By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 20, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Ankle X-rayAnkle replacement surgery can alleviate ankle pain due to severe arthritis, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life. Previously, ankle fusion was the primary surgical option for alleviating ankle pain due to arthritis. One drawback to ankle fusion is that the ankle joint loses mobility since it is fused to the leg bone. Ankle replacement surgery not only alleviates ankle pain, but also improves motion in the ankle joint. At Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss is your ankle surgeon for ankle replacement in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Ankle Replacement Surgery

Total ankle replacement, also called total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure for replacing the ankle joint much like hip and knee joints can be replaced. Ankle replacement surgery is performed when chronic arthritis of the ankle has lead to severe pain, limited mobility, and possible loss of cartilage in the ankle. During the procedure, the ankle joint is replaced with an implant composed of two metal parts separated by a spacer. The metal components replace the original ankle joint, while the spacer allows the ankle to maintain mobility.

Recovery from ankle replacement surgery takes a few months. Patients typically cannot return to normal activities for at least 16 weeks following surgery. About a week after surgery, a boot or cast will be placed on the foot to aid in the recovery process. Several weeks later, physical therapy can begin and will continue for several more weeks. Ultimately, as the ankle heals, it will become stronger, mobility will increase, and pain will be gone. In Pearland and Houston, ankle replacement surgery is available at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates.

Ankle replacement could help you in several ways by eliminating ankle pain and improving mobility. To learn more about ankle replacement in Pearland and Houston, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moss by calling Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates at (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office, or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
June 20, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

Flat feet don't just cause pain in your feet but may be a contributing factor in leg or back pain. Fortunately, a visit to the foot doctor can helpflat feet you manage your condition and avoid common pitfalls. Podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss cares for patients who have flat feet in his Houston and Pearland, TX, offices.

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet can be present at birth, although many children will eventually outgrow the condition. It may also be caused by foot injuries, weakened tendons, arthritis, or diseases or conditions that affect the muscles or nerves.

What problems do flat feet cause?

A house is only as strong as its foundation. If the foundation begins to break down, walls sag and crack, affecting the structural integrity of the home. Your feet serve as the foundation for your body. They not only absorb shock and balance your weight but are essential to the proper alignment of your bones and spine. If your arches flatten, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Foot and Ankle Pain: Pain is common on the inside of your foot and ankle if you have flat feel. You may notice that pain worsens when you play sports, exercise or walk or stand for long periods. Pain may also occur on the outside of your ankle if your heel bone moves out of position due to your arch issues.
  • Swelling or Numbness: You may notice that ankle swelling accompanies pain. Numbness or weakness in the feet can also occur.
  • Ankle Injuries: Flat arches cause your feet to pronate, or turn inward, which may make it easier to twist or sprain your ankle.
  • Hip, Knee or Back Pain: Your back, hips or knees can become painfully misaligned due to your flat feet.

What can I do about flat feet?

A visit to your Houston or Pearland, TX, podiatrist can improve your comfort. After an examination of your feet and a gait analysis, your foot doctor may recommend prescription shoe inserts called orthotics or orthopedic shoes. Both of these options will keep your feet and ankles properly aligned and reduce your symptoms. Physical therapy may also be recommended to strengthen the muscles in your feet and legs. If orthotics and physical therapy aren't helpful, surgery may be recommended in some cases.

Find relief for your flat feet symptoms with podiatric treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss by calling (281) 484-2400 for the Houston, TX, office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland, TX, office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Arthritis  

Arthritis is a joint-related condition that affects over 54 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It ankle arthritiscan affect the ankle joints, making it difficult to move around, exercise, and get from point A to point B on foot. If you have the symptoms of ankle arthritis, explore your treatment options at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Ankle Arthritis Causes
Ankle arthritis often occurs after the ankle is injured or sprained, which is more common in athletes. The joints can also become inflamed due to an infection, disease, immunodeficiency disorder, or deposits. Some patients are prone to arthritic conditions due to heredity. They may have a parent or other relative who has this condition. Ankle arthritis can also develop due to the natural process of aging or from being obese for a long period of time. Over time the joints become weak, stretched, swollen, and irritated.

Treating Ankle Arthritis
The treatment your Pearland or Houston, TX podiatrist chooses for ankle arthritis may vary depending on the severity of your case. In some cases, arthritis symptoms can be relieved by simply taking anti-inflammatory pain medication. A corticosteroid injection into the joints may also provide pain relief. You might also benefit from orthotics, braces, joint lubricants, and physical therapy. If surgery is required, you and your podiatrist may need to talk about ankle arthroscopy, total ankle replacement, or a similar procedure.

Ankle Health Tips
There are everyday steps you can take to avoid problems with ankle arthritis and to reduce the symptoms. Here are a few simple tips:
- Make sure your ankle is getting the proper support from a good quality shoe.
- If you’re an athlete, have a professional wrap your ankles before important games and practices.
- Consult your doctor about dietary changes.

Seek Help for Arthritis Symptoms
Arthritis can be a painful and stressful condition to deal with, especially when it interferes with your ability to walk and stand. Call (281) 485-2988 or (281) 484-2400 to ask for help with ankle arthritis. Dr. Mark Moss is a skilled podiatrist serving patients in Pearland and Houston, TX.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 22, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain--it plagues you daily, especially in the morning. What's causing it? Though you are an avid runner, you haven't had any acute heel paininjuries. Could it be plantar fasciitis? Why not consult the experts at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates? This team of experienced foot and ankle surgeons treat numerous cases of heel pain in Pearland and Houston, TX, mostly with non-invasive strategies. You can get relief and be your usual active self again.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that most heel pain comes from an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Affecting about three million Americans, this stubborn problem goes largely unreported and untreated, states the APMA, but foot doctors agree that people needn't suffer from heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis occurs through repetitive stress on the foot from being on your feet all day or from walking, running or other sports. The foot overpronates, or rolls toward the inside, overstretching the plantar fascia, the connective tissue between the base of the toes and the heel bone, or calcaneous. A small heel spur often accompanies plantar fasciitis but does not really cause the condition.

If you're hurting, your foot doctor will ask you about your heel pain symptoms--where and when it happens, what seems to aggravate it and so on. He'll also perform a podiatric exam and take X-ray images to look at the internal structure of your foot. If confirmed as plantar fasciitis, several treatment strategies can help. Surgery (plantar fascia release) is a last resort and used only in extreme cases.

Treatment strategies for heel pain in Pearland and Houston

Changing to a more supportive shoe helps. Your foot doctor may advise wearing custom-made orthotics. These shoe inserts keep the foot from overpronating, alleviating pressure on the plantar fascia.

Sometimes, the professionals at Coastal Foot & Ankle use innovative Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. ESWT sends high energy waves into the inflamed tissue, relaxing it. Multiple treatments work well for persistent cases of heel pain, says Podiatry Today, but typically, it is not the first kind of therapy foot doctors choose.

Finally, simple stretching exercises and other kinds of physical therapy provide relief for many Houston heel pain patients.

Learn more

If your heel hurts, contact Coastal Foot & Ankle for a consultation. You can get the relief you deserve. For our Pearland location, please phone (281) 485-2988. For Memorial Hermann Southwest in Houston, call (281) 484-2400.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Does your bunion make walking or standing difficult? Our Pearland and Houston, TX, podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss shares a few tips that will bunionshelp ease your bunion pain.

Protect your bunion

A little padding will reduce pressure on your bunion when you wear shoes. Adhesive pads, available in the foot care aisle of Houston and Pearland drug stores, offer a low-cost, low-tech way to relieve bunion pain. The pads can also cushion corns that may develop on your toes as a result of your bunions.

Change your habits

High heels or tight shoes can worsen bunions and should be avoided. During your next shopping trip, look for shoes that offer extra room in the toe area and also provide plenty of cushioning. Reducing the amount of time you spend on your feet can also help you keep your pain under control. If you teach or work in sales or another occupation that requires frequent standing, you may benefit from using a stool. Anything you can do to reduce pressure on your feet will be helpful.

Visit the podiatrist

Bunions won't go away on their own, but your podiatrist can help you prevent them from worsening. During your visit to our Pearland or Houston office, we may recommend night splints that will improve the alignment of your toes while you sleep and custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that reposition your foot and help reduce pain.

Physical therapy, ultrasound treatment or cortisone injections may also be helpful. If conservative methods don't reduce your pain, or your bunions worsen, you may benefit from surgery. The extent of your surgery will depend on the severity of your condition but may involve removing bone and tissue and realigning the joints, muscles and tendons in your foot.

Don't let bunion pain keep you off your feet. Schedule an appointment with our podiatrist by calling (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.





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