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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.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
June 18, 2019
Category: Foot Treatments
Tags: sprained ankle  

A sprained ankle can be a real pain, figuratively and literally. Some people try to continue their normal physical activities, hoping thatankle sprainsdiscomfort will go away on its own, but the best course of action is diagnosis and treatment. Know what to do when you have sprained your ankle so that you can get on the road to healing and prevent further injury. At the Foot & Ankle Institute, you will be treated by a West Houston, TX, podiatrist who specializes in treating cases of ankle pain.

Risk Factors for a Sprained Ankle
Athletes are most at risk of ankle sprains because of the continued strain put on their feet and ankles. Basketball players often have to jump and land in uncomfortable positions, as well as twist their ankles on a dime to shift positions quickly. The same is true for tennis and football players. Runners repeatedly hit the pavement with their feet for miles, and the force can cause ankle sprains. Another risk factor for a sprained ankle is wearing very high-heeled shoes on a daily basis—if the ankle accidentally turns to the side when you’re walking in heels, that could also cause a sprain. Patients who have had an ankle injury in the past or an arthritic condition are also more prone to ankle sprains.

What to Do for a Sprained Ankle
If you believe you may have a sprained ankle, avoid trying to continue normal activities—especially athletics. See a podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, immediately to talk about these treatments:

- Wrapping the ankle with compression bandages to limit swelling and promote normal alignment.
- Ice therapy (15-minute foot bath or an ice pack).
- Flexibility and stability training exercises (physical therapy).
- Time off to rest and elevate your feet.
- A surgical procedure to repair a ligament in the case of a severe sprain.

Protecting Your Ankles
A West Houston, TX, podiatrist can help you heal your ankle after a sprain, but it’s up to you to care for your feet to prevent foot pain in the future. Protect your ankles by stretching your feet and warming up before participating in exercises or athletic competitions. Continue to tape or wrap your ankles when you’re working out. Choose low heels or wedges over high heels whenever possible. Take the time at the end of each day to gently massage your ankles and feet.

Help for Ankle Pain and Discomfort
If your ankle is sprained, it needs the attention of a qualified and caring Foot & Ankle Specialist. Call (281) 531-4100 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino, or Dr. Manish Patel at their office in West Houston, TX.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
June 04, 2019
Tags: ankle pain   foot pain  

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 foot or ankle painDr. 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

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.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
May 01, 2019
Tags: tendonitis  

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 tendonitisand 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,

  • Achilles
  • Posterior tibial
  • Peroneal

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.

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