Dealing with aching, sore feet? It could be flat feet.
Many people with flat feet, or fallen arches, don’t even know that they have it; however, if you start to notice regular foot pain then you may wonder what’s going on. If you haven’t sustained an injury and you aren’t overworking your feet, then this persistent pain could be a sign of flat feet. While our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle doctors will be able to diagnose your flat feet with a simple physical exam, you can tell whether you have flat feet with this simple test.
- Get your feet wet (or simply try this after getting out of the shower)
- Step onto a flat, hard surface (no carpet or rug)
- Step off and look at the watery footprint left behind
When you have normal arches in your feet, they won’t leave behind an impression (you’ll only notice the toes, heel, and balls of the foot); however, if you have flat feet you will see a complete impression of your foot.
What’s the problem with flat feet?
If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you may not need to do anything, even if you do have flat feet; however, some people with flat feet also develop unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Persistent or recurring arch and heel pain
- Foot pain that is exacerbated by exercise
- Swelling of the inner ankle
- Pain that radiates to the knees, thighs, hips, and the lower back
Those with flat feet also overpronate, which also puts them at risk for Achilles tendonitis and shin splints.
How will my West Houston TX foot and ankle doctors Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Manish Patel, or Dr. Usman Sultan treat my flat feet?
Again, if you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t need to do anything; however, if you are experiencing regular foot pain and other problems that make physical activity a challenge then our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle doctors may recommend:
- Specialty footwear
- Custom or prescription orthotics
- Corticosteroids (for severe pain and inflammation)
- Pain medications
- Bracing or splinting
- Foot and ankle exercises
- Massage therapy
- Surgical Correction
If you are looking for a foot and ankle doctor here in West Houston, TX, that can provide custom orthotics and other treatment options to address flat feet or foot and ankle pain, then call the Foot & Ankle Institute at (281) 531-4100 to book an in-person or virtual appointment.
Is it time to seek professional advice about your ankle pain?
Ankle pain can certainly put a damper on your routine. When your ankle feels sore, stiff or swollen, it can be difficult just to climb the steps in your house let alone enjoy your normal exercise routine. When ankle pain starts to slow you down it’s time to talk to our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle doctors to find out what’s going on and how to treat it.
What is causing my ankle pain?
There are many conditions and injuries that can lead to ankle pain. Some of the most common types of ankle pain that our West Houston Foot & Ankle Institute Doctor's Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Manish Patel, or Dr. Usman Sultan,
- Sprained ankle
- Fractured ankle
- Chronic lateral ankle pain or Instability
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Osteoarthritis or Gout
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Infection of the ankle or Wounds
Since many ankle injuries cause the same symptoms it’s important to have a medical professional examine your ankle to determine the extent of the injury. You should also seek medical care for your ankle pain if,
- Your pain doesn’t get better within a week of at-home care and rest
- Swelling in the ankle hasn’t gone away within three to four days of rest
- You experience severe pain or swelling
- You are unable to put weight on the foot
- You develop a fever or notice skin around the ankle that is warm to the touch or red (signs of an infection)
- There is a visible deformity in the ankle
How is ankle pain treated?
To determine the best approach for treating your ankle pain we will first need to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Minor injuries can often heal quickly with simple home care (aka: the RICE method); however, chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis or chronic lateral ankle pain will require different treatments in order to prevent the problem from getting worse. Your doctor may recommend,
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Strengthening foot and ankle exercises
- Pain medications
- Other medications (e.g. arthritis medication)
- Bracing or splinting the ankle
- Custom orthotics
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Cortisone injections
If you are dealing with ankle pain here in West Houston, TX, you’ll want to turn to a foot and ankle doctor that can provide you with comprehensive, individualized care. To get started, call Foot & Ankle Institute at (281) 531-4100 to book an appointment.
Are you suffering from heel pain? Is the pain too much to bear? Are you having difficulty simply walking? Then you need to speak our Houston foot and ankle doctors at the Foot & Ankle Institute Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Usman Sultan about what the problem may be.
More About Heel Pain
Heel pain is usually a result of an inflamed plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot, supports the arch and extends to the toes.
What else can cause heel pain?
- Overpronation can cause serious pain; this is when the foot rolls inward repeatedly while you're walking
- Heel Spurs, a growth on the bone, may be painless or cause chronic pain
- Nerve injuries, or heel bone abnormalities and/or stress fractures
What are treatment options available?
Caring for your heel pain isn't a daunting task you need to worry about. Your West Houston foot foot and ankle doctor can help. Here are a few options:
- Take medications such as ibuprofen to help reduce inflammation.
- Stretch your feet out daily, and avoid rigorous sports and exercises.
- Wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber.
- Avoid tight or thin soled shoes that may exacerbate the issue.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment may also help deal with your persistent heel pain.
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact our foot and ankle doctors of the Foot & Ankle Institute at (281) 531-4100. Our office is conveniently located in West Houston, TX, for when you're ready to schedule an appointment.
How your foot and ankle doctors in West Houston, TX, can help you
Heel pain can make your life difficult, especially if it grows so serious that it impedes the simple acts of standing and walking. Fortunately, the foot and ankle doctors here at The Foot and Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, can help you get back on your feet, free of pain.
More about heel pain
You can develop heel pain for many different reasons. Stepping on sharp objects can bruise your heel, causing swelling and pain. You may also experience heel pain from a heel spur, an excessive deposit of calcium on your heel.
The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition common among runners and others who experience continuous foot stress. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed.
It isn’t only runners who develop plantar fasciitis. In fact, you can suffer from it if you spend long hours standing or walking on hard surfaces. You are also at increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you are flat-footed or carry excess weight.
You can try a few simple home remedies for mild heel pain, including:
- Applying ice to your heel several times during the day
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Doing arch and heel stretches several times each day
- Wearing heel inserts and changing to more supportive shoes
For moderate to severe, recurrent heel pain, it’s best to visit your foot and ankle doctor. There are several effective professional treatments for heel pain. Your doctor may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics
- Physical therapy
- Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT)
Need care? Give us a call
If you are suffering from heel pain, it’s time to take action so you can get back on your feet. It’s time to call the foot and ankle doctors at The Foot and Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX. Dial 281-531-4100 today to start your path to heel pain relief.
Has your life changed since you developed bunions? When walking and standing are painful, it may be difficult to participate in hobbies, sports and activities you once enjoyed. Fortunately, our Houston foot and ankle doctors at Foot & Ankle Institute Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Dhvanil Thakor offer bunion treatments that can ease your pain and improve your mobility.
Addressing your symptoms can slow the progression of your bunion
Bunions tend to worsen over time, particularly if you don't take a few steps to slow their progression. You've probably noticed that pressure from tight shoes or high heels worsens your pain. If you haven't already made a few footwear changes, now is the time to start. Shop for shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe box and cushion your foot.
No matter what type of shoes you wear, you're bound to experience a little irritation if you have a bunion. Applying adhesive pads to the bunions can help reduce friction and pressure due to footwear.
When new shoes and over-the-counter pain relievers aren't helpful, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with our Houston foot and ankle doctors. They can offer several helpful treatment options including:
- Night Splints: Wearing splints while you sleep improves the alignment of the bones in your foot and reduces bunion symptoms.
- Orthotics: Orthotics keep your feet properly aligned when you wear shoes and also cushion your bunions. The shoe inserts are custom-designed for you by your podiatrist.
- Physical Therapy: Stiffness in your big toe may make walking even more difficult. Physical therapy exercises are designed to increase mobility in your joints and strengthen the muscles that support your big toe.
- Corticosteroid Injections: Injections can help decrease pain and reduce inflammation in your joints.
- Surgery: Surgery is the only treatment option that can eliminate bunions. Your foot and ankle doctors may recommend bunion surgery if you have severe pain, trouble walking, or your bunion has begun to affect your lifestyle or daily activities. Surgery may involve removing your bony bump, realigning your joint, and removing excess tissue or damaged bone.
Are you tired of living with bunion pain? Call our foot and ankle doctors at Foot & Ankle Institute at (281) 531-4100 to schedule an appointment.
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