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Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

No doubt about it, end-stage ankle arthritis sounds scary. But the reality is even worse than it sounds. When the protective cartilage that cushions the ankle joint is lost, bone grinds on bone. The results? Debilitating pain, major disruption of ordinary activities, and a steep decline in ones quality of life. 50,000 new cases of ankle arthritis occur every year, read more »

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This foot condition is the new back pain — it’s everywhere. UFAI in the News.

This foot condition is the new back pain — it’s everywhere. UFAI in the News.

There was a wonderful article in the Boston Globe recently about plantar fasciitis, which seems to be everywhere these days. Beth Teitel, the author and Boston Globe Features Writer did a great job and also featured Dr. Bob Baravarian, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute. A spokesman for the read more »

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A Podiatrist Tells Us What to Look for (AND AVOID) when Getting a Pedicure

A Podiatrist Tells Us What to Look for (AND AVOID) when Getting a Pedicure

Want a pedicure? There’re so many salons, how do you choose the right one… or a safe one? If you are using Yelp or other consumer review sites to determine where to go, the selection can be overwhelming.  Just in the Los Angeles area alone, there are over 6,000 salons listed! As podiatrists, we see the aftermath of when pedicures 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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Plantar Warts: How to Prevent Them and Get Rid of Them for Good!

Plantar Warts: How to Prevent Them and Get Rid of Them for Good!

Warts are small growths on the skin and can shop up anywhere on your body. When they appear on your foot (usually on the bottom), they’re plantar warts. Plantar warts are often a minor and temporary annoyance. However, they’re equally likely to become a severely painful condition, serious enough to require a doctor’s attention. What causes plantar warts? Plantar warts read more »

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Stress Fractures Rise for Kids and Adults after Vacations. What’s Up with That?

Stress Fractures Rise for Kids and Adults after Vacations. What’s Up with That?

We see more foot stress fractures when kids (and adults) return to school and work. Here’s why this happens. Say goodbye to playing video games all day, no more lounging around the pool, no more afternoon siestas and no more building snowmen (or “snow people” as I l called them back in Maryland) during the holidays. Sadly it will be read more »

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8 Top Treatments our Doctors Use to Fix Plantar Fasciitis

8 Top Treatments our Doctors Use to Fix Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a strong web of ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot, from your heel bone (calcaneous) to the bones of your toes. It functions as a resilient shock absorber and supports the arch of your foot. What’s Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the name of the condition that occurs when repetitive overuse of the read more »

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