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West Houston Podiatrists Help Patients Nip Heel Pain In The Bud

The Foot & Ankle Institute is happy to treat one of the most common foot issues-plantar fasciitis.

The Foot & Ankle Institute is happy to treat one of the most common foot issues-plantar fasciitis.

    WEST HOUSTON, TX, April 19, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- While plantar fasciitis might be one of the most common foot problems, this doesn't mean that one type of treatment works best for everyone. It's normal for patients to respond differently to treatment, which is why the doctors at the Foot & Ankle Institute utilize a number of solutions for plantar fasciitis.

One may ask, what is plantar fasciitis? It's commonly refereed to as "heel pain," but the formal name comes from plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. The heel pain is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia, resulting in inflammation.

"We see this issue more often in our older patients because the foot has been under strain for many years. Some people try to ignore the discomfort instead of seeking professional care. That doesn't help. It only hinders a patient's daily routine," explains Dr. Lo, West Houston podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute.

If plantar fascia is weakened and inflamed, it's difficult to walk or stand, especially first thing in the morning. Without proper care, plantar fasciitis can cause heel spurs-a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone.

The doctors at Foot & Ankle Institute have treated a number of plantar fasciitis cases. In West Houston, heel pain treatment can start off conservative. The traditional methods include anti-inflammatory medicine, physical therapy and custom-fit orthotics.

Combining these conservative methods helps reduce inflammation, thus, alleviating any discomfort. However, some patients experience persisting heel pain. The Foot & Ankle Institute may use Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT). For plantar fasciitis, ESWT is intended to accelerate the healing process of the plantar fascia tissue.

Is a heel spur "spurring" more foot issues? If so, please call Foot & Ankle Institute's West Houston podiatry office at (281) 531-4100. Go to to look into the Foot & Ankle Institute staff, available treatment and practice philosophy. Patients may also schedule their appointments via the website.

About Foot & Ankle Institute:
Dr. Samuel S. Mendicino graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences. In 1983, Dr. Mendicino received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, completing his residency at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency in Houston, Texas. He has been practicing since 1985, and he is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS).

Dr. Asia E. Lo graduated from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, earning dual Bachelor degree in Biology and Spanish. Dr. Lo attained her DPM degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences: College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa in 1994. She completed her a two-year residency and a one-year fellowship in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in Houston. She served as a chief resident her last year and has been in private practice since 1997.

Dr. Manish Patel graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Biology and Psychology. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Dr. Patel attended Barry University in Miami, FL with a Master's degree in Business Administration and Science.

Media Contact:
Foot & Ankle Institute
Dr. Asia E. Lo, DPM, FACFAS
12121 Richmond Ave. Ste-415
Houston, TX 77082
(281) 531-4100

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