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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The One Surprising Cause of Arthritis – Ladies, Listen Up!

The One Surprising Cause of Arthritis – Ladies, Listen Up!

When you think of arthritis, what comes to mind? Many young people have the misconception that arthritis only affects the elderly or men and women who with their hands, turning wrenches, working in the garden, or doing needlework. But arthritis can actually affect joints outside of your hands, that’s why ankle, knee and hip replacements are so popular these days. read more »

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Toy Scooter Related Injuries: what you need to you know

Toy Scooter Related Injuries: what you need to you know

Is your 10 year old is dying for a scooter or skateboard so he can “ride the rails” and “catch some air” like his friends? Before you make your purchase you may want to consider the possible injury risks. A new study published by Clinical Pediatrics states that “kick” scooters, much like the one your 10 year old needs to read more »

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Minimally Invasive Approach to Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Minimally Invasive Approach to Achilles Tendon Ruptures

If you follow sports, you have an idea of the level of impact a ruptured Achilles tendon can have. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tore his Achilles tendon in April of 2013 and didn’t return to playing until 8 months later. Some top-level athletes never returned to the same level of performance after this same injury including Isiah read more »

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