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Toy Scooter Related Injuries: what you need to you know

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Is your 10 year old is dying for a scooter or skateboard so he can “ride the rails” and “catch some air” like his friends? Before you make your purchase you may want to consider the possible injury risks. A new study published by Clinical Pediatrics states that “kick” scooters, much like the one your 10 year old needs to Read More »

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: symptoms & treatment options

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Tarsal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the posterior tibial nerve and is one of the most common nerve entrapments that affect the foot and ankle. The most common area of entrapment of this nerve is on the inside or medial aspect of the ankle. The nerve in this area runs through a tunnel that also houses an artery, vein, Read More »

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 »