When you think about it, our feet are pretty amazing. For most, they're an unfaltering foundation - two shock absorbers we rely on daily to hold our weight and propel us through life. Comprised of dozens of bones and hundreds of ligaments, muscles, and tendons, the average person's feet take a fair beating every day - on average, people stand for about four hours every day and take around 5K steps as well. Because your feet are smaller than most other parts of your body, they endure an enormous impact with each step, adding up to hundreds of tons of weight daily.
Strangely, when our feet, ankles, or toes begin to hurt, we do our best to ignore the pain and push through the day. We even give up sports and outdoor activities that we love. Unfortunately, ignoring pain and delaying treatment will further damage your feet and, by proxy, your whole body.
If you're living with foot and ankle pain or have given up on fun activities like hiking and jogging, it's time to change. Why sacrifice a life full of outdoor activities in our beautiful part of the world when you can visit an expert podiatrist in Del Mar, CA?
Welcome to North County Foot and Ankle - where men and women just like you get new leases on life through some of the most advanced podiatric treatments available in California. With more than 50 years of combined experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle problems, our pioneering doctors have helped hundreds of people reclaim their love of walking, jogging, and life in general.
What makes North County Foot and Ankle stand out from other foot and ankle doctors in Del Mar? Unlike some foot doctors, our podiatrists work with a client-first mentality. When you walk through our front doors, the time you spend in our office is all about you. We believe in a strong physician-patient relationship fortified by one-on-one attention and honest communication.
Before offering foot pain treatment options, we perform a thorough evaluation, taking into account your individual needs, goals, and preferences. Once that's done, we'll discuss your treatment options in detail and come to a mutual decision regarding the best treatment plan for you.
Whether you have a minor hangnail or need complex surgery, you will receive the same level of compassionate care from our medical team. As board-certified podiatrists in Del Mar, our doctors are proud to treat you. You can rest easy knowing they will take the time to explain what's causing your foot pain, what treatments are best suited to your problem, and what steps you should take after treatment.
And while our podiatrists are uniquely qualified to perform surgery, we often recommend non-surgical options, using treatments like orthotics to relieve foot, arch, and heel pain. From sports injuries and bunions to gout and blisters, we're here to help you live life to the fullest without nagging, debilitating foot pain.
Patients visit our foot clinic in Del Mar, CA, for many podiatric problems, including:
If you're dealing with chronic foot pain or are concerned about a long-lasting symptom that affects your daily life, we're here to help. Unsure if you need to call to make an appointment? These symptoms are often signs that you might need to visit our foot and ankle doctors:
Most people over 40 know that strange body aches and pains become more common with age. The same can be said with our feet. As we get older, our feet usually spread out and lose the fatty pads that help cushion our feet. If you're overweight, the ligaments and bones in your feet also take an extra beating. Also, with age, foot abnormalities that you were born with become more pronounced, as the joints in your feet lose flexibility and become rigid. To make matters worse, the skin covering your feet dries out, resulting in more cuts, scrapes, and infections.
It's clear that we endure more foot pain as we get older, but what kind of foot pain should we be most concerned about? It can be hard to tell - pain from what looks like normal bruising may actually be a sign that something more serious is occurring. That's why we're listing some of the most common symptoms of serious foot problems. That way, you're better educated and have a better shot at figuring out whether you need a simple bag of ice or a visit to your podiatrist in Del Mar, CA.
When you sprain your foot or ankle or suffer an acute injury, it's normal for your foot to swell up. This type of swelling typically goes down after 48 hours have passed. However, if you hurt your foot and the swelling is severe and doesn't go away after a couple of days, it's cause for concern. Persistent swelling often indicates an ankle or foot injury that needs podiatric care.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you notice persistent swelling of any kind on your body, it's wise to see a doctor. Ankle swelling, in particular, could be a warning sign that a blood clot or heart issue is present.
It's normal for your foot or ankle to "smart" after you stub your toe or twist your ankle. However, if you're experiencing ongoing ankle and foot pain, it's probably not normal. The pain doesn't have to be sharp, either - if you have dull pain, tenderness, or weakness that lasts more than two days, a trip to the foot doctor may be in order.
Minor ankle and foot injuries, like sprains, are quite common. When a sprain happens, it's normal to experience some instability or weakness afterward. Chronic instability, however, is a more serious problem. Long-term instability or weakness may signify torn ligaments or something worse. If you've had trouble standing or walking for a long time, it's best to make an appointment at a foot clinic in Del Mar.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: Podiatric experts like those at North County Foot and Ankle may have a long-term solution to help reclaim your mobility without surgery. Give our office call today to learn more!
Stiffness is a normal symptom that should be expected with sprains, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis. Often, you can alleviate such stiffness with rest, weight loss, stretching, or even new shoes. With that said, if you're experiencing ongoing stiffness, it could be a red flag that something more serious is going on.
When you've been sitting for a long time, you may have noticed a popping sound from your feet when you stand. That sound is perfectly normal. So long as it's painless, you've got nothing to worry about. However, if you feel pain when you hear a popping noise, it could indicate a subluxation or dislocation, which are conditions that require a podiatrist's attention.
If you're not sure whether you should be concerned about a painful foot or ankle symptom, give our clinic in Del Mar a call ASAP. Our helpful technicians can help answer your questions and set up a time for you to speak with one of our friendly podiatrists.
Here are just a few of the typical foot problems we treat daily.
Do you have intense heel pain that appears when you first stand up, only for it to disappear after a few steps? If so, you could be one of the millions of people in the U.S. suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is most often caused by an inflamed ligament covering bones on the bottom of your feet. Also called "Policeman's Heel," this painful condition is a common reason for heel pain, but it won't go away on its own.
Almost all cases of plantar fasciitis will get better with easy, non-surgical treatments and lifestyle changes. A good place to start is by refraining from activities or sports that cause pain, like jogging, hiking, running, or aerobic exercises.
Common treatment options at North County Foot and Ankle include:
Orthotic shoe inserts provide you with the arch support that your feet need, especially with shoes like women's flats that don't have much foot support. We also recommend wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity you're enjoying, like hiking boots on your favorite trail and running shoes on the street or track.
Stretching regularly with gentle exercises can help prevent plantar fasciitis and stop flare-ups. Stretching your calves, specifically, reduces heel pain effectively. After you schedule an appointment at our foot clinic in Del Mar, one of our doctors can explain the proper exercises in more detail.
Wearing a brace or splint while you sleep will keep your plantar fascia stretched. That way, when you wake up and take your first steps of the day, you shouldn't have as much pain because your plantar fascia won't have a chance to tighten up overnight.
North County Foot and Ankle Pro Tip: If you're still struggling with plantar fasciitis after using orthotics, treatments like orthobiologics, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) may be more effective.
Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot maladies in the United States. Though common, ingrown toenails can be painful, resulting in swelling, bleeding, pus, and more. Various factors cause ingrown toenails, such as heredity, trauma, hygiene, nail conditions, and improper trimming. Thankfully, with the help of an expert, most ingrown toenails can be treated at home or in a podiatrist's office.
Ingrown toenails happen when the corners and sides of your toenails grow and eventually dig into the flesh around your nail. Most often occurring on the big toe, ingrown toenails become a serious concern when they are left untreated or when an infection is involved. To determine whether your ingrown toenail needs an evaluation by a foot doctor in Del Mar, CA, keep an eye out for initial symptoms and infection symptoms:
To help prevent infection, try cutting your nails in a straight line, and don't cut them too short. Do not cut your nails to match the shape of your toe.
When your toenail becomes ingrown, you need doctors with real expertise in diagnosing and treating foot problems. At North County Foot and Ankle, our doctors are highly qualified to treat the underlying conditions causing your ingrown toenail. That way, you can enjoy long-term relief and also learn the ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future.
If you have a bony bump near the bottom joint of your big toe, chances are it's a bunion. Bunions are deformities on your feet that are formed when your front foot bones become misaligned. When this happens, the misaligned bones cause the top half of your big toe to point inward toward your second toe. From there, your tendons will tighten, which pulls your toe even further inward. Once your toe is pulled more inward, the bottom joint of your big toe will bulge outward. The bulge you see is actually what we refer to as a bunion.
Without treatment, your toe pain can worsen, and the bunion can grow. Painful swelling in the balls of your feet can also cause hammertoe. Hammertoe happens your second toe is bent out of shape by your misaligned big toe.
Luckily, North County Foot and Ankle is California's go-to clinic for bunion treatment in Del Mar, CA. Our highly-trained doctors can stop these uncomfortable conditions from happening and help prevent worse conditions from developing.
Jason Morris, a board-certified podiatric foot surgeon in Del Mar, CA, is one of the top podiatrists in the greater San Diego area and has successfully treated patients with bunions for over ten years. He offers advanced treatments for bunion pain, such as:
Our hand-made orthotics, which are worn in your shoes, are molded to fit your foot exactly, correcting bone misalignments and relieving pain much better than cookie-cutter, store-bought options.
Drs. Morris and Redkar performs state-of-the-art triplanar correction surgery using 3-D digital imaging and a minimal incision approach. This procedure is very effective and works by rotating misaligned big toe bones back to the proper position. Once your toe bones are back in position, a metal plate is attached to your bones so that they remain aligned over long-term use.
Drs. Morris and Redkar may recommend both surgery and custom orthotics to keep your foot pain-free and your bunion from growing back.
If you’ve been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Escondido help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. Both are highly qualified and recipients of prestigious awards.
Featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s prestigious Top Doctors list of 2021, Dr. Avanti Redkar is a board-certified podiatrist that specializes in foot and ankle pathology. Dr. Redkar earned her undergrad degree in biology at the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in nutrition at SUNY Buffalo. She attended podiatry school at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Her three-year surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, included foot and rearfoot surgery, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine training. Dr. Redkar also completed a one-year fellowship in sports medicine and ankle reconstruction.
After a rigorous three-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Jason Morris, DPM, moved to sunny California to practice podiatric medicine. Once there, Dr. Morris worked as an attending physician at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Since relocating to the Escondido area, he has been a staff physician at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Poway. Dr. Morris is a podiatric foot and ankle specialist with board certification in rearfoot and forefoot reconstructive surgery. Dr. Morris has undergone extensive training in sports medicine, ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive surgery.
If you've been enduring foot or ankle pain that affects your mobility and quality of life, why not make a change for the better? At North County Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists in Del Mar help patients of all ages. Drs. Morris and Redkar take a patient-first approach with all of our podiatry services. From minor bunion treatments to complex issues like foot fractures, every treatment option we consider is chosen with your best interest in mind.
Our podiatrists are members of several professional organizations, including:
If more conservative treatments are better for your condition, non-surgical solutions like custom orthotics may be the best route. If you need ankle or foot surgery, our podiatrists will complete your procedure with time-tested skill and precision. Because, at the end of the day, our goal is to provide you with the most effective foot and ankle pain solutions with the quickest recovery options available.
Contact us online or via phone today to schedule an appointment at our Del Mar office. By tomorrow, you'll be one step closer to loving life without foot or ankle pain.
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DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) — First a bump, then a bite, and then a desperate rush to get back to the shore, that’s how the woman attacked by a shark in Del Mar describes her swim Friday morning.
The woman, Lyn Jutronich, talked exclusively with ABC 10News Friday night.
RELATED: Del Mar woman bit by shark, beach closed
Jutronich says she swam competitively in college and swims in the ocean two or three times a week. Friday morning- she and her swim partner were resting in the water, before heading back to shore, when something slammed into her.
“I felt a huge, like a really hard hit right, I don't know how else to say this, like right between my legs and it pushed me, it hurt and it pushed me up and out of the water,” says Jutronich.
The expert swimmer says she immediately knew, without a doubt, she was up against a shark, although she doesn't remember clearly because everything happened so quickly.
“I saw it clamp on my leg so I don't know if I saw it bite my leg or if I saw it after it bit my leg but I definitely saw the mouth. It was on my right leg and it shook once, kind of like a dog, and it let me go.”
She was able to come up for air and told her swim partner what had just happened.
“I’ve just been bit, I've just been bit, we've gotta get into shore,” says Jutronich.
The pair was able to swim back to shore together, where lifeguards and emergency crews rushed Lyn to the hospital.
Del Mar beach was closed and signs were posted to alert swimmers and surfers.
Lyn admits she's still a bit in shock but even as she recovers, she's using a little humor to help her heal.
“My friend sent me an article that said I should buy a Powerball ticket because apparently, the chances of winning the power ball are less than being attacked by a shark so I've got that going for me,” says Jutronich.
The long-time swimmer says she’s still not sure if she’ll get back in the water and hopes to not lose a hobby that she loves so much but first wants to focus on her healing and go from there.
Del Mar Beach will be closed through Sunday morning.
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DEL MAR — Large swells as a result of a winter storm on Friday led to minor flooding in parts of Del Mar as well as closures of some beach access points after large waves cleared several of the sand berms constructed along the shore.Seawater that crashed against seawalls around 7 a.m. on Friday led to standing water in the Ocean Front alley, with residents piling sandbags to keep the water at bay, as well as parts of Coast Highway. Beach access points at 18th street were closed.At Powerhouse Park, a sand berm that previou...
DEL MAR — Large swells as a result of a winter storm on Friday led to minor flooding in parts of Del Mar as well as closures of some beach access points after large waves cleared several of the sand berms constructed along the shore.
Seawater that crashed against seawalls around 7 a.m. on Friday led to standing water in the Ocean Front alley, with residents piling sandbags to keep the water at bay, as well as parts of Coast Highway. Beach access points at 18th street were closed.
At Powerhouse Park, a sand berm that previously offered a sloping descent down to the beach was transformed into an 8-foot dropoff, and the beach entrance at the Lifeguard Headquarters was left with a 3-foot dropoff down to the sand.
According to Deputy Chief Lifeguard Mark Rathsam, the fact that the berms are gone rather than the property they were protecting means they did their job. These sand piles are constructed annually in preparation for the winter’s stronger swells.
“Ultimately, we have one storm like this, and they’re gone in a day,” Rathsam said, speaking from headquarters. “We had one wave come through, break, and flood the garage, the parking lot, everything.”
Public Works has been working to move sand from the beach and pile it by the beach access point at headquarters to reconstruct berms. On Friday, several residents making their daily walks down the beach were told to head back in the other direction by city officials while an excavator traveled back and forth from the water.
“Usually I’m walking all the way around Del Mar. Now I’m doing it in reverse,” said resident Arnold Satterthwait. “I’m hearing that there’s record levels of surf and height… you’re seeing the damage now.”
A high surf warning and coastal flood advisory issued by the National Weather Service was in place through the evening of Jan. 6. Del Mar officials said tides in excess of 6 feet are predicted in the mornings through Jan. 8.
However, long-range forecasts predict continued large surf and high tides throughout the month. Waves of up to 10 feet are forecasted for Jan. 11 and Jan. 13 to 16, and a king tide of nearly 7 feet is forecasted for around 8 a.m. on Jan. 21.
Additional rainfall is also forecasted for Jan. 10.
Twenty-one schools governed by nine San Diego County school districts have been chosen for the 2023 California Distinguished Schools award program, announced by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.The state Department of Education named more than 350 elementary schools to the program, which is back this year after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspended the reporting of data used to choose the schools. The California Distinguished Schools Award, created in 1985, celebrates exceptional schools, districts, ...
Twenty-one schools governed by nine San Diego County school districts have been chosen for the 2023 California Distinguished Schools award program, announced by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
The state Department of Education named more than 350 elementary schools to the program, which is back this year after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspended the reporting of data used to choose the schools. The California Distinguished Schools Award, created in 1985, celebrates exceptional schools, districts, teachers and classified employees for their success in supporting students.
To evaluate the schools, the state Department of Education uses multiple measures, including data reported through the 2022 California School Dashboard, which assesses test results, absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data. Information from the 2022 Dashboard is available at bit.ly/3CIT43x.
Schools were recognized for excellence either in closing the achievement gap or for exceptional student performance. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are honored in alternate years.
“It is my pleasure to honor and recognize these 356 elementary schools for providing outstanding public education and opportunities to students. Their innovation and hard work have helped to ensure their students can heal, recover, and thrive — even in the toughest times,” Thurmond said in a statement. “California Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development for educators to mental health and social-emotional wellness strategies to address the needs of students and families.”
The San Diego County school districts whose schools were honored are:Del Mar Union Elementary School District: Ocean Air Elementary, Sage Canyon Elementary, Ashley Falls Elementary, Sycamore Ridge Elementary, Carmel Del Mar ElementaryEncinitas Union Elementary School District: El Camino Creek Elementary, Capri ElementaryEscondido Union Elementary School District: Classical Academy, Heritage K-8 CharterJulian Union Elementary School District: Julian Charter School — Mountain Oaks (in Encinitas)Mountain Empire Unified School District: Elite Academic Academy — Mountain Empire (in Temecula)San Diego County Office of Education: Classical Academy VistaSan Diego Unified School District: Scripps Elementary, Mt. Everest Academy, Innovations AcademySolana Beach School District: Carmel Creek Elementary, Solana Highlands Elementary, Solana Pacific Elementary, Skyline Elementary, Solana Ranch ElementaryWarner Unified School District: Excel Academy Charter (in Irvine)
Lyn Jutronich has been swimming her entire life. Here in San Diego, she’s part of a group of ocean swimmers. It's safe to say, most days, you can find her in the water.“During the week, I have a swim partner that I meet up with a couple of times a week,” said Jutronich. “And he and I swim together the same route that we usually do with the group because it's familiar and we know the distance and we know there are lifeguards and people out. So we had met up [on that day].”But on Friday, her routine ...
Lyn Jutronich has been swimming her entire life. Here in San Diego, she’s part of a group of ocean swimmers. It's safe to say, most days, you can find her in the water.
“During the week, I have a swim partner that I meet up with a couple of times a week,” said Jutronich. “And he and I swim together the same route that we usually do with the group because it's familiar and we know the distance and we know there are lifeguards and people out. So we had met up [on that day].”
But on Friday, her routine swim turned into a bloody nightmare.
NBC 7's Jackie Crea is in Del Mar where she got more details from San Diego Lifeguards.
“We usually relax for a couple of minutes, tread water, talk about maybe what we're gonna get for breakfast and then we head in,” said Jutronich. “So we were in that process, and then all of a sudden I just felt a huge bump.”
Before she knew it -- came a bite.
“I looked down and I saw the shark bite my thigh,” said Jutronich. “Fortunately, it released. It shook maybe one time, that's where I have the tears from, and then released.”
Shocked and terrified, she called on her partner for help.
“I said, 'David, I've been bit, I've been bit,'” said Jutronich. “'We have to get to shore, you have to get me into shore.'”
The pair was able to swim back to shore where lifeguards and emergency crews rushed Jutronich to the hospital.
“I have some obviously pretty bad wounds, but no major arteries were hit as far as we can tell,” said Jutronich. “There's no nerve damage. I just have a big shark bite on my right thigh.”
A tiger shark jumped out of the water and bit a marine conservationist’s fins in a video that has gone viral.
Jutronich has been treated for puncture and laceration wounds to her upper right thigh.
“I am doing great for everything considered,” said Jutronich. “I am incredibly lucky and unlucky all at the same time.”
The beach where the attack happened remained closed for two days while lifeguards monitored the area.
Del Mar is known to have a significant juvenile great white shark population. However, it is still unclear if that was the type of shark involved in the attack.
When asked if she’ll get back in the water after what happened, she said she’s taking it one step at a time.
“I'm not going to be getting in any water anytime soon, because I have some pretty nasty wounds that need to heal, and then I'll go from there,” said Jutronich.
Jutronich was swimming at least 200 yards offshore when the incident happened.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark File, there were 73 unprovoked incidents recorded around the world last year, three of them in California.
Lifeguards cleared the beach after a female swimmer was treated with non-fatal injuries Friday around 10 a.m.DEL MAR, Calif — A popular Del Mar beach has been closed after a shark attack was confirmed around 10 a.m. on Friday near the 17th St. beach.Del Mar lifeguards said that a female swimmer was in waist-deep water with another person when they noticed the swimmer was waving her arms, looking like she was in distress. When the lifeguards responded, they pulled the swimmer onto shore and saw that her injury was consiste...
Lifeguards cleared the beach after a female swimmer was treated with non-fatal injuries Friday around 10 a.m.
DEL MAR, Calif — A popular Del Mar beach has been closed after a shark attack was confirmed around 10 a.m. on Friday near the 17th St. beach.
Del Mar lifeguards said that a female swimmer was in waist-deep water with another person when they noticed the swimmer was waving her arms, looking like she was in distress. When the lifeguards responded, they pulled the swimmer onto shore and saw that her injury was consistent with a shark bite.
The swimmer was given medical aid and was then transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
The beach and water access have been closed north and south of 17th Street off of Coast Blvd. for the next 48 hours.
Per Shark Lab protocol, the beach was closed. Lifeguards did a search of the water nearby and did not spot any sharks in the immediate area.
Credit: CBS 8
Lifeguards will perform drone flyovers and patrol the area throughout the weekend from dawn until dusk in search of sharks, they advised.
The presumed attack occurred five days after the carcass of an 8-foot juvenile great white shark that appeared to have been injured by a large fishing hook washed ashore at Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego, authorities said.
The state-funded Cal State University Shark Lab started researching and taking drone videos of a group of sharks that moved into the waters off Del Mar between Solana Beach and Torrey Pines.
The lab says the sharks find a place they like and that group or cluster lives there until they decide to move on.
Chris Lowe is the Director of the CSULB Shark Lab. He says, “People and juvenile white sharks are interacting daily at those beaches. We've documented hundreds of times when sharks and people were within just a few feet of each other.”
In the 3 years since the shark cluster moved in, Lowe and Shark Lab researchers have tagged 62 Great White Sharks in these waters.
Drone video shows a group of them swimming just beyond where the waves start to crash.
“They'll come into water 4-5 feet deep at the shallowest and sometimes we see them within 50 feet of the shoreline. A lot depends on how much swell there is. They don't like being in the wash. So quite often they're just outside the wave break and typically we see them about 100 yards off shore," Lowe said.
Lowe says he was shocked when he was told a woman was bit while swimming today. He says it’s the first incident since the group showed up. He says, “I am surprised because 3 years of sharks and people hanging out together and nothing and then suddenly to have this happen is really surprising to me.”
Lowe says there have been 6 shark bite incidents in all of Southern California this year. He says scientists don’t know exactly why sharks occasionally bite people, but they assume it’s a mistake since they don’t eat humans and it appears they lose interested after they bite into a person. Lowe says it’s also possible they feel threatened when they do bite.
Lowe says within this cluster off the coast of Del Mar, they’ve seen 40 sharks in one place at one time.
So what should you do if you see a shark? Lowe says, “If you’re out in the water and you see a shark, first of all it’s a really cool thing. But always keep your eye on the shark. Let the shark know you see it. They’re predators like a mountain lion or a bear. If you’re on a surfboard, turn your surfboard toward the shark. Let the shark know you’re watching it and quite often once they know they’re sighted, they’ll take off.”
Lowe also suggests to swim in groups and surf in groups. He says the probability of getting bitten goes down if people are in groups. “You’re far more in danger driving to the beach than you ever would be from being in the water with a white shark," Lowe said.
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