Posts for category: Podiatry Treatments
Find out when it’s time to turn to your Denver foot doctor about an ingrown toenail.
An ingrown toenail may not seem like a very big deal at first, however, it’s important that you provide proper care to the affected area so as to prevent detrimental issues, such as infection, from developing in your foot. From the office of our Denver podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick, learn more about spotting an ingrown toenail and how to treat the problem before it affects your health.
What are the warning signs of an ingrown toenail?
Most commonly affecting the big toe, an ingrown toenail is when the side of a nail grows into the neighboring skin. If you do develop an ingrown toenail, you may notice redness, swelling, and tenderness around the nail. You will even be able to see where the nail has grown into the skin.
In these cases, it's important to keep the area clean in order to prevent infection. Warning signs of infection include severe pain, swelling, and pus draining from the nail itself. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important that you see your Denver foot doctor right away.
Can I treat an ingrown toenail at home?
Most healthy individuals will be able to treat their ingrown toenails all on their own with simple at-home care. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or have nerve damage in your feet, it’s important that you see your foot doctor right away if you develop an ingrown toenail. It is important that you do not try and treat the problem on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
Simple ways to treat an ingrown toenail include,
- Applying a small piece of cotton under the edge of the nail to lift it away from the skin
- Soaking your feet in warm water several times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time to ease pain and swelling (for diabetics, soaking your feet is not recommended without first consulting your foot doctor)
- Wearing shoes that don’t bunch up toes or put pressure on them
- Taking a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory to temporarily ease pain and inflammation
Need relief? Give us a call
If you are dealing with a painful ingrown toenail and aren’t able to manage your symptoms on your own, call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, today at (303) 355-1695 to find out how we can help.
Between daily walking, jogging, and standing at our jobs, our feet can take quite a beating day in and day out. However, even the most resilient feet can reach a breaking point. Accordingly, if you have been dealing with heel pain, it’s important to know what’s going on and when it’s time to visit our Denver podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick, in order to avoid making a foot condition worse.
What is causing my heel pain?
There are several conditions that could be to blame for your heel pain. The most common causes include,
- Plantar fasciitis (caused by overuse)
- Achilles tendonitis (caused by overuse)
- Sprains and strains
- Heel spurs
- Reactive arthritis
Heel pain can be the result of inflammation due to overworked/overstretched ligaments or tendons in the foot, as is the case with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Sports and work-related injuries can also lead to strains, sprains, and fractures, all of which result in heel pain. Long-term conditions, such as arthritis, can often make heel pain and stiffness worsen over time, as well.
When should I see a doctor?
While minor heel pain may go away on its own with simple at-home care such as resting, icing, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers, it’s important that you seek proper medical attention from our Denver foot doctors if your symptoms are severe enough to affect your daily routine or if symptoms aren’t responding to conservative treatment options.
If you’ve never had heel pain before, it’s also a good idea to come into our office so that we can make a definitive diagnosis so that you can get the treatment you need to heal properly.
How is heel pain treated?
As we mentioned earlier, minor inflammatory conditions can usually be managed with simple at-home care. If this doesn’t work, your podiatrist may recommend bracing or wrapping the foot to improve ankle support. Ultrasound, shockwave therapy, or corticosteroid injections may be recommended to ease chronic inflammatory forms of heel pain.
Fractures or severe injuries may also require physical therapy or a protective boot. Chronic conditions such as arthritis will require more long-term monitoring, as well as medications and lifestyle modifications that can slow the progression of the disease and prevent long-term damage to the joints of the foot and ankle.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring heel pain, call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, today to schedule an appointment. Our number is (303) 355-1695.
How your podiatrist in Denver can help
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.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes in Denver, CO
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!