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Our Expert Guide to Your Baby’s Foot Development

Our Expert 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? Risk of Plantar Fasciitis Increases (New Study)

Overweight? Risk of Plantar Fasciitis Increases (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 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 in 29% read more »

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Feel Pain En Pointe or on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

Feel Pain En Pointe or on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

What’s an Os Trigonum? An os trigonum is a non-utilitarian piece of bone that usually rests peacefully at the back of some peoples’ feet. Ordinarily, an os trigonum is a harmless anomaly. However, if you punt a football, kick a soccer ball, swim using a butterfly kick, or go en pointe as a ballet dancer, that little hunk of bone read more »

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Want a Successful Ankle Surgery Recovery? Don’t Race Back to Training!

Want a Successful Ankle Surgery Recovery? Don’t Race Back to Training!

It’s sad but true, you can’t rush your recovery after having ankle surgery Ankle surgery recovery isn’t a walk in the park (pun intended), but getting back into your regular workout routine doesn’t have to be like a grueling marathon either. It’s a big change to your lifestyle when you’re recovering from a broken ankle, but the time you invest read more »

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A Closer Look At Imaging Options for Complicated Heel Pain

A Closer Look At Imaging Options for Complicated Heel Pain

Heel pain is one of the most common problems foot and ankle physicians encounter on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it is also a problem that plantar fasciitis is so common because many physicians do not consider that heel pain can be due to a multitude of problems, of which plantar fasciitis is only one. Radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound read more »

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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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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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Flat Feet and Puffy Ankles, Expert Tips to Help Pregnant Feet

Flat Feet and Puffy Ankles, Expert Tips to Help Pregnant Feet

Pregnancy triggers many changes in a woman’s body, and some of them can seem overwhelming. Take, for example, the weight gain that pregnant women universally experience. It begins suddenly, and then relentlessly persists throughout your pregnancy. In addition to the weight gain attributable to the growth of the fetus and its surrounding support systems, your pregnant body becomes a virtual read more »

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Treating Athlete’s Foot with Garlic? Prepare to Be Burned, Literally! 

Treating Athlete’s Foot with Garlic? Prepare to Be Burned, Literally! 

Here’s how a woman got burns and blisters on her foot after trying a home remedy. When it comes to home remedies for athlete’s foot, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing A 45-year-old English woman suffering with a stubborn case of athlete’s foot read somewhere that garlic can help eliminate fungal infections. So, naturally enough, for the next read more »

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