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By Foot & Ankle Institute
June 05, 2018
Category: Podiatry Services

Getting an immediate diagnosis and proper care for a foot or ankle fracture is crucial.

Fractured foot or ankle

There are many reasons why someone might face a broken bone in their foot or ankle, from car accidents and bad falls to a sports injury; however, if you think you have fractured your foot it’s important that you seek medical attention from one of our West Houston, TX, foot & ankle specialists Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, or Dr. Manish Patel as soon as possible to ensure that you get the proper care you need to promote faster healing. So, how do you know if you fractured your foot or ankle?

With 26 bones within the foot and 3 in the ankle, it actually doesn’t come as much of a surprise that it’s pretty common to break a bone in the foot or ankle. There are many situations that can cause a broken bone in the foot, as we mentioned above. While children are more likely than adults to deal with a fractured foot or ankle, this doesn’t mean that it can’t also happen to adults, as well.

The most common symptoms of a broken bone include pain that is bad enough that it’s almost unbearable to put weight on the foot. You may also notice swelling, tenderness, and bruising. You can check your injured foot with your other foot to see if there are noticeable differences between the two. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to call your West Houston, TX, podiatrist or foot & ankle specialist immediately. Do not ignore any of these symptoms or wait for them to go away on their own. Not treating a fractured foot or ankle could lead to long-term complications such as chronic pain and weakness.

Along with a physical examination, we will also perform x-rays to determine whether you actually have a broken bone. Once we have confirmed that you fractured your foot or ankle we can help create a treatment plan that will work for you. The most important thing you can do is rest and stay off the foot and ankle until it heals. Most of the time, a cast and crutches may be prescribed to help you move around without exacerbating the injury.

As the foot or ankle mends itself, you can manage pain, swelling, and other symptoms through simple at-home measures such as over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, icing, and elevation. You will also need to come back in for a follow-up after a few weeks to make sure your foot is healing properly. During this time a series of therapeutic exercises might be recommended to help restrengthen your foot and ankle after the injury.

If you or a loved one is dealing with the symptoms above or other ankle or foot problems, it is important that you see a foot and ankle specialist in West Houston, TX, as soon as possible to ensure that the injury doesn’t get worse! Call your podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Institute right away.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
April 20, 2018
Category: Foot Procedures
Tags: ankle sprain  

Have you ever experienced an ankle sprain?ankle sprain

Ankle sprains are painful. They can be debilitating and lead to severe foot issues if not addressed as soon as possible. If you've experienced prolonged ankle pain, you'll need to talk to your West Houston, TX, podiatrists, Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Samuel Mendicino, for more information.

Want to know more about ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains aren't just because you lost your balance. It can be a result of playing sports or walking and/or running on uneven surfaces.

Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot injuries. They are usually accompanied by:

  • Swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Bruising
  • Ankle Instability
  • Tenderness
  • Limping
  • Limited range of motion

Bone fractures are confused with ankle sprains, so make sure your contact your West Houston doctors. They will examine your ankle and detect the exact problem using an x-ray. Note that this is extremely important because of the severe long-term repercussions of not taking care of your ankle properly.

What are the causes of ankle sprains?

So what are a few things that may lead to a sprained ankle?

  • Losing your balance while walking, which may result in pain
  • Ankle twists inward due to unexpected movement
  • Tear or stretch in one or more ligaments

How can you treat your sprained ankle?

Rehabilitating your ankle after you can stand on it is necessary. Your doctor will provide you with certain exercises to strengthen your:

  • Flexibility
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Coordination
  • Balance

Treating your sprained ankle properly will improve your chances of a speedy recovery, just rest, ice, compress, and elevate your ankles. The important thing is to avoid overexerting yourself. Walking, jogging, running, and other activities will come back after the rehabilitation and recovery process.

Your doctor may also provide certain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Need a consultation?

For more information on how to deal with sprained ankles, just call your West Houston, TX, podiatrists, Dr. Lo, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Mendicino, today.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
January 26, 2018
Category: Foot Procedures
Tags: heel pain  

Sometimes it's obvious what's causing your foot pain; stubbing your toe, for example, or a blister from wearing ill-fitting shoes. But if you heel painhave pain in your heel, it's not always clear what's causing it. That's why it's important to contact the podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Institute of West Houston, Texas - Dr. Manish Patel, Dr. Asia Lo, and Dr. Samuel Mendicino - if you've developed heel pain that isn't resolving on its own. Below, our podiatrists have discussed heel pain in greater detail.

Causes of heel pain:

Heel pain can happen for a variety of reasons; two of the most common conditions that are diagnosed and treated by your West Houston foot and ankle specialist are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury marked by inflammation of a ligament that stretches between the ball of the foot and the heel. It causes a stabbing pain on the bottom of the heel, especially upon getting up in the morning or after long periods of sitting. The heel pain associated with Achilles tendinitis affects the back of the heel; this is a common injury among people who have increased their athletic activity. Arthritis, bursitis, or stress fractures can also cause heel pain.

Treating heel pain:

At the Foot & Ankle Institute of West Houston, Texas, Dr. Lo, Dr. Mendicino, Dr. Patel and their staff offer each of their patients personalized care for heel pain. After a diagnosis has been made, the appropriate actions will be taken to help you move more comfortably. A change in shoe size or style may be what you need; this is especially true for runners. Sometimes over-the-counter shoe inserts, which can be purchased at any major drugstore, can make all the difference. Your West Houston podiatrist can also prescribe a custom orthotic for you, which is a specially-made device that you wear to correct your gait or stance. In some cases, surgery may be necessary if all other options have been exhausted and have failed to bring adequate relief.

Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, Texas for a full evaluation of your heel pain or any other foot or ankle-related problem you may be having.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
December 01, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

If you've noticed heel pain upon waking up in the morning or standing after a long day of driving your car, you may be dealing with plantar heel painfasciitis. If the pain worsens after climbing stairs or standing for a long period of time, it's even more likely that this is your problem. This is a common foot condition seen by Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Samuel Mendicino, our podiatrists at the Foot and Ankle Institute of West Houston, TX. They've answered a few questions they hear frequently from their patients who have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.

What is the plantar fascia?

In addition to bones and muscles, your body has stretchy bands of tissue, called ligaments and tendons, that connect these structures and facilitate movement. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs across the arch of the foot, connecting the bone directly behind the toes to the heel and allowing you to stand, walk, and run properly.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The ligament known as the plantar fascia is made to take a lot of pressure, as it's used constantly. However, certain situations and conditions can cause it to become swollen, inflamed, and painful. If you have anatomical issues in your foot such as high arches, flat feet or a pronated gait, it can affect the way your plantar fascia functions. Jobs that require a lot of standing or walking can also send you to your West Houston podiatrist with heel pain. Being overweight or beginning a new running or walking exercise routine too rapidly can also cause plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The good news is that plantar fasciitis is often treated with conservative methods such as at-home exercises, reducing activity, and wearing shoe inserts or finding a more supportive pair of shoes. However, if your heel pain continues, your West Houston foot and ankle specialist may suggest other treatments such as steroid injections or surgery.

You don't have to live with heel pain. Contact the Foot and Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX to make an appointment with one of our skilled podiatrists today!

By Foot & Ankle Institute
September 21, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: Puncture Wounds  

Puncture wounds can occur just about anywhere on the body, but they're most likely to happen on your feet from stepping on something puncture woundssharp. To avoid potentially serious infections, it's important to understand how puncture wounds affect the body and what can be done to treat them. The podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Institute of West Houston, Texas - Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, and Dr. Manish Patel - can help if you are dealing with a puncture wound.

What is a puncture wound?

Unlike cuts or scrapes, which go across the skin's surface, puncture wounds on the feet are vertical injuries that often occur from stepping on a sharp object such as a nail or splinter. They can also occur from animal bites due to the shape and length of the canine teeth. Puncture wounds do not typically bleed much and may look and feel minor, but your West Houston podiatrist cautions all patients to have these types of injuries evaluated.

Why are puncture wounds potentially dangerous?

When a sharp object breaks the skin, it can leave behind any bacteria or other germs. Because of their shape and size, most cuts can usually be cleaned well enough to avoid serious infection. Puncture wounds, however, trap the bacteria inside the skin's deeper surfaces, making it difficult or impossible to clean them effectively. This can lead to potentially serious complications, including tetanus, a bacterial infection that affects the function of the nervous system.

How are puncture wounds treated?

If you step on a nail or other sharp object, your West Houston podiatrist recommends removing the object if possible. The wound should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water. You should also call the Foot & Ankle Institute to report the injury; our medical staff will determine if you need to be seen. Animal bites, especially from wild animals or those that may not have had a rabies vaccine, always warrant medical treatment.

How can I prevent puncture wounds?

The best way to prevent puncture wounds on the feet is to wear sturdy shoes at all times outdoors. Parents and caregivers should make sure to keep their children's feet protected as well and discourage playing around old buildings and other structures that may contain nails or other sharp objects. To prevent animal bites, avoid contact with wild or stray animals.

For injuries, ongoing problems or any other foot and ankle related issue, trust your West Houston podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Institute! Contact us today for an appointment.





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