Asia E. Lo, DPM
Location and Office HoursFoot & Ankle Institute
Houston, TX 77082
- AMERIGROUP Texas
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Community Health Choice
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- HMO Blue (BC/BS of TX)
- Humana Health Plan
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- Texas Children's Health Plan
- UNICARE Health Plans of Texas
- United Healthcare
- Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
- West Houston Medical Center
What can cause heel pain?
James Ioli, DPM, Podiatry, answeredHeel pain may occur when the Achilles' tendon, which runs up the back of the heel, suffers damage, inflammation, or degeneration. With Achilles' tendinitis, the tendon becomes inflamed. A separate yet related problem, Achilles' tendinosis, occurs when the tendon actually degrades -- much like a rope fraying. Because the symptoms and treatment of these two problems are virtually the same, you may not know whether you have Achilles' tendinitis or tendinosis unless you ask your doctor. Many patients have both disorders. But it's good to know, because if you develop Achilles' tendinosis, it's vital that you take steps to protect your tendon from further structural damage.
What can I do to prevent an ankle sprain?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
There are many simple things that can be done to prevent an ankle sprain. Make sure your strength, flexibility, and endurance are appropriate for the type of sport you will be playing. Select footwear that fits well and is tailored for the activity in which you will be participating. Incorporating activities into your training routine that challenge your balance can also help reduce your risk of future ankle sprain. Examples of these activities include standing on one leg with your eyes open or closed. These activities should be modified by including single leg balancing on an unstable surface and eventually incorporating tasks that involve strength and power while balancing on an unstable surface. If you participate in a sport, be sure to incorporate plyometric drills on a regular basis with a special focus on proper biomechanics and balance.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Why does an ankle sprain cause lower leg pain?
Rolling or spraining the ankle can cause pain in the entire lower leg. Specifically, there can be pain along the outside portion of the lower leg that can run almost up to the knee. The cause of this is a high ankle sprain or a syndesmotic ankle sprain. There are two bones in the lower leg, the tibia and fibula. In between these two bones is a type of sheath that connects them. When the ankle is sprained, it can cause this sheath to tear, which causes pain in the lower leg. Depending on the length of the tear, the pain can be all the way to the knee. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)
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