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Avoid These Common Foot and Ankle Basketball Injuries

Each year, over 200,000 children under the age of 15 visit the emergency room as a result of a basketball-related injury. Foot and ankle injuries are the most common. They affect more than 38 percent of boys and 36 percent of girls. With high school basketball season getting ready to start, it is important for you and your child to know the types of injuries that are most common and how to prevent them. Ankle Sprains Playing basketball requires constant movement, including running, jumping, and frequent stops and starts. Because of this, ankle sprains are very common. They often occur…
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Is Wearing High Heels Causing Irreparable Damage to Your Knees?

If you think that the only downside to wearing high heels is foot pain and soreness in the legs after a long day, think again. According to a new study from scientists at Stanford University, walking in heels that are three and a half inches or higher puts high levels of strain on the knees, which can cause the joints to age prematurely. In some cases, it can even lead to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent form of arthritis, affects million of Americans each year. It occurs when the cartilage that pads the ends of your bones wears down, often…
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Three Common Causes of Foot Pain

Together, your feet contain about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. With 26 bones each, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and multiple muscles and tendons, they are one of the body’s most complex structures. They are also one of the parts of the body that people tend to neglect. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans will suffer from a foot-related problem at some point in their lives, requiring the services of a podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist.   Do you suffer from foot pain or discomfort? Here are three of the most common causes of foot…
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Learn How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Problems

If you have diabetes, you know that taking good care of your feet is extremely important. This is because, in diabetic patients, ingrown toenails and other minor foot issues, can lead to serious complications. They can even put you at a high risk for limb amputation. The good news is that diabetic foot problems can be prevented. You can visit a podiatrist at least once a year for proper check-ups, but you should also make a habit of checking your feet at home daily. A few minutes of your day can go a long way in preventing foot issues. Follow…
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When to Seek Treatment for a Sprained Ankle

Each year, over 1 million people will visit an emergency room to seek treatment for an ankle injury. While ankle sprains account for about 10 percent of those injuries, many more sprains and strains often go untreated. This can result in recurring ankle injuries and even chronic pain. Whether you twisted an ankle while playing sports or after a misstep on an uneven surface, it is important to know when the right time is to seek treatment. But how do you know if a sprain will go away on its own or if the injury is more severe? Three Degrees…
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Pediatric Podiatry 101: How to Avoid Foot Problems In Kids

Children aren’t always as vocal as adults are when it comes to complaining about aches and pains. However, their feet are often a major source of pain. This can be due to growth, which is normal, but also as a result of old or poorly fitting shoes. The good news is that many pediatric foot problems can be avoided by choosing the right footwear for your kids. Read the following pediatric podiatry tips to find out what you can do to help your kids avoid foot and ankle pain.   Focus on the right fit. Your children’s feet are most…
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Get the Facts About Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, more commonly known as toenail fungus, can be a cause of stress for many people. If you have it, you probably know what we mean. Not only is it an uncomfortable and often painful condition, but it can prevent people from feeling at ease in situations where they might need to slip off their shoes. This is often due to the physical appearance of the affected toenail, which can be yellow and flaky and sometimes even smell. Do you suffer from onychomycosis or think you might have a fungal toenail infection? Here are five things that you might not…
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5 Signs You Might Have Morton’s Neuroma

As we grow older, aches and pains become more and more common. Joint pain? Blame it on the rain. Back pain? Perhaps a consequence of doing yard work over the weekend. Oftentimes, symptoms are easy to ignore, and mostly (if you’re lucky) they go away on their own. When it comes to the feet, however, it’s not as easy to shrug off discomfort - and it’s not good to either. If you are experiencing foot pain that lasts longer than a few days, see a podiatrist or your family doctor. Burning pain in the ball of your foot could be…
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3 Tips for Preventing Running-Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

The warm weather and longer days make summer one of the best times of the year for heading outdoors. For many, this means lacing up a pair of running shoes and hitting the streets or finding a running trail. Running, after all, is one of the most inexpensive forms of exercise. In recent years, themed races such as zombie, mud and color runs have contributed to making the sport more mainstream. According to Running USA, the number of running event finishers grew from less than 5 million in 1990 to over 19 million in 2013; and the sport’s popularity continues…
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Keeping Your Feet Healthy In Summer

Although you can technically get away with wearing sandals in Texas year-round, summer is officially upon us and there’s no excuse not to show off your feet now. Whether you need some help getting your winter-worn feet in shape for sporting sandals or simply want to know how to keep them healthy during the blistering summer months, we have got you covered. Make foot care a part of your daily routine. A little TLC every day will go a long way in keeping your feet healthy, especially in the summer months when they’re more prone to dryness and cracking. One…
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