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May 05, 2014

Sealey article-5-5-14by Randolph Sealey, MD
The Foot & Ankle Center at Danbury Orthopedics

It’s Spring at last, and with it comes a welcome return to outdoor activity. If you’re taking your fitness regimen outside, after months of exercising indoors, be aware that running or jogging on roads and trails means a major change to the impact exerted on feet and ankles. Even strong athletes experience a big change in lower extremity forces as they move from indoor facilities to outdoor terrain … forces that can lead to stress facture.

Stress fractures are a unique type of injury that occurs when the bones are overworked. The lower extremity, and specifically the foot and ankle region, accounts for the majority of stress fractures. In fact, 80% of these fractures occur in the tibia, fibula, metatarsal or calcaneus. 

Who’s at risk, and why
It’s no coincidence that a Prussian military surgeon was the first to describe stress fractures in an 1855 medical journal. Military personnel are at higher risk for these injuries, especially if there has been a change in their training. Runners also are more prone to stress fractures. Also at risk are people with certain foot types such as very high arches or a long second metatarsal fractures. And finally, hormonal imbalance such as hyperthyroidism, amenorrhea or osteoporosis can make the bones more vulnerable to stress, as can systemic problems such as smoking, alcohol abuse, nutrition problems and certain medications.

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May 05, 2014

TotalHipReplacement PatientAt 97-Years-Old, a Redding Man is Pain-Free Following Total Hip Replacement

Before he underwent hip replacement surgery last November, 97-year-old Henry McQuade had been suffering for years with arthritis pain in his left hip. Then, last fall his pain became so unbearable he worried that he wouldn't be able to do many of the things he loved. Outdoor work, including caring for his stunning field of daffodils, was one of the many activities that Henry, who turns 98 in June, looked forward to each spring.

Henry, a retired Joel Barlow High School teacher who lives alone since his wife died, sought help from Dr. Robert Deveney, an orthopedic joint surgeon at Danbury Hospital and Chairman of the Board of Managers, Western Connecticut Health Network Joint and Spine, LLC. Dr. Deveney advised him that since he was in good, overall health, he was a candidate for hip replacement surgery. "He scheduled my surgery for the very next week," said Henry. "I had been in pain for such a long time. I thought if I could fool others that I wasn't in pain, I'd fool myself. But that didn't work." Henry was happy to learn joint replacement surgery might offer a solution - and that his age was not an obstacle.

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May 04, 2014

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April 04, 2014

4Top-DoctorDanbury, CT – What’s the best way to find a great doctor? Often, the smartest way is to ask your doctor for a referral when you need a specialist.

That’s exactly what Connecticut Magazine® does. Every year, they ask respected physicians to name the specialists in their field to whom they would refer a family member. The results of the survey are compiled into a Top Doctors list representing the best of the best.

For the 2014 survey, more than 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut doctors in eight specialties. We are delighted to report that four Danbury Orthopedics physicians have been named Top Doctors on this distinguished list. They are: Michael Brand, MD, Joseph DiGiovanni, MD, Ross Henshaw, MD, and John Lunt, MD.

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