When is the Right Time for Foot Surgery?

Typically, we want to think of foot surgery as a last resort. The best course of action for treating most foot injuries and uphold the best quality of life for the patient is to pursue conservative methods of treatment.

Six Painful Problems of High-Heels Shoes - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Women and high heels, this is something men may never understand. Women love high heels for several reasons. This is because women feel more confident because high heels make them look taller, have longer, thinner legs. But all is not roses as wearing high heels could also have its downside.

Wearing high heels is just one of the common causes of foot injuries. To learn more about the possible causes of foot injuries, consult a podiatrist. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot disorders.

What are the problems associated with wearing high heels?

  1. Heels limit the movement of ankle joints. Our ankle joint is used for walking, and because of its location, a lot of weight is put on them. It is important that we keep our ankle joint as healthy as possible to ensure that we will not have problems when walking or running.
  2. Achilles tendon, which is the main tendon in your ankle, becomes at high risk for injury. According to studies, wearing high-heels often will cause Achilles tendon and calf muscle to become stiff and short. This will cause problems even if you wear shoes without heels.
  3. It may cause or worsen existing foot problems such as hammertoe, corns, bunions, plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma by putting heavy pressure on the ball of the foot or through forcing the toes inside a small toe box.
  4. Wearing of high-heels does not just negatively affect the feet but it can affect your knees as well. It causes your knees to become bent all the time and to bend inward slightly as well. It further increases the stress on your knees by limiting the natural movement while walking.
  5. Osteoarthritis can be a problem later in life too from constant walking with high-heels.
  6. It can cause your back to move out from its natural alignment. Wearing of high-heels often will make changes on the ability of your spine to absorb shock and may cause back pain. It will result to the over usage of your back muscles and will also compress the vertebrae at your lower back.

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


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