Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: December, 2018

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
December 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain  

Find out what might be causing your foot pain so you know how to best treat your symptoms.

From foot pain resulting from a sports injury to heel pain that seems to appear almost overnight, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing this symptom. The location of your pain, as well as what you did leading up to the pain can provide our Denver podiatrists Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick with the information they need to figure out what’s going on.

Here are some of the most common causes of foot pain;

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken toe
  • Broken foot or ankle
  • Flatfeet
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Arthritis

As you can see, there are so many different conditions or problems that can lead to foot pain and it’s near impossible to pinpoint what’s going on unless you visit one of our Denver foot doctors for an evaluation. Of course, we understand that most people lead busy lives and want to avoid visiting the doctor unless it’s necessary. So, when should you visit a podiatrist?

You should seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing severe pain, there is an open wound, you are experiencing signs of an infection, you have diabetes, you also have a fever or you can’t walk or put weight on the foot.

While not a medical emergency, it is still important to have your foot evaluated if you are noticing pain and swelling that doesn’t improve after a few days, if your symptoms get worse even with at-home care or if you notice numbness or tingling in the feet.

If you are dealing with persistent, severe or sudden foot pain in Denver, then it’s a good idea to call the experts at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic to find out what’s going on. We can create a treatment plan to get you back on your feet.


By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
December 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sprained Ankle  

An ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls or twists to the point where a ligament inside stretches beyond its normal capacity. Ankle sprains are extremely common, with an estimated 25,000 sprains happening in the United States every day. Athletes and people who work outdoors or on uneven surfaces are at a higher risk for spraining their ankle. Regular wear of high-heeled shoes is also a risk factor.

Sprained ankles are diagnosed by degree; that is, the severity of the sprain and the symptoms it produces. Grade 1 sprains are the mildest, with minimal swelling and tenderness due to a slight ligament tear. Usually, Grade 1 sprains still allow for weight to be put on the ankle. Grade 2 sprains have a more significant injury to the ligament and, while walking may still be possible, it is painful. Grade 3 sprains are diagnosed when the affected ligament has sustained a complete tear and the ankle cannot bear weight. Grade 3 sprains typically display obvious bruising and swelling around the ankle.

The grade of an ankle sprain will determine the treatment. The tried-and-true RICE method - rest, ice, compression, and elevation - is usually sufficient for Grade 1 sprains. Refraining from walking, keeping the ankle elevated for the first two days, stabilizing the ankle with a compression dressing, and applying ice to reduce swelling helps the sprain resolve within 2 to 4 weeks. Grade 2 sprains also respond well to RICE treatment, although healing typically takes longer and a firmer immobilization device, like a splint, is typically recommended. Grade 3 sprains often require similar treatment used for ankle fractures; a cast or brace may be needed and surgery may be considered for some patients.

To ensure proper healing, it is important to follow the recommendations of your podiatrist. Attempting to return to normal activity too soon could result in a repeat injury or permanent ankle instability.


By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
December 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sesamoid   Sesamoiditis  

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids are small bones that are only connected to tendons or surrounded in muscle. This only appears in a few places in the body, one of which is the foot. Two very tiny sesamoids are found in the underside of the foot near the big toe. One is on the outer side of the foot and the other bone is close to the middle of the foot. This structure provides a smooth surface for the tendons to slide over, which helps the tendons move muscles. They help with weight bearing and also help to elevate the bones of the big toe. So now that you know what sesamoids are, you might be wondering what sesamoiditis is and what its symptoms are.

Sesamoiditis

Just like any other bone, sesamoids can unfortunately fracture. The tendons surrounding the sesamoids may also become irritated or inflamed and this is what sesamoiditis is. Sesamoiditis is also a form of tendonitis and is a common condition among ballerinas, runners, and baseball catchers due to the pressure that is constantly placed on their feet.

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis may include:

  • Pain under the big toe or ball of the foot
  • Swelling and/or bruising
  • Difficulty in bending and straightening the big toe

Treating Sesamoiditis

Treatments include:

  • Resting and stopping any activity that could be causing pain and inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen and aspirin only after consulting your physician
  • Icing the sole of the foot
  • Wearing soft-soled and low-heeled shoes
  • Cushioning inserts in the shoes

If symptoms persist after treatments, you may need to wear a removable brace for 4-6 weeks to help the bones heal. Call your podiatrist today to ask any questions about sesamoiditis and get on your way to pain-free feet once again!