Keeping the Beaches Community Moving

Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care Keeps Beaches Community Moving Through All Types of Muscle-Bone Problems, Injuries and Disease.

A multispecialty team with wide-ranging expertise, coupled with state-of-the-art surgical suites and advanced pain relief techniques, make the difference in comprehensive orthopaedic care at Baptist Medical Center Beaches today.

From shoulders to toes, and important weight-bearing joints in between, our highly skilled orthopaedic physicians work with our team of dedicated medical professionals to provide the highest quality, personalized care for patients of all ages and stages in life.

This care is provided in a convenient, community setting that includes doctor’s office visits, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and rehabilitation all on one campus. Here, involvement by family members and other supporters is welcomed and proven to help speed a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation for an overall better experience.

Designed with utmost patient safety in mind, each of our spacious operating suites is equipped with advanced technologies…
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An Interview with Running Coach Paul McCrae

Paul McCrae – Founder and Personal Coach at Personal Running Solutions in Jacksonville, FL

History of your running experience – how long have you been running, any important races that you’ve placed in.

Paul has competed for 15 years as a professional runner both internationally and nationally. He was selected to represent his native home, New Zealand in World Mountain Running Championships in the 1993, 2001, and 2004. He also earned a position on the New Zealand’s Oceana Championships team in 1990. He has earned many local achievements, which included winning the 2005 Jacksonville Track Club Male Athlete of the year. Paul is regularly on the podium for winning many of the local road races in Jacksonville. He has also been as high as second in the Jacksonville Bank Marathon when he set his personal best of 2:27:50.

Paul was part of WSC’s National team, which competed in four consecutive NCAA Division II cross-country championships, a first at any division at the NCAA Championship. WSC finished as high as 7th during the 2003 season. One pivotal achievement at WSC was his third place in the 5000m. Paul shares this NCAA Division II Indoor honor with his WSC teammates who finished first through sixth.


Lifetime Personal Records:

•             Mile – 4:05

•             5K – 13:57

•             10K – 28:53

•             1/2 Marathon – 64:35

•             Marathon – 2:27:50

What is some good advice you provide about staying injury free:

People need to realize it’s not just about the training but also what you put into your body and how you take care of yourself. Running and training is only a small part of the picture. I recommend watching things like sleep, how old your shoes are, how hydrated you stay, the clothes you wear to workout in, the use of sports massage, the food you put into your body.

How do you personally stay injury free:

Sometimes staying injury free is more about knowing when to push through a run or workout and when to stop and rest. More often than not this is the best reason to get a coach. Their job is to make sure they notice when you need to take it easy or push through. Most of us aren’t self aware enough to do this alone.  And that coach can be anyone from a sports medicine doctor or a friend that can monitor your training from the outside.

Any insider tips for beginner runners?

Start with the rule, “less is always better.” Quite often new runners feel good so they push themselves too hard the first few runs and then when they get sore they wonder why they lose motivation and the desire to continue. Sometimes a running coach can help you get started without the guessing and chance of injury.

The other thing I would suggest is finding a good group of people to start out with. It helps to have like-minded individuals around who will and can motivate you and keep you on track. It also keeps the monotony of running a little less when you have other great people to do it with.

MAKOplasty Revolutionizes Knee Procedures

The Doctors at JOI Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, are proud to announce the transition of a new medical advancement into our practice. MAKOplasty provides a myriad of advantages for both total hip arthoplasty and partial knee resurfacing.

When you’re suffering from debilitating pain in the knee, you want relief and our team of specialized doctors has found a new, simpler way to bring it to you. Powered by the surgeon-controlled RIO® (Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System), it allows our team of orthopedic surgeons to treat patient-specific knee conditions with never-before precision.

MAKOplasty for the Knee
In addition to providing mobility and pain relief in the hip, MAKOplasty procedures may also assist to alleviate pain in the knee caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

Restore your lifestyle with the help of our Jacksonville orthopedic surgeons providing MAKOplasty.
Break away from traditional knee surgeries and disregard what you once knew about the constraints of pain and immobility. MAKOplasty breaks through all of the confines of traditional hip and knee surgery to provide you with a specialized, precise surgery through means of technological medical advancements.
It’s not just a new procedure, it’s an evolution.

The benefits of MAKOplasty are many, but here are some of the reasons why our patients request MAKOplasty over traditional surgical procedures.

  • Achieve natural knee kinematics.
  • Optimal results at a level of precision previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.
  • Real-time intra-operative adjustments for correct knee kinematics and soft-tissue balance.
  • Minimally invasive and bone sparing.
  • Minimal tissue trauma for faster recovery.

MAKOplasty at JOI Beaches
Our doctors are excited to announce that we offer MAKOplasty right here at Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida. Our team of specialized doctors and orthopedic experts are always seeking new ways to provide you with the newest techniques and advancements in the field of orthopedic treatment.
To learn more about MAKOplasty, schedule a consultation at our Jacksonville, Florida, office. One of our orthopedic surgeons will be happy to explain the benefits of the procedures and to help you determine if you’re a candidate. Contact us today!

“Lunch n’ Learn” with Timothy Hastings, MD

The Dangers of High Heels

Most women have a clear-cut addiction to heels, the look, the style, and the way it makes legs look toned and lean are all just some of the reasons that women will don heels even in the most unrealistic places. As alluring as heels may be, they can also be harmful to your feet and overall health.

Some of the effects of high heels include: thickened Achilles tendon, shortened calf muscles, ingrown toenails, corns, irritated ligaments and nerves, neuromas, calluses, bunions, hammertoes and are detrimental to a woman’s posture and walking gait. Wearing high heels causes the hips and spine to come out of alignment as the center of mass is pushed forward creating pressure on the forefoot and balls of the feet. The nature of high heels causes the lifting of the heels to an unnatural height, creating imbalance.


Dr. Lancaster Discusses New Styles of Running Require New Types of Shoes

Our team of Doctors at JOI Beaches often are asked to share their insight with the community. Dr. Lancaster was asked to present his insight and experience to a new topic that’s proven to be vital to the runners of Jacksonville, Florida and beyond.

“Runners who have switched to this shoe describe the experience as more natural and comfortable. These shoes provide more flexibility and agility during activities. However, additional stretching exercises are advisable before engaging in this style of running.”


Choosing Your Perfect Running Shoes

It’s amazing how much your feet can tell you about the rest of your body. With every step, you can learn so much about the way you walk and in turn how your body responds to it.  For this reason, it’s important to be in the right running shoe to ensure your entire body is getting the support it needs.

Different Steps for Different Folks

Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, kinetic and potential energy cycles and changes in the surface.

One important variable in gait is the foot strike. The way your foot hits the ground is incredibly important in deciding which running shoe is ideal.

There are three different types of foot strike:

  1. Forefoot Strike – Toe-heel: ball of foot lands first.
  2. Midfoot Strike – Heel and ball land simultaneously
  3. Heel Strike – Heel-toe: Heel of foot lands, then pronates to the ball.

Want a runner’s secret to help decide which type of foot strike you have? Take a look at a worn pair of sneakers you have. Remove the sole and examine it. Where is the most pressure indicated?

If it’s in the front, then you have a forefoot strike. If all of the pressure is indicated in the back, then you have a heel strike. If there’s no real pressure indicated at each point, then you have a midfoot strike.

When choosing a running shoe, look for the most support in the area you tend to strike first.

Other Tips for Running Shoes

Running shoes need to be a half size larger than your actual foot size. It is important for your foot and toes not to be crowded when you are running; your feet naturally expand as you hit the pavement. A thumb’s width of room between the longest toe and the front of the shoe allows you to run to the best of your ability and allows the shoe to function properly to protect your feet. Don’t forget to try on shoes with socks that you normally run in or are the same in thickness; as well as any insoles!

See a Professional

Also take into consideration the type of surfaces that you run on. Do you like to run on the beach? Do you run on soft pavement or gravel or a country road that isn’t paved at all? These are questions that a sales associate at a shoe store may ask. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in your old running shoes so a professional can get an idea of what you have been using.

Test out the shoes you try on, don’t simply walk around the store but take them out for a little spin. It’s the only way to really be certain they are right for you. Running shoes need to be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. After a while the support your foot needs will wear down and will not protect and cushion your feet efficiently.

Just remember that comfort is key!

Actions News Jax turns to JOI Beaches

Watch Dr. Young & Dr. Lancaster on Action New Jax offering advice on gearing up for the Gate River Run:

Attention Surfers

Orthopedic surgeons practicing sports medicine on the First Coast have an opportunity to treat a unique set of athletes that our colleagues practicing in places like Kansas and Missouri and Oklahoma would never see. We get to treat the surfer dude!

The demographics of surfing have changed significantly in the last 30 years. There are more and more people paddling out into the water. Furthermore, surfing is no longer just for young kids, as people of all ages are taking up the sport or just continuing the sport that they learned and loved as teenagers. Though the surf in Florida generally seems tame compared to places like “Jaws” in Maui, which at times can be life-threatening, there are still many injuries which can occur while surfing. I have treated injuries involving just about every joint and have treated multiple fractures as well as various ligament injuries and lacerations.

When discussing surfing injuries, one could classify it by body part – such as injuries to the knee, shoulder or hand. Or you could classify it by hurricanes. I see a significant spike in visits to my office after a hurricane has passed by the First Coast, generating a large ground swell. Experienced and inexperienced surfers venture into the water and get hurt. (more…)

Wear Flip-Flops… Sparingly

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), wearing flip-flops nonstop can lead to a host of foot problems, including blisters, stubbed toes, and tendinitis. And while they may look adorable, flip-flops offer minimal support for the 26 bones of the feet, which may increase your risk for sprains, breaks, or ligament injuries.

“Flip-flops provide little support for individuals’ arches, which can lead to generalized foot pain,” explained Steven Lancaster, MD, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Baptist Center for Joint Replacement.

If you already suffer from heel pain, flip-flops will only add to your misery. Also, if you have diabetes and want to protect your feet, flip-flops make you more susceptible to cuts and scrapes, so opt for lightweight summer shoes with more coverage instead. (more…)

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