Posts for tag: Bunions

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.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 22, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

General foot pain can be the symptom of many conditions and injuries. This makes narrowing down the cause of your pain a tricky bunionundertaking. Fortunately, bunions grow slowly over time and do not cause pain until their later stages. However, this makes ignoring your bunion pain easier than ignoring the physical side effects of other conditions. When pain from your bunions begins affecting your daily life, it may be time to see your podiatrist. Get back on your feet with help from Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates serving both Houston and Pearland, TX.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a growth of bone which occurs at the base of the big toe. Bunions usually present themselves visually as a large bump or lump on the inside of the foot. Women are more at risk for bunions than men, though both sexes can develop this condition. Additionally, those who are older, overweight or regularly wear ill-fitting or high-heeled shoes are at a higher risk for bunion development. You may not notice any symptoms other than the physical bunion itself for some time as bunions grow very slowly over long periods of time. However, monitoring bunions can help you avoid the pain and irritation associated with them further down the road.

Do I have bunions? 
Some of the most common symptoms of bunions include:

  • a lump at the base of the big toe
  • irritation or rubbing while wearing shoes
  • swelling
  • redness
  • foot pain
  • decreased mobility in the big toe
  • trouble finding properly fitting shoes

Most people do not notice symptoms of their bunion until their condition has progressed into its later stages. However, if you think you have a bunion, you should consult with your podiatrist to ensure your condition is properly monitored.

Bunion Surgery in Houston and Pearland, TX
The most common treatment for bunions in their later stages is a bunion surgery to remove the growth and, if necessary, realign the toes if they have grown outward and overlapped due to the bunion. However, properly monitoring and maintaining your bunion in its earlier stages can help prevent it from further growth in the future. You should avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes like high heels or narrow dress shoes. Additionally, your podiatrist may suggest orthopedic inserts for your shoes or over-the-counter medications to help combat pain and swelling.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates with offices in Houston and Pearland, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule an appointment at the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 to schedule an appointment at the Pearland location today!

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 20, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Foot pain is an irritating and unfortunate condition which can affect the most simple of everyday tasks like walking or standing. Often, bunionsfoot pain from an untreated bunion can become severe and cause the foot to deform. However, your podiatrist can help alleviate your bunion pain and get you back on your feet for good. Find out more with Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston, TX.

What causes bunions? 
Bunions are a bony growth found at the base of the big toe on the inside of the foot. Bunions grow slowly and, over time, cause the big toe to deviate toward the smaller toes. Wearing narrow, tight-fitting or high-heeled shoes promotes bunion growth. Genetics also play a role in a person’s risk of bunion development, as do existing foot conditions like flatfeet or over pronation. While women are more prone to developing bunions, men can also suffer from this condition.

What happens to an untreated bunion? 
The bunion’s growth pattern forces the big toe toward the smaller toes, causing them to overlap or grow toward the outside of the foot. A bunion also stretches the connective tissues around the toes. The deformed shape of the foot causes shoes to fit abnormally and rub the skin, causing irritation. Due to their location, bunions take the brunt of the body’s weight, eventually causing pain and discomfort while walking or standing. Additionally, bunions cause corns and calluses to form on the overlapping smaller toes.

Bunion Treatment in Houston, TX 
In minor cases, patients may be able to slow their bunion’s growth by wearing properly fitting shoes with a large enough toe box to accommodate for the shape of the foot. Icing the foot and taking over-the-counter pain medications may help relieve pain and swelling. Padding the inside of the shoe protects the skin around the area of the bunion against irritation. More severe cases of bunions require bunion surgery, called bunionectomy, to remove the bunion and realign the toes and their tendons and ligaments. Your podiatrist can help you determine the best treatment option for your bunion.

For more information, please contact Dr. Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Moss today!

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 15, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Do your bunions cause you pain and discomfort? If so, you could benefit greatly from seeing your Houston, TX podiatrist Dr. Mark H. bunionsMoss DPM, FACFAS at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. There, they can help you get to the bottom of your bunion pain, determine how to treat it and get you back on your feet to live a pain-free life!

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. When a bunion grows, it pushes the big toe towards the smaller toes, creating an unnatural lump on the inside of the foot. Due to its location, bunions take the brunt of the body’s weight, causing pain, swelling and irritation from the friction between your foot and shoe. Women are more prone to bunion formation than men, normally because of their choice of shoes. However, men can also develop bunions. Narrow, tight shoes, such as high heels or pointed dress shoes, are often the cause of bunions. Additionally, genetics put some people more at risk for bunions than others.

How are bunions treated? 
In some cases, changing your shoes is enough to prevent a bunion from growing larger. Switching high heels for a more comfortable option with a wider toe box might stop the growth of a bunion. Icing the foot with cold packs several times a day and taking over-the-counter pain killers like ibuprofen often help to relieve pain and swelling. However, when bunions pain becomes severe, the patient may require a bunionectomy to remove the growth. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your situation.

How can my podiatrist help? 
If caught early, your Houston podiatrist may make recommendations to prevent the bunion from further growth. He may also recommend pads or gel inserts to help accommodate the bunion’s unusual shape. Custom orthotics prescribed by your doctor evenly distribute your body’s weight onto the foot and aid in relieving pain and discomfort. In severe cases, your doctor can advise you on whether or not bunion surgery to remove the growth is necessary.

For more information on the treatment of bunions, please contact Dr. Mark H. Moss DPM, FACFAS at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule your appointment today!

Dr. Mark H. Moss DPM, FACFAS

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
September 21, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

While often overlooked or ignored in the early stages, bunions can cause serious pain. Running, walking or even standing can be made to be unbearable. Luckily, with help from your Houston podiatrist, there are ways to avoid bunions forming in the first place.Bunions

Why do bunions hurt? 
Bunions are a bony, painful growth located at the base of the big toe. The growth causes the bones in the foot to shift, forcing the toes toward the outside of the foot. While not everyone who suffers from bunions feels the pain associated with the condition, those who do may feel pain from the bunion rubbing against their shoes in addition to the bones shifting.

What causes bunions? 
Preexisting conditions like pronation, arthritis or neuromuscular diseases may attribute to bunion growth. While genetics play a role in the growth of bunions, they are generally thought to be worsened by wearing tight or narrow shoes with a high heel. Since women most commonly wear shoes that fit this description, they are much more susceptible to bunion problems than men.

How can I avoid bunions? 
There is a strong hereditary influence in how your foot is shaped, so preventing bunions from forming is not always a simple matter. High heeled or narrow shoes are known to speed the bunion process, so wearing comfortable, flat shoes can be beneficial. Since no two feet are the same, the best way to avoid bunions is to consult with your podiatrist to determine the best course of action or treatment.

What is the treatment for bunions? 
If the bunion is irritated or swollen, over-the-counter pain relief medications or ice packs may soothe discomfort. Your doctor may advise you to wear different shoes or avoid being on your feet for long periods of time throughout the day. More severe cases may require surgery known as a bunionectomy to remove the bunion.

If you are suffering from bunion pain or seeking advice on how to keep them from worsening, Dr. Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Hina S. Hassan DPM, AACFAS at Coastal Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX can help. Call (281) 485-2988 to schedule an appointment today!