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Fibula Nail for Unstable Ankle Fractures

Paul Appleton Trauma SurgeonPaul Appleton, MD is an Orthopedic Trauma surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Continue reading

Holly Johnson: Sochi 2014 – Dreams & Heartbreaks

Dr Holly Johnson presents Grand Rounds on Team USA Hockey, Sochi at Mass General OrthopaedicsSochi 2014 – Dreams & Heartbreaks
A Holly Johnson, MD
Foot & Ankle Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA.

Grand Rounds presented on September 25th, 2014 at the O’Keefe Auditorium, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
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Achilles Tendonitis: Moderation and Stretching can Keep it at Bay

If you are active in sports, you may have experienced discomfort or soreness in your Achilles (uh-KIL-eez) tendon at one time or another, or you may have heard one of your friends complain about Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon connects the large calf muscles to the back of your heel. If you trace your finger along the back of your leg staring at the heel and moving upward toward the knee, you will appreciate both the Achilles tendon as well as the calf muscles, which pull on it from above.
illustration of Achilles Tendon posted by Arun Shanbhag Continue reading

Johnson sets her sights on Sochi

Photograph of Dr Holly Johnson and Katey Stone, coach of the USA Olympics Womens Ice Hockey Team

Holly Johnson and Katey Stone (From the MGH Hotline)

Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, a Foot and Ankle surgeon in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, will travel to Sochi, Russia on Feb. 1 to watch – and watch over – the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team. Named team doctor last spring, Johnson, a former hockey star at Harvard University, began actively working with players in September, dividing her time between the MGH and the ice. Continue reading

Johnson first defense for U.S. Olympic team

pic Dr Holly Johnson of Mass General Hospital with Kate Buesser of the US Womens Hockey Team USAAnne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, grew up loving ice hockey. As a high school hockey star and then as captain of the Harvard University Women’s Ice Hockey Team, she always dreamed of one day playing in the Olympics.

Seventeen years later, Johnson, interim director of the Foot and Ankle Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, will pursue her Olympic dream in a different way. While her playing days are behind her, Johnson is still linked to the game she loves – as the team doctor for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team.“My path led me elsewhere personally, but professionally I am still connected to the sport, which has been a big part of my life,” says Johnson. Continue reading

Treating Injuries from the War Zone

George Dyer, MD is a Hand and Upper Extremity surgeon at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston; Director of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and a member of the Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Service.

Trevor Owen, MD, is our graduating trauma fellow. He is joining the faculty of the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA, as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon.


Introduction
In late October 2011, 22 rebels injured during the Libyan Civil War were admitted to Spaulding Hospital in Salem, MA. Our Trauma team provided care to six patients with complex nonunions, malunions, and nerve injuries. This opportunity allowed us to apply techniques we use for more routine care to severe wartime injuries and their sequelae. It showed us how the careful practice of surgical principles can be effective, even when treating devastating injuries. Continue reading

Crush Injuries to the Forefoot

John Kwon Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the Mass General HospitalJohn Kwon, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and a member of the Foot & Ankle Service, as well as the Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Service. Dr. Kwon specializes in foot & ankle fractures, sports injuries and correction of foot & ankle deformities.


Effect of a Steel Toe Cap

Crush injuries to the foot are a common workplace injury, causing significant morbidity, disability and lost wages. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that more than 60% of workplace injuries involve the musculoskeletal system, and 10% of these are foot and ankle injuries (1). Continue reading