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5 Simple Exercises to Fight Off Foot and Ankle Aging

5 Simple Exercises to Fight Off Foot and Ankle Aging

Ever dream of running free under a full moon, leading your pack through the wild? That sort of freedom takes four legs and four feet (or paws). Everything changed when we became a vertical species, wobbling around through life on two legs. “Like a forked radish”, said Shakespeare’s Falstaff. The human foot is a marvel of anatomical architecture And the read more »

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Watch NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders Show Off His Funky Football “Turf Toe” (video)

Watch NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders Show Off His Funky Football “Turf Toe” (video)

“(My toe) is numb right now, but it hurts.” Way back in 1998, Deion Sanders, a defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys, was riding high, as in the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Then he suffered what seemed to be a fairly innocuous injury to his left big toe. But it ended up described as a “rare and unusual read more »

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9 Tips From Top Foot Doctors on Getting the Most Out of Custom Orthotics

9 Tips From Top Foot Doctors on Getting the Most Out of Custom Orthotics

Imagine walking on the shore of a beautiful beach, warm water lapping at your feet, as the sand cradles your foot with each step. Nice! How about the image of stepping into a shallow basin of warm, freshly puffed marshmallow fluff…okay, maybe too sticky. Here it is. Imagine the sweet breath of 1,000 angels, gently lifting your feet off the read more »

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Treating Ankle Sprains: The Importance of Physical Therapy and Bracing

Treating Ankle Sprains: The Importance of Physical Therapy and Bracing

Ankle sprains are the most common athletic injury and also the most common orthopedic problem presenting to emergency rooms. What is interesting is that only a small portion of sprains actually go to the emergency room and most are treated at home. Treating a  sprain is far more complicated than is given credit.  Since ankle sprains are so common, they read more »

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It’s Football and High Ankle Sprain Season. Why NFL Players are Dropping Like Flies.

It’s Football and High Ankle Sprain Season. Why NFL Players are Dropping Like Flies.

With the professional football season barely 6 weeks old, we’re already hearing the term “high ankle sprain” on a very regular basis. Here are just a handful of the growing legion of large limping men in the NFL: Odell Beckham (NY Giants) Reuben Foster (SF 49ers) Garett Bolles (Denver Broncos) Benny Cunningham (Chicago Bears) Mitchell Loewen (New Orleans Saints) Myles read more »

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What Your Feet Want You to Know about Playing Tennis

What Your Feet Want You to Know about Playing Tennis

Hey tennis star, it’s us, your feet! We love hitting the tennis court with you, and it’s a relatively safe way to stay in shape, whether you’re a young whippersnapper or an old soul. Of course, no physical activity is without its risks. The constant lateral motion and quick stops and starts across the court can put a lot of read more »

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What’s a Dislocated Ankle? Ask NFL Quarterback RG3

What’s a Dislocated Ankle? Ask NFL Quarterback RG3

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 »

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NBA MVP Kevin Durant sidelined with Jones Fracture

NBA MVP Kevin Durant sidelined with Jones Fracture

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 »

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