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Does an ACL Tear Require Surgery?

ACL injuries can cause knee pain and stability, but even though they seem serious, they don’t always need surgery. Here’s when surgery is typically recommended for an ACL injury.
Nov 4th, 2022

How to Prevent Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis is a relatively common cause of shoulder pain and tends to become more common with age. The good news: There are things you can do to reduce your risks of bursitis, including the simple steps listed here.
Sep 14th, 2022

How Arthroscopy Can Treat Damaged Cartilage

Cartilage damage is a common cause of joint problems, like pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Arthroscopy uses minimally invasive techniques to help treat damaged cartilage, so joints feel better. Here’s how it could help you.
Aug 9th, 2022

Are Ankle Sprains and Ankle Breaks Treated the Same Way?

Ankle injuries are common, but not all injuries are the same. Sprains and fractures affect the ankle joint differently, which means they need to be treated differently. Here’s how we treat both of these common ankle ailments.
Jul 11th, 2022

Can an ACL Tear Heal on Its Own?

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are common sports injuries, but they can also happen to nonathletes. Here’s how to tell when your ACL needs surgery or whether conservative treatment is better.
Jun 1st, 2022

How PRP Speeds Up the Healing Process

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) taps into your body’s natural healing processes, helping restore damaged tissue. Here’s how PRP works and what to expect during treatment.
May 1st, 2022

What You Need to Know About Foot Care if You're a Diabetic

Diabetes affects your health in many ways, including raising your risks of foot sores and serious foot infections. The good news is that you can significantly reduce your risks of these complications by incorporating a few healthy habits.
Apr 1st, 2022

The Many Benefits of Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a state-of-the-art treatment for joint pain — especially chronic joint pain that just can’t be relieved with TLC or therapy. Using a state-of-the-art approach, arthroscopy offers an array of crucial benefits. Read on to learn more.
Mar 1st, 2022

How Arch Supports Can Help Your Bunions

Bunions can make every step a painful experience, but many people aren’t ready for bunion surgery. The good news: Custom arch supports can help. Here’s how.
Feb 1st, 2022

My Arm Feels Weak: Do I Have a Rotator Cuff Injury?

Rotator cuff injuries are a significant cause of shoulder pain, especially for middle-aged and older people and people who use their shoulders for work or sports. If you have shoulder pain, here’s how to tell if your rotator cuff could be to blame.
Jan 1st, 2022

4 Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery uses minimally invasive techniques to treat many kinds of orthopedic problems, including acute and chronic issues. Like other minimally invasive treatments, arthroscopy offers significant benefits, including these four.
Dec 1st, 2021

3 Reasons Not to Play Through Knee Pain

No pain, no gain, right? Not necessarily. Playing through knee pain could cause a lot of problems. Here’s what every athlete should know about dealing with knee pain.
Oct 4th, 2021

Life After an ACL Tear

ACL tears take a toll on your mobility, but today’s treatments can help you get back on your feet — literally — faster than ever. If you’ve torn your ACL, here’s what to expect during recovery and afterward.
Sep 5th, 2021

Why You Should Never Ignore Foot Pain

It’s easy to take your feet for granted — until they start to hurt. Then, finding relief becomes your number one priority. Fortunately, there are lots of solutions for foot pain. Here’s why it’s critical to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Aug 11th, 2021

What Every Athlete Should Know About Their Ankles

Ankle injuries are common, especially among athletes. That’s because a lot of sports put extra demands on these joints. By arming yourself with a bit of knowledge, you can take crucial steps to avoid injuries and stay active.
Jul 26th, 2021

Are You Suffering from Hallux Varus or Hallux Rigidus?

Not all big toe pain is caused by bunions. Two other problems — hallux rigidus and hallux varus — can also cause pain and stiffness. Here’s how to tell if you might have one of these relatively common big toe ailments.
Jun 16th, 2021

What Is a Rotator Cuff?

Most of us have heard of rotator cuff injuries, but many of us may not know how those injuries happen — or what the rotator cuff is. Here’s a quick overview of this complex structure, along with the most common ways it’s injured.
May 5th, 2021

Help for Painful Bunions

Bunions are a relatively common foot problem that can cause a lot of pain. The good news is, they can be treated fairly easily. The key is to schedule a visit as early as possible. Here’s how bunions are treated at Next Step Orthopedics.
Apr 28th, 2021

Causes of Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis is a common cause of shoulder pain — but what causes bursitis? We have the answer — along with a quick review of some common treatment options.
Mar 7th, 2021

6 Conditions Arthroscopy Treats

There was a time when joint pain meant living with your symptoms or having major surgery. Thanks to arthroscopy, that’s all changed. This minimally-invasive technique can diagnose and treat an array of problems, including these six.
Feb 7th, 2021

5 Treatments for Shoulder Bursitis

When your shoulder hurts and prevents you from moving freely, all you can think about is getting relief. Learn about five treatments for shoulder bursitis and choose the one that’s right for you.
Jan 1st, 2021

When is Foot Pain Serious?

Is your nagging foot pain serious? Learn about some of the conditions that may make your foot ache and determine when you need medical care.
Dec 1st, 2020

Nonsurgical Treatments for a Torn Rotator Cuff

Though common, rotator cuff injuries can be debilitating. Learn about conservative and nonsurgical ways to treat your shoulder problem so you can get back to work and your daily routine.
Nov 2nd, 2020

Common Causes of ACL Injuries

You don’t have to be an athlete to tear your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). It’s one of the most common knee injuries. Learn more about what causes it and how we can help.
Oct 8th, 2020

5 Ways to Prevent Knee Pain

Since our knees are involved in so many of our movements, they’re at significant risk for injury. Learn about what causes knee problems and how you can prevent knee pain in the future.
Sep 21st, 2020

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet

If you have diabetes, you can’t ignore what may seem like a simple foot problem because they can quickly turn dangerous. Learn about diabetic foot conditions and how our team can help if you develop one.
Jul 20th, 2020

Is Running Bad for Your Knees?

Bad knees aren’t a result of running, but improperly running can hurt your knees. Read on to learn how to safeguard against the dreaded runner’s knee.
Jun 15th, 2020

Shoulder Bursitis: Symptoms and Treatment

Your shoulder pain may be a common condition called bursitis. Learn more about the uncomfortable condition, see if the symptoms match yours, and read on for tips about how you can prevent and treat it.
May 12th, 2020

High Heels and Body Aches

If you wear high heels a few times a week, you may be paying a high price. Take a closer look at how wearing high heels takes a toll on your feet, ankles, back, and toes.
Apr 24th, 2020

Why You Should Never Ignore Decreased Shoulder Mobility

When you have trouble moving your shoulder, it’s not just an inconvenience — it’s a warning sign. You could be in the early stages of a condition known as “frozen shoulder.” Without treatment, a frozen shoulder can last for years.
Jan 1st, 2020

Why Meniscus Tears Are So Common

If you’re suffering from knee pain that won’t go away, you might have a meniscus tear. Find out exactly what that means and what you can do to stop the pain.
Dec 1st, 2019

Do All Bunions Require Surgery?

They may be painful and embarrassing, but bunions don’t always need surgical correction. Learn about some practical ways you can improve your bunions and get back on your feet again.
Nov 1st, 2019

If You Suffer from Arthritis, PRP Therapy Can Help

As you get older, you might notice that your body starts aching, your joints start creaking, and you just can’t get through the day without pain. If you suffer from arthritis, learn how PRP therapy can relieve pain and restore your quality of life.
Aug 7th, 2019

Getting Back Into Sports After an ACL Tear

Tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee is a major injury, one that can greatly impact your mobility. Fortunately, with proper medical intervention and recovery time, you can resume regular sporting activities.
Jul 16th, 2019

What You May Not Know About an Injury to the AC Joint

People often ignore shoulder pain and assume it will subside on its own. But did you know that pain in the joint at the top of your shoulder — your AC joint — could be a sign of a serious injury? Here’s what you need to know.
Jun 10th, 2019

Sprain? Fracture? How to Tell the Difference Between Injuries

It’s always a risky proposition to try and self-diagnose, to say the least. While we all may feel like we’re Dr. Google sometimes, it’s always best practice to see a medical professional if you’re suffering with the symptoms of an injury or illness. Let’s
Jun 22nd, 2017

5 Benefits Of Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive option for many different types of joint pain and damage. This procedure allows your doctor to explore, diagnose, and treat your joint with many benefits to you and your body.
Jan 31st, 2019

Living With Bunions

Living with a bunion can seem impossible until you learn a few strategies for reducing inflammation and pain. Follow these tips to decrease your discomfort.
Dec 7th, 2018

Weightlifting Tips to Protect Your Joints

Healthy joints allow us to move freely and do all of the physical things we enjoy. Weightlifters and others who work out with weights are at risk of damaging their joints if they train incorrectly.
Nov 15th, 2018

How to Play High Impact Sports Safely

Exercise is critical to good health, and finding an activity you enjoy means you’re far more likely to actually exercise. But what if you enjoy a high-impact activity? Can you do it without harming your joints?
Aug 27th, 2018

Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet This Summer

Barefoot, sandals, or flip-flops, summer is the time to free your toes from the confines of shoes. However, this exposes them to a range of new hazards, from twists and sprains to blisters and foot fungus. Here are some foot-friendly tips for summer.
Jul 30th, 2018

Warning Signs of Ankle Tendonitis and Tips for Prevention

The risk of developing tendonitis, inflammation of a tendon, increases with age. Still, there are steps everyone can take to help prevent this painful condition. Read on to learn what these are, as well as, how to recognize tendonitis warning signs.
Jun 7th, 2018

Ankle-Strengthening Exercises to Avoid Injury

Ankle injuries are incredibly common but often quite preventable. Simple strategies to strengthen your ankles can prevent debilitating strains and sprains. Read on to learn some valuable exercises that can keep your ankles in tip-top shape.
May 18th, 2018

Low Impact Sports That Won’t Injure your Joints

You’re drawn to the sporty lifestyle, but running, pivoting, and pounding too much can leave your joints tired, achy, and worn down. You don’t have to give up physical activity and competition.
Apr 18th, 2018

Foods That Can Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

Living with arthritis can cause you to feel frustrated, angry, and overcome by a sense of helplessness. While arthritis pain is usually treated with medication, did you know that you can get relief naturally by making some changes to your diet?
Mar 22nd, 2018

Tips to Speed Rotator Cuff Surgery Recovery

Recovery from rotator cuff surgery can seem like a long road. With the right expectations and some effort on your part, including physical therapy, you can safely recover from rotator cuff surgery faster and more efficiently than you thought possible.
Feb 15th, 2018

Tips for Healing Faster after ACL Surgery

Any surgery is daunting, but if you need ACL surgery, a complete recovery is entirely possible. By following Dr. Nickson’s post-operative instructions and these tips you can help your recovery be as smooth and fast as possible.
Jan 18th, 2018

5 Tips for Protecting Your Knees During Exercise

Knees that creak, ache, or outright hurt limit your daily activity and ability to do all the fun things you enjoy. Don’t let a bum knee hold you back. Stay active, but protect your knees during exercise to keep this joint healthy.
Jan 4th, 2018

Eight At-Home Plantar Fasciitis Remedies

One of the most common reasons why a person will visit an orthopedist is because of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis (PF) is the #1 reason why pain occurs chronically underneath the heel.
Dec 6th, 2017

What are the Most Common Ankle Problems?

A person may experience ankle pain if the muscles, tendons, ligaments, tendons, or bones in the area became damaged or inflamed. Pain in the ankle is often experienced alongside other symptoms.
Oct 26th, 2017

How to Recover from Shoulder Bursitis

One of the most common forms of shoulder pain is shoulder bursitis. Let’s look at what a bursa is and how it relates to bursitis and shoulder anatomy. Then we will go through 8 steps for recovery.
Oct 11th, 2017