By Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates
January 17, 2023
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion   Bunion Surgery  

Struggling with bunions is more than an aesthetic problem, the foot condition can cause painful symptoms over time. Your podiatrist offers a wide variety of conservative treatments that can help to manage the discomfort of bunions, but for long-term relief, surgery may be your best option. To learn about all your treatment options for bunions in Pearland and Houston, TX, you can reach out to Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates.

Symptoms

It's generally accepted that bunions occur as a result of genetics, that is, if bunions are common in your family you are at higher risk of developing the condition.

They develop over time due to the pressure and motion on the joint, which is caused by improper support in your foot forcing your toe joint into bearing more stress than it typically would.

Although it's not always painful, it's still possible to run into complications due to your feet not correctly fitting into shoes and because the joint carries too much of weight.

Treatment

A bunion occurs when your big toe leans inward and bends toward the rest of your toes and the joint of the big toe then moves outwards and creates the large telltale bump on the side of your foot. This means that the bump you feel is the bone of your joint, so it's important to be wary of over-the-counter treatments that promise to reverse it. But for most people, this is impossible without surgical intervention.

So if nonsurgical treatments are not proven effective at alleviating your discomfort, or if you simply wish to be rid of the bunion for aesthetic reasons or want to avoid future complications, then speak with your podiatrist about what surgical treatment they recommend.

Bunions Treatment in Pearland and Houston, TX

If you are looking for relief for the pain and discomfort brought on by bunions you can schedule a visit with Dr. Moss Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates by dialing (281) 485-2988 to reach the Pearland, TX, office and (281) 484-2400 for Houston, TX.

By Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates
November 09, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ankle Arthritis  

How your podiatrist in Pearland, and Houston, TX, can help you get relief from ankle arthritis

When you have arthritis, it can be painful and difficult to move. When you have ankle arthritis, you may have problems with ankle stability, which may cause you to remain inactive. Ankle arthritis can impact your life. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help you feel better.

Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates provides comprehensive podiatry services, including treatment of ankle arthritis. They have two convenient office locations in Pearland, and Houston, TX, to help you get relief from ankle arthritis.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis which can affect your ankles. Osteoarthritis can be caused by an injury, wear-and-tear, aging, and other causes. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition.

These are some of the most common signs and symptoms of ankle arthritis:

  • Chronic pain in your ankle joints
  • Stiffness and swelling in your ankle joints
  • Redness and inflammation at your ankle joints
  • Pain and difficulty moving your ankles
  • Loss of range-of-motion in your ankles

You can try a few simple tips at home to get relief. Remember to:

  • Place an ice pack or heat on your ankle joints
  • Stay moving with low impact activities
  • Rest and take the weight off your ankles
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications

For moderate to severe ankle arthritis, you should visit your podiatrist and ankle surgeon, who may recommend:

  • Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication to decrease inflammation and swelling
  • Topical medications to reduce pain at your ankle joint
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to decrease stiffness and help keep you mobile
  • Orthotics, splints, or braces to help relieve stress on your joints
  • Steroid or joint lubricant injections at the ankle joint to help improve flexibility

In severe cases, surgery may be indicated. Types of surgery for arthritis include joint repair, joint replacement, or joint fusion.

To read more detailed information about ankle arthritis treatment including surgery, please visit the Ankle Arthritis section on the website by clicking here.

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ankle arthritis, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. You can reach them in Pearland, TX, by calling (281) 485-2988, or in Houston, TX, by calling (281) 484-2400, so call now.

By Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates
September 01, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Is it time to schedule an appointment with us?

If you are dealing with foot and ankle problems, then your primary care doctor may recommend that you turn to our Houston, TX, podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss for care. Dr. Moss has undergone specialized training to diagnose and treat various injuries, conditions, and illnesses that impact the feet and ankles.

You Have Diabetes

It’s common for individuals with diabetes to deal with poor circulation, nerve damage, ulcers, and other serious health problems that can impact the feet. If you have diabetes, it’s essential that you turn to our Houston, TX, podiatrists at least once a year to evaluate your foot health and make sure your feet remain healthy. This is the best preventive measure you can take for your feet. And when symptoms and problems arise that require immediate attention? Our team can also provide same-day care for immediate needs.

You Sustained a Sports Injury

Athletes are prone to foot and ankle injuries of all kinds, from athlete’s foot and shin splints to heel pain and ankle fractures. We see many runners in our practice dealing with everything from bunion to joint issues due to repeated stress. If you sustain an injury, it’s good to turn to our podiatrist for treatment. Ignoring or improperly treating an injury could impede recovery and cause long-term complications such as pain, weakness, and instability.

You Have Joint Pain

Arthritis is a common progressive condition that often impacts the feet. When you notice redness, swelling or stiffness in the joints of the ankle or toe, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us. We can work with you to create a treatment plan to slow the disease’s progression and protect joints against severe damage.

You’re About to Start a New Activity

If you are about to start a new physical activity such as marathon running or CrossFit, did you know that you could benefit from turning to our Houston, TX, podiatrists first? It’s a good idea to have a professional evaluation with our team so we can pinpoint any conditions or problems and provide solutions such as custom shoe inserts or specialty footwear that could protect you from injury.

You should never ignore foot or ankle problems. If you are dealing with pain, swelling, injuries, or more, our Pearland and Houston, TX, podiatrist can provide you with the care, you’re looking for. Call Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates at (281) 485-2988 or (281) 484-2400 to schedule a consultation.

By Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates
July 13, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions

Dealing with heel pain? Find out what could be causing it.

Heel pain is incredibly common. One study found that about six out of 10 individuals have had heel pain. If this is something that you’re dealing with right now, you may be wondering what’s going on. Here are just some of the common causes of heel pain that our Houston, TX podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss diagnoses and treats,

Plantar Fasciitis

To figure out how to effectively treat your heel pain, you have first to understand what is causing your pain. The most common cause of heel pain is often plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia. This usually occurs due to overuse or overstretching of the tissue in the soles of the feet. Those who are pregnant, overweight, athletes or runners are more likely to experience plantar fasciitis at some point during their lifetime.

Achilles Tendonitis

If your heel pain doesn’t originate at the bottom of the heel but rather above the heel bone at the back of the leg, you could be dealing with Achilles tendonitis. Like plantar fasciitis, this condition is often brought about by overuse. If you participate in sports that require explosive jumping, you may be at risk for Achilles tendonitis. Those with tight or weak calf muscles are also prone to Achilles tendonitis.

Bursitis

Surrounding the joints are little fluid-filled sacs known as bursae, which help cushion and support the joints while in motion. When the bursae become inflamed, particularly around the heel, this can lead to pain that originates under or behind the heel. Bursitis may occur if you have structural imbalances that affect how you walk, or if you wear worn-out shoes that don’t provide your heel with enough support.

Heel Spur

A heel spur is a bony protrusion that often develops in the area where the heel bone and plantar fascia connect. This calcium deposit usually develops due to chronic stress and strain on the plantar fascia. As with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are pretty common in runners. Heel spurs may not be the root cause of your heel pain, but they can develop due to other foot problems such as plantar fasciitis.

Should I See a Podiatrist?

As you can see, it’s going to be tough to determine the root cause of your heel pain without the help of our qualified Houston, TX, team. We can perform a physical evaluation, ask you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing and perform imaging tests to detect the cause of your heel pain. If you’ve never dealt with heel pain before, our team can determine what’s causing your symptoms and provide you with an individualized treatment plan that fits your needs.

Suppose your heel pain is severe, chronic, due to an injury or making it difficult to walk around. In that case, these are all signs that it’s time to turn to our Houston and Pearland, TX, podiatrists and the Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates team for treatment and care. Call (281) 485-2988 or (281) 484-2400 to schedule an appointment.

By Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates
May 18, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Seeing A Podiatrist in Houston, TX

 
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.




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