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By Foot & Ankle Institute
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Treatments
Tags: ankle pain  

Find out why your ankle might be hurting you and when to seek help.

While you might not realize it, your ankle joint withstands a lot of pressure and force day in and day out. In fact, the ankle ends up handling ankle painforces that are several times your body weight when running or jumping. So, it isn’t too surprising that sometimes your ankle may cause you problems that require a trip to our West Houston podiatrists Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, and Dr. Manish Patel for treatment.

What is causing my ankle pain?

The ankle is comprised of many tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Injury or damage to one or more of these ankle parts can lead to pain. Causes of ankle pain may include,

  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Broken ankle
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Broken ankle
  • Bursitis

Simple strains and sprains are very common in those experiencing ankle pain. Of course, they are not the only cause, and it’s important to understand what’s causing your pain so that you can treat the problem right away before it gets worse.

When should I see a doctor?

It’s amazing how ankle pain can become severe even if the problem is rather minor. While most of the time it’s usually fine to try caring for the ankle and foot on your own before visiting your West Houston foot and ankle specialist, you will want to see us right away if,

  • You experience severe pain or swelling
  • There is an open wound
  • The ankle looks deformed
  • There are signs of an infection (tenderness; redness; fever)
  • You can’t put weight on the foot

While not an emergency situation, you should still give us a call to schedule an evaluation if you have pain or swelling that doesn’t go away with at-home care after a couple of days. If pain also gets worse despite at-home treatment then it’s time to see an ankle specialist.

How is ankle pain addressed?

Many ankle injuries can be managed with simple self-care options such as the “RICE” method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Minor ankle pain can also be temporarily alleviated with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, which can target both pain and swelling. Of course, depending on the cause of your ankle pain, our foot doctor may recommend a protective boot or brace, crutches, physical therapy, or stronger pain medications.

Even with care, you may still notice that your ankle is stiff or swollen for a few weeks. It’s important that if symptoms worsen or change that you call us so that we can make sure your ankle is getting the most effective care.

Concerned? Give us a call!

If you are living with ankle pain in West Houston, it’s important that to have a podiatrist that you can turn to for the answers and care you need to get back on your feet. Call the Foot & Ankle Institute today at (281) 531-4100!

By Foot & Ankle Institute
October 22, 2018
Category: Foot Treatments
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain can be an uncomfortable, frustrating condition that worsens slowly over time. However, it's important that you recognize your heel pain and work with your foot and ankle doctor to eliminate your pain. Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, and Dr. Manish Patel at Foot & Ankle Institute in Houston, TX can help you get to the bottom of your condition to get back on your feet.

Heel Pain RemedyWhat causes heel pain?
Heel pain comes from a variety of issues that can range from simple overuse to advanced underlying conditions. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • arthritis
  • heel spur
  • stress fracture

How can my doctor help eliminate my heel pain?
Your doctor will begin diagnosing your heel pain by scheduling a physical examination to visually inspect your foot. Your podiatrist will search for abnormalities and use imaging techniques like x-rays to further investigate your symptoms. If necessary, your doctor may administer certain tests to rule out certain conditions. Together, you and your doctor can find the best treatment plan for you and your condition.

Treating Heel Pain in Houston, TX
Treating heel pain depends on the cause of the pain, any underlying conditions, and the severity of the issues present in the foot. Decreasing or eliminating the symptoms of heel pain often begins with non-invasive at-home treatments like the RICE method, which includes plenty of rest, icing the foot, compressing the affected area with a compression wrap, and elevating the foot above the level of the heart. Your podiatrist may also suggest specialized physical therapy exercises and stretches to help treat your symptoms. In some cases, injection therapy, immobilization or prescription medication becomes necessary to treat heel pain. Some patients may require surgery to take care of the issue.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, and Dr. Manish Patel at Foot & Ankle Institute in Houston, TX. Call 281-531-4100 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Foot & Ankle Institute
July 31, 2018
Category: Foot Procedures

You only have two feet. They keep you standing, walking, dancing, playing sports, and more. The American College of Foot and Ankle foot and ankle surgerySurgeons says that when you can't do these activities well, see your podiatrist. At the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, your skilled podiatrists perform surgeries to bring feet and ankles back to normal. Learn why Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Asia Lo would perform in-office or in-hospital procedures on your lower extremities.

Reasons for foot and ankle surgery in West Houston

Your feet and ankles are complex structures. One foot alone has a total of 26 bones, not to mention blood vessels, skin, connective tissue, and nerves. Really, your feet are much more than just ten toes you cover with shoes and socks!

Problems with your feet and ankles not only impact mobility, circulation, and systemic health, but they harm psychological well-being, too.

As such, your West Houston podiatrists urge you to come to the Foot and Ankle Institute for routine foot exams and if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Changes in skin color
  • Blistering, flaking, itching, or other skin symptoms which persist beyond two weeks
  • Changes in gait, range of motion, or mobility
  • Swelling
  • Ankle instability
  • Infection (such as swelling, redness, and pus)

Also, if you sustain a blow to your foot or ankle, get a serious laceration, or suspect a sprain or fracture, call the office right away for an evaluation.

While your foot doctor pursues the least invasive treatments possible for many foot and ankle conditions, sometimes a foot operation in the West Houston office or in the hospital is warranted. Here are some conditions which may require surgical intervention:

  • Plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition of the broad connective tissue between the heel and toes
  • Heel spurs, small bony projections off the front of the calcaneus, or heel bone
  • Trauma to the foot or ankle--fractures, sprains, lacerations, puncture wounds
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Joint replacement (due to arthritis)
  • Ankle stabilization
  • Bunions (removal of a bony, painful bump at the base of the big toe)
  • Arthritis (arthroscopy visualizes the interior of joints and may remove torn connective tissue, bone fragments, and more)
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Neuromas (pinched nerves)
  • Clubfeet
  • High arches
  • Flat feet

Do you need surgery or can it be treated without surgery?

Only a complete examination, X-rays and other imaging at the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, can tell. Please call the office today for a consultation with Dr. Lo, Dr. Patel or Dr. Mendicino. They are fully qualified to render the treatment you need and to get you moving well again. Phone (281) 531-4100.

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.





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