Many people take for granted how important it is to have healthy, pain-free feet and ankles—you need them to stand and cook dinner, to run a road race, and to do anything else in between. Any given person will have walked well over 50,000 miles by the time they are 50 years old, so it makes some sense that over 75% of Americans will suffer with a foot or ankle problem at some time during their lives.
These feet and ankle ailments may come from a variety of sources. Athletes and active individuals may be prone to a number of different sports injuries. However, all people are at risk for deformities caused by age, foot structure, or footwear that is too tight or narrow. Many of these issues can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation at home, but some may require surgical intervention in the doctor’s office or at a local hospital.
The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston recognize that conservative means of treatment ought to be the first priority. However, if you are from Southeast Texas and it has been determined that foot and ankle surgery is the best course of action, we will take expert care of you from pre- to post-operation. Surgery has been shown to improve or correct some of the following conditions:
· Poor circulation
· Sports injuries
Post-operative care generally requires light bandaging to protect any potential stitches. Some of the at-home treatments mentioned above will help to relieve some of the pain, swelling, and redness that come with the healing process. Your doctor might recommend physical therapy to regain strength, and he or she might also suggest that you be fitted with special orthotics to prevent a deformity from reoccurring.