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Orthopedic Associates Featured Physician: Frank J. Bender III, MD
Orthopedic Associates is proud of our exceptional physicians who provide care to thousands of patients across the St. Louis area. Their expertise and incredible commitment to the best patient care possible allows us to help so many of you enjoy the fullest, healthiest life. This month we are excited to feature Dr. Frank J. Bender III, MD. Dr. Frank J. Bender III carries a long line of serving others before joining Orthopedic Associates in 2013. He previously served in the Army National Guard while living in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He has also volunteered his time in under-resourced clinics in Illinois, Indiana, and North Dakota. We are very appreciative of Dr. Bender for giving his time to serve our country and so many communities. As a strategic member of our Orthopedic Associates team, Dr. Bender is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializing in pain medicine. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and he completed his medical internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Dr. Bender ...

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 ...

Orthopedic Associates Featured Physician: R Randal Aaranson, DPM
Orthopedic Associates is proud of our exceptional physicians who provide care to thousands of patients across the St. Louis area. Their expertise and incredible commitment to the best patient care possible allows us to help so many of you enjoy the fullest, healthiest life. This month we are excited to feature Dr. R Randal Aaranson, DPM. Dr. Aaranson has served with our Orthopedic Associates staff since 2008. Prior to joining our team of physicians, he served in private practice for seventeen years. He is a graduate of Temple College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Central Medicine Center in St. Louis. Dr. Aaranson’s expertise as a foot and ankle specialist is well renowned throughout the St. Louis area and beyond. He is the attending physician for podiatric surgical residents in many St. Louis area hospitals and health care centers. He also serves on the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. One of Dr. Aaranson’s many valuable traits is his extensive knowledge and experience in comprehensive podiatric ...

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 ...