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Anticoagulation therapy and foot surgery – how do you safely discontinue anticoagulation treatment?
Anticoagulation therapy and foot surgery – how do you safely discontinue anticoagulation treatment?

How risky is it to stop Coumadin prior to elective foot surgery?erythrocytes

Anticoagulation therapy is used for a number of conditions including atrial fibrillation, history of deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and vascular implants and in cases of clotting disorders that result in thrombocytosis (elevated platel...

What is a stress riser?
What is a stress riser?

How do stress risers affect bone healing and fractures?Stress risers

The image to the right is one of those moments where my wife just shakes her head.  We were driving through northern New Mexico when I pulled over to the side of the road and got out of the car - in the middle of nowhere.  And I took a picture...

A Dose of My Own Medicine
A Dose of My Own Medicine

Lessons learned from a foot surgeon undergoing foot surgery - Dr. Oster

One of the factors that motivated me to go into podiatry as a young man was, in fact, a bit personal.  Being born with bilateral club feet, I felt I might have a little more empathy for folks who suffered from foot and ankle pain.  It’...

What is passive suicide?
What is passive suicide?

Is passive, personal neglect a form of suicide? Passive suicide

One of my jobs in lower extremity health is limb salvage.  I had completed a forefoot amputation on a patient several weeks ago for osteomyelitis (bone infection).  In the course of recovery, I got to know a wonderful man who was full of laughter and...

Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls – “I’m the winner!”fall prevention

I was speaking with an older patient and his wife and touched on the topic of home safety and falls.  The patient has Parkinson’s disease and is particularly at risk for falls.  When I asked how he was doing with falls, he didn’t miss a beat by stating, “I...