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Plantar Fasciitis

Which Athletes Are At The Highest Risk For Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a painful and sometimes tricky foot condition to treat that oftentimes affects amateur and professional athletes. Plantar fasciitis develops when the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot – called the plantar fascia – suffers some microtearing and in

This minimally invasive technique is designed to eliminate the painful bunion bump and return your toe to a normal position. During the procedure, Dr. McDonald makes series of three small incisions to correct the deformity. The incisions are just a few millimeters long compared to three- to five-inch incisions used in traditional open bunion surgery. Dr. McDonald performs the surgery under image guidance, which allows him to have “eyes inside” the foot. Because of its minimally invasive nature, recovery time is typically quicker than traditional bunion surgery.
Bunions

Why Does Bunion Surgery Fail?

Bunions can be tricky to effectively treat because you can’t really shift the big toe joint back into its natural position with conservative treatments. If you want to reset the joint into a proper position, surgery is the right course of treatment, but even surgery

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Achilles

Preventing Achilles Tendonitis When Training For A Marathon

If you’ve decided to run your first or your next marathon this year, it’s great that you’ve set a new fitness goal that you want to achieve. However, even if this isn’t your first marathon, it won’t be easy to reach your goal. It’s going

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Bunions

How Pregnant Women Can Avoid Bunion Onset

If you’re embarking on your journey to motherhood, you expect to have a baby bump develop over the course of the next nine months. However, that’s not the only bump that can develop on your body. Expectant mothers are at a heightened risk for the

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Ankle Surgery

Walking Expectations After Total Ankle Replacement

For patients with significant ankle dysfunction that has not responded well to conservative care treatments, a total ankle replacement procedure may be just what you need to greatly improve ankle function and your overall quality of life. With the help of total ankle replacement, we

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Foot Problems

Caring For Flexible And Rigid Mallet Toes

Mallet toe is a common condition that causes one or more toes to take on a misshapen appearance. The problem affects the third joint in a person’s toe, which is the joint closest to the nail, causing the tip of the toe to have a

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Feet

4 Ways You’re Making Your Morton’s Neuroma Worse

Morton’s neuroma is a relatively common foot condition that occurs when tissue that surrounds one of the nerves leading to your toes ends up thickening. This tissue thickening can irritate or compress the nerve, leading to general discomfort in the forefoot. The most common location

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Foot Problems

What Is Turf Toe And How Is It Treated?

Turf toe is a medical condition involving a sprain to the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in your big toe. The condition earned the moniker “turf toe” in the 1970s as it became more common in athletes competing on artificial turf. Like all sprains, you can suffer

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Bunions

Treatment Options for Different Types Of Bent Toes

Do you have one or more toes that are bent or crooked? If so, you’re not alone. There are a variety of conditions that can cause your toes to become bent or crooked, and even if they are not painful at the moment, this catawampus

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Ankle Sprain

Preseason Ankle Care For Athletes

Sprained and fractured ankles are one of the most common injuries that fell young athletes on a regular basis. It’s estimated that 300,000 high school athletes suffer ankle sprains each year, and the numbers have increased in recent years, particularly in non-contact sports. Not all

Ankle Surgery

Treating Ankle Instability With A Tendon Graft

If you are dealing with ankle instability that is not responding to conservative care, your foot and ankle specialist may talk with you about your surgical options. When it comes to surgically addressing lateral ankle instability, doctors usually perform the operation in one of two