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Platelet Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain

Platelet Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Chronic Achilles Tendon Pain

The treatment of Achilles tendinopathy is a complex and difficult orthopedic pathology. Acute Achilles tendinitis typically responds well to nonoperative therapy including; rest, immobilization, anti-inflammatories, stretching, and physical therapy. However, sometimes the pain can become chronic and develop into tendinosis. Chronic Achilles tendinosis is a complex pathology involving microscopic degenerative injury to the tendon with local disruption of the collagen 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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When Patients Ask About Barefoot Running

When Patients Ask About Barefoot Running

Since the release of Christopher McDougall’s book “Born to Run” (published 2009) there has been a significant increase in the hype of barefoot running and minimalist shoes. When I am confronted by a patient inquiring on my thoughts of them trying barefoot running or minimalist shoes, I first ask the patient their underlying motivation for doing so. Most common responses 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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Growth Plate Injuries: Sever’s Disease and Fractures

Growth Plate Injuries: Sever’s Disease and Fractures

Growth plates are present in the bones of every growing child. Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage near the ends of bones. Once the growth of the bone is complete, the growth plates close and are replaced with solid bone. Because growth plates are the weakest area in a growing skeleton, they are vulnerable to injury. Repetitive stress is read more »

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Five essential and easy diabetic foot care tips

Five essential and easy diabetic foot care tips

Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans and 8.3% of the American population and growing yearly. Diabetes can affect your feet in several ways.The following are five several suggestions to keep your feet healthy: Monitor your sugars and getting your feet checked regularly It is critically important to monitor your blood sugar daily and through regular lab tests with your doctor. Sugars read more »

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Diabetic Foot Wounds

Diabetic Foot Wounds

Diabetic Foot Wounds as Discussed by Podiatrist Dr. Sydney K. Yau, DPM In the United States, diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people and up to 25% of those people develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime.  Diabetic wounds that are left  untreated may lead to an amputation.  In fact, one in five people with a diabetic ulcer may eventually require an read more »

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