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Sever’s Disease and Why One Type of Athletic Shoe Virtually Guarantees Your Kid Will Get It.

Sever’s Disease and Why One Type of Athletic Shoe Virtually Guarantees Your Kid Will Get It.

Colin, 11, isn’t like the rest of his family. While his sister and brother are happy to read a book or play indoors on the iPad, Colin is always on his feet.  Between flag football, soccer, and field hockey, “there’s no sport he won’t play,” says his Mom. Even the nagging pain in his heels can’t slow him down. “Doctors read more »

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Children, Sports and Foot Injuries: Young Ankles Take a Beating as Spring Sports Season Starts Up

Children, Sports and Foot Injuries: Young Ankles Take a Beating as Spring Sports Season Starts Up

For children, physical play is as natural as breathing. As soon as girls and boys can stand, they are dodging imaginary foes and winning races against invisible competitors – children’s foot injuries. As they grow older, our children are increasingly drawn into organized play, i.e., youth sports. It is estimated that over 35 million children in the United States regularly read more »

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Pokemon Go Users Risk Injury, or Could Walk Their Way to Better Health

Pokemon Go Users Risk Injury, or Could Walk Their Way to Better Health

Pokemon Go, a new mobile gaming app, has kids and adults alike running from neighborhood to neighborhood, stopping at parks, churches, and other landmarks to heed the irresistible call to “catch ’em all.” The interactive collecting game, developed by Niantic and the Pokemon Company, is delighting its millennial users who remember the characters from after school cartoons, video games, and read more »

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Kids Feet and Overuse Injuries, What to Look for when Buying Back to School Shoes

Kids Feet and Overuse Injuries, What to Look for when Buying Back to School Shoes

With the kickoff of another school year, kids hurry back to school in their shiny new clothes and shoes. Excited to be social again after a long summer with the family, kids are quickly hit with the reality of homework and listening and studying and exams. The bounce in their step sometimes turns into dragging feet. What, now in the read more »

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Foot Injuries in Kids: What to look for

Foot Injuries in Kids: What to look for

With the kickoff of another school year, kids hurry back to school in their shiny new clothes and shoes.  Excited to be social again after a long summer with the family, kids are quickly hit with the reality of homework and listening and studying and exams.  The bounce in their step sometimes turns into dragging feet.  Sometimes there are other read more »

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Youth Baseball & Heel Pain: should kids play through the pain?

Youth Baseball & Heel Pain: should kids play through the pain?

Spring has finally sprung and now there’s another baseball season that is about to begin. Travel leagues are continuing, while spring little league is beginning. Some of our children are playing both and that can lead to problems due to overuse that, as we know from our childhood, can contribute to injuries. In our practice we are already noticing children read more »

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California’s Orthotic Experts: Helping More Than Just Feet

California’s Orthotic Experts: Helping More Than Just Feet

University Foot and Ankle Institute, California’s Orthotic Experts After manufacturing over 100,000 pairs of orthotics in the last 10 years, the doctors of University Foot and Ankle Institute have expert advice and information to help with the decision making of orthotic manufacturing and device type. Custom molded orthotics have been used for the last century to support many different ailments read more »

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