By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 19, 2021
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist   Appointment  

Pain and stiffness should not be part of your everyday life, particularly where your feet and ankles are concerned. At Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston and Pearland, TX, your podiatrists get to the source of discomfort and dysfunction. So, don't wait to see Dr. Mark Moss or Dr. Hina Hassan regain your podiatric health.

Reasons to See a podiatrist

Your feet and ankles are tremendously complex. They each contain 26 bones, networked by many tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. These structures must work in concert, or your gait, activity level, and overall well-being suffer.

Accordingly, when something goes awry in your lower extremities, you need expert help. In Houston, TX, your podiatrists at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates encourage people over 40 to come in for a routine foot and ankle exam annually. Preventive care catches developing problems while they can be solved easily. Plus, our team asks you to book an appointment whenever you experience the following:

  1. You have foot or ankle pain. Maybe you twisted your ankle while running. Or, you have persistent heel pain or discomfort across the arch of one or both feet. Whatever the circumstance, pain is abnormal and should be addressed with an in-office exam, X-rays, and other imaging and diagnostics as needed.
  2. You have a sore or a wound which will not heal. If you are a diabetic or have problems with peripheral circulation, please don't wait. Healthgrades says that podiatric care reduces the chances of limb amputation in diabetics by as much as 50 percent.
  3. You have plantar warts, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, or Athlete's foot. Yes, these are common foot conditions, but they can impede your normal activities if ignored. Your podiatrist In Houston, TX, can deal with these issues quickly and efficiently so you feel better fast.
  4. You see your foot-shape changing. Maybe you are toeing-in or have a bumpy bunion forming at the base of your big toe. Simple interventions can correct these issues, and if you do need foot surgery, Dr. Moss or Dr. Hassan can help you with that as well.
  5. You have begun a new athletic routine, such as running. See your podiatrist first to make sure your feet and ankles are strong enough for this endeavor. He or she may suggest new shoes or orthotics that avert gait and overuse issues. Plus, your podiatric team knows what conditioning exercises and stretches are best for your particular sport.

We look forward to seeing you

At Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston and Pearland, TX, your friendly podiatrists--Dr. Hassan and Dr. Moss--will help you have the best feet and ankles possible. Phone for an appointment at one of our two convenient locations. In Houston, phone (281) 484-2400, and in Pearland, TX, call (281) 485-2988.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
November 23, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions can be a real nuisance, especially if they are beginning to affect your toes. However, you don’t need to see a podiatrist every time you had a minor problem with your bunions. There are things you can do at home to ease your discomfort. If you are having persistent pain due to bunions, Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Pearland and Houston, TX can help provide a solution.

Treating Bunions at Home

Although bunions are permanent unless you have surgery, Houston and Pearland, TX residents who suffer from bunions can use the following tips to help ease the discomfort of their bunions:

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight will put more pressure on your feet.
  • Cushion your toe: Use a bunion pad or cushion to protect your bunion from pressure from your shoe.
  • Use orthotics: Special shoe inserts can help to reposition or feet to ease the pressure on your bunion.
  • Use a night splint: Discuss this with your podiatrist, it may help to hold your toe straight and ease discomfort while you are sleeping.
  • Use an O-T-C pain killer: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen can help with the pain.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes: Avoid heels and shoes that compress your toes. Choose shoes with a wide toe box with enough room to let your toes rest in their natural position. It’s best to get your feet measured before you buy shoes.
  • Stretch and rest: Do some basic stretching exercises every day to promote flexibility in your toes and feet. Rest your feet without shoes as often as you can when you’re at home.

If you would like to find out more about treatment for your bunions, call Dr. Moss today in Pearland at (281) 485-2988 and in Houston at (281) 484-2400!

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
November 06, 2020
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Replacement  

Arthritis can affect just about every joint in the body, including the ankle. When your ankles are affected by this inflammatory disorder, walking and standing can be very uncomfortable, even impossible on some days. Fortunately, podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss is experienced in ankle replacement surgery, which restores flexibility and offers pain relief. Below, a few questions about ankle replacement are addressed.

Who is a candidate for ankle replacement?

Like many other surgeries, ankle replacement is considered after other, less invasive treatments such as physical therapy, ankle braces, and injections of cortisone have failed to bring relief. Most patients are over the age of 60 who are not considered overweight and do not participate in high-impact activities, such as running. Those with circulation problems or nerve damage (a common issue with diabetes) may not be good candidates for ankle replacement. To determine what's best for you, a thorough consultation with your Houston podiatrist will be conducted.

How is ankle replacement done?

During ankle replacement surgery, your podiatrist will remove the parts of the joints that are affected by arthritis. These areas are then carefully replaced with artificial joints manufactured from plastic or metal. Any incisions are sutured and your ankle will be immobilized with a splint.

How long does it take to recover from ankle replacement?

It takes time for your natural bone to fuse with the new replacement parts. During the first few weeks, crutches or other mobility devices will be necessary to keep you from putting weight on your ankle. After that, you'll continue to wear a splint or brace while undergoing physical therapy. It can take as long as a year before completely normal activity can be resumed. Frequent checkups with your Houston podiatrist will determine how you're healing.

If you think an ankle replacement could benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss by contacting Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston, Texas at (281) 484-2400. Our friendly scheduling staff would be happy to set you up with a consultation to explore your options.

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.

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