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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...

Talar neck fractures

Why are talar neck fractures so prone to avascular necrosis?Talar fracture patterns

Sometimes a simple x-ray can say it all.  With all of the advanced testing that we have today, a simple x-ray can speak volumes.  You aren’t always able to capture the subtleties of bones and joints with each and every x-ray.  But every s...

The cure for plantar faciitis!

How do you cure plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis banding

How six little hair bands can fix your feet.  We call it banding.

I’ve seen thousands of patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis, and there's one thing for sure, they all suffer from the same problem; equines.  Equinus is a medical condition that describes ti...

5th Metatarsal Fractures – Conservative vs. Surgical Care

When is surgery indicated in 5th metatarsal fractures?

It's been a busy week for metatarsal fractures.  I’ve seen three 5th metatarsal fractures this week. One was a fracture that required open reduction with internal fixation (surgery). One was treated with conservative care. The third case was...

A Dose of My Own Medicine

Lessons learned from a foot surgeon undergoing foot surgeryDr. 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’s bee...