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By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
August 22, 2017
Tags: Foot Problems  

How your podiatrist in Denver can helpfoot problems

It’s easy to neglect your feet until you have a problem. Foot problems can happen when you least expect it. They can also be debilitating, keeping you on the couch. It’s important to know what to do when you have one. Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO wants to share the facts about some common foot problems and their treatment.

If you have a large, tender bump next to your big toe, it’s probably a bunion. Bunions are caused from wearing shoes that are too narrow and crush your toes. Women are much more likely to get bunions because of narrow, pointed shoes and wearing high-heels makes the problems worse by pushing your toes forward.

You can treat the bunion yourself by trying to:

  • Place bunion pads inside your shoes
  • Tape the bunion to cushion it when you move around
  • Purchase shoes with a wide toe box

If you have heel pain, it may be from plantar fasciitis, a condition caused by inflammation of the wide band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia. You can get plantar fascia if you stand or walk on hard surfaces for long periods of time, or if you are overweight.

You can treat plantar fascia yourself by trying to:

  • Rest and put your feet up
  • Wear heel supports in your shoes to cushion your heel
  • Do arch stretches several times each day

If your toenail is dark and swollen, you may have an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails are caused from cutting your toenails too short or if your toenails curve under naturally.

You can treat an ingrown toenail yourself by trying to:

  • Soak your toe in warm water frequently
  • Place dental floss underneath your toenail to force it upward
  • Spread antibiotic cream on your toe and toenail
  • Bandage your toenail
  • Wear sandals or open-toe shoes

If you suffer from a common foot problem and home remedies don’t work, help is on the way with just a simple phone call. Dr. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO is standing by, so call today and get some help for your foot problem.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
January 29, 2015

Plantar Fasciitis Causes in Denver, CO
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Plantar Fasciitis is a common yet painful condition of the foot often referred to as "jogger's heel." There are many causes and risk factors for plantar fasciitis so it is important to know if you may be susceptible to it.

For more immediate information on Plantar Fasciitis in Denver, CO, please call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic at (303) 355-1695 today!

Cause

The bottom of your foot is supported by a thick connective tissue called the plantar fascia. When this tissue is stretched or torn, it may become irritated and inflamed, resulting in plantar fasciitis. The condition is usually diagnose and treated by a podiatrist with special training in foot care.

Risk Factors

Certain forms of exercise such as running may place a greater strain on your feet, resulting in injury to the plantar fascia. Obesity can also add extra stress to this tissue leading to inflammation.

Standing on your feet for extended periods of time for work or other activities, particularly on hard surfaces, may result in plantar fasciitis. Having flat feet, or a high arch, or an abnormal gait can also irritate or inflame the plantar fascia.

Unfortunately, even without exercise, obesity, or a job that keeps you on your feet, simply aging may put you at risk for plantar fasciitis. The condition is most common in middle age.

Complications

Plantar fasciitis can cause chronic pain which in turn could result in reduced activity and mobility. It could even lead to pain in other areas of the body such as the knees and back.

Treatment

The good news is that plantar fasciitis is treatable with medications, therapies, or even surgeries in more advanced cases. Your podiatrist may recommend a simple over-the-counter pain reliever to help with the pain and inflammation. Certain exercises or special devices may provide some relief. If those treatments don't help, your podiatrist may recommend steroid injections, shock wave therapy, or a surgery to detach the plantar fascia.

If you are having foot pain, talk to your podiatrist about plantar fasciitis or heel pain. Dr. Larry Melnick of Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver is a board-certified podiatrist offering complete treatment of plantar fasciitis, along with other causes of foot pain. Call us at (303) 355-1695 today!