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When the Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Fails

When the Cartiva Big Toe Joint Implant Fails

The Cartiva implant was considered to be a revolution in great toe arthritis therapy. It came out with a splash and the original studies to get the implant through FDA approval showed incredible results. Our group, University Foot and Ankle Institute, and me in particular, were involved with helping launch the product and educating surgeons on how to use the read more »

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5 Simple Exercises to Fight Off Foot and Ankle Aging

5 Simple Exercises to Fight Off Foot and Ankle Aging

Ever dream of running free under a full moon, leading your pack through the wild? That sort of freedom takes four legs and four feet (or paws). Everything changed when we became a vertical species, wobbling around through life on two legs. “Like a forked radish”, said Shakespeare’s Falstaff. The human foot is a marvel of anatomical architecture And the read more »

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Modern Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options Explained

Modern Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options Explained

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic ailments in the United States. The number of patients known to have the problem is estimated to be between six and seven million. Many patients attempt to treat the problem at home prior to seeking treatment from a doctor which is fine unless the problem has been present for an extended read more »

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If You’re Suffering With Foot and Heel Pain, Don’t Ignore It.

If You’re Suffering With Foot and Heel Pain, Don’t Ignore It.

When your car starts making scary noises, one tempting response is to turn up the radio. Ignore it, give it some time, it will probably go away, right? Unfortunately, this response will often leave you calling a tow truck for a problem that could have been readily fixed, if it had only received prompt attention. The same principle applies to read more »

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Expert’s Guide to Your Baby’s Foot Development

Expert’s Guide to Your Baby’s Foot Development

Like most parts of a newborn’s body, your infant’s feet are undeveloped at her time of birth. As she grows and learns to walk, the soft, pliable tissue that structures her feet will solidify into bony tissue in a process known as ossification. Her feet will continue to grow and develop well into her late teens. You can help your read more »

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Overweight? You’ve Significantly Increased Your Risk for Plantar Fasciitis (New Study)

Overweight? You’ve Significantly Increased Your Risk for Plantar Fasciitis (New Study)

We’re all aware that being obese, or even just overweight, elevates the risk of incurring all sorts of negative conditions. The effects of obesity on the body include hypertension leading to heart conditions and other cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, hernias, and respiratory problems. About 34% of the adult US population is obese, while 68% is overweight. It’s read more »

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Everything You Need to Know About Charcot Foot… But Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Need to Know About Charcot Foot… But Were Afraid to Ask

What’s Charcot Foot? Charcot foot (also known as “Neuropathic Arthopathy“) is when your foot starts to “soften.” This happens because of a progressive degeneration of the weight bearing joints of the foot. This is the bones in the foot weakening. It occurs in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy), most often those who are diabetic. It has been reported read more »

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