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10 Tips For Proper Diabetic Foot Care

Moisturizing Diabetic Feet to Keep Skin Supple

Life for people living with diabetes takes more conscientious decision making than for the lucky folks who aren’t. Pricks, tests, levels, diet, exercise; everything requires care and consideration for health and happiness’ sake. So it is with foot care. As foot and ankle care specialists, we hope that this list of ten things to be aware of can be a Read More »

Training for a Marathon? 4 ways to stop screwing up your feet

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1. BIO-MECHANICAL: Shin splints, arch cramping, plantar fasciitis and/or tendinitis are all examples of biomechanical issues. Novice runners see these problems primarily because of inappropriately paced training. Failure to stretch properly often ends with cramping and shin splints. Often times, these issues are self-limiting and can be treated fairly easily but they will definitely hurt your practice regime. The Fix: Read More »

New Advances in the Treatment of Great Toe Arthritis

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Are you suffering from pain and/or stiffness in the great toe joint? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called hallux rigidus. What is Hallux Rigidus? Hallux Rigidus is a common condition involving degenerative arthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ). Symptoms include deep achy or sharp pain, stiffness, swelling and spurring of the great toe joint. Hallux Read More »

Gout Explained: Symptoms & Treatment Options

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What is Gout? Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when crystals of uric acid deposit into a joint. The presence of these crystals causes severe joint inflammation and it can be extremely painful. The crystals can deposit into any joint and attacks commonly occur in the big toe joint. Patients are often genetically predisposed to gout. Certain medications Read More »

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 »

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 »