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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 ...

Three most common fall-related winter injuries
Three most common fall-related winter injuries
By: Dr. James Burke The winter months present greater risk for injuries than any other season simply because of snow and ice. The pace of everyday life doesn’t always see a slippery sidewalk or driveway as a potential injury waiting to happen. One of the worst winter accidents is a fall due to snow or ice. One out of every five falls cause a serious injury, such as a broken bone or a traumatic brain injury. The risk is even greater for elderly citizens with over 2.5 million elderly people treated receiving emergency medical treatment each year because of a fall. While falling on ice can cause a myriad of potential injuries, including a wounded pride, here are three of the most common injuries due to falling during the winter. Sprained or broken wrist The falling sensation can cause us to instinctively reach out and try to brace the fall. With an uneven icy surface underneath us, the displacement of weight can often cause a wrist injury, even a completely broken wrist. Hip fracture Walking on uneven icy surfaces can sometimes cause our feet to ...

How long does it take a sprained ankle to heal?
How long does it take a sprained ankle to heal?
By: Dr. Hulsey “He’s to the 35, the 30, cuts back inside, to the 25, the 20, and he’s down! Thompson got caught from behind, rolled his ankle, and it doesn’t look pretty!” How many times have you seen a football player sprain their ankle and think, “That looks painful!” A sprained ankle doesn’t happen to just the giants of the gridiron in football. Approximately 25,000 people experience sprained ankles every day. (American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society) A sprained ankle can happen during an evening walk, exiting your vehicle, or stepping off a curb. What causes sprained ankles and how long does it take to recover from a sprained ankle? According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a sprained ankle is “a stretch injury of the ligaments that support the ankle.” (AOSSM) Your ligaments have some natural dexterity, but even ligaments have their limitations. There are three main types of ankle sprains: Inversion sprain - Occurs when the ankle is rolled inward. Inversion sprains are the most common type of ankle sprains ...

Did I tear my Achilles tendon?
Did I tear my Achilles tendon?
By: Dr. Aaranson Your Achilles tendon provides a vital function of everyday life. Simple exercises like squatting while picking up your toddler to walking around the office can become a challenge with even a minor Achilles tendon injury. If your heel region is hurting, it’s good to know whether it’s Achilles tendinopathy (inflammation and minor tears in a tendon) or a fully ruptured Achilles tendon. There are several known signs and symptoms that appear following a ruptured Achilles tendon injury. Follow this protocol to determine whether you tore your Achilles tendon: The most obvious sign of a ruptured Achilles tendon is a ‘pop’ sound from your heel region. A ‘popped’ Achilles tendon often results in immediate pain throughout the heel. Did you feel an impact on the back of your calf or ankle when the injury occurred? Some patients describe the sensation like getting hit with a rock in the back of the ankle or like someone stepped on their ankle. ...

3 Common Office Injuries and How to Prevent Them
General orthopedics covers essentially anything having to do with the health of the musculoskeletal system. But in addition to this general field, many orthopedic surgeons also have narrower specialties, such as occupational medicine. Occupational medicine is the branch of preventive care and treatment that deals with workplace health and safety. These safety concerns don’t just apply to workers in industrial settings, either, as many employers and employees assume. There are plenty of ways to get hurt even in your average office setting. Here are three of the most common workplace injuries you should be aware of, as well as some tips on how to prevent them: Carpal Tunnel Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand and wrist conditions affecting office workers. Caused by pressure to the median nerve in the wrist, its symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often set off by repetitive motion, especially motion in which the wrist is bent so that the hands are positioned lower than the wrists ...

Protect your feet and legs from these common running injuries
Thousands of St. Louisans love lacing the low tops and pounding the pavement for a good exercise. Whether you’re an Asics aficionado or a Nike newbie, there’s a lot to learn about running, including what injuries you might expect. Hopefully you can avoid any injuries this summer, but if not, it’s helpful to know what to do. That's why Orthopedic Associates recently hosted an event, with the help of running shoe specialist David Spetnagel (Fleet Feet), on the best ways to keep yourself in top-running condition during the Summer months. Participants were able to come out and ask questions about their foot and running health directly to the experts! For those who couldn't make it, we typed up a little summary of the night's events for your reading pleasure! (image of Dr. Aaranson speaking on runner's health at our recent event) Most common injuries for runners One of the best ways to avoid injuries involves preparation and prevention. This includes appropriate stretching before and after running, and also watching where your feet fall along the path. Some injuries can’t ...

What's the difference between acute foot pain and chronic foot pain?
Your feet are the platform for your everyday movement. One bad twist, ache, or tweak and those puppies can start howling! Approximately 77% of U.S. adults have suffered from some form of foot pain. (American Podiatric Medical Association) How do you know if your foot pain is caused by the wrong pair of shoes, or if it’s a serious injury? More importantly, what’s the difference between acute pain and chronic pain when it comes to your feet? Acute foot pain vs. chronic foot pain Pain can be difficult to gauge on how permanent or temporary it may be. A sore arch may be a sign you need better foot support, or it may be early signs of plantar fasciitis. The key is knowing the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a sudden, sharp pain that usually indicates a significant injury. There are several known causes for major foot pain, many of which require immediate podiatric care. Many of these injuries come with acute pain at the time and location of the injury. If you are experiencing sharp, targeted ...

Healthy Feet Event
HEALTHY FEET EVENT Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet are partnering to give your feet the attention they deserve. At May 14th's Healthy Feet seminar, Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. R Randal Aaranson and Fleet Feet owner David Spetnagel will be offering guidance on how to keep every one of the 26 bones in each of your feet healthy.  Particularly designed to benefit runners and folks that are active on their feet, the topics we’ll be kicking around include:  An overview of foot health  Best practices for preventing running injuries  Common foot injuries and recovery techniques  Training opportunities for the novice and advanced runner How your foot gear can affect your foot health Join the experts May 14th, 2015 at 6:30pm at Orthopedic Associates ATTENDENCE AND ADVICE ARE FREE, but an RSVP is requested.

Foot and Ankle Services offered by Orthopedic Associates
Your feet and ankles are the foundation for staying on the go in your everyday life. When your feet or ankles hurt, it can throw off your body’s entire alignment. Orthopedic Associates is proud to offer a variety of foot and ankle treatment services to help you stay on your feet and living the best life possible. Many patients suffer from a range of common foot and ankle complications:  Plantar fasciitis Shin splints Hammer toes and other toe conditions Achilles tendon complications and surgical repair Foot and ankle sprains and fractures Heel spurs Bunion treatment and removal Lisfranc fractures – mid-foot fractures caused by impact or injury, often sports-related Morton’s Neuroma – very painful nerve condition that affects the toes area Dr. R Randal Aaranson is a vital part of our foot and ankle treatment team at Orthopedic Associates. He is St. Louis’ leading expert in podiatric treatment services and a veteran member of ...

Common Fall-Related Bone Fractures Among Elderly Adults
Whether it’s weather-related or in your everyday routine, a simple fall can mean significant danger and harm to an elderly adult. Slips and falls are some of the leading causes of bone fractures for the elderly. An estimated 87% of bone fractures among people 65 years and older are due to falls. (MedicineNet) Of these fall-related fractures, there are four most common fractures that elderly adults tend to experience from such mishaps. Hip An estimated quarter-million hip fractures happen every year among people over 65 years of age in the U.S. (CDC) Of these hip fractures, over 95% of them are caused by falling, often by falling sideways and landing on the hip joint. The added pressure of the full body weight and other aging factors, including osteoporosis, contribute to hip fractures. Femur (Upper-Leg Bone) Another more common bone fracture caused by falling is a broken femur, or upper leg bone. Because of the strength of the muscles and ligaments surrounding the femur, a broken femur can often be very serious. It may even result in a compound fracture in severe situations. The ...