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By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
August 07, 2018
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsBunions not only cause foot pain and discomfort but also embarrassment for patients. It looks like something is growing on the inside of your feet, even though it is actually a bone that’s out of place. This condition can be successfully treated by a podiatrist at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO.

How and When Bunions Form
Bunions don’t appear on your feet overnight. They form gradually and often cause intense ongoing pain. As they grow, calluses and hammertoes can form, and the toes overlap. If you wear shoes that press your toes together day after day you are more likely to start to develop bunions. If you have a family history of arthritis or joint problems, your feet are at a higher risk for bunions. When they start to form, immediate non-invasive therapy can help fix the misalignment and get the feet back to normal.

Reasons for Urgent Bunion Treatment
Bunions disrupt your daily routine and affect your ability to comfortably wear shoes. Consider these additional reasons why you might want to explore bunion treatment as soon as possible with your Denver podiatrist:

- Bunions can become a debilitating condition without treatment over a long time.
- You can’t fit your shoes anymore because of the intense friction.
- Your bunions are interfering with your ability to participate in normal daily activities.
- Bunions are a possible sign of arthritic problems that you need to discuss with a doctor.

Treatment Options
The course of treatment for bunions depends on how far the condition has progressed. These are some of the possible solutions:

- Splints worn at night while sleeping to realign the bone.
- Proper shoes and orthotic inserts.
- Padding placed between the toes to keep them separate.
- Anti-inflammatory and steroid medications.
- In cases that can’t be treated conservatively, a bunionectomy to remove excess bone and allow for realignment.

Stop Bunions Now
You have options for treating your bunions at any stage -- even if they have been getting progressively worse for a while. Get your feet back to normal by calling (303) 355-1695 today for an appointment with Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick in Denver, CO.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
April 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
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
November 15, 2017
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.

Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.

Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:

  • An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
  • Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint

Treatment For a Bunion

Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.

We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion

When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
June 26, 2017
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions  

Have you ever wondered why you have bunions? Our Denver, CO, podiatrist, Dr. Lorry Melnick, shares a few common bunion causes.bunions

Tight shoes

Bunions occur when the bones at the base of your big toe move out of alignment. The condition is more likely to occur if you regularly wear tight shoes that put too much pressure on the bones in your feet. If you wear high heels, you've probably noticed that the exaggerated slope of the shoe increases pressure on the front part of your foot. The higher the heel, the more intense the pressure. Eventually, all that pressure may affect the alignment of your foot.


Arthritis in your foot can increase your risk of developing a bunion. Whether you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis, you may be more likely to develop bunions.

Family history

Does anyone in your family have bunions? The condition can be inherited. Although avoiding tight shoes can help reduce your risk, you may still develop bunions no matter how well you treat your feet.

Conditions that affect the feet

Some conditions that affect your whole body can also increase your risk of bunions. For example, Marfan Syndrome, a condition that affects connective tissue, bones, and joints, may boost the likelihood of bunions.

Foot function abnormalities

If you have flat feet, your feet pronate (turn outward too much when you walk), or you have an unusually low arch, your bunion risk may increase.

Your job

Even if you avoid tight shoes and high heels, you can still develop bunions if your job requires you to spend long hours on your feet.

Uneven leg length

When one leg is longer than the other, your gait will be affected. Gait problems can cause bunions and other foot conditions.

Treatments that ease bunion pain

It's important to avoid shoes that press against the side of your foot. Apply a bunion pad to your foot before you put on shoes to improve comfort. When bunion pain makes walking difficult and interferes with your life, make an appointment with our Denver office. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may benefit from taping or night splints that hold your foot in the proper position, orthotics to support and align your feet when you wear shoes or even surgery.

Are you tired of living with bunions? Call our Denver, CO, podiatrist, Dr. Melnick, at (303) 355-1695 to schedule an appointment.