Posts for: December, 2019

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
December 26, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Is heel pain keeping you from your normal routine? Here’s what could be going on.

Our Houston podiatrists Dr. Mark Moss & Dr. Hina Hassan see a ton of different foot and ankle problems each and everyday; however, one of the most common complaints is heel pain. Are you dealing with heel pain? If you said “yes” it’s natural to wonder why this is happening to you.

Here’s what could be going on:

Plantar fasciitis

This is the most common cause of heel pain, particularly in runners, those with flat feet and people who are on their feet most of the day for work. Repeated stress placed on the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the soles of the feet, results in heel pain that can also radiate to the arches of the feet (this is because the plantar fascia are also responsible for supporting the arches).

Signs of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning
  • A stabbing pain under the foot
  • Pain that gets worse when climbing steps
  • Stiffness in and around the heel

Achilles tendonitis

If you are experiencing pain behind the heel right above the heel bone this is most likely due to Achilles tendinitis. This is another overuse injury that results in inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Along with pain behind the heel you may also experience pain on the inner or outer part of the heel, as well as cramping calf muscles. Achilles tendonitis symptoms usually start out minor but will progress if left untreated.

Heel bursitis

If you wear shoes that are too tight or if you participate in any activities in which you may strike the ground with your heel then you may end up with heel bursitis, a condition that causes inflammation at the back of the heel where the bursa are located, fluid-filled sacs that are designed to cushion and protect joints throughout the body.

You might have heel bursitis if:

  • You notice swelling behind the Achilles tendon
  • There is pain or tenderness behind the heel that develops gradually
  • There is pain in the calf muscles
  • Your heel is red or warm to the touch
  • Mobility has been affected
  • There is pain when putting pressure or weight on the heels

Since 2003, Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates has been providing trustworthy and reliable podiatry services in Pearland or Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas. If heel pain is happening to you find out what’s going on. Call our office in Houston, TX, at (281) 484-2400 and our Pearland office at (281) 485-2988 and schedule an evaluation today.

By By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
December 03, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunion  

Dealing with bunions? A bunion is a misalignment of the big toe joint which causes the big toe to deviate. Pain and redness may occur. BunionsBunions sometimes run in families. Wearing narrow shoes can also cause bunions because they put a strain on the muscles and bones in your feet. Led by Dr. Mark Moss and Dr. Hina Hassan, Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates (offices in Pearland and Houston, TX) offers state-of-the-art podiatric care to the patients they serve. Let's have a look at some of the treatment options for bunions.

1. Padding and Taping: Padding and taping is usually the first step in bunion treatment. Padding and taping can ease your discomfort by realigning the joint and take pressure off the bunions. Padding and taping also increases blood flow to the areas for increased anti-inflammatory effect and pain relief.

2. Medications: Bunion pain may respond to treatment with over-the-counter medicines such as naproxen, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. If you have severe pain, your doctor may recommend a prescription medication. Your doctor may also recommend a medication to relieve swelling. Anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce both pain and inflammation.

3. Injection Therapy: Cortisone injections, also called steroid injections, are frequently used for treating bunions. Steroid injections include a corticosteroid medication to relieve pain and swelling over time and an anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief. You can get steroid injections at your doctor's office.

4. Custom Orthotics: Custom foot orthotics can be helpful in treating bunions. Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to cushion and support your feet. They can help take pressure off bunions and alleviate your pain. You can get custom orthotics from your podiatrist. Custom orthotics have been proven to be highly successful when used under the treatment of a doctor.

5. Bunion Surgery: Your doctor may recommend surgery your bunions are very painful or have a big effect on your life. The goal of bunion surgery is to correct the deformity, improve function and relieve pain. Various types of surgical procedures are available to correct bunions. You may get it done in a hospital or surgery center.

It's time to get your life back! If you want freedom from pain, call Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates at (281) 485-2988 today to schedule a consultation in Pearland, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule a consultation in Houston, TX. Our treatments bring real relief to bunion pain sufferers!