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By Foot & Ankle Institute
November 20, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Flat Feet  

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.

  1. Get your feet wet (or simply try this after getting out of the shower)
  2. Step onto a flat, hard surface (no carpet or rug)
  3. 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.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
February 25, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel  

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.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
February 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

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.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
November 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain is not something that you want to ignore. This simple problem could keep you from getting in your morning run or enjoying a good sweat session at the gym. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints our Houston foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Dhvanil Thakor treat. Here are the top causes and signs it’s time to see a foot and ankle doctor.

If you are dealing with heel pain it could be caused by,

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis (pain that occurs under the heel) and Achilles tendonitis (pain that occurs above and in the back the heel bone).

When to See a foot and ankle doctor

While you can sometimes treat heel pain on your own without turning to a professional you’ll want to see your foot and ankle doctor in Houston right away if,

  • Your heel pain is severe
  • You have trouble putting weight on the foot or have trouble walking
  • There is severe swelling around the heel
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your heel pain is accompanied by numbness, tingling or fever
  • Your heel pain occurred as a result of an injury

It’s also time to schedule a visit if you’ve been caring for your feet and your symptoms haven’t improved after a few weeks.

Treating Heel Pain

While heel pain often goes away on its own there are simple measures you can take to manage your symptoms until your foot fully heals. Home treatments include,

  • Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen, which can temporarily alleviate pain and swelling
  • Resting your feet and avoiding any high-impact activities such as running
  • Elevating the heel when sitting to reduce swelling
  • Wearing prescription orthotics to provide additional support for your feet
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes that provide cushioning and support

If you are experiencing any new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you see a foot and ankle doctor who can tell you what’s going on. Call Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Dhvanil Thakor at Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston today.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
September 26, 2019
Category: Podiatry

Foot and ankle pain can range from mild to debilitating, and the best course of treatment differs from person to person.

If aches and discomfort are severely affecting you, home remedies, rest, and pain relievers might not be enough. Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Manish Patel, Dr. Dhvanil Thakor Dr. Samuel Mendicino at the Foot and Ankle Institute in West Houston can help you determine if surgery is the necessary solution for your foot and ankle pain.

What are the signs surgery may be necessary?

While surgery is not the preferred course of action -- a less invasive option means less recovery time, cost, and pain -- it is sometimes the only way to cure your foot and ankle pain.

Your need for foot and ankle surgery may be greater if you have severe difficulty walking, climbing stairs, or just standing up. Prior injuries to the area may also make it more difficult to recover without surgical intervention.

Persistent or consistently worsening pain, chronically achy, stiff, or swollen joints are also potential signs need surgery. Other signs include loss of mobility, pain so great you are unable to sleep, decreased flexibility in your foot or ankle or the inability to experience any relief from painkillers, rest, or temporary use of crutches or a walker or cane.

If you have developed bunions, hammertoes, or chronic blisters, foot surgery could also be a needed remedy. Bone spurs, arthritis, or nerve enlargements between your toes are also conditions that could require surgery.

What are the benefits of foot and ankle surgery?

By performing the surgical option right for your condition, whether a bunionectomy, arthroscopic ankle surgery, or other types of surgery, your West Houston doctor should be able to bring you relief as well as other positive changes, like correction of deformities, ease of walking, resumed ability to exercise and increased stability.

If your foot and ankle pain is keeping you from living your best, most active life, call your West Houston, TX foot and ankle provider at (281) 531-4100 today.