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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.
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.
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!
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction. While neither condition presents a long-term or serious health risk, they can be painful, irritating and unattractive.
Identifying a Corn or Callus
Corns and calluses are similar in nature, but differ in size and location. Corns are smaller than calluses and usually have a hard, thickened center surrounded by red, inflamed skin. They typically develop on the tops and sides of your toes and can be painful when touched. Calluses generally develop on your heels and balls of your feet. They vary in size and shape, although almost always larger than corns.
For most people who develop calluses or corns, eliminating the source of pressure is usually enough to make the thickened skin disappear. We recommend the following for treating corns and calluses:
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks. When footwear fits properly, there is less opportunity for friction and rubbing to occur.
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to help remove corns and calluses. Rub the thickened skin with a pumice stone to remove toughened layers more easily.
- Keeping your feet moisturized with foot cream or lotion will help improve the quality of your skin and rid your feet from calluses or corns.
When to Seek Care
When corns and calluses don't respond to conservative care, contact our office for a careful evaluation. We can investigate the possible causes of your corn or callus, safely remove the thick, hardened area of skin, and recommend appropriate footwear and treatment, including padding and inserts. Never attempt to cut away a corn or callus on your own, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation. Instead, seek advice for careful removal and proper care.