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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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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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Emerging Advances in Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Emerging Advances in Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

The following is a little technical, but we wanted to share it since it’s a very good encapsulation of the current state of modern minimally invasive Bunion surgery. It was written by University Foot and Ankle Institute’s own Dr. Bob Baravarian and was published in Local Podiatry Magazine. Bunion surgery is one of the most common surgeries in foot and read more »

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MinVasive Bunionectomy™: The Ideal Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

MinVasive Bunionectomy™: The Ideal Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery can be a troubling and difficult procedure for some patients. It can also be a very smooth, easy and highly successful procedure for others. The question is how can we make each bunion surgery be the best possible procedure for all patients? Which bunion surgery is right for me? At University Foot and Ankle Institute, our foot and read more »

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UFAI in SportingNews: Kevin Durant’s Achilles May Never Be the Same.

UFAI in SportingNews: Kevin Durant’s Achilles May Never Be the Same.

Should Kevin Durant have been playing in last week’s championship game? What will his recovery be like and will he ever get back to 100%? In the wake of Durant’s devastating Achilles tendon injury last week, our experts were asked by several national media outlets to weigh-in on these questions and more… Should Kevin Durant have been playing in game read more »

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Might Surgically Implanted Metal Screws and Pins Become a Thing of the Past? YES!

Might Surgically Implanted Metal Screws and Pins Become a Thing of the Past? YES!

Surgical correction of foot problems, like hammertoes and bunions, often requires using internal fixation devices like screws, pins, wires, rods, and rigid plates. Until recently, this hardware was made of metal alloys or stainless steel. In recent years, however, titanium became most surgeons’ metal of choice due to its high strength, versatility, and ability to resist corrosion. Are there side read more »

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Cosmetic Foot Surgery is a Real Big Thing. But Should it Be?

Cosmetic Foot Surgery is a Real Big Thing. But Should it Be?

One aspect of Cinderella’s story has been significantly under-reported over the last few centuries is the Evil Stepmother loved cosmetic foot surgery. It all started the night of the Royal Ball when she saw Cinderella stumble through the front door, clutching a solitary glass slipper, leaving the other behind with the Prince. When the Evil Stepmother learned that the Prince read more »

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Flatfoot Reconstruction Is Best Option For Patients Of Any Age [New Study]

Flatfoot Reconstruction Is Best Option For Patients Of Any Age [New Study]

Look at the feet of a baby. We all begin life with tiny little Barney Rubble feet. Unfortunately, some of us revert to that condition as time and/or trauma affect our feet and make walking difficult. What is adult acquired flatfoot deformity? The feet of infants and toddlers start off flat as a board with no discernible bend in the 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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