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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.