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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  • What is post-static dyskinesia?

    Post-static dyskinesia is a medical term referring to pain that occurs after a period of rest. It is often associated with heel pain, specifically plantar fasciitis. This condition is characterized by an inflammation of the fibrous band of tissues that run from your toes to your heel on the bottom of your foot. The inflamed band shortens and tightens when not in use—such as when you sleep or sit for a long period of time. Then, when you rise and try to put weight on your foot, it pulls on your heel, causing a stabbing pain.  This will subside as you walk around and the tissues loosen up, however, the relief is only temporary—pain will return again following a restful state.

    If you are experiencing early morning heel pain, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis or another associated condition. It’s best to get your foot looked at by Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. Call (512) 328-8900 for an appointment, or stop by our Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists office in Austin, TX. We can determine why you are feeling discomfort and treat the problem accordingly, so you can start your day out right!

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  • What are the benefits of orthotics?

    From pain relief to biomechanical corrections, there are many benefits of orthotics for those with foot problems. An orthotic device slipped into your shoe can redistribute weight and reduce pressure in bothersome areas. This helps to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis, for example.

    Orthotics also provide additional support for arches and ankles, increasing stability and possibly even preventing falls in older people. Podiatrists can even make custom orthotics that mold to your unique feet and address your specific problems. Although they will eventually provide additional comfort, orthotics shoe inserts do take some getting used to. There will be a period of “breaking-in” time, but once you get used to them, you’ll be amazed at the difference they make.

    Learn more about the benefits of orthotics from Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 or visit our Austin, TX, location.

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  • How do you treat tarsal tunnel syndrome?

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) can be treated through a variety of conservative methods if addressed quickly. Never ignore pain in your feet and ankles, because loss of feeling or tingling and burning can be symptoms of a serious problem such as a compressed nerve. After a complete evaluation and diagnosis, anti-inflammatory medications or injections may be recommended. Custom orthotics are often used to decrease stress on the affected tibial nerve. Of course, putting your feet up and resting is another vital piece of the puzzle.

    If symptoms persist, or if you have let them go on unaddressed, a surgical procedure such as a tarsal tunnel release may be necessary. Amazingly, the ligaments will reattach as they heal, providing relief and strengthening your foundation. At Houston Foot and Ankle Specialists, foot surgery expert Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS is here to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome and help you find relief from your discomfort. Dial (512) 328-8900 today, or request an appointment online.

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  • Why does the ball of my foot hurt?

    Metatarsalgia is most likely the cause of your ball of the foot pain, and there are a variety of reasons that you might be suffering from it. Whether the problem is attributed to poor shoe choices, an increase in weight, a stress fracture, arthritis, a deformity (such as a bunion or hammertoes), or a high arch, something has changed the way that your feet work. The result is excessive stress on the ball of the foot.

    Resolving your pain will mean getting to the source of the problem. While it may be helpful to rest and ice your feet, it will be most effective to determine the exact cause. Don’t spend time guessing when you can have all of your questions answered, and find the treatment that will resolve your ball of the foot pain. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS provide excellence in podiatry at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call (512) 328-8900 today, or visit us online.

  • What is EPAT?

    EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment.  This technology allows us to provide the most advanced, highly effective treatment options more quickly and economically as compared to traditional treatment methods.  EPAT is a scientifically proven procedure that represents a breakthrough in regenerative medicine treatment options for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions utilizing a proprietary set of unique acoustic pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.

  • I've had orthotics before that didn't work, why should I think that yours would?

    In short, there are no guarantees that anything will work, but with this being said, this orthotic technology is a proven to work system that places the bones of your foot in a more corrected and subsequently functional position. Many orthotics do not achieve that as they are made using a different technology. The technology that is used by your doctor is total contact orthotics which is uniquely different than anything else on the market. It is advised that you communicate your concerns and experience to your doctor before you get started so that they can firstly assess why the previous orthotics did not work for you and secondly, so that they can explain to you why the total contact orthotics will in fact work to handle your particular situation. 

  • Why does my heel feel better when I wear high heels?

    Heels elevate the heel bone off the ground and place slack in the Achilles tendon, eliminating much of the stretch in the tendon that would cause the pain.

  • Why does my heel hurt first thing in the morning?

    As you sleep your body relaxes and the tendons of the foot and ankle shorten.  If there is any trauma in these tissues they heal overnight in the shortened position.  As you wake up in the morning and stretch these tendons to there longest position the parts of the tissue that healed overnight rip open again and give you pain.  This commonly last approximately 10-15 minutes in the morning. 

  • Is there a brace to take pressure off of my Achilles tendon?

    There are several.  A visit to your podiatric physician will confirm the diagnosis and prescribed the appropriate brace for your individual needs.

  • Who is the best doctor to treat your Achilles tendon pain?

    Podiatric physicians and surgeons entire training is focused on the treatment and diagnosis of the foot and ankle.