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Rethinking the Options For Treating Plantar Fasciitis

The following article appeared in Podiatry Today and was authored by University Foot and Ankle’s Dr. Bob Baravarian. Plantar fasciitis is at epidemic levels with suggestions that one in six Americans may have the condition. Patients often attempt to treat plantar fasciitis at home prior to seeing a doctor. In my experience, the majority of patients treat their heel pain read more »

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Severs Disease, Why One Type of Athletic Shoe Virtually Guarantees Your Kid Will Get It

Severs Disease, 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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Plantar Fasciitis: How to Treat Heel Pain in the Morning

Plantar Fasciitis: How to Treat Heel Pain in the Morning

You’ve had a great night’s sleep, filled with dreams in which you were 20 years younger, 20 pounds lighter, and had just won the lottery. Contemplating all the wonderful opportunities the new day will bring, you swing your legs out of bed and take your first step. Suddenly you’re back on the bed, felled by a shocking burst of stabbing read more »

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Two Clinical Trials for Plantar Fasciitis and Chronic Heel Pain now at UFAI

Two Clinical Trials for Plantar Fasciitis and Chronic Heel Pain now at UFAI

Applications currently accepted for UFAI patients and non-patients alike. No charge to participate and health insurance is not needed. Plantar Fasciitis, or heel pain syndrome (as it is also known), is one of the most common foot problems in the United States today. Plantar fasciitis pain is usually located in the heel or arch of the foot and is often read more »

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Topaz, Tenex or Tenjet: which is best for chronic plantar fasciitis?

Topaz, Tenex or Tenjet: which is best for chronic plantar fasciitis?

What is chronic plantar fasciitis and how is it treated? The plantar fascia is the amazingly strong thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. It supports the arch and helps keep your foot from curling into a ball. Chronic plantar fasciitis is defined as plantar fascia pain experienced for at least 3-6 months without resolution. read more »

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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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If You’re Suffering With Foot and Heel Pain, Don’t Ignore It.

If You’re Suffering With Foot and Heel Pain, Don’t Ignore It.

When your car starts making scary noises, one tempting response is to turn up the radio. Ignore it, give it some time, it will probably go away, right? Unfortunately, this response will often leave you calling a tow truck for a problem that could have been readily fixed, if it had only received prompt attention. The same principle applies to read more »

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Overweight? Risk of Plantar Fasciitis Increases (New Study)

Overweight? Risk of Plantar Fasciitis Increases (New Study)

We’re all aware that being obese, or even just overweight, elevates the risk of incurring all sorts of negative conditions. The effects of obesity on the body include hypertension leading to heart conditions and other cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, hernias, and respiratory problems. About 34% of the adult US population is obese, while 68% is overweight. It’s read more »

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