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Where Does It Hurt? Foot & Ankle

» Diagnosing Your Foot or Ankle Condition
» Planning Your Treatment
» Recovery and Wellness
» Meet Our Foot or Ankle Specialists

Diagnosing Your Foot or Ankle Condition

When you first meet with your Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician, you'll first be asked to describe your foot or ankle pain, including when it started, how often it occurs, what it feels like, and which motions or activities trigger it. Be sure to mention any past injuries to the foot or ankle. Your physician will probably ask you to walk a short distance and watch what happens to your foot or ankle while walking.

Your physician will likely order an X-ray of the foot or ankle; if a closer look is required, you may need to have an MRI.

The physicians at Houston Methodist treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including:


» Accessory Navicular Problems
» Achilles Tendon Problems
» Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity
» Bunionette (Tailor's Bunion)
» Bunions
» Claw Toes and Hammertoes
» Foot Anatomy
» Haglund's Deformity of the Foot
» Hallux Rigidus
» Ingrown Toenail
» Interdigital Neuroma (Morton's Neuroma)
» Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Talus
» Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
» Posterior Tibial Tendon Problems
» Sesamoid Problems
» Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome


» Ankle Anatomy
» Ankle Arthroscopy
» Ankle Fusion
» Ankle Impingement Problems
» Ankle Sprain and Instability
» Ankle Syndesmosis Injuries
» Artificial Joint Replacement of the Ankle
» Osteoarthritis of the Ankle
» Peroneal Tendon Problems
» Peroneal Tendon Subluxation
» Shin Splints

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Planning Your Treatment

Once your physician has diagnosed your condition, you'll begin discussing a plan of treatment.

If you have a minor injury, your doctor may simply prescribe rest, ice, nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen or naproxen), cortisone injections, and/or special footwear until the injury heals on its own. If the pain has not subsided after a few months, your physician may start talking about surgical treatment.

Many foot and ankle surgeries can be performed arthroscopically, involving a few tiny incisions and miniscule cameras and instruments, while some conditions require open surgery.

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Recovery and Wellness

Depending on the surgery performed, you may be able to go home the same day of your surgery, or you may need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days.

Your doctor will prescribe physical therapy to help increase your strength and range of motion in the foot or ankle, and you may need to wear special footwear during the recovery period.

Depending on the severity of your condition and the complexity of your surgery, full recovery can take up to nine months, after which many patients can resume normal activities without discomfort.

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Meet our Foot and Ankle Specialists

Texas Medical Center

Pedro Cosculluela, M.D.*
Kevin E. Varner, M.D.*

Sugar Land

David Braunreiter, M.D. (primary care)
D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D.
Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O.
Mark W. Maffet, M.D.
Eddie T. Matsu, M.D.
Vincent C. Phan, M.D.
Kenneth M. Renney, M.D. (primary care)
Timothy C. Sitter, M.D.
Christopher K. Smith, M.D.
Ray R. Valdez, M.D.*
Kevin E. Varner, M.D.*

West Houston/Katy

Winfield Campbell, M.D.
Pedro Cosculluela, M.D.*
D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D.
Christopher K. Smith, M.D.


Travis Hanson, M.D.*

Physicians marked with an asterisk (*) are fellowship-trained in the field of foot and ankle surgery.

To schedule an appointment with one of our foot or ankle specialists, visit the Request an Appointment page or contact us.

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