By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
December 26, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Is heel pain keeping you from your normal routine? Here’s what could be going on.

Our Houston podiatrists Dr. Mark Moss & Dr. Hina Hassan see a ton of different foot and ankle problems each and everyday; however, one of the most common complaints is heel pain. Are you dealing with heel pain? If you said “yes” it’s natural to wonder why this is happening to you.

Here’s what could be going on:

Plantar fasciitis

This is the most common cause of heel pain, particularly in runners, those with flat feet and people who are on their feet most of the day for work. Repeated stress placed on the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the soles of the feet, results in heel pain that can also radiate to the arches of the feet (this is because the plantar fascia are also responsible for supporting the arches).

Signs of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning
  • A stabbing pain under the foot
  • Pain that gets worse when climbing steps
  • Stiffness in and around the heel

Achilles tendonitis

If you are experiencing pain behind the heel right above the heel bone this is most likely due to Achilles tendinitis. This is another overuse injury that results in inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Along with pain behind the heel you may also experience pain on the inner or outer part of the heel, as well as cramping calf muscles. Achilles tendonitis symptoms usually start out minor but will progress if left untreated.

Heel bursitis

If you wear shoes that are too tight or if you participate in any activities in which you may strike the ground with your heel then you may end up with heel bursitis, a condition that causes inflammation at the back of the heel where the bursa are located, fluid-filled sacs that are designed to cushion and protect joints throughout the body.

You might have heel bursitis if:

  • You notice swelling behind the Achilles tendon
  • There is pain or tenderness behind the heel that develops gradually
  • There is pain in the calf muscles
  • Your heel is red or warm to the touch
  • Mobility has been affected
  • There is pain when putting pressure or weight on the heels

Since 2003, Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates has been providing trustworthy and reliable podiatry services in Pearland or Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas. If heel pain is happening to you find out what’s going on. Call our office in Houston, TX, at (281) 484-2400 and our Pearland office at (281) 485-2988 and schedule an evaluation today.

By By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
December 03, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunion  

Dealing with bunions? A bunion is a misalignment of the big toe joint which causes the big toe to deviate. Pain and redness may occur. BunionsBunions sometimes run in families. Wearing narrow shoes can also cause bunions because they put a strain on the muscles and bones in your feet. Led by Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan, Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates (offices in Pearland and Houston, TX) offers state-of-the-art podiatric care to the patients they serve. Let's have a look at some of the treatment options for bunions.

1. Padding and Taping: Padding and taping is usually the first step in bunion treatment. Padding and taping can ease your discomfort by realigning the joint and take pressure off the bunions. Padding and taping also increases blood flow to the areas for increased anti-inflammatory effect and pain relief.

2. Medications: Bunion pain may respond to treatment with over-the-counter medicines such as naproxen, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. If you have severe pain, your doctor may recommend a prescription medication. Your doctor may also recommend a medication to relieve swelling. Anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce both pain and inflammation.

3. Injection Therapy: Cortisone injections, also called steroid injections, are frequently used for treating bunions. Steroid injections include a corticosteroid medication to relieve pain and swelling over time and an anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief. You can get steroid injections at your doctor's office.

4. Custom Orthotics: Custom foot orthotics can be helpful in treating bunions. Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to cushion and support your feet. They can help take pressure off bunions and alleviate your pain. You can get custom orthotics from your podiatrist. Custom orthotics have been proven to be highly successful when used under the treatment of a doctor.

5. Bunion Surgery: Your doctor may recommend surgery your bunions are very painful or have a big effect on your life. The goal of bunion surgery is to correct the deformity, improve function and relieve pain. Various types of surgical procedures are available to correct bunions. You may get it done in a hospital or surgery center.

It's time to get your life back! If you want freedom from pain, call Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates at (281) 485-2988 today to schedule a consultation in Pearland, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule a consultation in Houston, TX. Our treatments bring real relief to bunion pain sufferers!

By Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS
November 07, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Find out if your heel pain could be due to this common foot problem.

Containing more than 100 tendons, 33 joints, and 26 bones, our feet are more complex than we often give them credit for. Furthermore, Plantar-Fasciitisbetween pounding the pavement for your morning run, going up flights of stairs, and carting heavy groceries around the market, your feet are constantly working—therefore, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that they also develop painful issues now and then. One of today's most common podiatric issues is plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the tendon that connects the heel to the ball of the foot and provides support for the arches.

Read on to learn the warning signs of plantar fasciitis, and how our podiatrists in Pearland and Houston, TX, Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan, can treat it.


What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom is heel pain, which is usually worse in the morning because the relaxed tendon has suddenly been stretched when getting out of bed. While this heel pain can ease up as you start moving around, you may find it being exacerbated when standing for long periods of time or after exercise. In these cases, it’s important to not ignore your heel pain, and give your feet time to rest and heal. If you don’t, this condition could turn chronic.


How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Most of the time, plantar fasciitis will go away with simple conservative care such as resting, icing, stretching, and taking pain relievers. Of course, if you don’t see an improvement in your symptoms after a week of at-home care, then it’s time to turn to our Houston foot doctor. If you’ve never had plantar fasciitis before or if you’ve never dealt with heel pain, then it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist to determine the cause before you decide to treat it on your own.

A podiatrist can recommend certain stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as the proper footwear to support your heel and arches. A foot doctor can also make custom orthotics (i.e. shoe inserts) that can also provide cushioning and support for your feet.


Give us a call

Coastal Foot & Ankle has offices in Houston and Pearland, TX, to serve you better. Whether you are dealing with ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, or other problems affecting the health of your feet or ankles, our podiatry team can help—for the Houston office, call (281) 484-2400, and for the Pearland location, dial (281) 485-2988,

By Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS
June 12, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

Have you ever heard the term "flat foot"? In podiatry, a flat foot means that the arch of the foot lacks proper height, a characteristic which flat feetcan result in some serious pain. Fortunately, here at Coastal Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX, flat feet get the treatment they deserve! Dr. Moss and Dr. Hassan can help correct the problem, allowing patients to have pain-free movement and be as active as they want to be.


How flat feet happen

Your Houston podiatrists see many patients with flat feet, an attribute that they largely blame on heredity. In other words, flat feet run in families.

However, some developmental and health conditions may also contribute to flat feet, including:

  • Traumatic injury to the foot (a ruptured tendon or a fracture as examples)
  • Obesity
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Arthritis


Diagnosis and treatment of flat feet

If you're experiencing any recurring foot pain, please contact Coastal Foot and Ankle. Here, Dr. Moss or Dr. Hassan will examine your feet, perform an X-ray screening, and do a gait analysis (see how you place your feet when you walk).

Usually, people with fallen arches pronate (i.e. roll) their feet toward the midline as they walk. While this is normal for young children to do, older children, teens, and adults should all have an obvious-looking and pain-free arch.

Your foot doctor will customize your care plan to suit your foot structure, medical needs, level of activity, and age. Care strategies may include:

  • Rest and ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Taping of the arch to support it
  • Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, to correct gait problems and provide proper support
  • Changing footwear to quality sneakers or other kinds of shoes which provide ample arch support
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as cortisone injections or over-the-counter ibuprofen
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Braces for the affected tendon

Most cases of flat feet respond well to conservative measures. However, sometimes surgery is the best option to correct deficiencies in tendon structure and function. Both Dr. Hassan and Dr. Moss are experts in reconstructive surgeries of the foot. So, you know you are in the best of hands.


Fix those flat feet

Here at Coastal Foot and Ankle, our professional staff is ready and eager to help you feel good and be as mobile as possible. For a consultation, please contact one of our two offices: for Pearland, phone (281) 485-2988, and for Houston, call (281) 484-2400.

By By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
April 25, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Some foot-related issues, such as bunions, generally grow slowly over time, often making their symptoms unnoticeable until they are in Bunionstheir advanced stages. However, understanding the warning signs for bunions can help you get the preventative help that you need while the condition is still easy to treat! Read below to learn more about bunions and their treatments, and for personal care, contact Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates with locations in both Pearland and Houston, TX.


What is a bunion?
A bunion occurs when the bone at the base of the big toe develops an outward growing deformity, a growth that then produces a lump on the inside of the foot which pushes the big toe toward the smaller toes. Though it develops slowly and often produces only mild symptoms, a bunion can eventually advance into a painful, irritating condition.


Do I have a bunion?
A bunion is often visually obvious and carries with it a few signs and symptoms that mean it is time to see your podiatrist. These include:

  • A lump at the base of the big toe
  • Pain at the base of the big toe
  • Irritation or redness from friction caused by wearing shoes
  • Shoes have stopped fitting correctly due to the lump
  • Corns and calluses caused by overlapping toes
  • Decreased range of motion for the big toe

If you think that you may have a bunion, your podiatrist can help monitor—or even prevent—its growth and help you find the best treatment for your condition.


Bunion treatments from our Pearland and Houston offices
If your foot doctor determines that you have a bunion, they may simply suggest some lifestyle changes, such as wearing more comfortable shoes, to help slow the bunion’s growth. In more advanced cases, however, a treatment called bunionectomy may become necessary. This surgical procedure removes the bunion and, in relevant cases, realigns the toes and their connective tissues to lie flat once again.


Call today!

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates with locations in Pearland and Houston, TX!

Call (281) 485-2988 to schedule an appointment at the Pearland office or (281) 484-2400 to schedule your appointment at the Houston office.

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