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Is Microfracture Obsolete For Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus?

Is Microfracture Obsolete For Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus?

Originally published in Podiatry Today May 2018. An osteochondral lesion of the talus is often a difficult problem to treat. There is limited understanding of cartilage damage and its repair. Furthermore, it is hard to figure out why some osteochondral lesions, small or large, are painful and some are not painful. Finally, the treatment of such lesions is comprehensive but not read more »

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Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Tear Repair: why this is the best option.

Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Tear Repair: why this is the best option.

Minimally invasive techniques in foot and ankle surgery have gained popularity over the years. Although many times an open incision system is best, in the case of Achilles tendon tears, the best option truly is a minimally invasive system. The purpose of this article is to give greater detail to why a minimally invasive technique is best in our eyes. read more »

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MISDIAGNOSED? When Heel Pain Isn’t Plantar Fasciitis (you’ll want a 2nd opinion after reading this)!

MISDIAGNOSED? When Heel Pain Isn’t Plantar Fasciitis (you’ll want a 2nd opinion after reading this)!

Here at UFAI, we field a lot of questions about heel pain! Heel pain is one of the most common complaints among podiatric patients. But, the cause of the pain isn’t always easy to identify. About 7 times in 10, the prime culprit is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia – the tissue which connects 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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The Architect & His Tools: How Weight-Bearing 3D CT Technology Revolutionizes Foot & Ankle Surgical Planning

The Architect & His Tools: How Weight-Bearing 3D CT Technology Revolutionizes Foot & Ankle Surgical Planning

Imagine a complex structure, composed of multiple moving parts controlled by a network of pulleys and levers. Imagine this structure can withstand high pressures and weight levels, without failure throughout its lifetime. This type of structure comes in many diverse shapes and sizes, and can take many different mechanical forms. What did you see? If you said the human foot, read more »

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President Obama Faces Agony of the Feet

President Obama Faces Agony of the Feet

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 read more »

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Treating Plantar Fasciitis: What Works

Treating Plantar Fasciitis: What Works

Plantar Fascitis is a problem related to chronic heel pain. The pain is usually first steps in the morning or after a period of rest and decreases after a few minutes of walking. The pain is in the heel region and is a dull aching. We are experts at treating achilles heel spur pain. Patients will present with the following read more »

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Kobe and Curry: Podiatrist Weigh In on Foot and Ankle Injuries

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 read more »

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