Posts for tag: Flat Feet

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.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
December 02, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

Find out if the pain you are experiencing is due to flat feet and how to treat this issue.

While flat feet don’t always have to pose issues, most people at some point notice pain or discomfort. If you are concerned that your flat feetissues may stem from flat feet then it might be time you talked to one of our Pearland and Houston, TX podiatrists, Dr. Mark Moss or Dr. Hina Hassan. Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with flat feet:

Do I have flat feet?

If you look at a normal adult foot you will see that there is a curve where the arch of the foot is. Of course, those with little to no arch have flat feet. If you aren’t sure whether you have this condition you can perform a simple at-home test to find out.

First, get your feet wet. Then, stand up nice and tall on a completely flat, even surface. Next, walk away from where you were standing and examine your footprints. If you see a full imprint of the bottom of your feet then you most likely have flat feet.

Why are flat feet an issue?

While many people with flat feet will go through life without dealing with serious issues there are some who experience severe foot pain, as well as knee pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and even shin splints. Surprisingly enough, even those with healthy arches can develop flat feet as they age, or due to injury or illness.

How are flat feet treated?

You can always turn to our Pearland and Houston foot doctors for help if you aren’t finding ways to address your foot pain or other symptoms related to flat feet. We can show you some great exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home to help strengthen the tendons and muscles in your feet. You can also ice the foot whenever you experience pain or irritation.

Wearing the proper shoes that offer support and cushioning to help stabilize the foot will also be a major benefit to your feet. Orthotics and bracing can also help reduce pain and improve your symptoms. If pain is severe enough, we may also recommend corticosteroid injections.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above and it’s affecting your quality of life then it’s time you turned to Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates of Pearland and Houston, TX to schedule your much-needed visit with us.



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