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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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Training for a Marathon? 4 ways to avoid foot pain

Training for a Marathon? 4 ways to avoid foot pain

Most long distance runners can agree that they are at the mercy of their feet.  You can mentally and physically prepare yourself for a marathon, but ignore your feet and you may find yourself sidelined at the next race.  While some foot-related injuries are bio-mechanical (and that’s just the way we were made), others may be the result of something 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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What is Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) testing

What is Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) testing

Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) testing is the analysis of a 3mm punch biopsy of skin to quantify the number of unmyelinated C-fibers and myelinated A delta-fibers within the epidermis. The skin has a rather consistent number of epidermal nerves at specific anatomical sites. This density is also found to be consistent between different age groups and genders. Small fiber read more »

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Tenex, New Technology for Treating Achilles Tendinosis

Tenex, New Technology for Treating Achilles Tendinosis

Tenex is a state-of-the-art treatment for Achilles Tendinosis, but generally is not for Achilles Tendonitis. So let’s first discuss the difference between a Tendonitis condition and one that is a tendinosis? Tendonitis refers to an inflammation or irritation to a tendon, which subsequently causes pain and tenderness. This is often aggravated with activity. Commonly, tendonitis is treated with rest, ice, read more »

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Sesamoiditis and Sesamoid Fractures Treatment Options

Sesamoiditis and Sesamoid Fractures Treatment Options

Big Toe Pain: Sesamoid Pathology The sesamoids are two small round or oval bones situated in the thick soft tissue ligamentous plantar plate under the first metatarsaophalangeal (big toe) joint and provide attachments for multiple important ligaments and muscle-tendinous units that provide critical stability, strength, and function to the big toe during ambulation and propulsion. They fully ossify by the read more »

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Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis

Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or ESWT, was initially used in the treatment of urinary, kidney, and salivary stones.  ESWT has been used since the late 1980s for the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders, including: plantar fasciosis/ plantar fasciitis Achilles tendinosis/ Achilles tendonitis sesamoiditis stress fractures fresh fractures of bones delayed read more »

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Topaz Procedure for Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Topaz Procedure for Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Radio Frequency Topaz Microdebrider for Chronic Heel Pain Heel pain is a common presenting complaint causing patients to seek a foot and ankle surgeon or doctor.  One of the most common etiologies of heel pain is mechanical or repetitive overuse injury causing inflammation of the plantar fascia, termed Plantar Fasciitis. Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis Pain and stiffness in heel (can be read more »

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Bunion Surgery Options and Advancements

Bunion Surgery Options and Advancements

What is a Bunion? Bunions come in all shapes and sizes.  They are largely genetic resulting from a looseness of the great to and midfoot joints resulting in a shift of the bone and bunion formation.  Although genetics are the primary cause, shoes and other factors can accelerate and worsen bunion problems. Conservative management: Well-fitting, supportive shoes Custom functional orthotics, read more »

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STAR versus Inbone Total Ankle Replacement Options

STAR versus Inbone Total Ankle Replacement Options

The STAR and Inbone Total Ankle Replacements:  Which is best for Ankle Arthritis Cases With the advent of new technology and an improved biomechanic understanding of ankle function, the treatment of ankle arthritis has broadly changed in the past decade.  Ankle replacement is rapidly becoming a comparable option to ankle fusion in the treatment of ankle arthritis. The new generation read more »

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