Benjamin L. Clair - Podiatric Surgeon - Twin Cities Orthopedics

Benjamin L. Clair, DPM

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

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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, 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, triathlon medical stations, and 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


Board Certified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery – Foot Surgery
Board Certified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery – Rearfoot, Reconstructive & Ankle Surgery
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
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 and Surgery Center Affiliations

    Osceola Medical Center
    Woodwinds Health Campus
    Fairview Lakes Medical Center
    High Pointe Surgery Center
    And 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
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 Physicians 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


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.




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