Posts for tag: Flat Feet

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 19, 2020
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

If the underside portion of your feet doesn’t have arches and when your feet’s soles touch the floor completely when standing up, you have fallen arches or flat feet. Flat feet is actually a very common and typically painless condition that occurs when the feet’s arches don’t properly develop during childhood. However, flat feet could also develop following an injury or due to normal wear and tear.

If you are not experiencing any pain or difficulty with your flat feet, treatment may not be necessary. On the other hand, flat feet could, in some cases, contribute to various issues in the knees and ankles since the condition could change the legs’ alignment. If you’re feeling pain in your feet due to flat feet, you can visit us here at the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in our Pearland or Houston, TX, office so that Dr. Mark Moss can assess your condition and suggest proper treatment for it.

 

Symptoms of Flat Feet

For individuals experiencing symptoms of flat feet, pain in the arch or heel area is usually the most common. This pain might get worse with activity. Likewise, swelling along the ankle’s inside portion could occur.

If you’re feeling minor pain, you can try these easy tips:

  • Avoid activities that worsen your pain and perform low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or biking.
  • If you’re overweight, shedding some of those pounds could decrease undue pressure on your achy feet.
  • OTC pain relievers could help ease pain and inflammation.
  • Wear OTC arch supports and comfortable shoes to minimize the pressure and pain in your feet.

 

Medical Treatments for Flat Feet

If you’re experiencing pain due to your flat feet, your podiatrist in Houston, TX, could recommend a combination of the following treatments:

  • Your podiatrist may recommend orthotic devices, which are customized arch supports that are perfectly molded to your feet’s contours.
  • If you have a short Achilles tendon that’s aggravating your pain, your podiatrist may recommend specific exercises to alleviate your pain.
  • Depending on the intensity of your symptoms, they might contribute to injuries due to overuse. In this case, you may need physical therapy.
  • It’s also vital to note that surgery isn’t usually recommended for correcting flat feet. However, your podiatrist may recommend surgery for a related foot issue, like a tendon rupture or tear, that’s being aggravated by your flat feet.

 

Struggling with Flat Feet? Let Us Help

Arrange an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss here at the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. Call our Houston, TX, location at (281) 484-2400 or our Pearland, TX, location at (281) 485-2988 for more details.

By Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS
June 12, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

Have you ever heard the term "flat foot"? In podiatry, a flat foot means that the arch of the foot lacks proper height, a characteristic which flat feetcan result in some serious pain. Fortunately, here at Coastal Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX, flat feet get the treatment they deserve! Dr. Moss and Dr. Hassan can help correct the problem, allowing patients to have pain-free movement and be as active as they want to be.

 

How flat feet happen

Your Houston podiatrists see many patients with flat feet, an attribute that they largely blame on heredity. In other words, flat feet run in families.

However, some developmental and health conditions may also contribute to flat feet, including:

  • Traumatic injury to the foot (a ruptured tendon or a fracture as examples)
  • Obesity
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Arthritis

 

Diagnosis and treatment of flat feet

If you're experiencing any recurring foot pain, please contact Coastal Foot and Ankle. Here, Dr. Moss or Dr. Hassan will examine your feet, perform an X-ray screening, and do a gait analysis (see how you place your feet when you walk).

Usually, people with fallen arches pronate (i.e. roll) their feet toward the midline as they walk. While this is normal for young children to do, older children, teens, and adults should all have an obvious-looking and pain-free arch.

Your foot doctor will customize your care plan to suit your foot structure, medical needs, level of activity, and age. Care strategies may include:

  • Rest and ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Taping of the arch to support it
  • Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, to correct gait problems and provide proper support
  • Changing footwear to quality sneakers or other kinds of shoes which provide ample arch support
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as cortisone injections or over-the-counter ibuprofen
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Braces for the affected tendon

Most cases of flat feet respond well to conservative measures. However, sometimes surgery is the best option to correct deficiencies in tendon structure and function. Both Dr. Hassan and Dr. Moss are experts in reconstructive surgeries of the foot. So, you know you are in the best of hands.

 

Fix those flat feet

Here at Coastal Foot and Ankle, our professional staff is ready and eager to help you feel good and be as mobile as possible. For a consultation, please contact one of our two offices: for Pearland, phone (281) 485-2988, and for Houston, call (281) 484-2400.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 25, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

What's the cause of flat feet? Is this podiatric condition something to be concerned about? At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston, TX, Dr. Mark Moss is an expert in flat feet and how to correct them. He and his associate, Dr. Hina Hassan, can help you resolve the discomforts of this common problem so you can be pain-free and fully functional.

What is a flat foot?

Basically, a flat foot has no appreciable arch between the heel and the toes. Noticeable as a person walks barefoot, a flat foot contacts the ground over its entire surface. The official name for the gait (or way a flat-footed person walks) is overpronation, and this condition often leads to other foot and ankle problems such as painful plantar fasciitis.

Flat feet in Houston vary in severity with the most painful and dysfunctional kind being called rigid flat foot, says research from the Cleveland Clinic. This condition comes from a congenital foot deformity, spina bifida or a disease such as cerebral palsy. Adults may develop flat feet through:

  • Age (over 40)
  • Being too sedentary
  • A fracture of a bone in the foot or a sprained tendon known as the tibialis posterior tendon
  • Being overweight

Treatments for flat feet

Upon visual examination, gait analysis and X-ray imaging (as needed), Dr. Moss can diagnose flat feet definitively and compose a treatment plan to prevent further damage and to lessen symptoms.

Well-fitting shoes and stretching exercises often help flat feet acquired as an adult. Customized shoe inserts or ankle braces also stabilize foot structure and balance. Rest, ice, and elevation of the feet above heart level reduce inflammation and pain as do over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Finally, Dr. Moss may recommend reconstructive surgery for patients whose foot function does not improve with more conservative interventions. A bone fracture or torn ligament or tendon in the foot may need surgery, immobilization and rehabilitation to obtain a successful result.

Learn more

Flat feet are no joke. At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss sees many patients with this problem and set them on a path to optimal podiatric wellness. They'd love to help you. Please call one of our two convenient offices for a consultation. In Pearland, TX, phone (281) 485-2988, and in Houston, TX, please call (281) 484-2400.

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
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

When you have flat feet it means the arches of your feet are extremely low or completely flat. Having flat feet is not always cause for flat footconcern. However, if you are experiencing problems due to having flat feet, a podiatrist can help. At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss treats flat feet in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Signs of Flat Feet

If you are uncertain whether or not you have flat feet, there are some signs to look for. Signs you may have flat feet include:

  • Little to no arch
  • Achy or tired feet after extended periods of standing
  • Pain in the arch area of the foot
  • Pain in the heel area of the foot
  • Difficulty standing on your toes
  • Swelling of the inside of the ankle

Treatment Options

Many people with flat feet never experience any pain or discomfort due to their condition. However, for those who do have problems associated with flat feet, there are treatment options that can provide relief. In Pearland and Houston, flat feet can be treated by an experienced podiatrist. Treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief
  • Corticosteroids for pain relief
  • Orthotic shoe inserts
  • Foot braces or casts
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises

In many cases, flat feet do not cause any problems. However, some people with flat feet do experience pain and discomfort. A podiatrist can make recommendations to alleviate the discomfort. For treatment of flat feet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moss by calling Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates. Call (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland location.



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