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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 complain of thickened skin or lesion(s) on the bottom of 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 decide to have orthopedic surgery; your body’s ability to heal 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 fasciitis, long distance runners or those spending extended periods of 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 primary reasons for this trend. Firstly, the minimalistic shoe is 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 a common cause of growth plate injuries. This minor injury 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 raise funds for research and local programs of advocacy, wellness 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 that get too high put you at risk for complications 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 amputation and diabetic wounds are by far the most common 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 percent to perform on the court. He is taking strides Read More »

Gearing Up Like an Ironman

Earlier this month, the 35th Ironman World Championship was held in Kona, Hawaii. Some of the best athletes in the world compete in this event every year, a day-long race that features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile foot race (a full marathon). This year’s winner, Frederik Van Lierde, finished the race in 8:12:29. All of the 2,100 elite athletes who competed in this race were impressive, Read More »