Achilles tendonitis

Foot Conditions that May Require Foot or Ankle Surgery - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Ankle surgery is a medical procedure that aims to restore normal ankle functioning when more conservative treatments prove ineffective. Ankle injuries can result to severe bone damage requiring surgery to fuse the bones together or for replacing the ankle joint.

Consult a podiatrist or foot specialist if you feel that you are suffering from a foot disorder. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from ankle and foot disorders.

Bunions (Hallux valgus)

This condition is characterized by the development of bony lumps at the base of the big toe and at the side of your feet. Bunions causes the big toe joint to bend towards the other toes. Thus giving your feet a deformed appearance. Unchecked, this can cause severe and chronic pain which could only be corrected by surgery. Foot surgery can be performed in under an hour. During the recovery period, the patient is required to wear a surgical shoe to facilitate the healing process.

Ankle Arthritis

This type of arthritis is commonly caused by weak bones or osteoarthritis. People suffering from ankle arthritis have thin cartilages and thick bones underneath. The condition can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or if the ankle was previously injured.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful foot condition caused by an inflamed nerve that runs between two adjacent toes. It usually manifests between the third and fourth toes. Surgery is recommended for removing the painful nerve. Treatment can be done in as little as a day. 

Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction

The tibialis posterior muscle is responsible for supporting the shape of the instep arch. The problem occurs when the tendon connecting the tibialis posterior to the bone becomes inflamed. This can lead to pain and swelling in the area. If left untreated, the tendon weakens which leads to the appearance of a flat foot. Surgery is recommended for repairing the instep arch.

Achilles tendon conditions

The Achilles tendon is the body’s largest tendon. And it is constantly exposed to a lot of pressure from the lower legs during movement. Like all things, aging can weaken the tendon. It can become inflamed and painful. Surgery can be performed to correct this condition. Non-invasive treatments are usually employed for treatment but surgery is also a treatment option.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people find relief from chronic foot pain and foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114

Understanding Achilles Tendonitis - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Some of us may have experienced having an inflamed Achilles tendon or Achilles tendonitis. This condition makes it difficult for us to walk or even lift our foot. This is common especially for athletes because the Achilles tendon is responsible for supporting almost every heavy foot movement.

The Achilles tendon is located at the back of your foot and connect your calf to your heel. It is used while walking or running, making it constantly exposed to being overused or abused. But this is not only caused by constant use of the Achilles tendon, it can also be due to arthritis which is often seen in middle-aged people or the elderly.

Symptoms of an Achilles tendon includes pain when walking or running. There could also be visible bruising and swelling at the back of your heels. Although this might cause a slight discomfort, visiting a podiatrist is a good way of preventing further injury.

The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from Achilles tendonitis and other foot disorders.

Treatment:

The goal of treatment for Achilles tendonitis is to lessen the pressure on the tendon and reduce inflammation. Below are a few tips on how to manage the pain and prevent further injury if you suspect an Achilles tendon injury.

  1. Stay away from activities that can aggravate your Achilles tendonitis
  2. Make use of shoe inserts to free your tendon from pressure while it heals.
  3. Ice application for 20 minutes per hour when the stage is at its acute phase.
  4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken to help reduce pain and inflammation.
  5. Casting the foot or wearing a restrictive ankle-boot will minimize your movement and giving your tendon more time to heal.
  6. Steroid injections may be used, however, this procedure must only be done by a specialized doctor.

Surgery:

Surgery is considered as the last option when treating Achilles tendonitis. This is only performed when conservative treatment fail. A period of 6 months is given for non-surgical treatments before surgery is recommended. Damaged structures may be removed or re-attached.

Prevention:

  1. Maintain your normal and healthy weight.
  2. Avoid sudden increases in difficulty when sports training, do this gradually.
  3. Stretch during warm ups and cool downs.
  4. Rest your foot once pain is felt.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with Achilles tendonitis.  To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.