Did you know that women are four times more likely to suffer from foot/ankle problems than men due to the types of shoes they wear? One of the most popular types of shoes women love to wear are high heels and they can be one of the worst shoes for the feet. It is thought that a 2 inch heel can increase pressure by 57% on the forefoot.
The foot is classified into three subdivisions including the forefoot, midfoot, and the hindfoot. The forefoot is the front part of the foot and includes the toes. The middle and arch of the foot consists of several bones which make up the midfoot. The hindfoot includes the calcaneus, the bone that forms the heel, as well as the talus. The talus rests above the calcaneus and forms the ankle joint along with the tibia, the shin bone, and the fibula in the lower leg. In addition to 26 bones, the foot and ankle also utilize over 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles in order to function properly. Any type of injury to the foot can be irritating and even debilitating at times.
If you are experiencing foot and/or ankle pain it is important to get evaluated by a physician before your pain becomes debilitating. Dr. Curtis Fandrich and Dr. Shaun Lehmann have years of experience treating foot and ankle pain arising from various causes. During your initial visit the physician will gather a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical exam, and if needed the physician can use the diagnostic ultrasound in the office to further evaluate your injury. The physician will order diagnostic testing such as Ultrasound, X-Ray, MRI or CT Scan, if necessary. Once the physician has determined your diagnosis, he will educate and discuss your diagnosis with you and which treatments will be most beneficial.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for the Foot/Ankle
The physicians at Houston Spine & Sports Medicine offer multiple nonsurgical treatments that help promote your body’s natural healing processes during the recovery phase of an injury.
Common Diagnosis for Foot/Ankle Pain:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinosis
- Posterior Tibialis tendinopathy
- Anterior Talo Fibular Ligament (ATFL) Injury
- Posterior Talo Fibular Ligamnet (PTFL) Injury
- Stress Fractures
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Forefoot Neuromas
- Ankle Sprain/Strain Injuries
Foot/Ankle Treatment Options:
- Physical Therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Laser Therapy
- IMS/ Medical Acupuncture