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By Dr. Florin Costache
September 27, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.

 

Signs That You May Have a Bunion

Generally forming on the side of your big toe, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
  • A generally red discoloration
  • A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes

The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:

  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Periodic numbness of the foot
  • Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot

 

Treatments

For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear

In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:

  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)

 

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If you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
May 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.

A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.

The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:

  • Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
  • Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
  • Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
  • Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
  • Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
  • Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
  • Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition

For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.

When should someone consider bunion surgery?

As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:

  • Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
  • Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
  • You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
  • Your bunion is affecting your quality of life

It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 26, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions   high heels   Corns   Orthotics  

How your podiatrists in Denver, CO, can help you get relief from bunion pain

Bunions can interfere with your life by causing pain and making it difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably. There are simple at-home ways to get relief from small bunions, but for larger painful bunions, you may need the help of your podiatrist. Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, can help your feet feel better.

Foot BunionWhat Exactly Is a Bunion?

A bunion looks like a large, bony, hard bump right next to your big toe. Bunions are much more common in women because they more commonly wear shoes that are too narrow and crush the toes (e.g. high heels). The big toe joint is pushed outward and rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing the bunion. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes further forward. Bunions can also be caused by a bone deformity in your foot.

Treatment Options

Small bunions aren’t always painful. If you have a small bunion that is causing discomfort, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from bunions. Remember to:

  • Change to wider shoes; you should be able to move your toes comfortably
  • Use padded inserts or cushions; they can help cushion the bunion
  • Tape your foot; taping helps add support
  • Ice the bunion several times each day; this reduces swelling
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications; this reduces inflammation

Large, painful bunions need the help of a foot expert, your podiatrist. You may need x-rays to help determine the level of bone involvement, which can help determine which treatment is best for you. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, they offer several effective treatments to relieve bunion pain, including:

  • Custom-made footwear or orthotics, to support your feet
  • Night splints, which can help realign the toe joint
  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction on the bunion
  • Surgical removal of the bunion, known as a bunionectomy

You don’t have to deal with bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. Your podiatrists can get rid of bunion pain for good, so just pick up the phone and call Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic's Denver office. Dial (303) 355-1695 now!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
February 26, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrists in Denver, CO, can help you get relief from bunion pain

Bunions can interfere with your life by causing pain and making it difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably. There are simple at-home ways Bunionto get relief from small bunions, but for larger painful bunions, you may need the help of your podiatrist. Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, can help your feet feel better.

 

What Exactly Is a Bunion?

A bunion looks like a large, bony, hard bump right next to your big toe. Bunions are much more common in women because they more commonly wear shoes that are too narrow and crush the toes (e.g. high heels). The big toe joint is pushed outward and rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing the bunion. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes further forward. Bunions can also be caused by a bone deformity in your foot.

 

Treatment Options

Small bunions aren’t always painful. If you have a small bunion that is causing discomfort, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from bunions. Remember to:

  • Change to wider shoes; you should be able to move your toes comfortably
  • Use padded inserts or cushions; they can help cushion the bunion
  • Tape your foot; taping helps add support
  • Ice the bunion several times each day; this reduces swelling
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications; this reduces inflammation

Large, painful bunions need the help of a foot expert, your podiatrist. You may need x-rays to help determine the level of bone involvement, which can help determine which treatment is best for you. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, they offer several effective treatments to relieve bunion pain, including:

  • Custom-made footwear or orthotics, to support your feet
  • Night splints, which can help realign the toe joint
  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction on the bunion
  • Surgical removal of the bunion, known as a bunionectomy

You don’t have to deal with bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. Your podiatrists can get rid of bunion pain for good, so just pick up the phone and call Drs. Florin Costache and Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic's Denver office. Dial (303) 355-1695 now!

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.