By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 22, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain--it plagues you daily, especially in the morning. What's causing it? Though you are an avid runner, you haven't had any acute heel paininjuries. Could it be plantar fasciitis? Why not consult the experts at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates? This team of experienced foot and ankle surgeons treat numerous cases of heel pain in Pearland and Houston, TX, mostly with non-invasive strategies. You can get relief and be your usual active self again.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that most heel pain comes from an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Affecting about three million Americans, this stubborn problem goes largely unreported and untreated, states the APMA, but foot doctors agree that people needn't suffer from heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis occurs through repetitive stress on the foot from being on your feet all day or from walking, running or other sports. The foot overpronates, or rolls toward the inside, overstretching the plantar fascia, the connective tissue between the base of the toes and the heel bone, or calcaneous. A small heel spur often accompanies plantar fasciitis but does not really cause the condition.

If you're hurting, your foot doctor will ask you about your heel pain symptoms--where and when it happens, what seems to aggravate it and so on. He'll also perform a podiatric exam and take X-ray images to look at the internal structure of your foot. If confirmed as plantar fasciitis, several treatment strategies can help. Surgery (plantar fascia release) is a last resort and used only in extreme cases.

Treatment strategies for heel pain in Pearland and Houston

Changing to a more supportive shoe helps. Your foot doctor may advise wearing custom-made orthotics. These shoe inserts keep the foot from overpronating, alleviating pressure on the plantar fascia.

Sometimes, the professionals at Coastal Foot & Ankle use innovative Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. ESWT sends high energy waves into the inflamed tissue, relaxing it. Multiple treatments work well for persistent cases of heel pain, says Podiatry Today, but typically, it is not the first kind of therapy foot doctors choose.

Finally, simple stretching exercises and other kinds of physical therapy provide relief for many Houston heel pain patients.

Learn more

If your heel hurts, contact Coastal Foot & Ankle for a consultation. You can get the relief you deserve. For our Pearland location, please phone (281) 485-2988. For Memorial Hermann Southwest in Houston, call (281) 484-2400.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Does your bunion make walking or standing difficult? Our Pearland and Houston, TX, podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss shares a few tips that will bunionshelp ease your bunion pain.

Protect your bunion

A little padding will reduce pressure on your bunion when you wear shoes. Adhesive pads, available in the foot care aisle of Houston and Pearland drug stores, offer a low-cost, low-tech way to relieve bunion pain. The pads can also cushion corns that may develop on your toes as a result of your bunions.

Change your habits

High heels or tight shoes can worsen bunions and should be avoided. During your next shopping trip, look for shoes that offer extra room in the toe area and also provide plenty of cushioning. Reducing the amount of time you spend on your feet can also help you keep your pain under control. If you teach or work in sales or another occupation that requires frequent standing, you may benefit from using a stool. Anything you can do to reduce pressure on your feet will be helpful.

Visit the podiatrist

Bunions won't go away on their own, but your podiatrist can help you prevent them from worsening. During your visit to our Pearland or Houston office, we may recommend night splints that will improve the alignment of your toes while you sleep and custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that reposition your foot and help reduce pain.

Physical therapy, ultrasound treatment or cortisone injections may also be helpful. If conservative methods don't reduce your pain, or your bunions worsen, you may benefit from surgery. The extent of your surgery will depend on the severity of your condition but may involve removing bone and tissue and realigning the joints, muscles and tendons in your foot.

Don't let bunion pain keep you off your feet. Schedule an appointment with our podiatrist by calling (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
September 19, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: arthritis   ankle pain  

Ankle arthritis can have a dramatic impact on your life. When your ankles are stiff and painful, it's difficult to climb stairs, enjoy an after-arthritisdinner stroll or even stand in line at the grocery store. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to decrease your arthritis pain. Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston and Pearland, TX, shares a few tips that will help you deal with ankle arthritis.

Make some lifestyle changes

Although it's hard to give up favorite activities, making a switch to a low-impact form of exercise can protect your joints and ease your pain. When you substitute swimming or biking for running, you'll be able to work out without triggering a flareup of your painful symptoms. Consider making a few other changes to your normal routine, such as bringing a folding chair to your children's or grandchildren's soccer games or taking the elevator or escalator instead of the stairs.

Visit the foot doctor

When pain begins to control your life or walking has become increasingly difficult, a visit to our Houston or Pearland office may be a good idea. Depending on the extent and severity of your condition, we'll recommend one or more therapies designed to decrease your pain and increase your activity level. Physical therapy can improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles that support your ankle, while corticosteroid injections may decrease your pain.

Wearing custom-designed orthotics in your shoes or braces that support your ankles may also increase your comfort. Some people also benefit from injections that lubricate the joints. In many cases, a single injection can provide relief for up to six months.

If conservative treatment methods aren't effective, we may recommend arthroscopic surgery to remove diseased cartilage. Combining arthroscopic surgery with a cartilage implant with stem cells offers even more benefits than traditional arthroscopic surgery. Surgery may also be needed to remove bone spurs, reposition the ankle joint, fuse the bones in the joint or replace your arthritic ankle joint with an implant.

Podiatric treatments offer effective relief for ankle arthritis. If you're tired of suffering with arthritis pain, schedule an appointment with foot doctor Dr. Moss, by calling (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

When you have flat feet it means the arches of your feet are extremely low or completely flat. Having flat feet is not always cause for flat footconcern. However, if you are experiencing problems due to having flat feet, a podiatrist can help. At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss treats flat feet in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Signs of Flat Feet

If you are uncertain whether or not you have flat feet, there are some signs to look for. Signs you may have flat feet include:

  • Little to no arch
  • Achy or tired feet after extended periods of standing
  • Pain in the arch area of the foot
  • Pain in the heel area of the foot
  • Difficulty standing on your toes
  • Swelling of the inside of the ankle

Treatment Options

Many people with flat feet never experience any pain or discomfort due to their condition. However, for those who do have problems associated with flat feet, there are treatment options that can provide relief. In Pearland and Houston, flat feet can be treated by an experienced podiatrist. Treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief
  • Corticosteroids for pain relief
  • Orthotic shoe inserts
  • Foot braces or casts
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises

In many cases, flat feet do not cause any problems. However, some people with flat feet do experience pain and discomfort. A podiatrist can make recommendations to alleviate the discomfort. For treatment of flat feet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moss by calling Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates. Call (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland location.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
May 17, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

There are several different types and causes of pain in the feet. Some of the most common types of foot pain are felt in the heels. Heel heel painpain can make everything from standing to walking uncomfortable. A podiatrist can evaluate your feet and diagnose the cause of the pain so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. In Pearland and Houston, TX, heel pain is treated by Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates.

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by repeated stress to the heel of the foot. Certain types of workouts and regular participation in athletic activities can expose the feet to a lot of stress, which can lead to heel pain. Achilles tendonosis (also called tendonitis) and plantar fasciitis and the two most common types of heel pain. Pain is felt behind the heel with achilles tendonosis and on the bottom of the heel with plantar fasciitis. Both conditions can make walking, running and other activities painful. A podiatrist can recommend the right type of treatment for your heel pain.

Treatment Options

Several different options are available for treating heel pain in the Pearland and Houston area. The type of treatment you undergo will depend on the type and cause of your heel pain. Treatment options include:

  • Foot surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Doctor or physical therapist prescribed stretches
  • Orthotic foot supports or shoe inserts
  • Supportive shoes that fit properly
  • Resting the feet and heels
  • Prescription medications, including corticosteroids and other pain or anti-inflammatory medications

Whatever different foot issues are causing your pain, there is a treatment that can help. For treatment of heel pain, contact Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moss. Call (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office location or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.

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