Meet Dr. Dawson – Your Foot and Ankle Podiatrist

Dr. Fui Dawson Podiatrist Marietta GA
Dr. Fui Dawson – Podiatrist, Marietta GA


Since moving to the area a few months ago, we have received quite a few questions from patients who would like to get to know more about our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson. So, we thought it would be a great idea to answer 10 of the most frequently asked questions we have been hearing from our new patients.

What are your qualifications as a foot and ankle expert?

I completed a four-year undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and then followed up with a medical degree in podiatry from the Dr. William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. For residency, I attended the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University where I put into practice all of the knowledge I had acquired in medical school. Due to my thirst for learning and pursuing excellence in patient care, I also decided to complete an additional qualification – a fellowship in reconstructive foot & ankle surgery and trauma from a top university in Germany. Patients should be confident in the knowledge that I am board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. In addition, I routinely attend many continuing education programs in order to expand my knowledge on the latest techniques in foot and ankle care.

What differentiates you and your podiatry practice in Marietta?

Three immediate things come to mind. First, we are highly qualified to treat both surgical and nonsurgical foot and ankle disorders so our patients know that they are in good hands. Second, we deeply care for our patients and always go the extra mile in terms of making them feel as comfortable as possible and following up to address their concerns (please read our patient reviews to see the great things our patients are saying about us.) Third, we offer same day and Saturday appointments. That’s a great perk for our patients who are usually very busy and want to be seen as soon as possible.

I’ve never seen a Podiatrist in Marietta, GA. What can I expect when I first visit your office?

Your initial visit will consist of a comprehensive medical evaluation to diagnose your foot or ankle problem. This will include understanding your medical history, conducting a physical examination of your foot and then performing any additional tests such as x-rays. After I have provided a diagnosis, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is unique to your needs and specially crafted to bring you the relief that you need for your foot or ankle problem.

Is foot pain normal?

It depends. I tell patients that if you are experiencing pain in your feet, it is usually because something is not quite right. For some people, this could be a temporary problem that goes away on its own or with conservative treatments at home. For others, it could signify a greater underlying problem. Seek help from a podiatrist right away if your pain is severe, you have an open wound, your feet are red or inflamed or you cannot place weight on your foot.

What can I do at home to relieve my foot or ankle pain?

The type of treatment I recommend for patients at home depends on the severity of the pain so I would need to perform a complete evaluation to provide specific guidelines. However, generally, patients have found the following helpful for mild foot pain:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Elevating their feet
  • Using ice on the affected area
  • Not standing or walking for long periods of time
  • Wearing appropriate shoes such as those that have a wide toe box

What is the number one tip you can give us about taking care of our feet?

Wear appropriate footwear! I can’t tell you how many foot conditions arise from wearing ill-fitting shoes so that will definitely be my number 1 tip.

What are the best shoes to wear?

The best shoes to wear are those that provide a combination of support and shock absorption. Look for fit and arch support as well as the types of materials used to construct the shoe. It’s also a good idea to get your feet measured when shopping for shoes so that you are getting the best fit for that particular style of footwear.

You recommended orthotics – can I just buy them over the counter?

If your pain is mild, some over-the-counter orthotics such as gel inserts may provide some relief. However, custom orthotics are usually better when you are dealing with more serious foot problems. We recently wrote an article on this – read more here.

Which websites should we visit to learn more about foot and ankle disorders?

We recommend the following highly authoritative sites to learn more about foot and ankle disorders:

What do you like most about the Marietta, Ga area?

I’m excited to be a podiatrist in Marietta. The area offers a lot in terms of shops and restaurants. In addition, residents are very friendly and I look forward to welcoming patients to our practice!


If you are looking for an excellent Marietta Podiatrist to evaluate your foot and ankle disorder, don’t hesitate to come meet Dr. Fui Dawson and his staff at the Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia! We welcome all patients from Marietta GA and surrounding areas. Click here to book an appointment.

When should you visit a foot doctor?

Although feet are vitally important to our overall well-being, most of us are quick to dismiss potential foot problems and tend to believe they will go away on their own. While this can be true in some instances, it’s not always the case. Sometimes, foot pain can signal a greater underlying condition and should be evaluated by a foot doctor, also known as a podiatrist. Here are 6 types of foot related problems that should not be taken for granted:

Foot pain that just won’t go away

There are many reasons why we get foot pain. While certain types of foot pain can be treated at home, if the pain persists and is preventing you from carrying out regular activity, you should contact your foot doctor as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening.

Painful growths

A variety of different growths can occur on your feet and toes. Examples of these include warts (a small growth that may look like a blister), neuromas (growth of nerve tissue usually found between the third and fourth toes) and bunions (deformity of the foot that causes the big toe to turn inward toward the other toe.) While these may be benign, it’s important to reach out to your foot doctor if they begin to cause discomfort or become unsightly.

Skin irritations or discoloration

Generally, your feet should be colored similarly. If there is a difference, it could be due to a problem brought about by conditions such as inadequate blood flow, vein problems, infections, gout or athlete’s foot. See your foot doctor straight away for a proper evaluation.

Numbness or swelling in feet

After standing or walking for long periods of time, your feet may start to feel numb or even swell. However, persistent numbness or swelling particularly involving most or all of the bottom of your foot could indicate a more serious condition which requires regular monitoring by a foot doctor.

Ingrown toenails

At best, ingrown toenails, which occur when the toenail grows into the nail fold, can be an annoying occurrence. At worst, they can become infected and cause significant pain. Seek help from your foot doctor if your home remedies are not bringing you any relief.

Changes to the shape of the foot

If you are suffering from an imbalance of muscles in your foot, it can cause potential structural changes and result in conditions such as hammertoes. Contact your foot doctor right away to discuss treatment options.

Remember that even if you are not dealing with one of the conditions listed above, it is always a good idea to schedule an evaluative visit with a foot doctor at least once a year. This will help maintain the health of your feet and ensure that you are in the best position to treat any potential conditions that you may have missed otherwise. Contact our foot doctor, Dr. Fui Dawson, today to see how we can help and get you back on your feet as soon as possible!

Looking for a Podiatrist in Marietta, GA?

Are you suffering from a bunion or other foot and ankle related ailment and live in Marietta, GA? If so, you should book an appointment with a foot doctor, also known as a podiatrist, that can help you resolve this medical issue as soon as possible. To help you find the right type of podiatrist in Marietta, GA, here are a few things to consider:

#1: What are the credentials of the foot doctor?

Prior to booking an appointment with any medical professional such as a foot doctor, you should make sure that he or she has the proper credentials to deal with your foot and ankle disorder. A few key things to keep in mind when looking for a podiatrist would be:

• Formal Education and Training: A highly qualified podiatrist typically completes four years of educational training at a podiatric medical school. In addition, he or she also completes three years of hospital residency training to obtain hands-on, practical experience treating a variety of patients with foot and ankle disorders. That is why it is absolutely important to make sure that the foot doctor you trust with your care has the letters “DPM” after his or her name. This ensures that you are seeing a podiatrist that has completed the required level of training and is eminently qualified to care for you

• Board Certification: In addition to medical school and residency, the most highly qualified podiatrists also obtain board certification by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery or the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. This typically means that the podiatrist has obtained a higher level of training and clinical experience in specific foot and ankle disorders

• Continuing Education: We don’t always acquire everything we need to learn from school. In fact, it’s sensible to assume that there will always be new tools and techniques that will be developed relating to patient care even after a foot doctor’s formal education. A foot doctor that continues to further his or her education is obviously one that is interested in learning all he or she can to continue to grow and deliver the very best in patient care

#2: What are other people saying about the foot doctor?

One of the greatest benefits of the internet is that it provides us with a lot more information than we would have had otherwise. A few years ago, it was difficult to know what level of patient care we would receive by visiting a particular foot doctor — not so anymore. Nowadays, we can read patient reviews and testimonials to get an honest assessment of a foot doctor as it relates to bedside manner, wait times, the ability to treat our disorders etc. Obviously, the more positive an evaluation the foot doctor has from previous patients, the better.

#3: How quickly can you get an appointment?

Many of us are running at 100 miles an hour and don’t have a lot of time to waste. Wouldn’t you rather get rid of your foot and ankle disorder as soon as possible so that you can get on with the rest of your life? If you live in Marietta, Ga, that means meeting with a podiatrist near you who has availability to see you as soon as possible. In addition, it helps when you can easily book an appointment online that corresponds with your availability.

Once you’ve gone through this checklist, it’s time to choose a podiatrist. If you live in the Marietta, GA area then look no further than the Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia. With a highly qualified podiatrist as well as great patient reviews and an easy way to book appointments (including Saturday appointments) it should be your first stop when looking for a podiatrist in Marietta, GA.

How can orthotics relieve my foot pain?

what are orthotics and how can they relieve my foot pain? There are certain foot types such as flat feet or high arch feet that can cause pain. In addition, heel pain can arise from repeated tearing of the plantar fascia or the Achilles tendon. To relieve the pain, many podiatrists recommend wearing orthotics as a conservative treatment option.

What exactly are orthotics?

Orthotics are a functional device, constructed for the sole purpose of correcting and optimizing the function of the foot. They work by realigning your feet and ankles. Further, they help to distribute your weight more evenly, easing pressure on areas such as your heel or the ball of the foot. They are also useful for improving muscle positioning and performance. Orthotics can be an effective part of your treatment plan, and may even prolong or eliminate the need for surgery.

Orthotics can be purchased over the counter or can be custom made to fit your feet. For some mild conditions such as moderate heel pain or ball of the foot pain, over the counter orthotics such as gel inserts may be sufficient to cushion the foot and thus relieve pressure and pain. However, if over the counter orthotics are not providing relief, custom orthotics could be the answer for you.  Our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can perform an evaluation and custom design the right orthotics for you.

Why would one need custom orthotics? 

Custom orthotics can ease your pain when foot problems negatively impact balance, function or gait. Common problems addressed by custom orthotics include back pain, flat feet, heel spurs, Morton’s neuroma, severe heel pain, ball of the foot pain, high arch feet and Achilles tendonitis. Remember that every foot, like every person, is unique. The value of custom orthotics is that they reject the one size fits all approach. In addition, custom orthotics can be made to fit different types of shoes including dress shoes, sneakers, wedges and high heels. They can also be made in different finishes such as suede and leather.

Our Marietta podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can work with you to design your orthotics with your unique profile in mind. Your consultation will include an evaluation of your foot, your gait, how you stand, x-rays of the foot, as well as any pain or complications you may be experiencing. Dr. Fui Dawson will then use this information to customize your orthotics.

Note that you have to wear custom orthotics for a period of time before they fully conform to your feet. Dr. Fui Dawson also advises that you have your orthotics with you when you shop for shoes as orthotics take up space for which you may not have accounted. We recommend that you continue to wear your orthotics even when your feet and ankles feel better unless our Marietta podiatrist advises otherwise.

If you are suffering from foot pain and are considering orthotics, our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can recommend and design a product that is perfect for your unique needs. Contact us today or book an appointment online.

Nerve Entrapment: Sural Nerve & Deep Peroneal Nerve

You’ve probably never given your sural nerve or deep peroneal nerve a moment’s thought. That

is unless they’ve announced themselves with pain or discomfort, causing them to be top of mind.

The sural nerve runs along the calf, down through the foot and into the small toe. It provides

sensation for the fourth and fifth toes. The deep peroneal nerve runs along the shin and divides

into two branches, lateral and medial. It runs down into the web space of the first and second

toes. When pain in these areas demands attention call on Our Atlanta podiatrist for expert help.

We specialize in common, as well as little known conditions of the feet and ankle.

Sural nerve entrapment


Sural nerve entrapment can result from irritation that comes with ill-fitting shoes. The condition

may also result if the nerve becomes entrapped by scar tissue. Achilles tendon surgery is the

likely culprit here. Symptoms include pain, burning and tingling in the feet and legs. Pain may

worsen with some activities. Sural nerve entrapment may impact gait and balance. It is important

to consult our Atlanta podiatrist for evaluation of symptoms that last more than a few days.


In most cases home treatment such as icing and over the counter anti-inflammatories brings

relief. Of course, it is also important to refrain from wearing any shoes or boots that cause

irritation or aggravate the condition. When the problem is scar tissue holding up the nerve,

injections or physical therapy can be helpful for removing the scar tissue and freeing the nerve. If

there is no improvement our Atlanta podiatrist can talk with you about surgical options, such as

removal. The sural nerve is among the most commonly grafted nerve. When it is removed other

nerves extend their reach to restore any lost function or sensation to the area.

Deep peroneal nerve


Deep peroneal nerve entrapment can result from trauma such as a fracture, ill-fitting boots or

undue pressure on the legs. Symptoms include difficulty walking, loss of sensation, weakness in

the ankles and numbness or tingling in the feet or legs. Again, it is important to seek treatment.

In time the condition can lead to atrophy or loss of muscle control of the foot muscles.


Our Atlanta podiatrist may recommend over the counter pain relievers, orthotic devices such as

braces or physical therapy. If the condition does not improve we can help you understand

surgical options and decide if one is right for you.

We believe that every condition of the foot and ankle deserves expert, individual care. Our

Atlanta podiatrist takes the time to understand your medical history, related activities and any

symptoms. There is no one size fits all approach to effective podiatry. So whether you are

managing the pain of sural nerve entrapment, deep peroneal nerve entrapment or anything else

our goal is to help you feel better fast. You probably don’t give your feet much thought until

there is a problem. Let us keep you on your feet and keep your feet off your mind. Call today to

schedule an appointment.

Nerve Entrapment: Superficial Peroneal Nerve And Tarsal Tunnel System

Nerve entrapment is the term used to describe the problem of direct pressure on, or compression

of, a nerve. Such conditions are highly treatable, especially when addressed in the early stages.

Our Atlanta podiatrist is here to help. Nerve entrapment can cause pain and burning as well as

loss of feeling and flexibility. Don’t live with discomfort, call us today.

Superficial peroneal nerve entrapment

Superficial peroneal nerve entrapment is one of a number of nerve entrapment syndromes that

can affect the lower extremity. This nerve is located in the lateral compartment of the leg or part

of the leg concerned with turning the sole of the foot outward. The foot and ankle are primarily

impacted by the compression.

Common causes related to trauma include:

  • Stretch injuries associated with frequent ankle sprains.
  • Complications from procedures such as ankle arthroscopy
  • Injury to the ankle

Treatment options

Symptoms include pain (may become worse with activity), numbness and tingling. Following

your diagnosis, our Atlanta podiatrist will recommend a conservative treatment plan such as rest

from activities, heat and ice to the affected area, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce

swelling and exercise to improve flexibility as well as strengthen the affected area. You should

also avoid wearing boots or shoes that are too tight.

If you do not experience relief with non-surgical treatments, you may want to consider surgery.

Surgical decompression generally leads to symptom free relief of the problem. We will discuss

your concerns and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Tarsal tunnel system

Tarsal tunnel system is usually caused by entrapment of the posterior tibial nerve, which runs

along the shin and down to the heel of the foot.


The condition is related to injury or can result from other problems such as ankle sprain, flat feet,

nerve compression stemming from complication of diabetes, and varicose veins or swelling that

may cause the nerve to become compressed.


Symptoms include numbness, tingling and/or shooting pain in the foot. Our Atlanta podiatrist

can help you find relief. To diagnose problems of the foot or ankle we begin with a

comprehensive exam to understand your presenting symptoms and medical history. In some

cases a nerve conduction study or imaging may be required.

Treatment options

Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications or injections to relieve any swelling at

the source of the problem. We may also recommend bracing to relieve pressure. Many cases

respond to these conservative measures. If there is no relief our Atlanta podiatrist will work with

you to understand surgical options such as tarsal tunnel release and decide if this is the right

option for you.

If you have experienced any changes in range of motion or pain in your feet or ankles, please call

our Atlanta podiatrist today. We will schedule a convenient appointment and provide expert care

so you can back to the activities you love as soon as possible.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome In The Foot and Ankle

Complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS) is thought to be caused by dysregulation of the

nervous system. There are two types. The first is caused by direct injury to the affected nerve

and the other happens without any obvious injury to the affected nerve. Symptoms and

progression are the same for both types. CPRS is quite painful and requires immediate



Common symptoms of CPRS include itching, burning, swelling, and discoloration of the foot and

ankle. Severity of the symptoms will depend upon how the condition has progressed. In the

early months or acute stage you should look for chronic, burning pain, joint stiffness and

warmth or redness of the affected area.

During the dystrophic stage, or after about four to nine months symptoms include increased

sensitivity to touch, brittle nails, more intense pain experienced over a larger area. Finally in the

third or atrophic phase, after the condition has progressed beyond a year, there is less mobility

in the foot and ankle. There may be less pain but additional complications as the condition

often spreads to other parts of the body.


Early diagnosis and treatment is critical for best outcomes. Our Atlanta podiatrist will review

your medical history and perform a physical examination. Additional testing may be required

for the most complete understanding of the symptoms and their impact.


Over the counter medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medication provide

some relief. Prescription medication may also be appropriate. For example, stronger pain

relievers or antidepressants. Living with extreme, chronic pain and sensitivity to touch can

impact quality of life to such a degree that depression results. Antidepressants may offer some

relief. Talk therapy is another useful option.

Physical and/or occupational therapy and injections have also been successful for treating

CPRS. Again, CPRS is best treated early. Once the condition has progressed or if there is no

response to non-surgical treatment, surgery may be an appropriate option.

Surgical interventions include implantation of a spinal cord stimulator that delivers impulses to

the affected nerve.

If you suspect you have complex regional pain syndrome of the foot or ankle, don’t wait. Please

call today for an appointment. Our Atlanta podiatrist will evaluate your condition and work with

you to develop a treatment plan. We have many years’ experience treating a variety of

conditions. Trust our knowledgeable, caring staff to understand your health concerns and help

you feel better fast.

Nerve Entrapment: Neuromas of the Foot & Ankle

If you are experiencing burning, pain, tingling or discomfort on the ball of your foot you may

have a neuroma. Neuromas are best treated early, before nerve damage worsens or becomes

permanent. Talk with our Atlanta podiatrist to understand your systems and start a treatment

plan. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options.

Causes of Neuroma

There are three primary causes of neuromas.

1. Ill-fitting shoes – Narrow shoes that force the toes unnaturally into the toe box can lead to


2. Repetitive pounding or pressure, such as with running.

3. Trauma – Injury to the area can also lead to neuromas.

Neuromas are more common among people with foot problems like bunions, hammertoes and

flat feet. Women runners may also be at greater risk.

Symptoms of Neuroma

As mentioned earlier, symptoms of neuromas include pain and tingling at the ball of the foot. As

the nerve tissue thickens you may begin to feel as if something is in your shoe. Symptoms of

neuromas worsen over time. Early intervention is important as it can greatly reduce the need for

surgery. Without intervention mild, temporary discomfort eventually gives way to permanent

nerve damage.


Our Atlanta podiatrist has experience treating all conditions of the foot and ankle. If you suspect

you have a neuroma, or any other podiatric difficulty, give us a call. We will use information

about your medical history and activities to understand the onset of the problem. A physical

examination will give us more information about your pain level, symptoms and the condition of

your feet. In some cases, imaging or other tests may be required. Our goal is to draw a complete

picture for the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Treatment options for neuroma

Discomfort from mild neuromas can be managed with over the counter, anti-inflammatory pain

relievers. You may also experience some relief with padding or icing of the affected area. Our

Atlanta podiatrist will also talk with you about changing behaviors that led to the neuroma. For

example, you may need to forego shoes that contribute to the problem or modify your running


More advanced neuromas or neuromas that have not responded to conservative treatment

approaches may be addressed with surgery. Our  Board Certified-Atlanta podiatrist can help you consider the options and decide on the right one for you. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles,

give us a call today. Early intervention is critical for better long term outcomes.

Hammer toes, claw toes and mallet toes

If your toes are curved in such a way that the pads do not touch the floor, you may have hammer,

claw or mallet toes. Talk to our Atlanta podiatrist today. With early intervention these conditions

can be corrected without surgery. Allowed to worsen, they frequently require surgical


When should I suspect claw, hammer or mallet toes?

Don’t ignore toes that are bent or curled at new or strange angles. Toes may curl upward, to the

side or toward the floor. You may also experience pain, difficulty wearing shoes comfortably or

develop corns and callouses from excessive friction. As the condition worsens, walking can

become painful.

How are these conditions treated?

Non-surgical options

It is important to talk with our Atlanta podiatrist for an early, accurate diagnosis. During your

visit we will discuss any symptoms you have experienced, typical footwear and recent activities.

We will also ask questions about your medical history. Some health concerns, such as diabetes,

are commonly associated with problems of the feet. A physical exam will help us determine the

severity of the problem. Generally speaking hammer, claw and mallet toes respond well to

treatment when the joints are still flexible. In these cases taping, pain relievers, joint stretching

exercises, footwear adjustments and shoe inserts often correct the problem.

Surgical options

A physical exam will help our Atlanta podiatrist determine if the affected toe joints are flexible

or fixed. Joints may become fixed without early intervention because tendons contract and

shorten. At this point the toe is rarely straightened without surgical intervention. Options include

implants to straighten the toe, joint fusion, and releasing tissues and tendons in the toe joint.

Hammer, claw and mallet toes are more common among women than in men. Improperly fitting

shoes, shoes with narrow toe boxes and high heels that push toes forward, are big contributors to

the problem. A good way to prevent these conditions, or avoid reoccurrence, is to wear shoes

that allow ample wiggle room for the toes.

Give us a call if you have questions. Our Board-certified Smyrna podiatrist has years of experience with treating a range of foot and ankle problems. Let us put our know-how to work for your healthy feet. We

have the information you need to make informed decisions about your treatment options. We can

help you understand your condition and recommend an individualized action plan. Schedule your

appointment today.

Syndesmotic Sprains: The Invisible Ankle sprain

Syndesmotic or high ankle sprains occur with injury to the ligaments that connect the tibia and

fibula. This is the area above the ankle. Syndesmotic sprains are not as common as traditional

sprains, and accurate diagnosis is critical. If you suspect a high ankle sprain, call our board certified- Smyrna podiatrist. We specialize in diagnosis and treatment of all conditions of the foot and ankle.

Symptoms of Syndesmotic Sprains

High ankle sprains are common during contact sports, such as football, where twisting injuries

cause the foot to turn beyond the normal range of motion. In most cases these sprains happen

with ankle fracture. Symptoms will vary with the degree of injury:

  • First degree injury symptoms include pain with ankle movement. The RICE

(Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) protocol can be helpful here.

  • Second degree injury symptoms include pain with ankle movement, swelling of

the affected area and difficulty walking.

  • Third degree injuries are most severe. Symptoms include extreme pain and

inability to place any weight or walk on the affected area. Surgery is indicated.

Outcomes are improved with early intervention.

Diagnosis of Syndesmotic Sprains

Our Atlanta podiatrist will talk with you to learn about your health history and activities leading

up to the injury. A visual exam and squeeze test (manipulation of area just above the knee) will

help us determine if pain radiates to the high ankle area. An external rotation test can also yield

useful information. Our Smyrna podiatrist will be looking again be looking for pain in the high

ankle ligament area.

Treatment of Syndesmotic Sprains

The tibia and fibula must be repositioned and allowed to remain in place to encourage healing. A

removable walking boot and therapy to strengthen the tendons can be effective with mild to

moderate injuries High ankle sprains typically require more recovery time than traditional

sprains. In most cases you can expect to resume normal activities in about 6 or 7 weeks. More

severe injuries will require surgery. Casting, and eventually a removable boot, support healing

post-surgery; physical therapy is a critical part of the recovery plan. Physical therapy will help to

reduce stiffness in the ankle going forward from injury. Recovery can extend to three months.

Ankle injuries should be treated with care. Trust our Atlanta podiatrist to understand and

properly diagnose your symptoms for the best treatment outcomes. Don’t ignore your injury.

Give us a call to schedule your appointment today.

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