Podiatrist Blog
By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
September 15, 2017
Category: Foot Health

Ingrown toenails result when the nails grow into the flesh. Diabetics can suffer from ingrown nails as a result of improper grooming of the ingrown toenailfeet or poorly fitting shoes. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber of Diabetic Foot & Wound Center, which is located in Denver, CO, provide care for diabetics with lower extremity wounds. Read on to find out how to prevent ingrown nails and how we can help.

Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Let your toes breathe. Ill-fitting footwear can cause ingrown toenails. This is why you should avoid tight or pointed shoes that press on toenails. Wear comfortable footwear that fits properly. Likewise, stay away from panty hose and tight socks.

If you cut your nails into a curved shape, you could be putting yourself at risk for ingrown nails, since the edges of the nails may grow into the flesh. Try trimming your toenails straight across and then using a nail file to sand down the sharp corners and give your nails a slight curve.

Keep your toenails at a moderate length. Avoid cutting your toenails too short or too often. Short toenails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails, as they have more room to grow into the flesh. Never cut your nails lower than the top of your toes.

How We Can Help You

If you have a diabetes-related foot problem, who should you call? Your Denver, CO, podiatrists, of course. Podiatrists diagnose and treat problems of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. They also perform surgery.

Your podiatrist can diagnose an ingrown nail based on your symptoms and an examination of your toenail and the surrounding skin. Conservative treatments for ingrown toenails include elevation, proper nail cutting, soaks, and good foot hygiene. If your podiatrist notices an infection, he or she will prescribe an antibiotic. In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend partial removal of a severely ingrown toenail.

When you have diabetes, your feet need a little TLC. Call Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber of Diabetic Foot & Wound Center at 303-321-4477 to book an appointment for a foot exam. Our outstanding podiatrists are dedicated to providing superior diabetic foot and care in Denver, CO. Taking good care of your feet can prevent problems before they start!

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
July 11, 2017
Category: Foot Condition

Don’t let Achilles pain disrupt your life. Find out what’s going on and how to treat it.Achilles Pain

Our Denver, CO, podiatrists, Dr. Eric Jaakola or Dr. Anna Weber, just recently diagnosed you with Achilles tendinitis and you’re left wondering, “Now what?” Maybe you aren’t quite sure how this problem came about or how to best manage your symptoms. Don’t worry; we are here to provide you with all the information you need to tackle your Achilles pain.

Causes of Achilles Pain

If you are dealing with heel pain that originates on the back of the heel then chances are good that you are dealing with a problem with the Achilles tendon, a thick band of tissue that connects the bone of the heel to the calf muscle. There are two main Achilles tendon issues that could be causing you pain: tendinopathy or a tear/rupture.

These conditions most often occur from overuse or from certain movements performed during sports. High-impact sports require a lot of stop-and-go movements, which can put a lot of stress on the Achilles tendon. Those who are runners are also more likely to deal with Achilles problems.

Treating Your Pain

If your problem is minor then our Denver foot doctor may recommend avoiding certain sports, resting the foot as much as possible and taking pain relievers when symptoms arise. We can also show you specific foot exercises you can perform from the comfort of your own home to improve your symptoms and also retrain and strengthen the muscles around the tendon.

Making sure you wear the proper footwear is also extremely important, especially for athletes. You wouldn’t believe how many people wear shoes that are too old and worn out and don’t provide adequate support. If you are unsure what kind of shoes will provide you with the proper stability turn to a specialty sporting goods store or talk to us about what qualities to look for when shopping for the right athletic footwear.

If you have a tear or rupture then a cast or walking boot may also need to be worn for a few weeks to help support both the foot, ankle and leg.

Do you have questions about Achilles tendinitis? Are you worried that you may be dealing with this issue but need a proper diagnosis? If so, Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO, is here to help you. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
May 11, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: bunions  

A bunion is commonly known as a foot deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at both the base and side of the toe. They form bunionwhen the toe moves out of placement. The enlargement itself causes pressure and friction as it rubs against shoes. Over a period of time, the movement of the big toe angle in toward other toes. The growing enlargement causes inflammation and irritation over time. Bunions can also lead to other toe deformities. Our Denver, CO, bunion specialists, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber from Diabetic Foot & Wound Center, can successfully treat your bunions.

Bunion Treatment

Many individuals with bunions suffer from pain and discomfort because of the rubbing, friction and irritation of this enlargement. Bunions often arise from a bony bump that forms on the joint of the big toe. The skin over the toe can become tender and red. The joint flexes with every step, so the bigger that the bunion gets, it gets harder and harder to walk. For many patients, arthritis and/or bursitis may occur leading to chronic pain. Bunion development is often caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. They are not hereditary but may be caused by the structure of the foot itself. Foot injuries, flat fleet or faulty foot structure can also cause bunions to form.

Bunions do not resolve on their own. Treatment can occur from a Denver bunion specialist such as Dr. Jaakola or Dr. Weber from our facility, Diabetic Foot & Wound Center. They are both well versed at knowing how to relieve the pain and discomfort of their patients. The first goal of treatment is to relieve pain or pressure and the second is to stop the growth of the enlargement.

Some common bunion treatment methods include

  1. Proper fitting shoes
  2. Custom orthotics
  3. Protective padding to eliminate friction
  4. Stretching/joint exercises
  5. Removal of calluses or corns
  6. Splints for nighttime wear to help realign the joint.

Depending on the size of the bunion or the misalignment, surgery may be suggested. A bunionectomy removes the bunion and realigns the toe. For more information on bunion treatment from our Denver, CO, bunion specialists, Dr. Jaakola or Dr. Weber, at our facility, Diabetic Foot & Wound Center, call 303-321-4477 to schedule an appointment today.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
March 09, 2017
Category: Foot Health

Find out when it’s time that you should consider foot or ankle surgery.

While there are so many ways to treat common foot and ankle conditions that don’t require surgery, there are some factors and situations foot surgerythat certainly warrant this more aggressive treatment. Not all problems can be addressed through simple, at-home care. Our Denver, CO, podiatrists, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, provide information on when certain conditions may actually need surgery to properly heal:

Arthritis

While there are many measures you can take to try and reduce your pain, if you are experiencing severe or chronic pain that rest, heat therapy, exercise, medication or other therapies can’t tackle then it’s time to talk to our Denver foot doctor about whether surgery is the next logical step. As arthritis gets worse, inflammation can wear away and damage joints, tendons and ligaments. As a result, the foot becomes weaker and daily activities are often greatly affected. If this is the case, surgery can be the best measure for replacing or repairing the damaged joint to improve movement and function.

Bunions

As with arthritis, bunions symptoms can often be managed quite nicely with conservative daily care, whether that includes wearing the proper footwear, using custom orthotics or splinting the toe. If bunion pain and discomfort have become so serious that it’s painful to move around, or if conservative methods have failed to provide you with relief, then it’s time to talk to us about surgery to correct the malformation.

Hammertoes

There are two kinds of hammertoes: fixed and flexible. If you have a flexible hammertoe it might be bend but you still have the ability to straighten the toe out. A fixed hammertoe, on the other hand, will be shaped much like a claw (bent downwards at the middle joint of the toe) and won’t be able to be straightened out. If this claw-like toe is fixed in place the only way to correct this deformity is with surgery, which will remove part of the bone to reposition the toe. In some cases, pins are temporarily used to hold the toe in position for several weeks before needing to be removed.

Do you have questions about foot surgery? Do you want to find out if foot or ankle surgery could correct your condition? Then call Diabetic Foot & Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO today.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
January 30, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Do you frequently experience heel pain? Although staying off your feet can help minor injuries heal, rest alone isn't always enough to heel painheal your heel. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, your Denver, CO podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry, share information on common causes of heel pain and explain why you shouldn't ignore it.

Stepping on hard objects

Stepping on a hard object or running in shoes that don't adequately support and protect your feet can cause painful stone bruises that may take a few weeks to heal.

Heel fractures

Falls, automobile accidents and twisting injuries are common causes of heel fractures.

Inflammation

An inflammation in the fluid-filled bursa at the back of your heel can cause painful retrocalcaneal bursitis. The condition offer occurs due to excessive walking, running or jumping. You're at increased risk for developing retrocalcaneal bursitis if you if you suddenly increase the intensity or length of your workouts.

Inflammation of the Achilles tendonitis is another common cause of heel pain. The condition tends to affect people who run or participate in other repetitive activities. If you have Achilles tendinitis, you'll notice swelling or pain in the back of your heel.

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your heels to your toes, can also cause heel pain.

Calcium deposits

Calcium deposits, commonly called heel spurs, cause more pain than you might realize. People who have had plantar fasciitis are more likely to develop spurs, but participation in activities that involve walking, running or jumping can also increase your risk.

Won't heel pain just go away eventually?

In many cases, heel pain does improve if you use over-the-counter pain relievers and stay off your feet as much as possible. Unfortunately, ignoring the pain can cause lingering problems. For example, if you don't treat Achilles tendonitis, the tendon may eventually begin to tear. Heel fractures, although painful, don't cause severe pain in every case. If you don't receive medical treatment for the fracture, the bones may not heal properly. If this happens, your risk for arthritis will increase and you may need surgery to correct the problem. It's particularly important to report heel pain to your podiatrist as soon as possible if you have diabetes. Since the disease slows healing and can increase the risk of infection, prompt treatment is crucial.

Are you concerned about heel pain? Call Dr. Jaakola and Dr. Weber, your Denver, CO podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry, at (303) 321-4477 to make an appointment.





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