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Is Microfracture Obsolete For Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus?

Is Microfracture Obsolete For Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus?

Originally published in Podiatry Today May 2018. An osteochondral lesion of the talus is often a difficult problem to treat. There is limited understanding of cartilage damage and its repair. Furthermore, it is hard to figure out why some osteochondral lesions, small or large, are painful and some are not painful. Finally, the treatment of such lesions is comprehensive but not 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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What’s Plantar Tendonitis and Why is it Still a “Medical Mystery”?

What’s Plantar Tendonitis and Why is it Still a “Medical Mystery”?

“Plantar tendonitis” is the cause of severe foot pain that is sweeping the nation. It’s debilitating millions of Americans, people are complaining about it a lot and it’s interfering with patients’ ability to even stand and walk. It’s keeping even the most athletic among us away from the activities they love most. So why aren’t most doctors talking about it? read more »

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The Surprising Cause of Heel and Knee Pain: It Could Be the Way You Walk

The Surprising Cause of Heel and Knee Pain: It Could Be the Way You Walk

Last week, we posted about overpronation, some common injuries that befall overpronators, and some methods of dealing with aches and pains and preventing injuries. This week, we’re revisiting the topic of pronation to talk about the much less common condition, underpronation, also known as supination. If you recall, pronation refers simply to the rotational motion of the midfoot inward and read more »

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Common Prescriptions and OTC Medications That Affect Your Feet and Certain Foot and Ankle Conditions

Common Prescriptions and OTC Medications That Affect Your Feet and Certain Foot and Ankle Conditions

Patients are prescribed medications to help treat various ailments from infections to high blood pressure to cancer. Everybody knows medications have a long list of side effects. But did you know that some of these side effects can actually affect your feet? That’s right, medications can cause foot pain and other conditions. So if you start taking a new medication read more »

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The Achilles Heel of These Three Football Teams Is, Well, the Achilles

The Achilles Heel of These Three Football Teams Is, Well, the Achilles

The Achilles tendon, the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, is named for the greatest warrior of the ancient Greek pantheon. It was said that upon his birth, Achilles’ mother dipped him into the River Styx by his foot, coating every inch of the young warrior’s body with magical powers of invulnerability – every inch except read more »

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FDA Warns of Serious Risks from Antibiotics to Tendons, Muscle & Joints

FDA Warns of Serious Risks from Antibiotics to Tendons, Muscle & Joints

The Food and Drug Administration has recently issued a warning to patients and medical professionals concerning a class of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolone, commonly prescribed as Cipro or Levaquin. Fluoroquinolone comes in pills and capsules and also has an injectable form. This class of drugs also includes the less commonly prescribed Avelox and the generic forms levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, and ciprofloxacin. read more »

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Heel and Ankle Pain, UFAI’s May Free Seminar!

Heel and Ankle Pain, UFAI’s May Free Seminar!

University Foot and Ankle Institute in conjunction with UCLA is pleased to host an ongoing series of seminars featuring our own experts who present the latest information on a variety of foot and ankle topics.  The free, one-hour seminars are offered monthly.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Our May Seminar: Heel and Ankle Pain

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Achilles injury benches Ravens’ Steve Smith Sr. for the season

Achilles injury benches Ravens’ Steve Smith Sr. for the season

Steve Smith Sr. of the Baltimore Ravens was taken to the sidelines after sustaining a tear in his Achilles tendon in their game against the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday. The wide receiver was tackled towards the tail end of the game, and could be spotted dragging his right foot as he fell towards the ground. Gesturing to the read more »

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Spurs Point Guard Tony Parker Suffers Strained Achilles

Spurs Point Guard Tony Parker Suffers Strained Achilles

Another injury took point guard for the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker out of the second game of the Western Conference playoff series Wednesday night as he suffered an ill-times Achilles Tendon injury. The stakes are running high for the defending champions, who lost to their local challengers, the L.A. Clippers in game one. But as fate would have it, read more »

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