Posts for tag: Foot and Ankle Surgery

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
July 20, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Ankle X-rayAnkle replacement surgery can alleviate ankle pain due to severe arthritis, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life. Previously, ankle fusion was the primary surgical option for alleviating ankle pain due to arthritis. One drawback to ankle fusion is that the ankle joint loses mobility since it is fused to the leg bone. Ankle replacement surgery not only alleviates ankle pain, but also improves motion in the ankle joint. At Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss is your ankle surgeon for ankle replacement in Pearland and Houston, TX.

Ankle Replacement Surgery

Total ankle replacement, also called total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure for replacing the ankle joint much like hip and knee joints can be replaced. Ankle replacement surgery is performed when chronic arthritis of the ankle has lead to severe pain, limited mobility, and possible loss of cartilage in the ankle. During the procedure, the ankle joint is replaced with an implant composed of two metal parts separated by a spacer. The metal components replace the original ankle joint, while the spacer allows the ankle to maintain mobility.

Recovery from ankle replacement surgery takes a few months. Patients typically cannot return to normal activities for at least 16 weeks following surgery. About a week after surgery, a boot or cast will be placed on the foot to aid in the recovery process. Several weeks later, physical therapy can begin and will continue for several more weeks. Ultimately, as the ankle heals, it will become stronger, mobility will increase, and pain will be gone. In Pearland and Houston, ankle replacement surgery is available at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates.

Ankle replacement could help you in several ways by eliminating ankle pain and improving mobility. To learn more about ankle replacement in Pearland and Houston, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moss by calling Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates at (281) 484-2400 for the Houston office, or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland office.

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 19, 2016
Category: Foot Health

Could your foot or ankle pain mean it’s time to opt for surgical treatments?

Your Pearland, TX podiatrists at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates share the cases in which foot surgery may be necessary:Foot and Ankle Surgery

 When is foot surgery required?

Our first line of treatment for most foot conditions are often more conservative in nature. We will recommend over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to help relieve pain and swelling. We will also recommend ice/heat therapy, resting your foot as much as possible, physical therapy and strengthening exercises, and braces and splints to support and protect the foot and ankle.

 If your condition does not respond to these forms of treatment and we have exhausted all other treatment options, then your Pearland podiatrist will need to determine if surgery is the next step. Surgery is most often appropriate for those with chronic pain or permanent deformities that don’t improve with more conventional treatments.

What are the different kinds of foot surgery?

We offer a variety of foot and ankle surgeries in Pearland:

Fusions: During fusion surgery we will remove cartilage from a joint and then fuse two or more bones together. This is often recommended for treating those with arthritic feet and ankles.

Tendon Surgery: For those with injuries or ruptures to a tendon, this surgery is performed to shorten or length the tendon to relieve pain and improve function.

Bunion Surgery: A bunion is a bony structure that protrudes from the base of the big toe’s joint. Over time it can cause the big toe to lean into the other toes and can cause pain and discomfort. For those with severe symptoms, the only way to remove a bunion is through surgery. Crutches or a cast will most likely be required after surgery.

Hammertoe Surgery: The goal of this surgery is to realign the toe by either fusing the toe joint or removing a part of the bone.

Heel Surgery: There are several severe and chronic conditions that may warrant heel surgery. Your condition will determine the kind of heel surgery we perform and what your recovery process will be like. The most common heel surgery is plantar fascia release to help relieve pain and promote better mobility.

Reconstructive Surgery: For those with abnormalities or problems due to trauma, reconstructive surgery can repair and restore function and stability back into the lower extremities. From bone grafting and implantation to soft tissue repairs and tumor removal, your Pearland, TX podiatrist offers advanced foot and ankle surgeries to treat a host of different podiatric problems.

If you ever experience pain or other symptoms that are causing concern, don’t hesitate to contact us. Should you need to get foot and ankle surgery in Pearland, TX at Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, we are here every step of the way so that we can make your recovery easier.