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Yes, Humans Can Regrow Cartilage! (new study)

Yes, Humans Can Regrow Cartilage! (new study)

Researchers at Duke University just published a breakthrough study in the journal Science Advances showing that humans have the ability to repair and regrow cartilage similar to other species like salamanders, lizards and zebrafish.  This has important implications for the treatment of joint injuries and arthritis. Humans have always had the ability to regrow tissue For years, scientists have acknowledged read more »

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Got Big Toe Bumps and Lumps? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

Got Big Toe Bumps and Lumps? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

Your big toe is more than just a device to locate bedposts and chair legs in the dark. The big toe is the only toe significant enough to get its own medical name. It’s dignified with the appellation “hallux”. The other four little piggies have to be satisfied with mere numbers. Whenever you are upright, there are crucial moments when read more »

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Ankle Sprains: The Pain in Sprain Stays Mainly in the Brain

Ankle Sprains: The Pain in Sprain Stays Mainly in the Brain

“Hey, it’s just a sprain. No big deal. Walk it off. You’ll be fine.” This all too common advice is followed all too often. The all too usual result? A lifetime of debilitating ankle pain and instability. A fully functional ankle is an essential requirement for any sort of life that isn’t completely sedentary. But ankle sprains do happen. And read more »

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When the Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Fails

When the Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Fails

The Cartiva implant was considered to be a revolution in great toe arthritis therapy. It came out with a splash and the original studies to get the implant through FDA approval showed incredible results. Our group, University Foot and Ankle Institute, and me in particular, were involved with helping launch the product and educating surgeons on how to use the read more »

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Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

No doubt about it, end-stage ankle arthritis sounds scary. But the reality is even worse than it sounds. When the protective cartilage that cushions the ankle joint is lost, bone grinds on bone. The results? Debilitating pain, major disruption of ordinary activities, and a steep decline in ones quality of life. 50,000 new cases of ankle arthritis occur every year, read more »

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Got Gout? Your Risk for Heart Disease Just Doubled [new study]

Got Gout? Your Risk for Heart Disease Just Doubled [new study]

A new study from Duke University shows that those who suffer from gout have a significantly increased risk of heart disease. What causes gout? Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood stream. Uric acid is a natural product of normal food digestion. The kidneys are tasked with eliminating uric acid, but read more »

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