You only have two feet. They keep you standing, walking, dancing, playing sports, and more. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 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:
- Changes in skin color
- Blistering, flaking, itching, or other skin symptoms which persist beyond two weeks
- Changes in gait, range of motion, or mobility
- 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)
- 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.