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The Different Foot and Ankle Surgeries Available

You might not think about it much, but just for a second consider how often you’re on your feet, whether you’re just waiting for the bus or you’reX-Ray enjoying a lovely walk through the park on your day off. We often don’t think about the abuse our feet take on a daily basis, and if there isn’t a problem, then it’s not surprising that we don’t think about this; however, it often feels like everything stops the moment we experience foot or ankle problems. It’s now harder to stand and wait for the bus and your once enjoyable jaunts through the park have now been cancelled. If you’ve been suffering for a while, it’s time to put a stop to it once and for all. From fractures and arthritis to bunions and flatfeet, your West Houston podiatrist offers an array of services to fit your surgical needs. Here are a few of the surgical procedures we perform:

Bunion Surgery

If your bunion pain is so severe that you have trouble even walking normally, then it’s time to consider surgery. While there are multiple types of bunion surgeries, we will choose the proper treatment based on your bone deformity. Also, this surgery is considered an outpatient procedure; however, it is best to take the whole day off. You will also need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. While there is no guarantee that a bunion won’t recur, a bunionectomy can be the best way to alleviate severe pain.

Achilles Surgery

If you’ve torn your Achilles tendon, then you certainly are no stranger to pain. In this case, Achilles surgery in West Houston is a must. The procedure involves sewing the tendon back together, and it can be done using only a local anesthetic. Following surgery, you will either wear a cast or walking book for about six to 12 weeks to allow the tendon to heal. We may also give you certain exercises to help shorten your rehab time.

Cyst Removal

While we might not be able to pinpoint why a ganglion cyst has developed on your foot or ankle, if it’s becoming a nuisance and you’re finding that there is alack of mobility in your joints, then it’s time to remove the cyst once and for all. This procedure is simple and only requires the removal of the cyst and the stalk that attaches to either the joint or tendon. After surgery, most patients can get away with wearing only a splint or cast for a few weeks.

Ankle Surgery

If an injury, birth defect or deformity is the cause of your ankle problems, then ankle surgery in West Houston will fix you right up. Especially if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, arthritis or a neuromuscular disorder, you might find that ankle deformities are more common than you think. During surgery we focus on realigning your ankle’s structure, helping to restore function and alleviate discomfort. Just like bunion surgery, you will want someone to pick you up after your procedure and also be there for you for the first day after your treatment. It’s ok to let someone pamper you for a little while. You deserve it!

If you need foot or ankle surgery in West Houston, don’t put it off any longer. Don’t you want to get back to enjoying your daily routine without being concerned that you’ll be disrupted by pain? You can live pain free again. To schedule your surgery consultation, call us at (281) 531-4100.

podiatrist diabetic foot care west houstonIf you suffer from diabetes, regular visits to the podiatrist is of great value to your health. The Foot & Ankle Institute knows the importance of your health, and wants you to know the benefits of seeing a podiatrist.
Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United States. While there is no cure for diabetes, there are steps you can take to keep it in check.
Podiatrists like Drs. Mendicino, Lo and Patel play a key role in helping patients control diabetes to avoid foot-related complications. Warning signs of diabetes in the foot include:
  • Skin color changes
  • Swelling of the foot or ankle
  • Numbness in the feet or toes
  • Pain in the legs
  • Open sores on the foot that do not heal quickly
  • Ingrown and fungal toenails
  • Bleeding corns and calluses
  • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel

Stay a Step Ahead

Getting ahead of your diabetes is what the Foot & Ankle Institute wants to help you with. Did you know that up 65,000 lower limbs are amputated due to diabetes complications? These could have been avoided with regular visits to a podiatrist.
Regular visits to a podiatrist will lower your risk by up to 85 percent. It also lowers the risk of hospitalizations by 24 percent. As well as regular visits to the podiatrist, there are steps you should take at home too. These foot care tips include:
  • Inspecting your feet daily
  • Wear thick soft socks, and properly fitted shoes
  • Exercise
  • Do not go barefoot
  • Do not remove calluses, corns and warts by yourself.
See a podiatrist to assist with these issues.
Annual checkups to the podiatrists in West Houston, TX are the best way to be certain that your feet remain healthy. Contact us at (281) 531-4100.
By Foot & Ankle Institute
June 10, 2014
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: heel pain   podiatrist   west houston  
heel pain west houston txYour health should be your first priority and that includes focusing on the status of your feet. Feet are just feet, right? No, that’s not true. Your feet are more than that. They are how you get around, and if your feet are unhealthy, this could cause problems for your daily mobility.

What Does It Mean to Have Flatfeet? 

Being flatfooted is when the inside of your foot settles flat on the floor, instead of being supported by an arch. It’s normal to see a baby or young child without arches, but that’s not the case with adults. If an adult has flatfeet that means his/her feet didn’t develop arches after childhood, or the arches have fallen flat due to wear and tear.

Are Flatfeet a Bad Thing?

It’s not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of people have flatfeet, but heel or arch pain may accompany it. Discomfort in the heel or arch, due to a flatfoot, can be agitating, which is why you need to find support.

Supportive Shoes Equal Happy Feet

Minor heel or arch pain can be remedied by a number of solutions:
  • Arch supports – orthotic devices may reduce symptoms caused by flatfeet.
  • Physical therapy – stretching the Achilles tendon may help with symptoms.
  • Comfortable, fitted shoes – supportive, well-fitted shoes are key to foot comfort. They lessen the shock between foot and floor.
Stretching and wearing new shoes won’t work the same for everyone. For that reason, people need to consult with a foot and ankle specialist to understand other treatment options.
Are you experiencing ankle, foot or heel pain? West Houston podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Institute can help! Call our office today at (281) 531-4100.