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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
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
July 25, 2017
Category: Foot Procedures
Tags: Bunions  

Are you experiencing pain in the area of your big toe? Do you notice redness and a bony bump? These symptoms commonly belong to an bunionsacquired foot deformity called a bunion. Also known as hallux valgus, bunions affect up to 23 percent of adults in the United States, say the National Institutes of Health. More sufferers are women, but men get bunions, too. Your West Houston, TX, podiatrists, Dr. Samuel Mendecino, Dr. Asia Lo and Dr. Manish Patel at the Foot & Ankle Institute, can help you deal with the pain, deformity and even immobility that happens with bunions. They'll get you back on your feet and feeling great again.

Bunions and how we get them

A bunion is located at the base of the big toe. Through repeated pressure or even through wearing tight, pointed shoes, that first toe joint can develop stiffness and inflammation. Left untreated, the toe itself begins to turn toward the second toe. Other foot deformities such as hammertoes happen, too.

When your podiatrist in West Houston, TX, sees bunions, he or she tries to understand how they may have developed so they may be treated properly. The staff at the Foot & Ankle Institute maintain that several factors lead to bunion formation:

  • Heredity (bunions can run in families)
  • Narrow shoes
  • High heels
  • Repetitive stress such as bouncing on the toes during a tennis game
  • Obesity
  • Age (typically over 60)

Treating bunions

While your foot doctor in West Houston cannot eliminate everything that produces bunions, they do advise wearing sensible shoes with wide toe boxes and heels no higher than one inch. Additionally, warm soaks comfort aching feet as do pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Of course, over the counter gel pads and moleskin cotton padding take pressure off this bony prominence. In addition, the doctors at Foot & Ankle Institute offer customized shoe inserts (also called orthotics) which correct gait problems, align the big toe joint and allow for foot flexibility.

As a final resort, the podiatrist may recommend surgery. Bunion surgeries aim to realign the toe and take pressure off the underlying structures such as the sesamoid bones). Just like orthotics, bunion surgeries are highly customized to accomplish the best results for individual patients. The professional staff at Foot & Ankle Institute has extensive experience in all kinds of podiatric surgeries. So you know that with proper rest, immobilization if needed and recovery time, your bunion surgery will produce great results.

Learn more

If you suspect you have a bunion or other foot deformity, please don't wait. Dr. Mendecino, Dr. Lo and Dr. Patel are the West Houston, TX, podiatrists you can trust to solve your problem. For a personal consultation, please contact the office at (281) 531-4100.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Procedures
Tags: Surgery  

If foot surgery has been recommended, you may certainly have some questions that need answering.Foot Surgery

While foot surgery is something you certainly don’t want to hear, our West Houston, TX, podiatrists - Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo and Dr. Manish Patel - will often only recommend it if it’s the last resort and other more conservative methods have failed to work. Here are some of the most common questions associated with foot surgery to help shed a little light and ease your nerves.

Q. What types of foot surgeries are out there?

A. There are a wide variety of surgical options out there for treating a host of foot problems including:

  • Bunions
  • Rigid hammertoes
  • Joint damage due to arthritis
  • Neuromas
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bumps and cysts
  • Achilles tendon ruptures or tears
  • Arthritis of the ankle
  • Heel spurs

Q. What type of anesthesia will I get?

A. This is certainly something to discuss with our West Houston foot doctor during your consultation. There are some minor surgeries that can often just be performed with local anesthesia, while major surgeries will often require general anesthesia. If you are awake for your surgery, ask us about sedation options to help ease your anxiety and nerves to make your procedure more comfortable for you.

Q. How long will my recovery period be?

A. This will depend on a variety of factors including the type of surgery you receive (major vs. minor), the severity of the condition we are treating, as well as your overall health. Some people find that it only takes a couple weeks after their surgery to feel like they are on the mend, while others may be in remission for a couple of months. When you come in for a consultation, we can provide an estimate for how long we think your recovery period will take.

Q. Will I need to take time from work?

A. Most people worry about having to take too much time off of work, but it’s also important that you get the rest you need to properly heal. Irritating and exacerbating your foot after surgery will only cause your recovery period to be longer. A lot will depend on the type of job you have and what surgery you have to undergo. If you have a sedentary job then you may be able to go back after a week. For those with more active jobs, you may have to take a couple of weeks off and then go back to work with restrictions for several more weeks.

Call Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming foot surgery. If you are dealing with painful foot symptoms call us for the care you need to get back on your feet.