UFAI Sports Medicine Articles Archive

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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Feel Pain En Pointe or on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

Feel Pain En Pointe or on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

What’s an Os Trigonum? An os trigonum is a non-utilitarian piece of bone that usually rests peacefully at the back of some peoples’ feet. Ordinarily, an os trigonum is a harmless anomaly. However, if you punt a football, kick a soccer ball, swim using a butterfly kick, or go en pointe as a ballet dancer, that little hunk of bone read more »

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NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders Shows Off His “Turf Toe” (video)

NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders Shows Off His “Turf Toe” (video)

Sanders isn't the only prominent NFL player whose career was hindered by the injury commonly known as "turf toe". Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders running back), Charles Woodson (Raiders and Green Bay Packers defensive back), and Jack Lambert (Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker) are among turf toe victims

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Are You Risking Foot and Ankle Injuries by Running on Harder Surfaces? This Is What Science Says

Are You Risking Foot and Ankle Injuries by Running on Harder Surfaces? This Is What Science Says

Imagine yourself trying out a new running trail, and you come to a crossroads. On the left, a paved sidewalk circling a park. On the right, a dirt path patted out around a pond. Which path would be easier on your body? The answer, it turns out, is not as easy as you might think. “Many runners believe that they’re read more »

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Plantar Fasciitis and Golf: 9 Fresh Tips for Preventing Heel Pain on the Green

Plantar Fasciitis and Golf: 9 Fresh Tips for Preventing Heel Pain on the Green

Golf. Sure, it’s a sport. But you wouldn’t think that a sport in which you can ride around in a cart and drink beer would result in many foot injuries. This low-impact activity is often synonymous with a life of leisure, yet you might be surprised to find out that avid golfers frequently suffer from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is read more »

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Sports and Overuse Injuries of the Foot and Ankle

Sports and Overuse Injuries of the Foot and Ankle

Warmer weather of course seems like the perfect time for people to become more active. Engaging in sports and working hard to get in shape for the summer season. In our Southern California foot and ankle clinics, we have seen a recent increase in stress and overuse injuries over the last month or so, likely attributed to this increase in read more »

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Foot Care Tips for Marathon Runners for our Running Podiatrists

Foot Care Tips for Marathon Runners for our Running Podiatrists

Treating “Marathon Feet” A groggy good morning to you, Champ! It’s 4am the “morning” after your first marathon, and your feet are screaming bloody murder. You’ve been running long-distances for years and followed all your doctor’s instructions. What gives? Although you earned a good night’s sleep, if you’re suffering from a common post-marathon condition, then your feet may be keeping read more »

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How to Overcome Anxiety During Your Sports Injury Recovery

How to Overcome Anxiety During Your Sports Injury Recovery

Working hard and playing harder are rewarding components all athletes seek at any level of competition. When there is inability to play because of an injury, all that hard work feels like it’s going down the drain. The mental fortitude to carry-on during this time of recovery is difficult for the majority of athletes. Clinical depression often follows a significant read more »

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Pickleball Anyone? Preventing Pickleball Injuries

Pickleball Anyone? Preventing Pickleball Injuries

Racquet & court sports prove to be tough on the foot and ankle. The podiatrists at University Foot and Ankle Institute (UFAI) commonly treat foot and ankle injuries from lovers of racquet sports, ranging from weekend warriors to the professional athlete. UFAI has sponsored the Women’s All American Tennis Championships in Los Angeles for multiple years and is the preferred read more »

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Ankle Sprain Treatment: The Do’s and Don’ts

Ankle Sprain Treatment: The Do’s and Don’ts

At UFAI, we know an ankle sprain when we see one. Ankle sprains account for about 3 out of every 4 ankle injuries, and on any given day, about 30,000 Americans will sprain their ankle! What happens when you sprain your ankle, exactly? A sprain is a tear in the ligamentous and/or muscular tissue that you use to keep yourself read more »

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Beat the 6 Most Common Walking Pains

Beat the 6 Most Common Walking Pains

Walking is pretty much universally considered the safest form of exercise, right? Well, yes, but it’s not completely without its risks. If your walking routine is interrupted by aches and pains, you should do what you can to address them early on. What seems like a minor pain could worsen and prevent you from exercising altogether. Here are some tips read more »

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What Your Feet Want You to Know about Playing Tennis

What Your Feet Want You to Know about Playing Tennis

Hey tennis star, it’s us, your feet! We love hitting the tennis court with you, and it’s a relatively safe way to stay in shape, whether you’re a young whippersnapper or an old soul. Of course, no physical activity is without its risks. The constant lateral motion and quick stops and starts across the court can put a lot of read more »

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