By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
November 04, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Arthritis  

Are you looking for help with damaged cartilage in your ankles? If so, you might be looking for assistance with ankle arthritis in Houston, TX. This can have a significant impact on your quality of life, which is why you should work with professionals who can help you. Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan with Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates would be happy to help you treat damaged cartilage in your ankle. How does this happen, and what are your treatment options?

How Does Ankle Cartilage Damage Happen?

The cartilage in your ankles is responsible for cushioning the bones as they come together in this location. If your cartilage disappears, your bones are going to rub together, leading to pain. There are several situations where ankle cartilage might be damaged. There are some situations where people suffer acute damage that might take place in a motor vehicle accident or while playing sports. There are other people who suffer the loss of cartilage over time due to a chronic medical condition. One of the most common examples is arthritis.

Regardless of the reason why your ankle cartilage might be damaged, you need to work with someone who can help you recover. That way, you can protect your mobility and flexibility. 

What Are the Treatment Options?

If you have been diagnosed with ankle arthritis in Houston, TX, you have several treatment options available. There are some situations where you may be able to improve your mobility and flexibility using physical therapy. Corrective exercises can be used to strengthen parts of your foot that are vulnerable. 

There are other situations where surgery may be helpful. Surgery can be used to help you repair your ankle cartilage and restore the cushion between the bones of your feet and legs. Of course, surgery is only recommended as a last resort. Every case is different, which is why you should work with a doctor who will customize your treatment options to meet your needs. That way, you have access to the right treatment option for you. 

Seek Help with Arthritis in Your Ankles

It can be frustrating to deal with ankle arthritis in Houston, TX; however, this is not something you have to deal with on your own. There are professionals who are willing to help you. There are some situations where this condition might be treated using physical therapy, and there could be other situations where surgery can be helpful. You should work with a professional who can help you discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each option.  Dr. Moss and Dr. Hassan with Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates would be happy to assist you. Call (281) 484-2400 today to make an appointment. 

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
October 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

How your podiatrists in Houston, TX, can help with an ankle sprain

It’s easy to sprain your ankle, especially if you participate in high-impact activities like running, jogging, or tennis. Ankle sprains can happen from common, everyday activities too, like stepping off of a curb or walking on uneven ground. Fortunately, your podiatrist is an expert at treating sprained ankles and can get you back on your feet quickly.

Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates offer a wide range of podiatry services. He has two convenient office locations in Houston, and Pearland, TX, and he can help when you sprain your ankle.

Prevention is important when talking about ankle sprains. Remember to:

  • Always wear proper footwear for whatever you are doing
  • Try to walk on even ground, and watch for obstacles in your path
  • Stretch your feet and ankles before you begin any activity

So, how do you know if you’ve sprained your ankle? You may:

  • Hear a sudden popping sound
  • See bruising and swelling around your ankle
  • Feel sharp pain, especially when you try to put weight on your ankle
  • Experience tightness and abnormal or restricted movement

There are some simple tips you can try for mild sprains. Consider:

  • Placing ice packs on your ankle several times each day
  • Elevating your ankle and resting so your ankle can heal
  • Wrapping your ankle in compression bandages

For moderate to severe ankle sprains, you need professional treatment from your podiatrist. Some common treatments for ankle sprains include:

  • Using assistive devices like crutches when you walk
  • Wearing a walking cast or boot so your ankle can heal
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling
  • Stretching and physical therapy to maintain strength and flexibility
  • Surgery to repair torn ligaments and tendons

Ankle sprains can happen to anyone. If it happens to you, your podiatrist can help. To learn more about what to do when you sprain your ankle and how your podiatrist can help, call Dr. Mark Moss of Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. You can reach him in Houston, TX, at (281) 484-2400, or in the Pearland, TX, office at (281) 485-2988, so call today!

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.

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