Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: February, 2018

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Growing Pains  

If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.

Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.

Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal behavior

There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.

  • Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
  • Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
  • Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)

While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

The side of your foot hurts, and you just want some relief. However, you don't know what that painful bump at the base of your big toe is.bunions At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, Dr. Lorry Melnick and Dr. Florin Costache understand foot anatomy and deformities very well. They may discover that you are suffering from a podiatric problem called a bunion. What is a bunion and how can your Denver foot doctor control your uncomfortable symptoms?

Denver bunions are common

Also called a hallux valgus, a bunion is an abnormal bony prominence at the base of the big toe. This area is called the metatarsophalangeal joint, and when it experiences undue pressure from standing too long, obesity or shoes that are too tight and narrow, it becomes:

  • Inflamed
  • Bulging
  • Deformed as the big toe turns toward the second and even third toe

People with bunions also feel burning and numbness and may have problems walking normally, say foot experts at the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, people with flat feet or who overpronate as they walk (foot rolls inward as it contacts the ground) develop this joint issue, and corns and calluses often accompany bunions.

How Dr. Costache and Dr. Melnick can help

During a consultation at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, your Denver podiatrist will inspect your feet, watch you walk and take X-rays to see what's happening with that metatarsophalangeal joint. Also, the doctor will recommend some conservative treatment measures to alleviate the pressure on the bunion and to keep the deformity from progressing. In some cases, a surgical bunionectomy is necessary. However, most cases improve with common sense treatments such as:

  • Wearing shoes with more room in the toes, better overall support and lower heels (no higher than two inches, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
  • Shoe padding to alleviate friction between the shoe and the bunion
  • Corn and callus removal
  • Stretching exercises
  • Splints worn at night to realign the big toe (useful for adolescent bunions in particular, says the APMA)

Feel better

You can prevent additional pain and damage with expert bunion treatment at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Don't delay, call the office today for a consultation: (303) 355-1695.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 13, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor  

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!