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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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Ankle Sprains: The Pain in Sprain Stays Mainly in the Brain

Ankle Sprains: The Pain in Sprain Stays Mainly in the Brain

“Hey, it’s just a sprain. No big deal. Walk it off. You’ll be fine.” This all too common advice is followed all too often. The all too usual result? A lifetime of debilitating ankle pain and instability. A fully functional ankle is an essential requirement for any sort of life that isn’t completely sedentary. But ankle sprains do happen. And read more »

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The Effects of Smoking on Bone Healing, It’s Not Pretty

The Effects of Smoking on Bone Healing, It’s Not Pretty

We all know the negative effects of smoking… Yes, we all know that smoking is highly related to various cancers, increases the chances of stroke and heart attack, and even causes wrinkles. What you might not realize, however, is that smoking can affect the way our bones heal. This means that if you are a smoker and break a bone, read more »

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Have Pain in the Ball of Your Foot? It Could Be Morton’s Neuroma

Have Pain in the Ball of Your Foot? It Could Be Morton’s Neuroma

If you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot, like you’re constantly standing on a sharp-edged pebble, it’s likely that you’ve developed Morton’s neuroma. What is Morton’s neuroma? A neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) growth of inflamed tissue in and around a nerve. A Morton’s neuroma is usually located between your third and fourth metatarsal bones. (The metatarsals read more »

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