Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Our inspirational patient was gracious enough to allow us to post this video on our social media. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities are able to choose whatever device best suits their needs. A Segway is categorized under other power-driven mobility device (OPDMD) and allows the health benefits of standing but greatly reduces the impact on the patient’s affected limb.
Big toe joint arthritis, also known as “hallux rigidus,” is one of the most common pathologies we see. Eliminating the joint and fusing the big toe together is a reliable and functional procedure. This patient had severe hallux rigidus for years and they are doing great after big toe joint fusion surgery. If your big toe joint is giving you trouble, please give us a call for an appointment today! (425) 339-8888, ext 0
Vitamin D, made when your skin is exposed to the sun, is important for keeping your bones strong and your immune system healthy. Due to the lack of sunlight most months, vitamin D deficiency is very common in the Pacific North West. Vitamin D deficiency can make you prone to stress fractures or delay bone healing after a fracture or surgery. Other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include muscle pain, bone pain, fatigue, and depression.
Good dietary sources of Vitamin D include:
- Fish, such as: salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines
- Egg yolks
- Vitamin D enriched dairy products such as milk and yogurt
We recommend our adult patients in the PNW take daily supplements of 2,000 IU Vitamin D and 500mg Calcium in addition to dietary sources to keep your bones healthy and prevent stress fractures.
There are many conservative treatments which can help relieve forefoot pain including stiff soled shoes, orthotics, taping, splints, pads, and steroid injections, However when all of these treatments have been tried without success, surgical treatment may become the best option. This patient has suffered from forefoot pain for years with deformities including a bunion complicated by arthritis, ball of the foot pain, a painful 2nd toe hammertoe and a tailors bunion. After forefoot reconstructive surgery, they are doing very well and back to usual activities. If your forefoot is giving you trouble, please give us a call for an appointment today!
Here is an example of a patient that sustained an ankle fracture while playing softball. After surgery the patient is doing very well and back to normal activities. Dr. Christensen, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Bowlby all have extensive experience in trauma surgery. We will be able to schedule both an appointment and surgery promptly so that you can start healing ASAP!
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