Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO

Bunions Specialist

Bunions can cause significant discomfort and make it difficult to walk around, but they can be treated. At Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Jessica Herzog and Dr. Paul Stone offer care and treatment for bunions to reduce symptoms and help patients walk comfortably.

Bunions Q & A

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

What are Bunions?

Bunions are bumps that develop at the base of the big toe joint. These bumps are bony growths that can become worse over time without treatment or self-care. When bunions fail to improve with self-care measures, surgery might be an option for patients to consider.

What are the Signs of a Bunion?

Bunions appear as bumps on the outer base of the big toe joint. The skin in this area can become swollen and red, and calluses can also form. The pain associated with bunions can occur as steady soreness, or it can come and go over time. Patients with pain that doesn’t go away, those with a large bump on the big toe joint, and those who have trouble moving their big toe should seek medical care for bunions. These growths are associated with certain complications, including bursitis and hammertoes.

What Causes Bunions?

The underlying cause of bunions isn’t fully understood, but there are some risk factors associated with these growths. Those with one or more of these risk factors have a higher chance of developing bunions. These risk factors include deformities in the affected area, trauma or injuries to the foot, and certain types of feet that are prone to bunions. For some patients, having rheumatoid arthritis can increase the risk of bunions. There is debate over whether certain kinds of shoes, such as tight-fitting shoes, lead to bunion growth.

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Diagnosing bunions involves taking X-rays of the affected foot after doing a physical exam to evaluate it. X-rays show the bones of the feet in greater detail, which helps doctors determine how severe bunions are and what kinds of treatments might be needed for them.

How are Bunions Treated?

Mild bunions that don’t cause much pain are typically treated at home. This involves wearing looser shoes, wearing padded inserts in shoes, putting ice packs on the affected toe, taking over-the-counter medications, and splinting or taping the affected foot. Bunions that cause severe pain or ongoing pain might require surgical treatment. These procedures include removing the affected tissue near the big toe joint, removing part of the affected bone for a straighter big toe, and changing the position of the big toe and foot bones to straighten out the toe joint.

How Can You Prevent Bunions?

Patients can prevent bunions by wearing shoes that offer plenty of room instead of wearing tight shoes or high heels. This stops the big toe from bending in an unusual position inside shoes. Custom orthotics can also help slow the progression of bunion deformities.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Here is a short list of the. Please contact the office if you do not see your provider listed.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans
United Healthcare

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    "Definitely a premier foot & ankle operation and I would highly suggest Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care to anyone who needs to get back on their feet."

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    " I highly recommend Castle Rock Foot and Ankle Care to everyone! I will be taking my parents there for their foot care as well!"

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    "My experience with Dr. Herzog and all the staff was an extremely good one! I highly recommend Dr. Herzog!"

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    "My experience with Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care has been exceptional and I would highly recommend them for everything from orthotics to surgery."

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    "The office staff is all very nice to deal with. I've been very happy with him and would highly recommend this practice."

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    "The staff at Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care are as nice and caring and competent as I've seen and together, they made a nasty ordeal as good as it could possibly be."

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    "Definitely a premier foot & ankle operation and I would highly suggest Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care to anyone who needs to get back on their feet."

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Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care
2352 Meadows Boulevard, Suite 270
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 720-336-2142
Fax: (303) 814-0020
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