By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Arthritis  

Ankle Arthritis is debilitating, making simple things like walking and running difficult. Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston and Pearland TX offers his patients several treatment options to deal with arthritis. Talk to your Houston Ankle Arthritis specialists today.

More About Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. This degenerative condition leads to increased fluid in the joints and about 55 million U.S. adults are diagnosed annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and "by 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) U.S adults aged 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis."

Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle:

Arthritic ankles may result in loss of mobility but early diagnosis and proper medical care by your Houston Ankle Arthritis doctor can limit or slow the damage. For early detection, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Early morning stiffness and limited motion of joint
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint
  • Redness, swelling, or heat in the joint
  • Skin changes (rashes and growths)

Ankle Arthritis Treatment:

Treatment options from your Houston Ankle Arthritis professional can vary from conservative non-surgical treatments to more invasive options like total ankle replacement.

1. Conservative Treatment Options:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Topical pain medications
  • Ankle bracing and supportive orthotics
  • Steroid injections in joints
  • Physical Therapy

2. Surgical Treatment Options Offered in Houston and Pearland:

Minor Surgeries:

  • Ankle arthroscopy is when the diseased cartilage is cleaned out.
  • Cartilage implant with stem cells regrows cartilage and Dr. Moss is one of few doctors who performs this procedure.
  • Arthroplasty and exostectomies are for repairing damaged joints.
  • Osteotomies reposition the affected joint to alleviate pressure.

Major Surgeries:

  • Total Ankle Replacement with implant


Need a consultation?

For more information about ankle arthritis treatment from Dr. Mark Moss, contact him at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates by calling his Houston, TX, office at (281) 484-2400, or his Pearland, TX, location at (281) 485-2988.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
May 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion   Bunion Pain  

How your podiatrist in Houston, TX, can help if you have a bunion

Bunions are a common, and often painful, foot problem. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in this country have had a bunion at some time in their lives!

Fortunately, your podiatrist can help with bunion pain. Here at Coastal Foot & Ankle, Dr. Mark H. Moss offers a wide variety of footcare services, including treatment for bunions. With two convenient office locations in Houston and Pearland, TX, we can help you and your feet feel better.

More about bunions

Narrow shoes aren’t the only thing that can cause bunions; they can also be caused by a bone defect in your foot. The big toe joint can jut outward, rubbing against the inside of your shoe. The rubbing causes friction, which causes inflammation, and eventually, bunion formation. This bunion appears as a large bony bump on your big toe joint.

You can do a lot to prevent bunions by wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with plenty of room for your toes. If you have a small bunion, you can find relief by:

  • Placing ice on the bunion several times each day
  • Placing inserts or padding inside your shoes
  • Taping the bunion and your foot for added support
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

If you have a large bunion, it’s best to seek out the help of your podiatrist. At Coastal Foot & Ankle, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
  • Performing toe exercises and physical therapy to maintain flexibility
  • Custom-fit orthotics or night splints to help stabilize and realign your toe and foot
  • Surgical treatment, to remove the bunion and straighten your toe

The caring professionals at Coastal Foot & Ankle are still seeing patients in the office, but due to COVID 19, telemedicine services are also available for certain services. To learn more about bunion treatment and telemedicine services, call Dr. Mark H. Moss of Coastal Foot & Ankle at (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office, or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland, Texas office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 19, 2020
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

If the underside portion of your feet doesn’t have arches and when your feet’s soles touch the floor completely when standing up, you have fallen arches or flat feet. Flat feet is actually a very common and typically painless condition that occurs when the feet’s arches don’t properly develop during childhood. However, flat feet could also develop following an injury or due to normal wear and tear.

If you are not experiencing any pain or difficulty with your flat feet, treatment may not be necessary. On the other hand, flat feet could, in some cases, contribute to various issues in the knees and ankles since the condition could change the legs’ alignment. If you’re feeling pain in your feet due to flat feet, you can visit us here at the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in our Pearland or Houston, TX, office so that Dr. Mark Moss can assess your condition and suggest proper treatment for it.


Symptoms of Flat Feet

For individuals experiencing symptoms of flat feet, pain in the arch or heel area is usually the most common. This pain might get worse with activity. Likewise, swelling along the ankle’s inside portion could occur.

If you’re feeling minor pain, you can try these easy tips:

  • Avoid activities that worsen your pain and perform low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or biking.
  • If you’re overweight, shedding some of those pounds could decrease undue pressure on your achy feet.
  • OTC pain relievers could help ease pain and inflammation.
  • Wear OTC arch supports and comfortable shoes to minimize the pressure and pain in your feet.


Medical Treatments for Flat Feet

If you’re experiencing pain due to your flat feet, your podiatrist in Houston, TX, could recommend a combination of the following treatments:

  • Your podiatrist may recommend orthotic devices, which are customized arch supports that are perfectly molded to your feet’s contours.
  • If you have a short Achilles tendon that’s aggravating your pain, your podiatrist may recommend specific exercises to alleviate your pain.
  • Depending on the intensity of your symptoms, they might contribute to injuries due to overuse. In this case, you may need physical therapy.
  • It’s also vital to note that surgery isn’t usually recommended for correcting flat feet. However, your podiatrist may recommend surgery for a related foot issue, like a tendon rupture or tear, that’s being aggravated by your flat feet.


Struggling with Flat Feet? Let Us Help

Arrange an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss here at the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. Call our Houston, TX, location at (281) 484-2400 or our Pearland, TX, location at (281) 485-2988 for more details.

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!

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