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By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
May 10, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Neuroma  

Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, Neuromaa pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.

The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.

Neuroma Causes

While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:

  • Extremely high arches
  • Flat feet
  • Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
  • Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
  • Repeated stress placed on the foot

Treating a Neuroma

A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.

Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.

Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.

Surgery for a Neuroma

Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!

Give us a Call!

If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
March 20, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Foot Injuries  

An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.

Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.

Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process.  Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.

Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain. 

Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.

Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.

After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
March 06, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 26, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions   high heels   Corns   Orthotics  

How your podiatrists in Denver, CO, can help you get relief from bunion pain

Bunions can interfere with your life by causing pain and making it difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably. There are simple at-home ways to get relief from small bunions, but for larger painful bunions, you may need the help of your podiatrist. Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, can help your feet feel better.

Foot BunionWhat Exactly Is a Bunion?

A bunion looks like a large, bony, hard bump right next to your big toe. Bunions are much more common in women because they more commonly wear shoes that are too narrow and crush the toes (e.g. high heels). The big toe joint is pushed outward and rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing the bunion. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes further forward. Bunions can also be caused by a bone deformity in your foot.

Treatment Options

Small bunions aren’t always painful. If you have a small bunion that is causing discomfort, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from bunions. Remember to:

  • Change to wider shoes; you should be able to move your toes comfortably
  • Use padded inserts or cushions; they can help cushion the bunion
  • Tape your foot; taping helps add support
  • Ice the bunion several times each day; this reduces swelling
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications; this reduces inflammation

Large, painful bunions need the help of a foot expert, your podiatrist. You may need x-rays to help determine the level of bone involvement, which can help determine which treatment is best for you. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, they offer several effective treatments to relieve bunion pain, including:

  • Custom-made footwear or orthotics, to support your feet
  • Night splints, which can help realign the toe joint
  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction on the bunion
  • Surgical removal of the bunion, known as a bunionectomy

You don’t have to deal with bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. Your podiatrists can get rid of bunion pain for good, so just pick up the phone and call Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic's Denver office. Dial (303) 355-1695 now!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 26, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrists in Denver, CO, can help you get relief from bunion pain

Bunions can interfere with your life by causing pain and making it difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably. There are simple at-home ways Bunionto get relief from small bunions, but for larger painful bunions, you may need the help of your podiatrist. Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, can help your feet feel better.

 

What Exactly Is a Bunion?

A bunion looks like a large, bony, hard bump right next to your big toe. Bunions are much more common in women because they more commonly wear shoes that are too narrow and crush the toes (e.g. high heels). The big toe joint is pushed outward and rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing the bunion. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes further forward. Bunions can also be caused by a bone deformity in your foot.

 

Treatment Options

Small bunions aren’t always painful. If you have a small bunion that is causing discomfort, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from bunions. Remember to:

  • Change to wider shoes; you should be able to move your toes comfortably
  • Use padded inserts or cushions; they can help cushion the bunion
  • Tape your foot; taping helps add support
  • Ice the bunion several times each day; this reduces swelling
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications; this reduces inflammation

Large, painful bunions need the help of a foot expert, your podiatrist. You may need x-rays to help determine the level of bone involvement, which can help determine which treatment is best for you. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, they offer several effective treatments to relieve bunion pain, including:

  • Custom-made footwear or orthotics, to support your feet
  • Night splints, which can help realign the toe joint
  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction on the bunion
  • Surgical removal of the bunion, known as a bunionectomy

You don’t have to deal with bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. Your podiatrists can get rid of bunion pain for good, so just pick up the phone and call Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic's Denver office. Dial (303) 355-1695 now!