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Where exactly is your pain?

Joseph Ward, MD

A common question asked by an orthopedic surgeon during a new patient visit is: where exactly is your pain?  The physician may ask several other questions about the pain: Can you point with one finger to the spot that hurts the most?  Does the pain travel anywhere?   

Bunions Causes and Treatment

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Many people think a bunion is a simple bone prominence by the big toe. Actually, a bunion can be a progressive deformity of bones and joints.

These mal-aligned structures can cause a painful “bump,” but can also cause functional problems, leading to other regions of foot pain. 

Bunions develop slowly. Pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. Over time, the normal structure of the bone changes, resulting in the bunion bump. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to wear shoes or walk.

Get back on the course quicker

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Golf is a hobby for some, a pastime for others, and a passion for many.  Any day a golfer is kept off the course due to an injury is a day wasted, according to Dr. Bill Ward, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County.

Questions After Joint Replacement

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Two of the most common questions we get are about sleeping after surgery and whether the implant will set off metal detectors. 

Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Some of the most common new year's resolutions are to exercise and develop healthier habits.  Exercise is crucial in maintaining healthy and pain free joints.  Here are some tips for a healthy new year:

Distracted Driving Dangers

We see many orthopedic injuries related to distracted driving.  Some are minor but unfortunately many are serious. 

Cortisone vs. Ozone injections

Pain-relieving steroid shots are commonly used for knee arthritis although they only provide short-term benefits and do not slow the progression of the disease. Could ozone injections be a better solution?

Youth Sports Injury Stats

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), participation in organized sports is on the rise. Nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States. This increase in play has led to some other startling statistics about injuries among America's young athletes:

Study Looks at Benefits of Knee Replacement Over Therapy Alone

The New York Times recently featured an article about a study that compared knee replacement to physical therapy and other non-surgical treatments. 

 

Plantar Fasciitis Guide

Plantar fasciitis (plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tiss) is pain in the heel or arch of the foot. It is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia—the band of tissue that goes from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Pros/Cons of Bilateral Knee Replacement

The Wall Street Journal published a recent article that examines the pros and cons of bilateral knee replacement. The article cites studies in the Journal of Arthroplasty and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The article states that “a study in May in the Journal of Arthroplasty compared cases matched for risks in simultaneous bilateral and unilateral knee surgeries in a database of nearly 44,000 patients.

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