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Minimally Invasive Approach to Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Minimally Invasive Approach to Achilles Tendon Ruptures

If you follow sports, you have an idea of the level of impact a ruptured Achilles tendon can have. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tore his Achilles tendon in April of 2013 and didn’t return to playing until 8 months later. Some top-level athletes never returned to the same level of performance after this same injury including Isiah read more »

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What’s a Dislocated Ankle? Ask NFL Quarterback RG3

What’s a Dislocated Ankle? Ask NFL Quarterback RG3

NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III recently sustained an ankle dislocation, a very painful injury obvious to the millions watching on television as he lay on the field, writhing in pain. Griffin appeared to have badly twisted his ankle when landing awkwardly on his left leg during a first-quarter rollout. It was a scary to watch the often-injured young star being read more »

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NBA MVP Kevin Durant sidelined with Jones Fracture

NBA MVP Kevin Durant sidelined with Jones Fracture

Oklahoma City Thunder officials announced Sunday that their star forward Kevin Durant has been sidelined because of a Jones fracture to his right foot. According to General Manager Sam Presti, Durant had a complaint of “discomfort” to his right foot following practice on Saturday: “we proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At read more »

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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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University Foot and Ankle Institute Sponsors Women’s All American Tennis Championships

University Foot and Ankle Institute Sponsors Women’s All American Tennis Championships

Every year, during the first week of October, the Women’s All American Tennis Championships (W.A.A.T.C) is held in Los Angeles and hosted at The Riviera Tennis Club. This year more than 120 collegiate players from over 40 Division I colleges will be competing in this, the thirtieth anniversary of this great event. The W.A.A.T.C. event was first held at the 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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