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Dr. Gary J. Schmidt Joins Orthopedic Associates
Dr. Gary J. Schmidt Joins Orthopedic Associates
Orthopedic Associates is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary J. Schmidt joined our group of providers on April 1, 2018. Dr. Schmidt is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon specializing in INBONE ® Total Ankle Replacement, post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle; foot and ankle deformity in adults; athletic injuries; and common foot problems, including bunions and heel pain. He has been in practice for 23 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Academy of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Schmidt has been a clinical instructor at the Washington University Department of Orthopedics and St. Louis University Department of Orthopedics, as well as an instructor at Concordia University. He served as a team physician for the McGill Redman hockey team, and a clinical advisor for Acumed Company, Trimed Inc., and Amniox Medical Inc. He holds two patents and has been published in various medical journals. Make your appointment ...

Exercises to Help You Recover from Shoulder Surgery
Exercises to Help You Recover from Shoulder Surgery
By: Dr. Pitts   Because your shoulder can move in multiple directions, it is a complicated joint that helps you perform almost all daily activities. Think about the multiple times per day you reach for something, eat or brush your teeth, get dressed or give a friend a high five. All these activities and more involve your shoulder joint, so when it’s not working right it can be debilitating. If you have shoulder surgery, you can expect your recovery time to be anywhere from six months to a year. Recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, in which the doctor operates through a small incision, the recovery process is usually less. However, your recovery time can vary greatly depending on the type of injury, type of surgery and how healthy you were before surgery.  After a period of post-operative care and immobilization to allow for recovery, you should begin to work with a physical therapist to perform gentle, assisted exercises. This activity will help you regain movement and range of motion in your shoulder while it is still actively healing.  Passive Range of Motion Exercise To begin, ...

6 Simple Ways to Prevent Foot Pain
6 Simple Ways to Prevent Foot Pain
By: Dr. Aaranson At the end of a long day of walking around a city while on vacation, you might have said that your “dogs are barking.” It’s common to feel foot pain if you’re not used to walking very far and then decide to go for a long hike. However, foot pain can be caused by a variety of things, and they don’t all involve walking an unusually great distance.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, about three-quarters of Americans will experience foot pain at some point. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may last a only a short time or carry on for months or years. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent foot pain. 1. Wear the right shoes Don’t go barefoot. It puts a strain on your feet and can lead to athlete’s foot and plantar warts from walking on unsanitary surfaces. If you shower in a locker room or use public pools or walk on beaches, bring a pair of flip flops to protect the skin of your feet. ...

Ganglion Cysts: What to Know
Ganglion Cysts: What to Know
By Dr. Feinstein If you’ve noticed a small, round lump growing under the skin along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands, you may have a ganglion cyst. Although it can be alarming, these non-cancerous lumps are common and there are more than 200,000 US cases per year.  According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, “Ganglion cysts are very common lumps within the hand and wrist that occur adjacent to joints or tendons.  The most common locations are the top of the wrist, the palm side of the wrist, the base of the finger on the palm side, and the top of the end joint of the finger. The ganglion cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk, and is filled with clear fluid or gel.” Causes The cause of these cysts is unknown although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They occur in patients of all ages. These cysts may change in size or even disappear completely, and they may or may not be painful. These cysts are ...

2018 Winter Olympics: Athletes to Watch
2018 Winter Olympics: Athletes to Watch
By: Ryan Pitts, MD The 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in PyeongvChang, South Korea, is an exciting time for all athletes and sports-watchers. With amazing performances and heroic stories of injury recovery, this year will be an exciting time to watch these experts take to the ice, slopes and halfpipes in an effort to bring home gold. Let’s take a look at a few of the U.S. Olympians you won’t want to miss this month. Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skier The 33-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, plans to compete in her fourth Games. She was forced to miss the 2014 Olympics in Sochi due to a knee surgery. She also suffered a broken ankle in the summer of 2015, adding to a long list of other injuries common to downhill skiers. As a matter of fact, from 2006 to 2016, Vonn has had nine major injuries and five surgeries. Most recently, she experienced a terrifying high-speed crash while leading a downhill at Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada, in early December. Vonn will compete in at least the downhill, the dangerous ...

All About Sciatica
All About Sciatica
By: Dr. Paracha If you’ve ever had a sharp pain radiate from your pelvis and run down the back of your legs, you’ve likely been made aware of your sciatic nerve. This nerve, the largest one in the human body, roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the lower back and passes through the buttock area. It sends nerve endings down the lower limbs, all the way down to the ankle and foot. Sciatica refers to pain in this nerve, which is a very common thing to experience. Although the symptoms can be painful and potentially incapacitating, permanent nerve damage rarely occurs. Symptoms Sciatica can cause more than just pain. You might experience tingling or numbness caused by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. Weakness in the legs or feet may also occur. These symptoms will manifest after sitting or standing for a long time. Symptoms may worsen from movements that cause the spine to flex (like exercises that bring your knees to your chest). Relief may be found by walking, lying down and spine-extending movements, ...

All About Bone Spurs
All About Bone Spurs
By: Dr. Aaranson You might not have heard of an osteophyte, but you might know them by their common name—bone spurs. These small, bony projections form along edges of bones, often in the places where two bones meet, like the joints of your shoulders, hips, hands, knees and feet. It is also possible to have bone spurs form on your spine. Often, they go undetected because they present no symptoms, but that can greatly vary depending on their location and how they form. Let’s take a closer look at bone spurs and consider their cause, symptoms and treatments. Causes When one or more of your joints experiences prolonged pressure or rubbing for a prolonged period of time, a bone spur might form as your body attempts to repair itself. This stress can cause osteoarthritis, which is the most common cause of bone spurs. Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage at the end of your bones that provides cushioning, and bone spurs form in areas of inflammation or injury of the nearby cartilage or tendons. What causes this stress? Excess weight can damage joints, and ...

10 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Cold Weather
10 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Cold Weather
By: Dr. Kramer Unlike the sharp pain that can result from injury, there’s a low-level of joint pain or ache that pops up as the weather turns cold. You might have felt it after spending time outside, or simply waking up in a colder room during the winter months. You might have even heard people say that they can feel rain or snow coming in their joints. This might sound like a far-fetched idea, but it’s not entirely off base. Although there is little scientific research around cold weather and joint pain, there is evidence that supports the theory that dips in the barometric pressure can increase joint pain. If you find yourself feeling stiff or achy when the temperature drops, try these tips. Dress for the Cold Add an extra layer over your hands and wrists, knees and legs. Fleece-lined leggings can add an extra layer of comforting warmth. Keep an extra pair of gloves in your bag so you’re always prepared. Add Layers As you’re planning what to wear for the day, add in base layers of clothing as well as outer ...

When is the Best Time to Undergo Arthroscopy?
When is the Best Time to Undergo Arthroscopy?
By: Dr. Pitts When you hear you need surgery, it’s natural to experience fear and curiosity as some of the first emotions. You may find yourself grappling with questions like: “How much is it going to hurt?” “How long will it take to recover?” “Will I have a big scar to deal with on top of the stress of the surgery?” The very nature of surgery makes it intimidating. No one is an ‘old pro’ when it comes to having surgery. However, thanks to great advances in orthopedic surgical technology, undergoing surgery is less intimidating than ever, especially when it comes to arthroscopy. What is Arthroscopy? Arthroscopic procedures are becoming more common in today's medical world. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive treatment in which the surgeon makes a small incision about the size of a buttonhole and inserts a small, fiberoptic camera called an arthroscope. (NCBI) The video from the ...

5 Tips for Making Healthy Holiday Choices
5 Tips for Making Healthy Holiday Choices
Gingerbread houses, work parties and Aunt Ethel’s rum cake—seasonal delights abound in December, creating a winter wonderland of temptation. In any holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in holiday parties, shopping and eating and let your good health habits from the rest of the year fall by the wayside. But with a few simple strategies, you can incorporate healthy choices into your celebrations and start the New Year off in better shape than you might expect. Here are five tips for integrating some smart choices into your merrymaking. 1. Bundle Up and Get OutdoorsEven if you belong to a gym, fitting in a workout in December can be a difficult task with your busy schedule. Instead of sticking to your same old routine, switch things up and get social with your workouts. Bundle up and take the family to enjoy some winter activities like ice skating, skiing and tubing. Not up to strenuous activity? Finish your holiday shopping and take a long walk in the mall. Prefer to stay indoors? Get in some cardio while trimming the ...