Caring for Your 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.

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