Treating Foot and Ankle Injuries in North Houston
Are you suffering from foot and ankle injuries in North Houston? Then you’ll know how annoying and debilitating it is, especially if you have lots to do daily. Just a slight wrong twist of your ankle and it can put a damper on your regular schedule; the loss of mobility can be disheartening, and the discomfort can be distracting. Thankfully, the physicians at KSF Orthopaedic Center can treat a number of orthopaedic conditions. We are foot and ankle specialists who will pinpoint the cause of your pain and provide you with the appropriate orthopaedic treatments, so you can recover quickly and correctly. If you’re looking for an orthopaedic doctor in North Houston, just give us a call at (281) 440-6960, and we’ll get you an appointment as soon as possible!
Issues We Treat
When it comes to orthopaedic care, our doctors are some of the best foot and ankle surgeons you can find in the area. You’ll always receive first-class care in orthopaedics, and surgical remedies are always the last resort. Should you need an orthopaedic surgeon anyway, you’ll be pleased to know we have experienced and skilled surgeons on our staff.
A broken ankle (also referred to as an ankle fracture) occurs when one or more of the bones in your ankle joint are broken. The more bones that are broken, the more serious the injury. You could also experience ligament damage (your ligaments hold the ankle bones and joint in position) along with the fracture that could cause you additional recovery time in which you don’t put weight on your ankle for a specified amount of time. Ankle fractures occur in patients of all ages and are typically caused by falls, impacts during car accidents, rolling your ankle, or twisting or rotating your ankle. Symptoms usually include swelling, bruising, tenderness, noticeable deformities, and immediate, severe pain.
When the bones in your midfoot are broken or the ligaments supporting your midfoot are torn, this can result in what is known as a Lisfranc injury. This type of injury can be simple or complex, and often, it can be mistaken for a simple sprain (especially after a fall). However, a Lisfranc injury is a more severe injury than a simple sprain that can take several months to heal and maybe even surgery to treat. Symptoms can include painful swelling of the top of your foot, bruising on both the top and bottom of your foot, and pain that seems to worsen with standing, walking, or attempting to push off on the affected foot.
A pilon fracture is a break that occurs at the bottom of your tibia (shinbone) that involves the weight-bearing surface of your ankle joint. Frequently, this type of injury also involves a broken fibula (lower leg bone). Usually the result of a car collision or a fall from a height, symptoms of a pilon fracture include swelling, bruising, tenderness, or an ankle that appears angled or crooked.
Typically caused by overuse or a repetitive sports activity, a stress fracture is characterized by a small crack or severe bruising within a bone. Symptoms of a stress fracture include bruising, tenderness, swelling on the top of your foot or outside of your ankle, and pain that either intensifies during normal, daily activities or diminishes during rest. If you’ve sustained a stress fracture, you need to refrain from all high-impact activities for a specified period of time, so you can recover more quickly.
Because your tibia (shinbone) is one of your body’s largest bones, it’s also one of the most commonly fractured bones. A tibial shaft fracture occurs along the length of the bone, from just below your knee to above your ankle. It usually takes a tremendous force (such as that found in a car collision) to cause this type of injury. In many cases, your smaller leg bone (fibula) will be broken as well. Symptoms include an inability to walk or bear weight on your leg, a noticeable deformity or a bone protruding through a break in your skin, and the occasional loss of feeling in your foot.
A rather common type of fracture, toe and forefoot fractures are usually caused by a direct blow to the foot or overuse and repetitive stress caused by high-impact sports. While quite painful, toe and forefoot fractures rarely require surgery. Usually, they require rest and/or a change in your daily activities to heal. Symptoms of a toe or forefoot fracture include bruising or discoloration and/or pain when walking or bearing weight on your foot.
A fracture to your calcaneus (heel bone) can be especially traumatic. Typically caused by a car crash or a fall from a high ladder involving the crushing of your heel under your weight, a calcaneus fracture can cause your heel to widen, shorten, and/or become deformed. A surgery is usually necessary to reconstruct a crushed heel, but even with treatment, some calcaneus fractures result in long-term complications including pain, swelling, loss of mobility, and arthritis.
Bunions & Hammer Toes
Bunions and hammer toes are two painful foot deformities that may be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, by the way you walk, by having flat feet, and even by genetics. Other factors that may cause these types of conditions include traumatic toe injuries, arthritis, and having an unusually high foot arch. Women are usually more susceptible to these types of foot conditions than men. If you have enlarged bone or tissue at the base of your big toe, you have a bunion. If the joints in your toes are bent, you have hammer toe. Wearing wider shoes and taking over-the-counter pain medications will usually help alleviate your pain, but some patients may require a surgery to realign their tissue and bone if they suffer from bunions or to straighten their toes if they suffer from hammer toe.
Having flat feet is more than a source of embarrassment. When you have a flattened or collapsed arch on your foot, it can be extremely painful and can limit certain types of activity. Symptoms may include arch and heel pain, muscle cramps within your feet, leg/shin splints, redness, and swelling. Flat feet may be genetic, or they may develop over time if you’ve been injured, suffer from arthritis, or develop a condition known as tarsal coalition, which results in your foot’s back bones being fused together. Flat feet may be treated by modifying your activities, undergoing physical therapy, wearing supportive or cushiony shoes, using an arch support or custom foot orthotics, or by taking anti-inflammatory medications. However, some patients may require a flatfoot reconstruction surgery if the other nonoperative methods don’t show any signs of improvement over time.
Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. It’s used when you walk, run, and jump. Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it’s also prone to tendinitis, a condition associated with overuse and degeneration. Symptoms of this condition include pain and stiffness, swelling, considerable pain, and/or the development of a bone spur. Reducing or stopping the activities that were increasing your pain, applying ice to your Achilles tendon, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and using supportive shoes with soft heels and heel lifts may help alleviate the pain. Surgery may be a viable option for patients that have had pain and treatment for six months without any improvement.
Your ankle is prone to quite a bit of wear-and-tear over the years, which may result in debilitating injuries and an eventual ankle replacement surgery for some patients. Sometimes resting your joint or wearing more supportive shoes or a brace may help alleviate your symptoms. However, if ankle pain is persistent and interferes with your normal daily activities, surgery may be your best option. Some of the most common reasons patients need ankle surgery include joint dislocations, fractures, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and severe infections. Similar to hip or knee replacement surgeries, an ankle replacement surgery will require opening your ankle joint to remove the damaged parts and replacing them with prosthetic parts.
As you age, arthritis is a condition that may affect many parts of your body, including your back, neck, hips, knees, shoulders, hands, and even your feet and ankles. If left untreated, pain and stiffness in your feet and ankles may eventually become so severe that it causes mobility issues. Symptoms of arthritis include inflammation, swelling, redness, and pain in your ankle joint. Osteoarthritis is the normal wear-and-tear damage that comes with aging, while rheumatoid arthritis is more of an inflammatory condition caused by irritations in your ankle joint’s lining. Both forms of arthritis may be treated with pain medications, exercise, better weight control, special footwear, and physical rehabilitation. Some patients may require surgery if all other options fail to help them effectively manage their pain.
Approximately 2 million patients are treated for plantar fasciitis every year. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. This condition typically causes pain in the bottom of the heel, which can be mild or severe. It’s worse when a person first puts weight on it in the morning, after sitting for a spell, or standing for a long period of time. Obesity, repetitive activities such as running, new activities, and high arches can heighten your risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Typically, the pain will go away but it can take months or over a year. Surgery may be an option for patients who have had pain and treatment for over six months. The release of the plantar fascia and decompression of a small nerve that may be entrapped is usually successful in relieving the pain in patients who haven’t improved with time and nonoperative treatment.
Diabetic Foot Care Therapy
At KSF, our diabetic foot specialists are trained and experienced in diabetic foot care therapy. If a doctor has ever said you had an elevated blood sugar level – even just once when you were pregnant – you are at risk for diabetes. About 23 million people (roughly 15% of the United States population) have the disease. Nervous system impairment (neuropathy) is a major complication that may cause you to lose feeling in your feet or hands. The problem affects about 60-70% of people with diabetes. Minor injuries may become major emergencies. Without diabetic foot treatment, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that’s too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases your blood flow, so your injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. Because foot ailments are a big risk, you should monitor your feet. If you don’t, the consequences can be severe, including amputation or worse.
KSF Orthopaedic Center has a number of foot and ankle surgeons and specialists with the expertise to treat any number of orthopedic foot and ankle conditions, including:
Diseases and Conditions
- Achilles Rupture
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Adult Acquired flatfoot
- Claw Toe
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
- Diabetic Foot
- Extertional Compartment Syndrome
- Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)
- Heel Pain
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Other Neuromas
- Plantar Fasciitis (Bone Spurs)
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Tarsal Coalition
Injuries and Trauma
- Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)
- Ankle Fractures in Children
- Ankle Pain and Instability
- Calcaneus Fractures (Heel Bone)
- Cartilage Injuries
- Lisfranc Injury (Midfoot)
- Pilon Fractures of the Ankle
- Stress Fractures
- Talus Fractures
- Proximal Tibia Fractures (Shinbone)
- Tibia Shaft Fractures
- Toe and Forefoot Fractures
- Turf Toe
Dr. Timothy Miller is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in injuries and conditions of the lower leg. He is originally from California, and graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah with a degree in Biochemistry. He then received his medical degree at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and went on to complete his Orthopaedic Surgical Residency training at the Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. In order to further his expertise, Dr. Miller, completed a Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where he also served on the staff as an Assistant in Orthopaedic Surgery.
While at Massachusetts General Hospital, he worked and trained with the team physicians for the New England Patriots (NFL), Boston Red Sox (MLB), Boston Bruins (NHL), and the New England Revolution (MLS).
Dr. Stewart Michael Dean is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He attended medical school at University of Texas at Houston where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Medical Honor Society. He then completed a five-year residency in University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His interest in medicine and his desire to use his hands led him to orthopaedic surgery. “I’ve always been active in sports,” Dr. Dean says. “I played football in high school and college and was lucky enough not to have any major injury. I enjoy taking care of people who are active and trying to get them back to full activities. Orthopaedic surgery allows me to use my knowledge and hands to help patients get better.”