Posts for category: Foot and Ankle Pain
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.
Find out when it’s time to turn to a podiatrist to get your discomfort under control.
Foot and ankle pain are the most common reasons people visit our West Houston, TX, podiatrists Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicinio and Dr. Manish Patel. If you are currently dealing with pain and discomfort, chances are good that you want to find a way to alleviate that pain. You also want to know whether your symptoms warrant seeing a medical professional.
A good rule of thumb is never to ignore any kind of pain, particularly any pain experienced in the feet or ankles. After all, pain that prevents you from performing certain activities will make your everyday routine difficult and stop you from staying physically active. Here are some common causes of pain that you should not ignore.
Pain on the Top or Sides of the Feet and Ankles
There are many reasons your feet might be screaming out in pain. Perhaps you are dealing with bone spurs, stress fractures, inflammation, or joint issues. Of course, foot or ankle pain may be the only symptom present that’s trying to let you know that something is wrong.
Whether you’ve just recently begun a new activity or often wear shoes that are a bit too tight for your feet then these could all be reasons for your discomfort. Since many conditions can be progressive if left untreated, it’s important to turn to our West Houston, TX, foot and ankle specialists right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Heel pain, which is usually caused by an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, can make it difficult to move around let alone go about your normal workout routine. Walking up stairs may be particularly painful and you may find that you have trouble bearing weight on your feet because the heel pain is intense. Pain is often worse in the morning but can get better as your body begins to move around.
While plantar fasciitis can often be treated with simple at-home care it’s also important that you avoid high-impact activities and rest as much as possible. If the pain doesn’t ease up after five days of at-home care then it’s time to see a foot doctor, as plantar fasciitis can become chronic.
Immediate Pain in the Morning
Mornings are rough enough. We don’t need to make them any worse by dealing with foot or ankle pain first thing in the morning. While foot pain is often a sign of plantar fasciitis, which we mentioned above, it can also be a sign of Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone spurs, or flat feet.
While not every little foot or ankle discomfort will need to be examined by a podiatrist it’s always best to play it safe. If symptoms don’t improve within a week, or if symptoms are already severe, then it’s time to see someone. Call Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, to schedule a consultation with one of our foot specialists.
Are you wondering whether your foot or ankle pain could be due to tendonitis?
A tendon is a thick band of tissue that is responsible for connecting bones and muscles. Unfortunately, tendons can become both injured and inflamed. One way in which this happens is through a condition known as tendonitis. Could your foot or ankle pain be the result of tendonitis? Read on to learn more about out the common symptoms of this condition and find out if it’s time to see one of our Houston, TX, podiatrists, Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, and Dr. Manish Patel, for care!
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
Tendonitis is when one of the three tendons within the foot and ankle becomes inflamed. The three tendons are,
- Posterior tibial
As you might imagine, the most common symptom of tendonitis is foot or ankle pain. The pain may get worse when walking or being physically active, as well as when you move your foot. The pain and discomfort are often felt in the foot and ankle, but they may travel up the leg.
It’s also common to experience achiness or even a snapping sensation in the ankle. Of course, these symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions that may be more serious and require immediate medical attention. Accordingly, if the pain doesn’t go away with rest, is severe, or gets worse over time, then you should visit your Houston podiatrist.
What causes tendonitis?
While this can just be the result of normal wear-and-tear over the years, it often arises from overuse and commonly affects athletes who perform repetitive movements. Those with flat feet are also prone to developing tendonitis. Tendinitis may also accompany other conditions such as arthritis, a dislocation, or a muscle tear.
How is tendonitis treated?
Treating your tendonitis will depend on which tendon is affected and how severe the problem is. If it’s mild, simple at-home care such rest, pain relievers, ice, and compression can usually alleviate pain and swelling until the tendon has time to heal. If the condition is more severe, your foot and ankle specialist may recommend steroid injections or, in rare cases, surgery.
Need care? Give us a call!
If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain, it’s a good idea to have the issue treated as soon as possible. Turn to the experts at Foot & Ankle Institute in Houston, TX, to get the care you deserve! Our number is (281) 531-4100.