UFAI Toe Conditions Articles Archive

Let’s Talk Metatarsalgia and Capsulitis of the Second Toe

Let’s Talk Metatarsalgia and Capsulitis of the Second Toe

The hard and rigid parts of the human structure seem to get all the attention. Like skulls, rib cages, and spinal columns. But don’t get distracted by them because ligaments are the unsung heroes of our skeletal framework. Ligaments are strong resilient bands made from a very tough material called collagen. Ligaments attach bones to bones (as differentiated from tendons, read more »

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How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

It’s December and we’re heading into winter. Daylight seems to slip away and nights become longer. The weather is cooling (even in California) and we see the change of seasons. Leaves fall from the trees, clothing stores trot out more sweaters, jackets and boots, and holiday lights crop up around the neighborhood. It’s a season marked with change. Your body read more »

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Little Toe Hurts? Four Things to Know About Pinky Toe Pain

Little Toe Hurts? Four Things to Know About Pinky Toe Pain

Whether you call it your little toe, wee toe, baby toe, small toe, fifth toe, or pinky toe, that outermost pedal digit can cause outsized problems. The big toe, baby toe and heel stabilize the base of your foot Your foot forms a functional triangle. When you’re standing or walking, your heel supports most of your body weight, with the read more »

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Got Big Toe Bumps and Lumps? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

Got Big Toe Bumps and Lumps? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

Your big toe is more than just a device to locate bedposts and chair legs in the dark. The big toe is the only toe significant enough to get its own medical name. It’s dignified with the appellation “hallux”. The other four little piggies have to be satisfied with mere numbers. Whenever you are upright, there are crucial moments when read more »

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How Effective Is Laser Therapy for Toenail Fungus?

How Effective Is Laser Therapy for Toenail Fungus?

When compared to the claws of a tiger, the hooves of a horse or the talons of an eagle, our toenails are quite pathetic. A human’s toenails are made from the same substance (keratin) as claws, hooves and talons, but evolution has drastically reduced the utility of our keratin amenities. Our modern toenails can sometimes be more trouble than they’re read more »

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When the Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Fails

When the Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Fails

The Cartiva implant was considered to be a revolution in great toe arthritis therapy. It came out with a splash and the original studies to get the implant through FDA approval showed incredible results. Our group, University Foot and Ankle Institute, and me in particular, were involved with helping launch the product and educating surgeons on how to use the read more »

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A Podiatrist Tells Us What to Look for (AND AVOID) when Getting a Pedicure

A Podiatrist Tells Us What to Look for (AND AVOID) when Getting a Pedicure

Want a pedicure? There’re so many salons, how do you choose the right one… or a safe one? If you are using Yelp or other consumer review sites to determine where to go, the selection can be overwhelming.  Just in the Los Angeles area alone, there are over 6,000 salons listed! As podiatrists, we see the aftermath of when pedicures read more »

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Treating Athlete’s Foot with Garlic? Prepare to Be Burned, Literally! 

Treating Athlete’s Foot with Garlic? Prepare to Be Burned, Literally! 

Here’s how a woman got burns and blisters on her foot after trying a home remedy. When it comes to home remedies for athlete’s foot, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing A 45-year-old English woman suffering with a stubborn case of athlete’s foot read somewhere that garlic can help eliminate fungal infections. So, naturally enough, for the next read more »

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What To Do When Your Toenail Is Falling Off

What To Do When Your Toenail Is Falling Off

Toenails!!!…huh…yeah. What are they good for? Absolutely nothing!!! (Apologies to Edwin Starr, the Temptations, and Bruce Springsteen). But it’s true, we don’t do much with our toenails. Our fingernails are still essential. Itches demand scratching. Our fingernails enable us to pick up small objects, and folks with a creative bent can paint them up like 10 tiny blank canvases on read more »

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