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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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How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

It’s December and we’re heading into winter. Daylight seems to slip away and nights become longer. The weather is cooling (even in California) and we see the change of seasons. Leaves fall from the trees, clothing stores trot out more sweaters, jackets and boots, and holiday lights crop up around the neighborhood. It’s a season marked with change. Your body read more »

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First Time Hiking? 14 Hiking Tips for Beginners

First Time Hiking? 14 Hiking Tips for Beginners

There can’t be any serious disagreement. Frodo’s trek across Middle Earth is the greatest hike in all recorded hiking history. And that monumental journey is even more amazing when you realize it was accomplished without benefit of our hiking tips for beginners. 1.  Don’t hike alone (unless you actually need solitude) Coping with ticks and sunburn doesn’t require companions with read more »

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New Treatment for Ankle Arthritis: Advanced Cartilage Replacement

New Treatment for Ankle Arthritis: Advanced Cartilage Replacement

Satisfactory treatment has long been available for early-stage ankle arthritis. And effective procedures, including ankle fusion and total ankle replacement, are available for end-stage ankle arthritis. But one of the last great barriers in the treatment of ankle arthritis has been how to handle moderate ankle arthritis. Until recently, some of the greatest podiatric challenges were moderate ankle arthritis cases. read more »

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Minimalist Running Shoes, What You Need to Know

Minimalist Running Shoes, What You Need to Know

About a decade ago, an article entitled Born to Run appeared in the journal Nature. A book of the same name followed. The Born to Run authors set up a website; Biomechanics of Foot Strikes & Applications to Running Barefoot or in Minimal Footwear. The history of minimalist running shoes These publications promoted the notion that those who enjoy recreational read more »

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Yes, Humans Can Regrow Cartilage! (new study)

Yes, Humans Can Regrow Cartilage! (new study)

Researchers at Duke University just published a breakthrough study in the journal Science Advances showing that humans have the ability to repair and regrow cartilage similar to other species like salamanders, lizards and zebrafish.  This has important implications for the treatment of joint injuries and arthritis. Humans have always had the ability to regrow tissue For years, scientists have acknowledged read more »

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