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Rethinking The Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

The following article appeared in Podiatry Today and was authored by University Foot and Ankle’s Dr. Bob Baravarian. Plantar fasciitis is at epidemic levels with suggestions that one in six Americans may have the condition. Patients often attempt to treat plantar fasciitis at home prior to seeing a doctor. In my experience, the majority of patients treat their heel pain read more »

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Stop New Year’s Resolutions From Putting Your Feet at Risk!

Stop New Year’s Resolutions From Putting Your Feet at Risk!

As the New Year is upon us, many of us will inspiringly set some goals, often involving getting in shape and improving our health. We allow ourselves to balloon up through the holidays and then on January 1, we are hitting the treadmill, gym, or pavement. This sharp increase in activity level will eventually force a fair amount of people read more »

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A Holiday Poem (and some foot care advice) for Our Patients Living with Diabetes

A Holiday Poem (and some foot care advice) for Our Patients Living with Diabetes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Families trimming their trees and cozying up under the blankets to watch the snow gently fall upon the ground. But with all the tempting treats and chilly weather, celebrating the holidays can also interrupt the health routines of those with diabetes. Keeping diabetes in check throughout the season can be challenging. There read more »

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How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

It’s December and we’re heading into winter. Daylight seems to slip away and nights become longer. The weather is cooling (even in California) and we see the change of seasons. Leaves fall from the trees, clothing stores trot out more sweaters, jackets and boots, and holiday lights crop up around the neighborhood. It’s a season marked with change. Your body read more »

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First Time Hiking? 14 Hiking Tips for Beginners

First Time Hiking? 14 Hiking Tips for Beginners

There can’t be any serious disagreement. Frodo’s trek across Middle Earth is the greatest hike in all recorded hiking history. And that monumental journey is even more amazing when you realize it was accomplished without benefit of our hiking tips for beginners. 1.  Don’t hike alone (unless you actually need solitude) Coping with ticks and sunburn doesn’t require companions with read more »

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New Treatment for Ankle Arthritis: Advanced Cartilage Replacement

New Treatment for Ankle Arthritis: Advanced Cartilage Replacement

Satisfactory treatment has long been available for early-stage ankle arthritis. And effective procedures, including ankle fusion and total ankle replacement, are available for end-stage ankle arthritis. But one of the last great barriers in the treatment of ankle arthritis has been how to handle moderate ankle arthritis. Until recently, some of the greatest podiatric challenges were moderate ankle arthritis cases. read more »

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Minimalist Running Shoes, What You Need to Know

Minimalist Running Shoes, What You Need to Know

About a decade ago, an article entitled Born to Run appeared in the journal Nature. A book of the same name followed. The Born to Run authors set up a website; Biomechanics of Foot Strikes & Applications to Running Barefoot or in Minimal Footwear. The history of minimalist running shoes These publications promoted the notion that those who enjoy recreational read more »

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Finally, a Non-surgical Bunion Treatment that Works!

Finally, a Non-surgical Bunion Treatment that Works!

What is a bunion? Bunions (hallux abducto Valgus or just hallux valgus in medical lingo) are a common and painful abnormality of the big toe joint (first metatarsophalangeal). Bunions affect nearly 25% of American adults 18 to 35 and over 33% of those over 65! While there are non-surgical things you can do to make bunions less uncomfortable, such as wearing read more »

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