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Coronavirus Fears Cancel the Tokyo Marathon

Coronavirus Fears Cancel the Tokyo Marathon

In recent weeks, a disease known as coronavirus, aka Covid-19, has been emanating globally from its origin in the city of Wuhan, located in China’s Hubei province. What is coronavirus? Coronavirus is a viral respiratory disease of epidemic proportions. The virus is named “corona” for the crown-like structure formed by microscopic spikes on the surface of the virus which causes read more »

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Bunions vs. Big Toe Arthritis, What’s the Difference?

Bunions vs. Big Toe Arthritis, What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between a Bunion (Hallux Valgus) and Big Toe Arthritis (Hallux Limitus)? It is not at all unusual for patients to confuse bunions and big toe arthritis because both these conditions can cause pain and a bump and enlargement at the big toe joint. But they are actually very different conditions. While you can delay bunion treatment until read more »

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9 Tips to Help Find the Best Podiatrist for Your Foot Care

9 Tips to Help Find the Best Podiatrist for Your Foot Care

Nobody plans to become a podiatric patient. Nevertheless, most readers of this material are likely to achieve that status. That’s because, at some point during their lifetime, 75% of the US population will experience a significant foot health problem. And a podiatric physician is by far the best resource for resolution of significant foot problems. What’s a podiatrist? A podiatrist read more »

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To surgically fix or not to fix a Jones Fracture. That is the question!

To surgically fix or not to fix a Jones Fracture. That is the question!

What is a Jones Fracture? The fifth metatarsal is a bone on the outside portion of your foot that has a natural bony protuberance called the styloid process. The styloid process is important area where soft tissues attach, like the peroneus brevis tendon and the lateral band of the plantar fascia. There are multiple types of fifth metatarsal fractures that can read more »

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Diabetes and Foot Problems: What Diabetes Can Do to Your Feet

Diabetes and Foot Problems: What Diabetes Can Do to Your Feet

Diabetes in the US is widespread. Over 30 million Americans (about 10% of the population) have it. Over 25% of Americans over the age of sixty-five have it. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the US. And experts agree these statistics from the American Diabetes Association may actually underreport the prevalence of diabetes in the US. How does read more »

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Rethinking the Options For Treating Plantar Fasciitis

The following article appeared in Podiatry Today and was authored by University Foot and Ankle’s Dr. Bob Baravarian. Plantar fasciitis is at epidemic levels with suggestions that one in six Americans may have the condition. Patients often attempt to treat plantar fasciitis at home prior to seeing a doctor. In my experience, the majority of patients treat their heel pain read more »

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Stop New Year’s Resolutions From Putting Your Feet at Risk!

Stop New Year’s Resolutions From Putting Your Feet at Risk!

As the New Year is upon us, many of us will inspiringly set some goals, often involving getting in shape and improving our health. We allow ourselves to balloon up through the holidays and then on January 1, we are hitting the treadmill, gym, or pavement. This sharp increase in activity level will eventually force a fair amount of people read more »

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