By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
August 23, 2021
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates, your podiatrist in Houston, TX, and Pearland, TX, diagnoses and treats patients with flat feet. Flat feet are a common foot deformity but left untreated, they can cause pain and other foot conditions. If you have flat feet you should come to see us and maintain a great relationship with your podiatrist.

Flat feet

Having flat feet means the arch is collapsed and the whole sole of the foot touches the ground when you stand. It's normal for babies and toddlers to have flat fleet before they start walking. The arch develops as you start walking and by adulthood, most people develop normal arches.

Some people have a mild case of flat feet and never experience pain or complications. Others can experience pain in the feet, ankles, or lower legs.

When you leave flat feet untreated, it can also lead to other foot problems like:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

These are all common complications patients with flat feet experience, but your podiatrist in Houston, TX, or Pearland, TX can help.

What to do about flat feet

When you have flat feet, your podiatrist will recommend that you wear comfortable and supportive footwear as often as possible. You also want to avoid going barefoot or wearing flip-flops because your arch needs support.

The most common treatment for flat feet is custom foot orthotics. Custom foot orthotics are made from molds of your feet and worn in your shoes. They help align the bones in the foot so your joints, ligaments, and tendons function optimally as you move around. Custom orthotics are also recommended to help correct knee and back issues caused by flat feet. If you are having pain in your feet, your podiatrist may recommend icing and anti-inflammatory medication, but custom orthotics are the best way to correct issues caused by flat feet.

Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates, your podiatrist in Houston, TX, and Pearland, TX, is here to help when you have flat feet and are experiencing pain or complications. To make an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss, call our Pearland location at (281) 485-2988, or our Houston location at (281) 484-2400.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 07, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Podiatrist  

Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates helps patients in Houston, and Pearland, TX, with bunions. If you are struggling with bunions, it's important to see a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bone deformity caused by the joint at the base of the toe enlarging. This forces the toe towards the other toes, and a bump forms on the outside of the big toe. Anyone can develop a bunion, but some people inherit the tendency to develop bunions. They can be encouraged by improper footwear that forces the toes together. You may have a bunion if you are having the following symptoms:

  • A visible bump on the outside of the big toe joint
  • Pain in the toe, especially when walking
  • Redness or swelling of the joint
  • Corns or calluses where the toes overlap

When to see a doctor

It's always best to see a podiatrist as soon as you notice a bunion. Left untreated, a bunion will only become more pronounced and more painful. There are some conservative, at-home measures you can take to help relieve the pain caused by a bunion, but don't wait to call your podiatrist in Houston, and Pearland, TX.

The first thing your podiatrist will recommend is wearing comfortable and supportive footwear as often as possible. Footwear that supports your arch and gives your toes room to wiggle is best for preventing bunions. Protective padding, usually coated with felt helps eliminate extra rubbing against footwear. You can find pads like these at most drug stores and apply them over the bunion to relieve the pain from chafing.

If more conservative measures haven't relieved your pain, your doctor may recommend bunion surgery (bunionectomy). This surgery aligns the bones in your foot to relieve pain but is generally only recommended after other treatments have been ineffective.

Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates helps patients find relief from pain caused by bunions. Dr. Moss is here for you in Houston, and Pearland, TX. Contact us for an appointment in Pearland, TX, at (281) 485-2988, and in Houston, TX, at (281) 484-2400.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
February 09, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Have you noticed a pain in your heel that makes it difficult to walk? This could be a sign you need treatment from the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates of Houston and Pearland, TX. Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan are experts in foot disease and injury, they can determine the exact cause of your heel pain and prescribe the most optimal treatment for you.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

Before we dive into the best treatment options for your heel pain, we need to figure out what exactly is causing that pain. There are a variety of common causes of heel pain so be on the lookout for specific symptoms to help your doctor determine the best treatment.

  • Plantar fasciitis - This occurs when too much pressure on your feet damages the plantar fascia ligament, usually resulting in pain and stiffness of the heel and ankle.
  • Sprains, strains, and broken bones - Severely injuring your foot or ankle can cause additional inflammation in your heel which may be the cause of your pain and discomfort.
  • Severs disease - This is caused by overuse and repetitive trauma to the growth plates of the heel bone. It is most common in children aged 7 to 15 years, and especially child athletes.
  • Achilles tendonitis - This is a chronic condition associated with the decline of the Achilles tendon. It is usually caused by overuse and occurs more commonly in older people.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of these common causes of heel pain visit your Houston or Pearland podiatrists at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. They can design a specific treatment plan to meet your needs.

Best Treatment Option for Your Heel Pain

While heel pain may affect individuals differently, there are some treatments you can employ to reduce your pain and heal your heel. The best treatment options for muscle and joint pain are often a combination of tried and true remedies such as a cold compress, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. The goal of the treatment, depending on the severity of the injury, is to reduce the inflammation in your heel to allow it to heal itself naturally.

Icing the affected area for 15-20 minutes a day can reduce the swelling or you can try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from your doctor. Your doctor may also prescribe exercises that strengthen the calf, heel, and foot muscles to prevent further inflammation. In very rare cases will you require surgery. So long as you keep a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and rest your muscles when needed, you'll be on your way to healing in no time.

For serious or persistent heel pain please call Dr. Moss and Dr. Hassan of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. Deal with your heel by dialing (281) 484-2400 for our Houston, TX, location or (281) 485-2988 for our Pearland, TX, office. Discover more treatment options with the help of these qualified doctors and begin to heal your heel pain.

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!

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