Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Injury Questions

If you have questions about foot and ankle injuries in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to treat your injury and get you back to the activities you love. Call us today if you have been injured.


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  • How long do ankle fractures take to heal?

    Ankle fracture recovery time depends on your individual health and the seriousness of your injury. A simple fracture where the bones stay aligned will heal more quickly than a complex one that requires surgery. In general, you can expect six or more weeks to recover. Even after that, you may need to take it easy for a time. The doctors will check your healing progress by taking regular X-rays and using them to determine when it is safe for you to return to your activities.

    Focused care during your recovery also makes a difference. Keep the joint immobilized and follow all your instructions for bearing weight or physical therapy. Healthy eating and activity habits will boost your immune system and benefit your bone growth. If you think you may have an ankle fracture, or have any other lower limb discomfort, contact the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment or more information. Call (512) 328-8900 or visit the online contact page to reach us.

  • Does laser therapy hurt?

    No. Laser therapy with the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) is pain-free and effective. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS, your Austin experts in podiatry, are pleased to provide their patients with this state-of-the-art, conservative treatment option. No one wants to change their routine due to foot or ankle pain. MLS laser therapy reduces discomfort and inflammation that can result from common conditions of the feet and ankles.

    Whether you’ve experienced joint pain, or harm to your tendons and ligaments, your recovery time can be decreased through these treatments. Pre and post-surgery usage encourages healing, so you can get back to your day-to-day activities as soon as possible.

    At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, your foot health is our top priority. There’s no need to suffer with foot and ankle pain. Call (512) 328-8900 today to schedule an evaluation with our expert staff. Discover how great your feet can feel!



  • Does barefoot running hurt your feet?

    The minimalist shoe movement has not backed up their claims of lowering injury rates with any hard data. Clinical observations seem to indicate that there is a change in injury pattern among minimalist shoe wearers. Clinically, those changing to minimalis tshoes and forefoot strike often present with forefoot stress fractures or calf and Achilles tendon pain. We advocate that if runners who would like to use minimalist shoes should follow the consensus of advice which is to carefully and slowly transition or integrate minimalist shoe use into their training program.

    A general agreement exists that most running injuries are injuries ofoveruse. A detailed history must be taken and all aspects of a patient’s exercise program must be evaluated.

    Please consider the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to help with all your running needs. Call for an appointment at 512-328-8900.

  • Are orthotics helpful for treating bunion deformities?

    We get asked this question quite often during any given day. Most people have some limited motion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ), which causes compression of the joint when the toe attempts to move. The compensation for patients to partially mitigate this compression force is by pushing the first metatarsal medially, which may cause a bunion in some people. The functional control of a total contact orthotic allows patients with bunions to postiviely respond by restoring motion of the MTPJ during gait. The orthotics also allows the first MTPJ reduce the compression forces associated with a failure of the joint to move.

    If you believe that you may require an orthotic before surgical management of your bunion, call the doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at 512-328-8900.

  • Child is complaining of pain, do they still need orthotics?

    This is probably one of the toughest questions that every parent must answer when it comes to their child’s health. It is also represents one of the big­gest shortcomings of our health care system, and illustrates the view that “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”. Or alternatively, “Whatever the problem is, the child will outgrow it”. This is an individual decision that every parent has to make with the assistance of their health care provider. Considerations in this decision should include the preventative payoffs for instituting such therapy weighed against any potential down-side which is often primarily financial. Please don't allow this to be a deterent, we can help.

  • Will my child become dependent on orthotics and have to wear them for the rest of his or her life?

    Just as your child presents with unique clin­ical situations, his or her orthotic is a unique and custom device. Some problems can be prevented without life long wear, some devel­opmental problems may require longer term use, and some children would simply benefit from prevention their whole lives. Consider the use of eyeglasses in children. The con­cern that a child will become dependent on the prescription eyewear is not a valid reason to dismiss the correction needed to im­prove visual function.

  • How often do I have to replace my child's orthotics?

    When your child is un­dergoing rapid growth, his or her orthotics will need to be replaced approxi­mately every 2 shoe sizes, or every 1-2 years. We understand the financial considerations involved with your child’s health and we make it affordable to change the orthotic prescrip­tion in response to your child’s improvements in growth and development. Reevaluation of your child as he or she develops will often lead to changes in the orthotic prescription.

  • How do you detect PAD in individuals with diabetes?

    There is a new technology that helps detect one of diabetes' most harmful complications.  It is called DDOT or dynamic diffuse optical tomography.  It is a noninvasive, light based imaging modality developed by researchers at Columbia University that will allow clinicians to diagnosis and monitor peripheral artery diasese in individuals with diabetes more accurately.

    Currently, noninvasive diagnostic methods for detecting PAD are limited to ankle brachial index or ABI and lower-limb duplex ultrasound which may not reveal the full picture of blood flow in the extermities in some cases.

    DDOT may give clinicians the clearest picture yet of the quality of blood flow in the patients extremities by obtaining a direct measure of the distal perfusion rather than the surrogate ones yielded by the previously metioned modalities.  This is accomplished by a near infrared optical tomography imager to send light through optical fibers into the tissue of the foot via a measuring probe placed around the foot.

    If you suspect yourself or someone you know may be suffering from PAD, please make an appointment by calling 512-328-8900 to determine your risk of complications from this condition.  The doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are experts in the diagnosis and detection of PAD.

  • What is PRP?

    Platelet-rich-plasma is an autologous, biological, blood derived product, which one can exogenously apply to a variety of tissues.  The PRP releases high concentrations of platlet-derived growth factors that enhance wound, bone, and tendon healing. Growth factors release when the platlets become activated, subsequently initiating the body's natural healing reponse.  Platlet-rich therapy is safe and the technique does not impair the biomechanical function of the foot.

    The doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists utilize PRP injections as a second line treatment of more chronic and thickened fascial, ligamentous and tendon conditions.

    Call to make an appointment at 512-328-900 if you believe that you may benefit for this advanced treatment protocol.


  • What is Topaz?

    The doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists continue to offer the latest technology available to allow our patients a quick, straightfoward and minimally invasive technique to return them to their daily acitivities from conditions like plantar fasciitis.

    With this percutaneous procedure, we make approximately 20 to 25 holes with a needle throught the skin to the level of the plantar fascia in a grid pattern.  We would then introduce the Topaz probe and release a Coablation energy force in each hole locations, breaking up scar tissue and increasing vascularity to the plantar fascia region.  Topaz procedures have also been associated with increased strength in the plantar fascia insertion and decreased small fiber pain in the region of the plantar fascia insertion

    For more information and and appointment to learn more about Topaz call us at 512-28-8900.