Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains are a frequent injury in volleyball, often resulting from various risk factors and causes. The sport’s fast-paced nature involves quick lateral movements, jumps, and landings, which can easily lead to rolled or twisted ankles. Uneven landings after jumps are a primary cause, especially when players descend on another’s foot. Inadequate warm-ups and poor ankle strength increase the risk, as muscles and ligaments are less prepared for sudden movements. Playing on an uneven or slippery surface can also contribute to instability and potential sprains. Additionally, wearing inappropriate footwear that lacks proper support or traction further heightens the risk. If you have endured a sprained ankle while playing volleyball, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

If you think you might be a candidate for bunion surgery, here are key factors to help guide your decision. Bunions are painful bumps on the side of your big toe that develop when the base of the toe pushes outward. Bunion formation is often due to genetics and wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly high heels. Bunion pain can be managed through various non-surgical treatments such as wearing supportive shoes, and having pain medications or cortisone shots. If these methods fail and the bunion severely impacts your daily life, surgery becomes an option. The type of surgical procedure depends on the severity of the bunion, with moderate cases typically involving shaving the bump and correcting the toe joint's angle. Recovery includes wearing a special boot for a few weeks, and managing bruising and swelling. Delaying surgery can lead to more complex procedures with longer recovery times. A podiatrist will guide you through the recovery process, including follow-up visits to monitor for complications like infections. Keep in mind that surgery may not be a permanent solution, especially if you are genetically predisposed to bunions. Wearing proper shoes and avoiding injuries post-surgery can help maintain the results. If you have a bunion that is causing extreme discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out if bunion surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Cracked heels can often be more than just a cosmetic issue. They may signal an underlying health condition, such as a thyroid disorder. The thyroid gland plays a vital role in regulating metabolism, and its imbalance can impact skin health. Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, can lead to dry, thickened skin, which may appear as cracked heels. The reduced hormone levels affects the skin's ability to retain moisture, causing it to become rough and prone to fissures. Individuals with thyroid disorders might notice other symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, or hair loss as well as cracked heels. Maintaining good foot care, such as regular moisturizing and gentle exfoliation, is essential in managing and preventing cracked heels in those with thyroid issues. If you have cracked heels that are causing you pain and discomfort, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief remedies.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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