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.
By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
May 13, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: arthritis  

Arthritis is a chronic condition that can manifest with inflammation and pain around your joints and arthritis in the feet can be especially difficult to endure. But there are things you can do to relieve arthritis symptoms, namely among them is visiting your doctor on a regular basis, learn more by reaching out to Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston, and Pearland TX.

Shoes

One of the easiest steps to take toward arthritis pain relief can be as simple as a change of shoes. Consider shoes that are both comfortable and that provide the support that your feet require. They should be wide enough at the front so that your toes don't bunch up and so they don't create or exacerbate problems such as bunions.

Stretch and Massage

Movement is key, whether in the form of exercise, stretches, or a gentle massage. Check with your doctor to find out what types of activities and stretches are safe for you, but the goal is to provide those affected joints some strength and relieve discomfort.

Over the Counter

Over-the-counter medication can also alleviate some of your symptoms, as is the case with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can reduce inflammation as well as pain. Topical pain relief can also be helpful, but in all circumstances regarding medication be sure to consult with your doctor.

Orthotic Devices

Your podiatrist may also prescribe orthotic devices to restore balance and stability, as well as a level of pain relief. An orthotic device can refer to a number of implements that are used to help you get around and provide the aforementioned benefits. From shoe inserts to a brace, or a cane, among others.

Surgery

In some circumstances, a conservative approach may not be enough to provide you with the pain relief you require. When the pain affects your daily life by severely limiting your ability to perform basic tasks then your doctor may suggest surgery. They will usually exhaust all other means of treatment before suggesting it, but for many, it's exactly what they need.

Arthritis Pain Treatment in Houston, and Pearland TX

If you are suffering from arthritis visiting your podiatrist at least once a year is usually recommended. During these visits, your doctor can assess any changes to your condition and explore if there need to be adjustments to your treatment.

But don't wait if your arthritis-related symptoms are interfering with your everyday activities, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston, and Pearland TX, by dialing (281) 484-2400 (Houston office) or (281) 485-2988 (Pearland office).

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 24, 2022
Category: Podiatry

At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss and our team are ready to answer your questions about your ankle replacement options in Houston, TX and Pearland TX. If you're struggling with severe pain, stiffness or inflammation in one or both of your ankles, schedule your consultation with us today.

A Closer Look at Ankle Replacement

Ankle replacement is a surgical procedure to replace a severely damaged ankle joint with an implant. Arthritis and other conditions or injuries can damage the ankle joint over time, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Fortunately, advancements in technology make it possible for orthopedic surgeons to enhance a person's quality of life with ankle replacement surgery in Houston and Pearland, TX.

Should You Consider Ankle Replacement Surgery?

Most people choose to have an ankle replacement when they've suffered a severe injury to the ankle joint or arthritis has completely worn away the smooth cartilage covering the surface of the ankle bones. Millions of Americans visit their doctors for ankle pain. Sports injuries and vigorous activities from work and exercise put added stress on the ankle joints.

If you leave ankle pain untreated, it will get worse as time passes. If you don't have Dr. Moss evaluate your ankle pain and give you a diagnosis, ankle replacement surgery may be your only option. When the doctors evaluate your ankles, they'll test your range of motion, assess any swelling you may have, and then order X-rays, MRIs or CAT scans to identify any fractures, bone spurs or damaged cartilage.

In most cases, doctors will typically recommend treating ankle injuries with ice/heat, rest, or physical therapy. However, patients with advanced arthritis, missing cartilage or poor healing from a serious fracture may need a full ankle replacement.

If the doctors recommend ankle replacement surgery, it will involve using prosthetics or metal and plastic joints to completely rebuild the ankle joints. You may need additional procedures and physical therapy after the surgery to gradually improve your range of motion.

If you think you're a candidate for an ankle replacement in Houston and Pearland, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moss at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates by calling (281) 484-2400 (Houston office) or (281) 485-2988 (Pearland office).





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