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Turf Toe Explained: Risk Factors and Treatment Options

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Turf toe is defined as a sprain of the ligaments of the great toe joint. This injury is commonly seen in professional and college athletes who play on artificial turf – hence the name “turf toe”. Although it is most commonly seen in football, this injury can occur in any sport. Anatomy The great toe joint’s function is an essential Read More »

Minimally Invasive Approach to Achilles Tendon Ruptures

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If you follow sports, you have an idea of the level of impact a ruptured Achilles tendon can have. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tore his Achilles tendon in April of 2013 and didn’t return to playing until 8 months later. Some top-level athletes never returned to the same level of performance after this same injury including Isiah Read More »

Dr. Mae Chandler to appear in “The Nutcracker Ballet” in Santa Barbara, CA!

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For the second year in a row Santa Barbara Podiatrist Mae Chandler will be dancing in the Nutcracker Ballet with full symphony orchestra at the beautiful Arlington Theater. This is the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s 40th annual performance of the ultimate experience for the holidays and perfect for adults and children of all ages. Santa Barbara performances will be on Read More »

High Ankle Sprain Treatment Options

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Syndesmotic ligament injuries, or more commonly known as high ankle sprains, are very common in the United States and can lead to chronic pain and instability if it is not recognized and treated appropriately. Anatomy The ankle syndesmosis is a group of ligaments that help to hold the tibia and fibula together just above the level of the ankle joint. Read More »

What’s a Dislocated Ankle? Ask NFL Quarterback RG3

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NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III recently sustained an ankle dislocation, a very painful injury obvious to the millions watching on television as he lay on the field, writhing in pain. Griffin appeared to have badly twisted his ankle when landing awkwardly on his left leg during a first-quarter rollout. It was a scary to watch the often-injured young star being Read More »

NBA MVP Kevin Durant sidelined with Jones Fracture

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Oklahoma City Thunder officials announced Sunday that their star forward Kevin Durant has been sidelined because of a Jones fracture to his right foot. According to General Manager Sam Presti, Durant had a complaint of “discomfort” to his right foot following practice on Saturday: “we proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At Read More »

The Use of Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

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The treatment for onychomycosis (or toenail fungus) begins with identification of fungi. At your first visit, a specimen of the questionable nail is taken and sent to the lab for mycology. When the report returns, your physician will discuss with you the results and whether or not your nail has fungus. If fungus is present then your options consist of Read More »

Platelet Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain

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The treatment of Achilles tendinopathy is a complex and difficult orthopedic pathology. Acute Achilles tendinitis typically responds well to nonoperative therapy including; rest, immobilization, anti-inflammatories, stretching, and physical therapy. However, sometimes the pain can become chronic and develop into tendinosis. Chronic Achilles tendinosis is a complex pathology involving microscopic degenerative injury to the tendon with local disruption of the collagen Read More »

University Foot and Ankle Institute Sponsors Women’s All American Tennis Championships

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Every year, during the first week of October, the Women’s All American Tennis Championships (W.A.A.T.C) is held in Los Angeles and hosted at The Riviera Tennis Club. This year more than 120 collegiate players from over 40 Division I colleges will be competing in this, the thirtieth anniversary of this great event. The W.A.A.T.C. event was first held at the Read More »

What is Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) testing

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Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) testing is the analysis of a 3mm punch biopsy of skin to quantify the number of unmyelinated C-fibers and myelinated A delta-fibers within the epidermis. The skin has a rather consistent number of epidermal nerves at specific anatomical sites. This density is also found to be consistent between different age groups and genders. Small fiber Read More »