds

Diabetic Foot Wounds as Discussed by Podiatrist Dr. Sydney K. Yau, DPM In the United States, diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people and up to 25% of those people develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime.  Diabetic wounds that are left  untreated may lead to an amputation.  In fact, one in five people with a diabetic ulcer may eventually require an Read More »

Kobe and Curry: Podiatrist Weigh In on Foot and Ankle Injuries

Kobe Continues to Recuperate, Curry Expected to Start After making three appearances in practice, five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant is not expected to start against the Golden State Warriors tonight. The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard is still adjusting to his Achilles injury. Though Bryant was medically cleared to play just a few days ago, he is still not 100 Read More »