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Why Do My Toes Spread Apart When Walking? Meet the Metatarsal Ligaments

The front of your foot is critical for establishing a stable base of support for walking. So what happens when, instead, it’s a mushy mess? For example, if you have this issue, you may notice that your toes spread apart when walking. What happens is that the forces that your foot should absorb get transferred…
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PRP vs Steroids for Plantar Fasciitis

Steroid injections for painful body parts are a medical standard that represents the worst of traditional medicine. Why? Steroids are toxic substances to the body that also happen to be powerful anti-inflammatories. Now the latest study of steroid injections versus platelet rich plasma (PRP) has hopefully put another nail in the proverbial steroid coffin. Let…
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A Jiu-Jitsu Toe Injury in a Physician That Turned into Mild Arthritis: How We Fixed It…

We have always treated a very high number of medical providers, like doctors, nurses, and physical therapists. Why? Physicians and other health professionals dig a bit deeper than others when looking at new technologies, and there’s simply much more under the “Regenexx Hood” than any other clinic using stem cells to treat orthopedic injury. Case…
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Gastrocnemius Recession Review: Should You Get This Invasive Surgery?

I have a list of surgeries that I classify as something like “They did what to you?” One of those is called gastrocnemius recession, a procedure that is increasingly being used to treat heel pain. Recently, a podiatrist read one of my other posts on the procedure and wrote in the comments that he disagreed.…
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New Research: Your Achilles Tendon Is an Efficient and Twisted Mess

As a physician, like every other doctor, I was taught that the Achilles was the biggest single tendon in the human body. The first day of medical school I was also told that half of everything they would teach me would eventually be proven wrong. So this past week, researchers added yet another thing that…
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Why Do My Shoes Wear Faster on the Outside?

I wear out shoes very fast. In fact, my black dress shoes now have worn down about 50% of the heel on the outside, so I no longer wear them. Do you do this too? If your shoes wear faster on the outside of the heel, why is this happening? Is it causing other problems?…
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How to Help a Bent Big Toe

As we age, the big toe can actually begin to bend sideways. You may not visually notice it at first, but as it gradually worsens, not only will the bend become obvious, but how the foot functions may change. In fact, up until this point, you may not even realize how much work your big…
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Why Is My Big Toe Numb?

It might seem like a little thing. Your big toe numb. Is it a big deal? After all, it’s just a big toe. However, does this mean something? Why Is My Big Toe Numb? It Could Be a Warning Sign of Something Bigger If your big toe is numb, or if you are having on-again,…
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