Blog Archive

Do All Bunions Require Surgery? Nov 1st, 2019

Not only do bunions hurt and make it hard to walk, but they protrude from the side of your big toe and can be quite embarrassing, especially in sandal season. Yet bunions are a common foot problem and a primary reason that people see an orthopedic doctor.  If bunions are...

How Do Flat Feet Affect Your Overall Health? Oct 1st, 2019

Do you have flat feet? There are two ways you can wind up without an arch. The first is that your feet just develop that way, and the second is that your arch slowly collapses with time. Either way, a consultation with an expert such as Dr. Dominique Nickson at...

How To Keep an Ankle Sprain from Becoming Chronically Unstable Sep 1st, 2019

You may think an ankle sprain is no big deal. Ankle sprains are, after all, one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries. However, there’s about a 20% chance an ankle sprain will develop into a condition called chronic ankle instability. At Next Step Orthopedics in McKinney, Texas, Dr. Dominique Nickson...

If You Suffer from Arthritis, PRP Therapy Can Help Aug 7th, 2019

You wake up, shut off your alarm, and lie still in bed — you don’t want to move just yet. After a few moments of pain-free bliss, you groan, sit up, and painstakingly get yourself out of bed. Every step of your morning routine is marred by joint pain.  Is...

Getting Back Into Sports After an ACL Tear Jul 16th, 2019

An ACL injury is a sprain or a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament, a major ligament in your knee. It’s common to sustain this injury during sporting activities, particularly those involving sudden stops, jumps, rough landings, and changes in direction.  At Next Step Orthopedics, Dr. Dominique Nickson is highly...

What You May Not Know About an Injury to the AC Joint Jun 10th, 2019

If you have an injury to the AC joint or the acromioclavicular joint, there’s damage in the top joint of your shoulder, where your shoulder blade attaches to your collarbone. These injuries can be from overuse or from trauma — usually sustained in a fall or by athletes who are...

Experiencing Pain in Your Shoulder? Here's How to Know If You Are Suffering From a Rotator Cuff Tear May 13th, 2019

Do you take your shoulders for granted? Lots of us do — until they start to cause pain. All day long, lifting, stretching, reaching — even supporting heavy backpacks and bags — our shoulders are tasked with a lot. If you play a sport like tennis, basketball, or baseball, your...

Is Surgery the Best Option for Treating Elbow Arthritis? Apr 15th, 2019

Surgery is often the first type of treatment people think of for elbow arthritis, but is it the best treatment option? Discover what the best type of treatment for elbow arthritis is and learn about when, if ever, surgery should be considered. Surgery is often considered a last-resort option for...

Meniscus Tears: What You Should Know About This Painful Injury Feb 28th, 2019

Walking, bending, standing, running, playing sports. Your knees experience a lot of strain throughout your life, so it’s no wonder that knee injuries are one of the most common injuries. And meniscal tears are among those knee injuries that Dr. Dominique Nickson sees most often at Next Step Orthopedics. Meniscal...

5 Benefits Of Arthroscopic Surgery Jan 31st, 2019

Arthroscopy is one of the greatest advances in surgery in the past century. Basically, arthroscopic surgery uses cameras and tools on cables to look at small areas such as joints, without opening the entire area. Dr. Nickson can diagnose and treat your knee, ankle, shoulder, or virtually any joint—all in...

Symptoms to Look Out For That Could Mean You Are Suffering From Shoulder Bursitis Jan 11th, 2019

Around half of Americans experience shoulder pain at least once each year. Given the amount of work that the body’s major joints do each day, it’s no surprise that this number is so high. If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, you could have shoulder bursitis. This condition is common and...

Living With Bunions Dec 7th, 2018

If you have a bunion — which is a bony bump that forms on the base of your big toe — then you might experience daily pain in that toe. Some people come to Next Step Orthopedics because they need Dr. Dominique Nickson to perform bunion surgery. Other patients, however,...

Weightlifting Tips to Protect Your Joints Nov 15th, 2018

You might not really think about it, but your shoulders, knees, ankles, and other joints allow you to move around and live life as a physically active person. Your joints also take on a tremendous workload, which means they’re vulnerable to being overworked and damaged. The Centers for Disease Control...

What to Look for in Your Shoes to Avoid Knee and Ankle Injury Oct 18th, 2018

It’s a beautiful autumn afternoon. You’re strolling through the park enjoying the sight of golden leaves. All of a sudden, wham, you roll your ankle. After sitting for a moment and perhaps uttering a couple of small swear words, you limp your way back home. But what if it didn’t...

Is Your Sleeping Position Harming Your Rotator Cuff? Sep 26th, 2018

You get into a comfortable position and drift off to sleep, only to wake up with a sharp pain in your shoulder. So you change positions and go back to sleep, but wake up in the morning with a dull ache and stiffness in the same shoulder. Whether it’s in...

How to Play High Impact Sports Safely Aug 27th, 2018

Whether you’re learning about weight loss, researching fitness, or investigating health at a particular age or stage of life, you’re going to find that there’s a common denominator: exercise is a critical part of good health. Exercise builds strong muscles and bones, improves cardiovascular function, and offers a plethora of...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet This Summer Jul 30th, 2018

Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet This SummerSummer is here and for many, it’s a time to restore the soul and enjoy life — family, friends, vacation time, and great weather. It’s also a time that can take a toll on your feet, whether through increased activity, stylish footwear,...

Warning Signs of Ankle Tendonitis and Tips for Prevention Jun 7th, 2018

Warning Signs of Ankle Tendonitis and Tips for Prevention Tendons are thick, fibrous cords of tissue that attach your muscles to your bones and help your joints move like they should. Whether you’re involved in sports or just managing simple household chores, your tendons get a workout every day. When overused...

Ankle-Strengthening Exercises to Avoid Injury May 18th, 2018

Ankle injuries often strike athletes, but anyone can suffer a strain or sprain even just stepping off a curb or walking on an uneven surface. Ankle injuries range in severity, but even a mild one can interfere with sports training, exercise, or daily function.While you can never guarantee freedom from...

Low Impact Sports That Won’t Injure your Joints Apr 18th, 2018

You love the thrill, teamwork, and competition of sports. Basketball, running, soccer, football, tennis, and volleyball may have all called to you at some point in your life. But, as you’re growing older, these high-impact, high-demand sports are taking a toll on your joints.Don’t just trade in your sporty lifestyle...

Foods That Can Help Reduce Arthritis Pain Mar 22nd, 2018

Nearly 55 million adults live with arthritis, with knee arthritis being most common. For many adults, arthritis is more than a minor annoyance. It causes pain that limits mobility and hinders your ability to perform day-to-day to tasks that others take for granted.While no single food magically banishes arthritis pain,...

Tips to Speed Rotator Cuff Surgery Recovery Feb 15th, 2018

Recovery from rotator cuff surgery can seem daunting, especially if you’re eager to get back to your normal routine. Because your shoulder joint is complex and you depend on it for so many things, it’s imperative that you follow Dr. Dominique Nickson’s advice during your recovery to ensure that it...

Tips for Healing Faster after ACL Surgery Jan 18th, 2018

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are among the most common knee injuries, particularly in people who participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, and football.Three bones, the thigh bone, shin bone, and kneecap, form the knee joint and those bones are connected by collateral and cruciate ligaments. The collateral ligaments...

5 Tips for Protecting Your Knees During Exercise Jan 4th, 2018

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.Follow these five precautions to keep your knees healthy...

Eight At-Home Plantar Fasciitis Remedies Dec 6th, 2017

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. Among men and women who seek professional care for foot ailments, 11-15% are suffering from PF, according to...

What are the Most Common Ankle Problems? Oct 26th, 2017

The ankle is the joint that creates the intersection for the foot and leg bones. It also makes it possible for the foot to hinge upward and downward. Typically when people talk about the ankle, they are referencing the joint and the area around it, extending from the top of...

How to Recover from Shoulder Bursitis Oct 11th, 2017

There is a huge amount of money spent every year treating chronic shoulder pain; it also has massive effects on the quality-of-life of affected individuals. Often, pain in the shoulder is not completely resolved: approximately half of all new instances are still present after 6 months, according to Mario Pribicevic...

Ankle Pain: Identifying and Treating Common Painful Conditions Jul 25th, 2017

Our poor feet have a tough job and they take a lot of abuse. They have to be strong enough to keep us upright and propel us while we walk or run. It’s a lot of work when you think about it. When things are going right, which is most...

Sprain? Fracture? How to Tell the Difference Between Injuries Jun 22nd, 2017

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 focus on injuries in particular because...

Is it Plantar Fasciitis? Signs and Treatment Options May 22nd, 2017

Is it Plantar Fasciitis? Signs and Treatment OptionsWe have to take care of our feet. Life becomes impossible if we don’t. This is especially true ifyou don’t work in an industry where you get to sit. Laborers, retail workers, waiters, cooks,and many other service industry employees are on their feet...