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Miniature Surgery

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Arthroscopy comes from two Greek words: “artho” meaning joint and “skopein” meaning to look. So Arthroscopy means to look within the joint. Arthroscopy involves a miniature incision and pencil-sized instruments with a lens and light to magnify and illuminate inside the joint.   The DOC surgeon is able to see inside the joint, including bones, […]

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Sprains, Strains and Automobiles to DOC

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

For movement, your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles must all work together in response to signals from your brain. If ligaments, tendons, or muscles are sprained or strained, movement is impaired. Knees, wrists and ankles are most susceptible to sprain and strain injuries, usually caused by a fall or accident.   Ligaments are like strong […]

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signs of an ACL tear

Signs of an ACL Tear

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Three bones meet to form your knee joint, thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia) and kneecap (patella). The kneecap sits in front of the joint to provide some protection. Bones are connected to other bones by ligaments.   There are four primary ligaments in your knee, acting like strong ropes to hold the bones together and keep […]

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knee bursa

Tiny Bursa Balloons to Bursitis

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

A bursa is a thin, fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates between bone and surrounding soft tissue, such as skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s like a tiny water balloon with only a few drops of fluid wedged between two surfaces.   An adult body contains about 160 bursae with 11 around the knee joint. […]

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If I Had a Hammer Toe

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

What is hammer toe? A hammer toe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. The toe is bent at the middle joint so that it resembles a hammer. If you have a hammer toe, the symptoms are visible with the hammer-like curling toe.     Other symptoms include: Pain in the affected […]

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ACL Pop and Tear Repair

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The ACL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee.   The incidence of ACL injuries is currently estimated at 250,000 to 300,000 annually with 100,000 ACL reconstructions performed each year.   The incidence of ACL injury is higher in people who participate in high-risk sports, such as basketball, football, skiing, soccer, […]

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Exercises to Strengthen Knees

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Strengthening the muscles that support your knee keeps knees healthy, reduces stress on the knee joint and helps to prevent injury. Strong quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh and hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh enable the knee joint to bend, straighten and absorb shock. Strengthening exercises strengthen the muscles to […]

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partial vs total knee replacement surgery

Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

DOC’s orthopedic surgeon will be specifically concerned with the location of the knee pain. If the pain is located almost entirely on either the inside portion or outside portion of the knee, then the guest patient may be a candidate for a partial or unicompartmental knee replacement. If the pain is throughout the entire knee […]

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The Next Step: Hip Replacement Surgery

Friday, July 21st, 2017

If common activities like walking and getting in and out of a chair become difficult and painful and medications, changes in everyday activities, and walking supports do not relieve the symptoms, hip replacement surgery may be the next step.   The Anatomy of the Hip The hip, a ball-and-socket joint, is one of the body’s […]

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Gout

Why Gout? What Prevents? Who Treats?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Gout is a disorder that causes sudden attacks of intense pain, swelling and redness in the joints or soft tissues. In many cases, the first attacks occur in the joints of the big toe, but gout can affect many other joints. It is a type of inflammatory arthritis. Gout affects approximately 2 out of 100 people in the United States.

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Lisfranc

What and Who is Lisfranc?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The midfoot joint complex is also called the Lisfranc joint. It is named after French surgeon Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin, who served as a surgeon in the Napoleonic army in the 1800s on the Russian front. He became well known for his proficiency in foot surgery.

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High Heels On A Ladder

Do High Heels Really Cause Hammer Toes and Bunions?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

An average, healthy person should try to take 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, adding up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. By age 70, the person will have walked the equivalent of 4 times around the globe. Unfortunately, many miles are walked in uncomfortable shoes that do not fit properly and cause pain and foot problems.

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To Have or Not to Have Bunion Surgery

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Bunions are a deformity of the MTP joint at the base of the big toe. A bunion develops when the first metatarsal bone of the foot turns outward and the big toe points inward.

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Is Plantar Fasciitis the New Black?

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies beneath the skin on the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the front of the foot and supports the arch. The plantar fascia absorbs the high stresses placed on feet. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this strong band of tissue becomes irritated and inflamed, which results in heel pain and stiffness.

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Ankle Sprain Analysis

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

An ankle sprain occurs when the strong ligaments that support the ankle are injured. Ligaments are strong, fibrous tissues that connect bones to other bones. The ligaments in the ankle help to keep the bones in proper position and stabilize the joint.   It is important to see an orthopedic specialist if the ankle is […]

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