Podiatrist Blog
By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 24, 2017
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: foot pain  

Unfortunately, if you suffer from foot pain, you understand that it can quickly lead to pain, discomfort and irritation while performing your foot paindaily activities, including things like walking or even standing. However, if your foot pain gets to the point of affecting your everyday life, relief may be a simple phone call away. Learn how you can end your foot pain for good with your Denver, CO, podiatrists Dr. Lorry Melnick and Dr. Alan Rothstein at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic.

Who is at risk for foot pain? 
While many risk factors for foot pain boil down to the type of foot you inherited from your parents and what conditions it is susceptible to, there are some other factors at play as well, including:

  • children and elderly individuals
  • obesity
  • wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • wearing high-heeled shoes
  • working in an industry which requires long periods of standing
  • activities which require repetitive stress on the feet (such as sports involving jumping or running)

What causes foot pain? 
Foot pain can often be traced back to an injury or some kind of damage on the foot. Other causes of foot pain include:

  • bunions
  • calluses
  • corns
  • blisters
  • hammertoe
  • ingrown toenails
  • neuromas
  • plantar warts
  • plantar fasciitis
  • stress fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • heel spurs

How can my podiatrist help me? 
Your podiatrist is your best source of information when it comes to determining the source and treatment options for your foot pain. Treatments vary depending on underlying conditions and the severity of your symptoms but often begin conservatively. Your doctor may suggest treatments like resting and icing the foot, taking over-the-counter pain medications, or hot/cold therapy before prescribing stronger treatments. If conservative methods fail to produce results, your doctor may suggest physical therapy, prescription orthotics worn inside the shoe, a brace or splint, or, in severe cases, surgery.

Foot Pain Relief in Denver, CO 
Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your pain. Together, you can work towards a plan of action which will help you overcome your foot pain once and for all. For more information on foot pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Lorry Melnick and Dr. Alan Rothstein at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Call (303) 355-1695 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
November 02, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions  

Maybe your shoes don’t fit right. Maybe you have a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Whatever the case may be, if you are suffering from bunions in Denver, CO, you might want to talk to a qualified podiatrist such as Dr. bunionsLorry Melnick and Dr. Alan Rothstein at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic. Dr. Melnick and Dr. Rothstein can help you find ways to take care of those bunions – possibly even get rid of them.

Basically, a bunion is simply a bony bump or mass that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Smaller ones, known as bunionettes, can form on other toes. No one is sure what causes bunions, but it is thought that heredity, underlying medical conditions or simply wearing tight, narrow shoes can contribute to either forming a bunion or making an existing one worse.

Bunions are very annoying and can be painful, especially if you’ve been on your feet for some time, but not medically dangerous. In extreme cases they can contribute to other complications of the foot, such as hammer toe.

A qualified podiatrist can give you advice and help you find an appropriate solution to your bunion problem. Dr. Melnick and Dr. Rothstein will likely want to start with simple, less invasive or intense treatment options and if necessary go from there.

Your Denver podiatrist may suggest simple lifestyle changes, such as changing shoes or acquiring padded inserts for your shoes. Wearing tight, narrow shoes – especially high heels --will aggravate an existing bunion, so the first thing one probably should do is get a pair of roomy, comfortable shoes. Other home treatments could include applying an ice pack to your bunion if you have been on your feet for an extended length of time and possibly taking over the counter pain relievers to alleviate any pain or discomfort caused by your bunion.

Your podiatrist might also suggests splinting or taping the toes to keep them in a more appropriate formation in your shoe and to better distribute weight.

In extreme cases, your Denver podiatrist might recommend surgery to remove the bunions, but again, this is not usually recommended unless the bunion is causing chronic pain or complications.

If you are living with bunions in Denver, CO and want to find out more about how to take care of them or if you are seeking the services of a qualified podiatrist, consider contacting Dr. Melnick and Dr. Rothstein at Cherry Hill Foot Clinic. For more information call (303) 355-1695.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
July 15, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions   high heels   hammertoe  

Wearing high-heeled shoes is the ultimate fashion statement for many women around the world. Women young and old can wear high heelsthese height-elevating shoes in casual, business and formal settings, making them a popular choice for many people. However, this seemingly simple fashion choice may have big consequences for your feet. Find out more with your Denver, CO podiatrist, Dr. Lorry Melnick, at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic.

What effect does wearing high heels have on my feet? 
It is no secret that high-heeled shoes cause foot and back pain. However, there are other hidden risks to wearing high heels. High-heeled shoes force the foot into an unnatural position, and wearing high-heeled shoes helps the development of foot conditions like bunions, hammertoe, osteoarthritis and Achilles tendonitis.

How can I avoid foot damage due to high-heeled shoes? 
The easiest way to avoid these conditions is to avoid wearing high heels. You can, however, choose high heels with different designs which may help you avoid developing foot problems. Try to buy shoes with a lower heel that takes pressure off of the ball of the foot. If you notice toenail deformities, try to wear more open styles, such as an open-toed shoe or a sandal with straps rather than a solid toe. Try to wear high-heeled shoes for short amounts of time instead of on days where you may be mostly on your feet. Find shoes with a wider toe box rather than pointed or narrow designs. This helps prevent the toes from crowding together which causes pain in the ball of your foot.

Foot Treatments in Denver, CO 
If you wear high-heeled shoes often and experience foot or ankle pain, it may be time to see your doctor. Your podiatrist is your best source for keeping your feet healthy. A foot examination involves a physical examination. If necessary, Dr. Melnick uses imagining techniques like x-rays to determine if there are any abnormalities or irregularities in your foot’s internal structure. After determining the cause of your foot pain, Dr. Melnick can help you determine the best course of treatment for your foot or ankle problems.

For more information on treating your foot or ankle conditions, please contact Dr. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Call (303) 355-1695 to schedule your foot examination today!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
April 21, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues

Foot pain can be extremely frustrating. Staying off your feet to recover can be nearly impossible, particularly if you have a job that foot painrequires extended periods of standing. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, Dr. Lorry A. Melnick sees many patients daily who suffer from foot pain. One of the most common causes, plantar fasciitis, is discussed here.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common problem seen by your Denver podiatrist. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the inside of the foot between the heel and the base of the toes. The pain from plantar fasciitis is thought to be a breakdown in the structure of this tissue; this disintegration has a variety of causes. Many people who deal with plantar fasciitis run or jog frequently, especially those who have started this type of exercise without proper training. Occupations which require a lot of standing can also lead to plantar fasciitis (which explains the alternate term "policeman's heel"). Obesity, which places unnecessary stress on the feet and legs, can also contribute to plantar fasciitis. Although plantar fasciitis usually only affects one foot, approximately a third of the patients seen by your Denver podiatrist report pain in both feet.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

After discussing your symptoms and medical history with Dr. Melnick, your Denver podiatrist, he may have you perform a few exercises to evaluate the movement of your foot. X-rays may be needed to rule out any other causes - fractures or arthritis, for example. If plantar fasciitis is diagnosed, you will likely begin a series of at-home exercises, rest and lifestyle changes to help manage the pain and heal the area. Most patients will recover within six months of following their doctors' orders; a few may need further treatment, including steroid injections or surgery, to find relief.

If you've been experiencing foot pain, you don't have to suffer with it any longer. Call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver to set up an evaluation with Dr. Lorry Melnick today!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
January 22, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Ingrown toenails can be a pain, but they don’t have to be.

If you’ve ever gotten an ingrown toenail, then you’re no stranger to the pain and discomfort of having one. Ingrown toenails are often ingrown toenailcaused by trimming the nails too short, however tightly worn shoes and fungal infections can also be to blame for this pesky problem.  If you suspect that you have an ingrown toenail, Dr. Lorry A. Melnick, your Denver, CO podiatrist at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, says to look for redness, pain and swelling around the toenail. But if you are an ingrown toenail sufferer, chances are you’re searching desperately for relief. 

Luckily, most ingrown toenails can be treated from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few things your Denver podiatrist recommends trying at-home relief for ingrown toenail pain:

  • Avoid wearing shoes or socks that are snug or too tight. Sometimes ill-fitting shoes can be the cause of your foot problem, so it’s crucial to prevent further problems. Plus, putting extra pressure on an ingrown toenail can cause further discomfort or could make your condition worse. Instead, opt for shoes that are breathable and allow a little room for your toes to move around freely.
  • Give your feet a comforting soak in the tub several times a day using warm, soapy water. This will aid in healing and also provide some relief from the pain.
  • If necessary, you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen to help with any discomfort you feel.

If none of these tips offer relief from painful ingrown toenail symptoms, you begin to notice other symptoms of an infection, or you have recurring ingrown toenails, it’s time to talk to your Denver podiatrist about other treatment options. Most of the time, just lifting the nail away from the skin is enough to help it grow properly. However, your skilled foot doctor should do this.

If you’re dealing with a severe ingrown toenail, we may need to trim or remove a portion of the toenail. However, this is never something you should consider doing on your own. To avoid complications, this is only something your Denver foot doctor should do. Plus, we can treat your ingrown toenail painlessly. Never attempt this at home.

There’s no reason to suffer through the pain of an ingrown toenail. If you are still experiencing problems, call  Denver, CO podiatrist, Dr. Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, today.

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