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UFAI Blog: All our posts about Achilles Conditions and Injuries

Got Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis? Could PRP, Amniox Stem Cells or Cortisone Answer Your Pain Relief Prayers?

Got Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis? Could PRP, Amniox Stem Cells or Cortisone Answer Your Pain Relief Prayers?

Are you having constant plantar fasciitis pain? Is that Achilles tendonitis just not going away? Do you feel like you’ve exhausted all conservative options? Does surgery appear inevitable? Here at UFAI, we have some non-surgical regenerative medicine options that could very well end your pain. And there is no need to go through the invasive process of surgery. We offer read more »

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This Shocking Cause of Lower Back Pain Has Nothing to Do With Your Spine

This Shocking Cause of Lower Back Pain Has Nothing to Do With Your Spine

What is pronation? It’s a complex biomechanical concept that describes the rotational motion of the medial bones in the mid-foot, downward and inward with each step. It facilitates proper posture in the spine and assists with shock absorption while walking, jogging, or running in able-bodied children and adults. Pronation: it’s the regular, rolling motion your foot experiences when you take read more »

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Recommendations From the Experts: Shoes That Ease Your Foot and Ankle Pain

Recommendations From the Experts: Shoes That Ease Your Foot and Ankle Pain

When patients come into the office with heel pain, tendonitis and/or capsulitis, it can be easy to convince them to stretch, massage, take anti-inflammatories, rest and use orthotics. What can often be a struggle is to alter the shoes they choose to wear as this can be a very personal decision. Whether it is due to attire restrictions, cost or read more »

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Common Prescriptions and OTC Medications That Affect Your Feet and Certain Foot and Ankle Conditions

Common Prescriptions and OTC Medications That Affect Your Feet and Certain Foot and Ankle Conditions

Patients are prescribed medications to help treat various ailments from infections to high blood pressure to cancer. Everybody knows medications have a long list of side effects. But did you know that some of these side effects can actually affect your feet? That’s right, medications can cause foot pain and other conditions. So if you start taking a new medication read more »

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The Achilles Heel of These Three Football Teams Is, Well, the Achilles

The Achilles Heel of These Three Football Teams Is, Well, the Achilles

The Achilles tendon, the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, is named for the greatest warrior of the ancient Greek pantheon. It was said that upon his birth, Achilles’ mother dipped him into the River Styx by his foot, coating every inch of the young warrior’s body with magical powers of invulnerability – every inch except read more »

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Pickleball Anyone?

Pickleball Anyone?

Racquet & court sports prove to be tough on the foot and ankle. The podiatrists at University Foot and Ankle Institute (UFAI) commonly treat foot and ankle injuries from lovers of racquet sports, ranging from weekend warriors to the professional athlete. UFAI has sponsored the Women’s All American Tennis Championships in Los Angeles for multiple years and is the preferred read more »

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Achilles injury benches Ravens’ Steve Smith Sr. for the season

Achilles injury benches Ravens’ Steve Smith Sr. for the season

Steve Smith Sr. of the Baltimore Ravens was taken to the sidelines after sustaining a tear in his Achilles tendon in their game against the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday. The wide receiver was tackled towards the tail end of the game, and could be spotted dragging his right foot as he fell towards the ground. Gesturing to the read more »

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Washington Linebacker’s Most Expensive Injury

Washington Linebacker’s Most Expensive Injury

Pro-footballer Junior Galette ended practice Wednesday night on a bad note. The linebacker for the Washington team tore his Achilles tendon, an injury that will likely take him off the field for the rest of the season. The injury is costly to the team, and, as it turns out, to Galette as well. According to a report by Mike Garafolo read more »

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Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Do’s and Don’ts

Achilles Tendinitis Treatment Do’s and Don’ts

Even though the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body, it’s prone to injury and in fact, Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common conditions presented in our offices. The majority of the Achilles tendon’s attachment is to the upper back portion of the heel. Pain and/or swelling in this area or along the tendon may read more »

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Beat the 6 Most Common Walking Pains

Beat the 6 Most Common Walking Pains

Walking is pretty much universally considered the safest form of exercise, right? Well, yes, but it’s not completely without its risks. If your walking routine is interrupted by aches and pains, you should do what you can to address them early on. What seems like a minor pain could worsen and prevent you from exercising altogether. Here are some tips read more »

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