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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
July 15, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Bunions   high heels   hammertoe  

Wearing high-heeled shoes is the ultimate fashion statement for many women around the world. Women young and old can wear high heelsthese height-elevating shoes in casual, business and formal settings, making them a popular choice for many people. However, this seemingly simple fashion choice may have big consequences for your feet. Find out more with your Denver, CO podiatrist, Dr. Lorry Melnick, at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic.

What effect does wearing high heels have on my feet? 
It is no secret that high-heeled shoes cause foot and back pain. However, there are other hidden risks to wearing high heels. High-heeled shoes force the foot into an unnatural position, and wearing high-heeled shoes helps the development of foot conditions like bunions, hammertoe, osteoarthritis and Achilles tendonitis.

How can I avoid foot damage due to high-heeled shoes? 
The easiest way to avoid these conditions is to avoid wearing high heels. You can, however, choose high heels with different designs which may help you avoid developing foot problems. Try to buy shoes with a lower heel that takes pressure off of the ball of the foot. If you notice toenail deformities, try to wear more open styles, such as an open-toed shoe or a sandal with straps rather than a solid toe. Try to wear high-heeled shoes for short amounts of time instead of on days where you may be mostly on your feet. Find shoes with a wider toe box rather than pointed or narrow designs. This helps prevent the toes from crowding together which causes pain in the ball of your foot.

Foot Treatments in Denver, CO 
If you wear high-heeled shoes often and experience foot or ankle pain, it may be time to see your doctor. Your podiatrist is your best source for keeping your feet healthy. A foot examination involves a physical examination. If necessary, Dr. Melnick uses imagining techniques like x-rays to determine if there are any abnormalities or irregularities in your foot’s internal structure. After determining the cause of your foot pain, Dr. Melnick can help you determine the best course of treatment for your foot or ankle problems.

For more information on treating your foot or ankle conditions, please contact Dr. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Call (303) 355-1695 to schedule your foot examination today!