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Benjamin L. Clair, DPM

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Podiatric Surgery, Board Certified Area of Focus in Foot & Ankle Surgery Area of Focus in Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy

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Areas of Focus

Ankle Care
Foot Care
Pediatric Care
Sports Medicine

Practice Overview

A board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Benjamin Clair, D.P.M., FACFAS, completed his undergraduate degrees in biology at Bethel University and in biomedical science at The Chicago Medical School/Finch University. He completed his medical degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Clair completed a residency in foot and ankle medicine and surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota city hospitals. He completed advanced training in foot and ankle trauma through the AO Foundation and also completed advanced training in foot and ankle arthroscopy through the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Clair is a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He is board certified in foot surgery as well as rearfoot, ankle and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” – Leonardo DaVinci

Dr. Clair specializes in disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. His clinical interests include ankle instability; Achilles tendon disorders; foot and ankle trauma/fracture care; sports medicine injuries; foot and ankle deformities; hallux valgus (bunion) conditions; hallux rigidus (great toe joint arthritis); arthroscopy of the foot and ankle; toe contractures (hammer toe deformities); tendon disorders; foot and ankle arthritis; and cartilage repair. He lectures locally and nationally on foot and ankle injuries and pathology.

Prior to practicing in the Twin Cities, Dr. Clair had a distinguished practice in northern Minnesota. Dr. Clair serves as faculty for industry surgeon-training workshops. He is also an attending surgeon for Twin Cities-based foot and ankle surgery residency programs. He has published peer reviewed papers on foot and ankle conditions and is currently researching Achilles tendon disorders; ankle instability conditions; and foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. In addition to research and training, Dr. Clair is engaged with technique development, including less invasive surgery and innovation in foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Clair appreciates the opportunity to custom-tailor individual treatment plans for his patients. His goal is to ensure that every patient he encounters feels very well cared for and, moreover, cared about.

Dr. Clair and his wife, Jodi, have two daughters. He has volunteered his time in marathon medical tents and at triathlon medical stations, and he volunteers for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program. Outside of his clinical practice, Dr. Clair enjoys family time, golf, running, snowboarding, tennis, upland game bird hunting in native South Dakota, fly-fishing, and travel.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care, including Ankle Fracture Care, Ankle Instability Evaluation and Repair, Achilles Tendon Disorders, Masses & Cysts of the Foot & Ankle, Flatfoot Deformity Evaluation and Repair, Arthritis & Deformity, Nerve Entrapment Conditions, and Work-Related Injuries

Foot Care, including Fracture Care, Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Repair, Hallux Rigidus (Great Toe Joint Arthritis) Repair, Arthrodesis (Fusion) Procedures of the Foot & Ankle, Toe Contractures (Hammertoe Deformities), Arthritis, Metatarsalgia (Ball of Foot Pain), Cavus Foot (High Arched) Evaluation and Repair, Pediatric Foot Conditions, Nerve Entrapment (Neuroma), Limb Preservation, Technology (Orthobiologics, Implant & Fixation Design), Osteotomies, Joint Capsular Repair, and Heel Pain Conditions

Sports Medicine, including Arthroscopy of the Foot & Ankle, Tendon Rupture Repair, Stress Fracture Care, Cartilage Repair, Technology/Orthobiologics, Early & Active Rehabilitation, and Enhanced Tendon Repair

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery – Foot Surgery
Board Certified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery – Rearfoot, Reconstructive & Ankle Surgery

Residency
Residency in Foot & Ankle Surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center (Department of Orthopaedics) and Twin Cities Hospitals, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Medical Degree
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate
Chicago Medical School, Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois (B.S.: Biomedical Science)
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (B.S.: Biology, Minor: Chemistry)

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Lakes Medical Center
High Pointe Surgery Center
Osceola Medical Center
Woodwinds Health Campus
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American College of Sports Medicine
AO Foundation/AO Trauma
American Podiatric Medical Association
Minnesota Podiatric Medical Association
American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Achievements and Awards

Champion of Care Award – Fairview Foundation (2014, 2015)
Champion of Care Award – Fairview Foundation (2014, 2015)
Scientific Co-Chairman – Twin Cities Foot & Ankle Conference (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Top Doctor: Voted an Orthopedic Rising Star (As Voted by Medical Peers) in Duluth/Superior Magazine (2012, 2013)
Leading Physician Award – Foot & Ankle (2010)
Journal Peer Review – Foot & Ankle Specialist, International Journal of Clinical Practice (2010 – Present)
Consumer’s Research Council of America – America’s Top Podiatric Surgeons (2010)
Chief Resident – Foot & Ankle Surgery – Hennepin County Medical Center (2009)

Research

link-imgFirst metatarsophalangeal joint interpositional arthroplasty using a meniscus allograft for the treatment of advanced hallux rigidus: surgical technique and short-term results.

link-imgCartilage repair: current and emerging options in treatment.

Staff

Kamryn B.
Clinical Assistant

Aaron B., MS, ATC
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

June 1, 2018

Dorothy L.

Lucky for me, Dr. Clair was available for me when my ankle broke. Never would have guessed that I would need his service. The surgery went well. The healing took forever. EVERYTHING that Dr. Clair did was perfect. Hope not to need him again…but if I do, I wouldn’t see anyone but him.

February 9, 2018

Loretta A.

Thanks Dr. Benjamin Clair!  After many years of pain due to bunion and toe overlapping, an amazing foot transformation was performed by Dr. Clair. Realignment and fusion of the large toe, and reconstruction of the next 2 toes eased the constant pain and intense pressure on the remaining toes.  Dr. Clair and his assistant Aaron were absolutely wonderful to guide me through this process. Very professional and pleasant!! I am grateful and blessed to have been connected with this team!

December 6, 2017

Ashton U.

I am a 15 year old track loving girl.  I injured my foot during track practice and was treated by a different Dr. at a different location for a stress fracture of the metatarsal head. After the fracture healed and I was still having pain, I had my mom get me an appointment with an Orthopedic specialist (Dr. Clair). Dr. Clair is awesome. The first time I went to him he did a super thorough exam. He asked me lots of questions and took his time to find out what was going on. Before leaving that day I was confident that scheduling surgery was my best option for getting my foot back to 100%. Dr. Clair did my surgery and I have had 2 follow up visits so far. He has been very positive about my progress and has been really good answering all of my questions. I still have a long recovery, but I am glad I am working with Dr. Clair to get through it. I would definitely recommend him for any foot issues you might have.

May 19, 2017

Robyn B.

I had an Achilles Speedbridge surgery six weeks ago.  I am still hobbling along in a boot.  I have good days and bad days as far as swelling and pain.  If I walk too much on it, I pay for it in the evening or the next day.  I know this will take time to heal.  Dr. Clair and Aaron have been truly awesome! They have a SUPER bedside personality and I would highly recommend these awesome fellas!  The surgical staff was wonderful as well!  Heaven forbid if I ever need another foot surgery but IF I should have too, I will definitely have Dr. Clair and Aaron for my care.  Thank-you!

February 3, 2017

Thomas N.

After over three years of help from other specialists, Dr. Clair fixed my problems with careful and no pain surgery that promptly healed and provided a major reduction in the foot pain I was living with.  I can now apply the accelerator and brakes with force on my automobile!

I really appreciate Dr. Clair’s no nonsense method of caring treatment. 

January 24, 2017

Shari M.

Dr. Clair is a fantastic physician and I have been raving about him since my surgery several months ago to my family, friends and colleagues at work. He has a very kind and gentle personality. I’m confident that his good work helped me to heal quickly. However, I would be remiss in not mentioning is wonderful staff both at TCO and Fairview Wyoming Hospital. The clinical staff were unbelievable. They all took time to explain the surgery process, made me feel extremely comfortable. I truly trusted them completely. Their follow-up was unbelievable. It was just the most wonderful experience I’ve had in my life. Thank you Dr. Clair and team.

September 6, 2016

Mary K.

I slipped and fell on a sidewalk that was under repair. It was a Friday night so I didn’t seek care until the next day. My family doctor took X-rays and told me I had a break, but it didn’t appear I would need surgery. I had a wrap for it and use a lot of ice packs but it just wasn’t healing. I was then sent to Dr. Clair at TCO. For some reason, my ankle had stopped healing. No reason, it just stopped. Now surgery was needed. Dr. Clair carefully explained what surgery would involve and how long recovery would take. The clinic personnel were always very helpful and answered all my questions. Surgery went as planned as did the recovery process. I even managed to still attend the state fair with friends with the help of a wheelchair.  My ankle is good as new and there have been no problems since.

Thank you Dr. Clair and staff.

September 5, 2016

Bob K.

I would recommend Dr. Clair in a heartbeat. He fixed my feet to the point there is pretty much no more pain, and when some complications showed and my insurance was no longer accepted, he stayed with me until the foot was healed. He has an awesome personality and I think he is one great doctor. Thank you Dr. Clair!

September 1, 2016

John J.

From my first meeting with Dr. Clair, I was warmly greeted and felt at ease in his presence. He is truly a compassionate man, with the gift of understanding my needs because he is a great listener. I have had three surgeries with Dr. Clair on my right foot. My mobility is excellent as a result of his technical skills. He is a man with beautiful humility. People I spoke with on his staff respect and love him for the man he is. I love this guy. As a 67 year old senior athlete, his work on my foot helps me even today to stay active and fit. I am very grateful to know Dr. Clair.

August 30, 2016

John G.

Dr. Clair is an excellent surgeon with an extremely nice personality. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing his services.

August 27, 2016

Roger K.

In March of 2015 I sustained a trimalleolar fracture of my right ankle. Dr. Clair did an excellent job in surgically repairing my ankle with a plate and nine screws. I should add that he was very easy to communicate with on my follow up visits, he never made me feel rushed, and all my questions were answered. Also great to work with was his assistant, Aaron.

August 21, 2016

Jean K.

When I slipped on a patch of ice outside my front door, breaking bones on each side of my left ankle, Dr. Clair did surgery to stabilize the ankle with a metal plate and other hardware. Following his post-op instructions, I used a wheelchair for 6 weeks to avoid putting any weight on the ankle. The after-care visits, physical therapy orders, and genuine concern and interest in my healing was greatly appreciated. A second surgery to remove the metal due to irritation gave me another chance to experience the friendly and helpful treatment from both Dr. Clair and his able assistant. Thanks to them, I am able to enjoy a better quality of life, free from pain.

August 20, 2016

Kris M.

It is not a fun thing to break bones in your body. However, I can say that Dr. Clair and his staff made the experience as pleasant as possible. They delivered exceptional care and they truly seemed to care about my well being and healing process. Dr. Clair was always on time and informative during my appointments and always answered any questions I had. The scars from the two surgeries are barely visible due to the great stitch work of Dr. Clair!

August 20, 2016

Ursula R.

In the fall of 2015 I broke my ankle and dislocated the fibula. It was my great fortune to fall into the most capable hands of Dr. Benjamin Clair. The difficult surgery went very smoothly, and after 3 months I was walking normally again, with no problems since. Not very often does one find such a personable and caring surgeon. Dr. Clair was easy to talk to, explained all the procedures in detail, and took the time to listen to my concerns. The association with him was a most enjoyable one, and I thank him and his very friendly team for the great care I received. Dr. Clair will definitely be my choice should any problems with the bones in my feet arrive in the future.

August 18, 2016

Greg A.

Dr. Clair and his assistant Aaron were very helpful and caring with my bone spur procedure. Dr. Clair took the time to listen to problem and very carefully explained what was occurring in my ankle. The procedure was quick and the pain from the bone spur was gone immediately. I would highly recommend Dr. Clair and Aaron for any consultation and procedure and very much appreciate the personal attention they provided me.

July 3, 2016

John G.

I would highly recommend Dr. Clair as both an extremely excellent and caring surgeon.

June 21, 2016

Marlene J.

I had foot surgery October 2014 with Dr. Benjamin Clair and my results were excellent. I highly recommend Dr. Clair for your foot surgery needs.

May 20, 2016

Angie B.

I had surgery on both feet. Dr. Clair is a fantastic doctor. His work was complete and neat. His staff has always been very helpful and always there whenever I’ve needed to call with a question or a concern. They have also been very good at working around the time frame I requested. I would highly recommend Dr. Clair and his staff to anybody needing orthopedic surgery.

April 1, 2016

Jennifer T.

Dr. Benjamin Clair is great to work with. He repaired a bunion for me 4 months ago and I couldn’t be happier. I only wish I had done it sooner. I walked out of the surgery center with no pain, and recovered with very minimal pain thereafter. I am even back to running again. He explains conditions and treatments very clearly and takes the time needed to do so.

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