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7 Foot and Ankle Tips to Help Prevent Youth Sports Related Injuries

7 Foot and Ankle Tips to Help Prevent Youth Sports Related Injuries

From their first hesitant steps, children want to physically play. Moreover, children need active physical play. For children, physical play is as natural as laughter. And it’s just as healthy. In the US, children have countless opportunities to take part in organized sports. Over 21 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 regularly participate in various programs of 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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Flat Feet and Puffy Ankles, Expert Tips to Help Pregnant Feet

Flat Feet and Puffy Ankles, Expert Tips to Help Pregnant Feet

Pregnancy triggers many changes in a woman’s body, and some of them can seem overwhelming. Take, for example, the weight gain that pregnant women universally experience. It begins suddenly, and then relentlessly persists throughout your pregnancy. In addition to the weight gain attributable to the growth of the fetus and its surrounding support systems, your pregnant body becomes a virtual read more »

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12 Nighttime Running Tips to Ensure Your Safety

12 Nighttime Running Tips to Ensure Your Safety

Want some quick, natural, and instinctive advice about running in the dark? DON’T DO IT!! You’ll run into things (like tree trunks and branches, spiderwebs, curbs, mailboxes, wire fences, and potholes). You’ll run on things (like surface water, slippery leaves, sand, or gravel) You’ll be run into by things (like cars). You’ll run over things (like cliffs). You’ll be stalked, read more »

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The 11 Most Common Foot Lumps and Bumps Explained and What You Can Do About Them

The 11 Most Common Foot Lumps and Bumps Explained and What You Can Do About Them

A surprisingly wide variety of lumps, bumps, and protrusions can afflict our feet. If you’ve got a bump on your foot, you may be wondering what the heck it is and how it got there. So we’ve put together an overview of the most common and interesting bumps (we’re foot doctors, so bumps on your feet are a big deal read more »

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University Foot and Ankle Institute Named Best Foot and Ankle Surgeons in California

University Foot and Ankle Institute Named Best Foot and Ankle Surgeons in California

University Foot and Ankle Institute (UFAI) has been honored as the Best Foot and Ankle Surgeons in California. This year’s Top Doctors Award places the ten-location practice ahead of the hundreds of other foot and ankle specialists practicing in the state. What, you may ask, has allowed UFAI to stand head and shoulders above the rest? There’s more to it read more »

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Avoid Plantar Fasciitis Flare-ups with These 4 Tips

Avoid Plantar Fasciitis Flare-ups with These 4 Tips

In a musty old brick warehouse in the industrial side of town, Raquel yanks her wrist guards over her hands and straps her helmet under her chin. She bends over to lace up her skates, anxiously chomping on the corners of her mouth guard. “Roller derby is a full-contact sport. We wear our protective gear when we’re on skates, and read more »

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Aging Feet, It’s All About Keeping One Foot Out of the Grave and the Other Off Banana Peels!

Aging Feet, It’s All About Keeping One Foot Out of the Grave and the Other Off Banana Peels!

First, a little background on how awesome our feet are, keeping us upright and moving, year after year. The human foot is an amazing example of physiological design. It contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. These components work together to support the body’s weight, serve as shock absorbers, maintain our balance, and read more »

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