If you are feeling pain at the back of the heel or ankle, chances are that you have strained or injured your Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon, which stretches from the base of the heel up the calf is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the heels to the calf muscles and is involved in virtually all movements from running to walking up a flight of stairs, which makes it especially susceptible to injury in active individuals. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, the podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO, offer diagnostic and treatment options for Achilles tendon and other foot and ankle injuries.
Achilles Tendon Injury and Treatment in Denver, CO
The most common signs of an Achilles tendon strain or injury include:
- Calf pain
- Mild to severe pain above the heel
- Snapping or popping sound during movement
- Difficulty/inability to point the foot or stand on the toes of the injured leg
However, in some cases, you may not notice any symptoms right away.
Causes and Risk Factors for Achilles Tendonitis and Injuries
Anyone can suffer a strain, rupture, or another type of injury to the Achilles tendon, but there are certain activities and lifestyle factors that can make a person more prone to this type of orthopedic injury, like being obese or overweight which can put additional strain on the ankles and joints, physical activities that involve running and jumping, age, and gender (more likely in men).
Although they are not always avoidable depending on your physical activity levels and lifestyle, you can lower the risk of straining your Achilles tendon by stretching and strengthening your calf muscles, warming up before workouts, and alternating between high and low-intensity workouts. So if you run a few miles every week or are training for a marathon, consider walking, swimming, or cycling on alternate days. Be sure to wear supportive footwear and to increase the intensity of your workouts in slow increments (no more than 10% per week).
Find a Podiatrist in Denver, CO
For more information about Achilles tendonitis and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Diabetic Foot & Wound Center Colorado Sports Podiatry by calling 303-321-4477 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaakola or Dr. Weber today.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint connecting the big toe which can be caused by wearing high heels or narrow-toed shoes. Some diseases, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber at The Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO, offer treatments for bunions. Read on to find out how we can help you deal with your bunion.
1. Padding and Taping- Padding and taping is often the first step in a treatment plan. Padding the bunion will ease your pain and allow you to continue a normal, active life. Taping the bunion will help keep your foot in a normal position, thus reducing stress and discomfort. Padding and taping also prevent bunions from getting worse.
2. Medication- Your podiatrist may recommend a prescription medication or over-the-counter pain medicine such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen. Your podiatrist also recommends a medicine to reduce inflammation. Be safe with medicines. Follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicine.
3. Custom Orthotics- Custom orthotic devices can be a valuable treatment for bunions. Orthotic devices can help take the pressure off your toes and alleviate your pain. You can get custom-made arch supports or bunion pads from your Denver podiatrist.
4. Steroid Injections- Steroid injections, also called cortisone injections, can relieve pain temporarily by reducing inflammation. The injections usually comprise of a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. The cortisone starts working in a few days and its effect can last up to a few months. You can get steroid injections at your podiatrist's office.
5. Bunion Surgery- Your podiatrist may recommend surgery to treat your bunion, but only if your symptoms are severe. The surgery is called bunionectomy. The goal of surgery is to relieve pain and correct the deformity. Bunion surgery is performed in a hospital or surgery center under general or local anesthesia.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Call The Diabetic Foot & Wound Center at 303-321-4477 today to schedule an appointment in Denver, CO. We are committed to providing high-quality patient care using state-of-the-art technologies.
If you are having trouble with your ankle(s), your Denver, CO, podiatrists, Podiatrists Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, can help.
Here's some information you need to know:
Twisting or rolling your ankle can lead to sprains and fractures in the foot and ankle.
An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments get stretched or torn. The most common ligaments that get injured are your:
- Lateral collateral ligaments
- Deltoid ligaments (the inside of your ankle)
- Syndesmosis (the ligament that connects the two bones of your leg just above your ankle)
People visit their podiatrist when they twist their ankle inward, underneath their leg, which may occur while:
- Playing sports
- Stepping off of a curb
- Missing a stair
- Walking on an uneven surface
These common ankle issues can lead to more detrimental issues if they're not dealt with.
What to do if you injure your foot:
- Visit your emergency room immediately if you sprain your ankle, especially if you see deformities to your leg, ankle or foot.
- If there's no observable serious damage, begin your home therapy with PRICE treatment (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).
- Fractures can develop if you don't take care of your ankle and foot. One of the key tests is if you're able to apply weight or pressure on the injured ankle or foot the next day. If you can't, then you will need to visit your Denver podiatrist.
- When you go in to see your doctor, they'll perform a physical exam, including taking X-rays, to evaluate the severity of your injury.
- If your podiatrist confirms there is no fracture but there's a sprain, they may supply you with a brace or walking boot to help and protect your ankle.
When certain ligaments are injured, you may experience swelling, bruising or pain. If you experiencing any of these symptoms, follow the instructions provided above or call the podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO, for more information.
Find out how to properly care for your aging feet to prevent common problems.
As we get older it’s easy to notice that our bodies don’t seem to work as they did in our younger years. Of course, some aches and pains here and there may seem more commonplace as you get older; however, it’s important that you give your feet the special care they need to stay healthy. Our Denver, CO, podiatrists, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, offer up some ways to keep problems at bay.
Foot problems can vary from minor nuisances that often clear up on their own with the proper care to more serious issues that could affect your daily life. Older individuals are also at an increased risk for developing ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, as well as fungal toenail infections and athlete’s foot.
If you haven’t been as kind to your feet over the years then you’ll certainly notice changes to the overall structure and appearance of your feet. You may have painful bunions, hammertoes or flat feet that increase your chances of developing a painful inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. If this is the case, you’ll want to avoid wearing high heels or shoes that bunch up your toes. Instead, opt only for shoes that provide your feet with additional and ample support and cushioning to prevent plantar fasciitis or tendonitis.
It’s not uncommon for many older adults to develop arthritis in their feet and hands. This is because everyone’s joints begin to wear over time; however, if you have arthritis in your feet then you may experience persistent joint pain and stiffness, swelling or limited mobility in your feet; fortunately, our Denver foot doctors can provide you with prescription medications to treat your symptoms and reduce their severity and frequency. We can also make custom orthotics to place in your shoes to provide added support and shock absorption for your feet.
Another issue that often arises is circulation or diabetic foot problems. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes it is imperative that you are taking the medication that you need to keep your blood sugar levels under control while also performing daily self-exams so you can detect problems right away. Make sure you are also washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day and that you wear shoes and socks at all times if you have nerve damage or numbness in your feet.
Diabetic Foot & Wound Center offers a full range of foot care services to make sure that you get the medical care you need when it matters most. Whether you are dealing with diabetes or other foot problems, let our expert podiatry team in Denver, CO help you.
What your podiatrists in Denver, CO want you to know
Your feet take a beating during your lifetime. They carry you through whatever activity you are doing. Feet are important and yet they are often ignored, leading to foot problems. There are some foot problems which are serious or bothersome enough to require foot surgery. So how do you know if you need foot surgery? Your podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber want to help answer that question.
You may need foot surgery because of:
- An arthritis-related problem; arthritis can destroy your joints and lead to bone deformities which can impair your ability to function. Surgeries of this type include fusion of joints or realignment of your foot.
- A diabetes-related problem; diabetes impairs blood flow and nerve function leading to ulcers, tissue death, or diabetic neuropathy. Surgeries of this type include closure of an ulcer that won’t heal, removal of dead tissue or even amputations.
- Plantar Fasciitis-related pain; plantar fasciitis causes pain which can affect your ability to walk or stand. Surgeries of this type include tendon release to eliminate tension on the tendon.
- Bunions and hammertoes; these bone deformities can affect your ability to wear shoes, walk and stand. Surgeries of this type involve removing bone to correct the deformity, and realigning your foot or toes.
Your podiatrists offer a full range of foot and ankle surgeries to correct foot and ankle problems. For a complete list of conditions which can be helped by surgery, please visit the foot and ankle surgery page on the website at https://www.denverfootcare.com/foot-surgery.html
You can enhance your life with foot surgery in many ways. When you choose foot surgery you will experience:
- Long-lasting, permanent pain relief
- Better foot function and mobility
- Better looking feet
- An easier time finding and wearing shoes
If you have foot problems related to a medical condition or other cause, it may be time to think about foot surgery. Surgery can help your feet function better and look better. For more information about foot and ankle surgery call your podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO today!
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