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Hallux Rigidus, or “Big Toe Arthritis”

By: Dr. Vanatius Babila Tita I remember telling a younger active patient that she had hallux rigidus, or “big toe arthritis” and her response was one I hear often when discussing arthritis: “Isn’t that like something that happens when you are older?” Well, the answer is “no.” Hallux rigidus, like most other arthritis, does not have a clear cause, but it has been attributed overuse, injuries, genetics, osteoarthritis, and even rheumatoid arthritis. Having hallux rigidus does not mean that you are at higher risk for developing other arthritis in other joints such as your hips or knees. The symptoms of hallux rigidus include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and prominent bone spur formation. The condition is progressive and can get worst ...

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Your Heart and Your Feet

By: Dr. Michelle Vi Nguyen February is one of my favorite months of the year! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it is a great time to think about your heart health. But have you had a chance to think about how your heart health affects your feet? Your heart pumps blood to all your vital organs and to the skin at the very tips of fingers and toes. When your heart is not well, you may not be getting enough blood to your toes. Additionally, if your heart is not pumping blood out steadily, the blood in your legs cannot return to your heart efficiently and you can develop severe swelling in your feet. Sometimes your heart may be ticking ...

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Protecting the Child Athlete’s Foot and Ankle

Playing sports is great for kids! Sports teach kids teamwork, discipline, communication, and the importance of physical fitness. Not to mention, they are just fun!  However, the dark side of playing too many sports at a young age is an increase in musculoskeletal injuries in our young athletes. Adolescent sports have changed over the decades. Playing with the neighborhood kids in the backyard has been replaced by increasingly competitive events – even for the young athlete. What are some of the factors that contribute to foot and ankle injuries in young athletes? Overuse injuries: when children specialize in one sport at a young age, it puts them at risk for repetitive musculoskeletal trauma. Year-round sports: when children aren’t able to ...

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