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10 Fun Facts About Bones

DO YOU “LOSE” BONES: You’re born with approximately 300 bones, but end up with just 206! Many bones fuse together as you grow.     WHAT MAKES YOU GROW: As long as your growth plates (typically at the end of bones) are open, you will continue to grow. The growth plates close in the late ...

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Knee Pain (without a true mechanism of injury)

There are all sorts of knee injuries that kids can sustain and most knee injuries have a single mechanism or cause. There are also those pesky knee conditions or injuries that have no true mechanism and can creep up over time.       Kids are busy running, jumping and cutting with their individual sports ...

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Gratitude

As Winter falls upon us, the days get shorter, and even in sunny Arizona, we might feel a bit out of sorts. As I prepare for Christmas with my family, it is still easy to fall prey to the human traps of “gimme…I need…coulda, shoulda, woulda…” But, I want to take a moment to express ...

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Dr. Hrasky represented Arizona as a Councilor for the State Orthopedic Society at the Western Ortho meeting in Hawaii this month. Discussions included petitioning Congress for rationality in maintaining access for modern Orthopaedic care for all Americans!

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Backpack Health and Safety

School is now officially in session and we are beginning to hear the rumble of concern over the weight of children’s backpacks.  Remember those lockers of yesteryear? Well it sounds like those are a thing of the past. Yep, kids are now expected to carry, like a pack horse, everything they need on a day ...

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Heel Pain: The Agony of De-Feet

Does your child complain of heel pain with or without a reported injury? Does the pain seem worse after activities or sports play? Are they walking around the house with a limp? Kids that are going through rapid growth, while being active in sports and other activities, can experience heel pain due to overuse. This ...

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Safe Summer Tips!

As another school year in Arizona draws to a close, Cactus Pediatric Orthopaedics/Kids Fracture Care wants to wish you and your family a great vacation season!   We have a few recommendations to keep the Summer Fun, Safe, and Healthy! Sunscreen, Hats, and Sunglasses for the whole family! Yes, we’re “bone doctors” but we care about ...

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Finger Injuries: Helping Put A Finger On The Problem

As the temperatures begin to rise here in Arizona so do the number of finger injuries that we see at Cactus Pediatric Orthopaedics. This occurs as kids come out of winter hibernation and transition back into organized sports, mainly ball sports. It can be difficult to initially differentiate a minor injury (sprain) from a major ...

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Intoeing…should I be worried if my child is “pigeon-toed?”

Intoeing is a description of how someone’s feet point relative to the frame of the body as she walks. Some people in-toe a bit, some out-toe a bit. Very few people walk forward with their toes pointed in a totally straight line. Most forms of intoeing are harmless or “within the bell curve” of what ...

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