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Bunion surgery now more effective and routine than ever
Bunion surgery now more effective and routine than ever
By: Dr. Aaranson If you’ve ever had bunions, then you know how painful they can be. It hurts to wear shoes of any size and it’s sometimes painful to even walk. Bunions are large bumps that form on bony protrusions on the side of your foot, such as the main joint on the outside of your big toe. Most bunions have a red appearance and are sore to the touch. Bunions form when your toes are forced together and the side of your foot rubs against tight-fitting shoes, like high heels. Some bunions are genetic or caused by stress to your foot. If left untreated, bunions can cause significant mobility issues and greater health complications. Thankfully, bunion surgery has come a long way in the past few years. Our very own Dr. R Randal Aaranson shared some of the medical advances available to patients today. Bunion surgery is now done as an outpatient procedure and most patients can walk on their repaired foot immediately following surgery. Arthritic bunions are another form of bunions being treated today. Arthritic bunions are further complicated in that ...

Best hiking trails to enjoy fall in St. Louis
Best hiking trails to enjoy fall in St. Louis
By: Dr. Byler Fall is here and that means two things: the Cardinals are in the playoffs, and the leaves are turning. Getting out for a beautiful hike in the autumn weather is a great way to embrace fall in St. Louis. Here are some of the best hiking trails around the greater St. Louis area where you can stretch your legs, get some exercise, and enjoy fall in St. Louis. Castlewood State Park Follow the Meramec River through Castlewood State Park into the valley for a breath-taking snapshot of fall. This is a great family-friendly park to catch a sneak peek of wildlife. Check out the World Bird Sanctuary, which can be accessed through Lone Elk County Park. Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park Babler State Park is known for its bike paths, but hikers will equally enjoy the beauty offered by this West County wonderland. Altogether, there are six trails for hiking and hikers may enjoy packing a light picnic lunch. Keep an eye out for feathered friends as Babler is home to a wide variety of beautiful birds. Katy Trail State ...

How to Treat Tennis Elbow
How to Treat Tennis Elbow
How to Treat Tennis Elbow By: Dr. Strecker Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an inflammatory condition affecting the tendons on the outer protrusion of the elbow joint. It’s called “tennis elbow” because a repetitive motion, like the constant swinging of a tennis racket, can cause damage due to overuse. However, many cases involving tennis elbow are caused by work-related overuse, such as assembly line repetition, construction, or warehouse loading. The tendons on the outside of your elbow are often called “extensors” and they help connect your forearm muscles to your ulna bone, the main bone in your forearm. The Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) is the tendon that’s most often the focal point of tennis elbow. The ECRB tendon helps stabilize your wrist when your elbow is extended. Since the ECRB tendon is positioned over the outer bony formation of the elbow joint, overuse will rub the tendon raw and cause microscopic tears in the tendon tissue. This causes weakness and pain in your elbow and forearm, a condition we call tennis elbow. Symptoms of tennis elbow One of the telltale signs of tennis ...

Breaking down Big Ben Roethlisberger’s Knee Injury
Breaking down Big Ben Roethlisberger’s Knee Injury
Breaking down Big Ben Roethlisberger’s Knee Injury By: Dr. Burke On Sunday, September 27th Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger suffered an MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprain during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams. Rams safety Mark Barron blitzed from the left side of the formation and appeared to slide into Roethlisberger’s left knee. Fortunately for Roethlisberger, MRI scans confirmed that he did not tear his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) as was previously feared. Roethlisberger was carted off the field and later seen exiting the stadium on crutches. The MCL (medial collateral ligament) is located on the inside of the knee region and connects the thigh bone, the femur, to the tibia bone, or “shin bone,” the larger of the two lower leg bones. In Roethlisberger’s case, his left leg was stretched away from the body causing an over-extension of the MCL. Ligament injuries are referred to as “sprains,” and in Roethlisberger’s case, he suffered what would be considered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which typically requires between four to six weeks of recovery. We wish “Big Ben” the best ...