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Houston Orthopedic Doctors

Feet First

We treat a full range of acute and chronic foot and ankle injuries and conditions.

As experts in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions, we know how much foot and ankle pain can impact your quality of life.

Minor foot or ankle problems have the potential to turn into serious medical concerns. Whether a patient is suffering from a chronic disorder or an acute injury of the foot or ankle, our team of experienced orthopedic specialists and podiatrists are available to treat different types of food and ankle injuries, disorders and diseases.

Some of the Foot and Ankle Conditions We Treat

We treat a full range of acute and chronic foot and ankle injuries including, but not limited to:

Achilles tendon tear or rupture – The Achilles tendon connects the back of the calf to the heel. It may be ruptured through strenuous physical activity, by landing awkwardly after a jump or from direct trauma. The tendon may partially tear or completely rupture causing pain in the back of the heel. Learn more about Achilles tendon tear or rupture.

Bunions – A bunion is the protrusion of bone or tissue around a joint, occurring most often at the base of the big toe. If the joint continues to be stressed, it can lead to more serious foot conditions such as arthritis. Learn more about bunions.

Foot/Bone fractures – The bones in the foot may be broken in many ways from falls, overuse or severe trauma to the bone or ankle as in an auto accident. Metatarsal fractures are the most common traumatic foot injuries. Learn more about foot fractures.

Plantar fasciitis – The plantar fascia is the thick tissue on the bottom of your foot that connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. When that tissue becomes swollen, inflamed or irritated from long-distance running, wearing shoes with little to no arch support or obesity, it is called plantar fasciitis. The most common symptom is pain and stiffness at the bottom of the heel. Learn more about plantar fasciitis.

Hammertoes – A common deformity of the toe in which the toe buckles, causing the second toe to bend downward or into a claw-like position. Hammertoe is more likely to occur if you are wearing too small or too narrow shoes. In rare cases, all toes are affected. Learn more about hammertoes.

Ankle sprain – An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect the bones to one another. It usually causes swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight. Learn more about ankle sprains.

Fungal nail – A fungus infection of the toenail is one of the most common dermatologic disorders affecting the foot. It is characterized by a thickening of the toenail due to debris, causing a change in nail color and occasionally an odor. Learn more about fungal nails and read the nail fungus blog post on Doc Talk.

Learn about other feet and ankle conditions we treat:

Diagnosing Foot and Ankle Problems

Finding possible causes of foot or ankle pain begins with a close examination of the affected area through:

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • CT Scan
  • Imaging 

Treating Foot and Ankle Conditions

With our multidisciplinary approach to foot and ankle care, our doctors work closely with one another to help restore full functionality. Our team of Podiatry, Radiology, Sports Medicine and Physical and Rehabilitation physicians can find the best solution to help minimize pain and healing time. The goal is to use non-surgical or surgical treatment options to help facilitate a quick return to daily activities, work and sports.

Surgery for Persistent Foot and Ankle Problems

In some cases, medication or rehabilitation may not be enough to heal an ongoing foot or ankle issue. At this time, your Kelsey-Seybold sports medicine and orthopedic specialists will discuss your surgical options and help decide what is best for you.  When joints, bones or ligaments are severely damaged, surgery might be an important option to help regain freedom from pain and greater mobility. Some of the foot and ankle surgery solutions may include: flat foot reconstruction, total ankle arthroplasty, bunion correction, ankle arthroscopy, open reduction and internal fixation, hammertoe repair, fusions or arthrodesis, repair of the Achilles tendon and more.

Meet Your Foot and Ankle Specialists for Life

Foot and ankle surgery

Dr. Oladapo Alade​


Dr. Sarita Dillard
Dr. James Han
Dr. Esther Jonas
Dr. Roxanne Toole

Diabetic foot care

Pamela Cayer, PA-C


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