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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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Emerging Advances in Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Emerging Advances in Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

The following is a little technical, but we wanted to share it since it’s a very good encapsulation of the current state of modern minimally invasive Bunion surgery. It was written by University Foot and Ankle Institute’s own Dr. Bob Baravarian and was published in Local Podiatry Magazine. Bunion surgery is one of the most common surgeries in foot and 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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Lawn Mowing Causes Lots of Foot Injuries. Here’s How to Stay Safe!

Lawn Mowing Causes Lots of Foot Injuries. Here’s How to Stay Safe!

One of the most common machines in your shed or garage is also one of the most dangerous. Walk-behind and power lawn mowers are extremely hazardous if not used properly. Emergency rooms in the U.S. treat an average of 35,000 people each year for lawn mower injuries. More than 6,000 of those injuries are severe. About 20% of those injuries read more »

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16 Myths About Bunion Surgery Debunked!

16 Myths About Bunion Surgery Debunked!

A lot of bunion sufferers come to us stating that they avoided bunion surgery for years because they “heard” terrible things that are simply untrue about bunion surgery. Two examples of this are “bunion surgery hurts like crazy” and “why bother getting a bunion surgically repaired since they come back anyway.” There are many bunion surgery myths and we are read more »

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All About Charcot Foot and Charcot Foot Treatment

All About Charcot Foot and Charcot Foot Treatment

What is Charcot Foot? Charcot foot, (officially known as “Neuropathic Arthropathy”) is a progressive degeneration of a weight bearing joint. It is often has bony destruction, bone resorption, and eventual deformity. It’s reported in 29% of diabetic patients who present with peripheral neuropathy and a loss in proprioception. The survival rates for diabetic amputations at 5 years are only 50%. read more »

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Worried About Your Wide Feet? Don’t Be!

Worried About Your Wide Feet? Don’t Be!

Concerned that your feet are extraordinarily wide? Don’t be. Just appreciate them the way they are and do not worry about how to make your feet smaller. You’ll be glad to know that wide feet are rarely a serious problem. Most wide foot problems can be resolved by ignoring other people’s aesthetic judgments and choosing footwear that’s both attractive and 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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Kids’ Feet and Growth Plates: 5 Problems to Watch For

Kids’ Feet and Growth Plates: 5  Problems to Watch For

Many troublesome foot and ankle conditions occur in children just as they do in adults. But the bones of growing children haven’t themselves finished growing, so some children’s foot problems require extra attention. What is a child’s growth plate? Sites of active bone growth in children are called growth plates. They exist near the ends of bones in pre-adolescent children. read more »

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