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Avoiding Foot and Ankle Overuse Injuries While Dog Walking During a Pandemic

Avoiding Foot and Ankle Overuse Injuries While Dog Walking During a Pandemic

Like many other dog owners, my golden retriever, Beau, and I have logged more miles together in the past few months than ever before. I have always been an active person, as many of my patients are, running, hiking, going to the gym, but due to COVID-19, I have been spending much more time than usual just being home, and read more »

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How a Sprained Ankle Can Easily Become Chronic Ankle Instability

How a Sprained Ankle Can Easily Become Chronic Ankle Instability

A sprained ankle is among the most frequently incurred injuries worldwide. In the United States, more than 23,000 ankles are sprained each and every day.  The usual cause of an acute ankle sprain is a sudden shift in weight-bearing that causes the outside edge of a person’s foot to roll under, and the inside edge to lift up. Such an read more »

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When is a Hammertoe not a Hammertoe? When it’s a Plantar Plate Injury

When is a Hammertoe not a Hammertoe? When it’s a Plantar Plate Injury

In 1709, Alexander Pope opined that “a little learning is a dangerous thing”. He meant that knowing a little bit about something may lead to overconfidence, consequent mistakes, and negative results. In the field of podiatry, self-diagnosis can follow the same unfortunate journey. Take, for example, the condition commonly known as “hammertoe”. What does a hammertoe look like? The primary symptom of hammertoe is a lesser read more »

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