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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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Why Is My Big Toe Numb?

If your big toe is numb, or if you are having on-again, off-again episodes of numbness, consider this as a warning sign that something bigger is going on. One of those bigger things that can make your big toe numb is a pinched or irritated nerve in your low back. Big toe numbness can also…
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Ankle Sore After Walking? What’s Wrong and How to Fix It

Our ankles have a big job to do, carrying around the weight of our entire body, certainly more than other weight-bearing joints, like our hips and knees. If everything is normal in the joint, despite the forces, activity is a breeze. However, when things are amiss, the forces can cause issues. Are you one of…
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A Guide to Injuries for Female Athletes

We see a lot of pain and injuries in female athletes, from triathlon and CrossFit competitors to volleyball and soccer stars and everything in between. The pain and injuries we tend to see most in our female athletes involve the knees, back, ankles, and feet. We’ve covered many studies over the years that show higher…
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How to Heal a Torn Tendon Naturally: The Type of Tear Matters

The patient’s MRI above is from clinic yesterday. It’s of an ankle tendon, but it might as well be a shoulder, knee, or hip tendon or ligament. The problem was that this patient believed that she had a “tendon rupture” and that it needed surgery, so she went that direction. Now things are a mess,…
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Why Can’t I Get Rid of Heel Pain?

Have you tried everything you can think of to get rid of heel pain? Have you tried physical therapy, medications, calf stretches, devices for heel pain you see in ads—all without long-term relief? Has a doctor injected steroids into your heel to treat your plantar fasciitis. How much relief did that buy you? The truth…
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Gastrocnemius Recession Recovery? Do NOT Get This Procedure

I spoke to a patient on the phone this week who told me he had a gastrocnemius recession surgery for heel pain. Huh? This is a surgery that involves lengthening the calf muscle for a tight calf, which is like saying your car pulls to the left when you drive so we should lengthen the left axle.…
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Lifelong Runner Gets Back on Track After Stem Cell Treatment

Scott had tried everything short of surgery to repair a running injury in his foot—physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, special shoes, boot immobilization, acupuncture, massage therapy, Motrin, electrical stimulation, and so on. After struggling for years and finding no relief, devastation set in when this lifelong runner and former track captain heard these words: “Maybe you…
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