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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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Mortons Neuroma: New Treatments

In 1876, Morton described a painful condition of a nerve between the fourth and fifth metatarsal bones in the foot.  Mortons Neuroma is not a true neuroma as the name implies, and terminology such as neuritis or neuralgia may be more accurate.  Neuroma’s more commonly occur in the fourth plantar interdigital nerve (3rd interspace) where this nerve tends to be read more »

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Bunion Surgery: What To Know Beforehand

Bunion Surgery: What To Know Beforehand

Bunion Surgery Advice from the California Podiatrists at University Foot and Ankle Institute Bunion surgery, also known as hallux valgus surgery is one of the most common presenting foot and ankle problems.  It is so common that almost every foot and ankle surgeon, both orthopedic and podiatric, perform bunion surgery on a routine basis.  As with every other field, there read more »

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Platelet Rich Plasma, Regenerative Medicine for the Foot and Ankle

Platelet Rich Plasma, Regenerative Medicine for the Foot and Ankle

The Basic Science of Platelet Rich Plasma Platelets are basic cells in our bodies that produce special proteins called growth factors.  These growth factors are responsible for healing damage to tissues and wounds and clotting.  When there is an injury to part of the body the platelets will rush to the area of injury to begin the healing process.  This read more »

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Chronic Ankle Instability and Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic Ankle Instability and Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

Essential Insights and Treatment Options Ankle sprains represent the most common presenting orthopedic problem to emergency rooms.  Furthermore, since a sprained ankle is so common, it is often mistreated or treated at home without proper care resulting in chronic ankle instability and associated secondary ankle problems. Common Presenting Findings of Chronic Ankle Instability: Looseness with giving way or giving out read more »

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Our Laser Can Cure Your Toenail Fungus but How Do You Prevent Reinfection?

Our Laser Can Cure Your Toenail Fungus but How Do You Prevent Reinfection?

Improving Fungal Nail Laser Treatments. One of the newest treatments for toenail fungus is the anti-fungal laser.  The treatment is conducted in a doctor’s office with no local anesthetic. It requires about a year for the new nail to grow out.The treatment is designed to clear the nail after session, but most doctors recommend 1 treatment with a possible touch up procedure read more »

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