I see several patients on a weekly basis that complain of ankle pain that have no history of recent ankle sprain or any trauma. They describe their pain as sharp and burning on the inside of the ankle with swelling and pain that is worse with walking, but continues as aching pain at rest. Some patients can have so much pain that they are unable to walk without crutches. On exam, I will find that the posterior tibial tendon is swollen and painful usually from behind the ankle bone down to where the tendon inserts in the foot. The job of this tendon is to help the foot swing inward in gait and support the arch. But with flat feet, the tendon is overworked and often then forms small tears in the area just described which then causes pain and swelling. When asking a patient to walk in my office, the affected foot will show minimal to no arch height and the ankle will appear to be falling inward, sometimes almost touching the ground. There is usually pain with isolating this tendon on a muscle exam as well. So how does this really happen? Overuse is the most common mechanism of injury. Wearing flip flops or going barefoot on a regular basis. Starting a vigorous exercise program when you previously were not exercising. Walking a significant amount on a vacation like Disney World when this is unusual for your daily amount of activity. Treatment starts with an evaluation and xrays to ensure you do not have anything else that may be causing your pain and to get a better idea of your bone and joint structure. Next, rest, ice and compression are the key to getting your swelling and pain under control. In severe cases, bracing may be necessary to achieve this goal. Once your pain and swelling have resolved, the next thing you need to do is prevent this from happening again. The best way to do that is wear good supportive shoe gear and be fitted for custom orthotics. Without preventative care, this tendonitis can because a chronic dysfunction of the foot and ankle requiring surgical reconstruction. If you think you may have this condition, the physicians at Foot and Ankle Associates of North Texas are here to help!
Foot and ankle athletic injuries are very common. We specialize in sports medicine getting you back to sports as soon as possible. The most common foot and ankle sports injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis, anterior tibial tendonitis, neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle instability, and metatarsalgia. Gait problems can also cause ileotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis, back pain, hip pain and piriformis syndrome. Medications, injections, splinting, orthotics and/or physical therapy are often quite helpful in treating most injuries. Our doctors will discuss your injury and prescribe a course of treatment that will return you to sport stronger than when you came into the office.
Fall down, go boom? Foot and ankle trauma is extremely common no matter how young or old you are. Fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, sprain and strains, puncture wounds and toenail trauma occurs every day. Our physicians can help put you back together so that you can recover from your accident as fast as possible. Don't wait too long to seek medical advice after your accident or injury. Delaying treatment often only worsens the problem!
Foot pain related to congenital and acquired foot and ankle deformities is extremely prevalent in our society. Pain can be from flat feet or a high arched foot and associated gait problems; or be from a progressive deformity like a bunion or a hammertoe. Our doctors are extensively trained to diagnose and treat the underlying deformity to help you function at your best. We want to prevent your problems from getting worse, no matter what you inherited from your family! God may have had a sense of humor when he created your feet, but we will work with you to optimize your biomechanical function and aesthetics! No one should suffer from ugly, painful feet!
Neurological foot and ankle issues can be a burning or shooting pain, numbness, weakness or just a "pins and needles" sensation. Nerve can be affected by compression at the spine level, knee level, ankle level or in your foot. Neuropathy can be a subtle nerve degeneration from aging, diabetes, and a myriad of other causes. Do not assume your nerve issues will go away or that nothing can be done. A proper diagnosis can lead to alleviation of your nerve troubles.
Healthy Steps Shoe Store and Spa welcomes patients and their families as well as the surrounding communities of Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and beyond to help them with their therapeutic shoe gear needs. A certified pedorthotist is always available by appointment for consultation, and safe pedicures by a licensed medical nail technician highlight your spa experience. An extensive array of prefabricated and custom orthotics as well as many foot care essentials are also readily available to compliment your shoe and sandal purchases. We carry a wide variety of comfort shoe gear that are as pretty as they are comfortable.