Find out if it’s time to consider getting foot surgery.
While most foot problems do respond well to nonsurgical treatment options like bracing, rest, icing and certain exercises, there are some conditions that may require more aggressive treatment. So, when should you talk to one of our Denver podiatrists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center & Colorado Sports Podiatry Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber about getting surgery? Here are some conditions that may require surgery:
While most bunions can be treated with conservative measures if you find that you are dealing with severe and persistent pain and swelling and your symptoms aren’t responding to other nonsurgical treatment options then you may need to consider bunion surgery. Surgery is truly the only way to correct the deformity.
Just like bunions, a hammertoe is another common deformity that causes the toes to bend downward at the joint, which creates a claw-like appearance. While hammertoes can be treated with simple at-home care and by wearing the proper footwear, if your hammertoe has already progressed into a rigid hammertoe (in which the toe cannot be straightened out), then your Denver foot doctor may suggest correcting the hammertoe through surgery.
Also known as osteoarthritis, this chronic and progressive condition causes joint pain, swelling and damage. As arthritis gets worse it can even cause joint deformities. While there are certain medications that can help slow and even halt the progression of arthritis, if joint damage is serious then an ankle fusion or an ankle replacement may be recommended to repair the damaged ankle joint to improve mobility, range of motion, swelling and discomfort.
Again, this is another condition that often responds well to conservative care. Often the result of overuse, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed right where the tissue attaches to the heel bone, resulting in heel pain that may even radiate to the arches of the feet. Those dealing with recurring or persistent heel pain that isn’t responding to any other treatment options may require surgery in order to release the tissue from the heel bone to provide relief.
Are you dealing with pain and other issues that you just can’t seem to get under control with at-home care? If so, then it’s time to turn to the foot and ankle specialists at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center & Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver to determine the best treatment plan to fit your needs.
Many adults develop bunions at some point, a condition that can become quite uncomfortable and painful. Bunions stick out of the side of the foot and become easily inflamed and irritated as the foot rubs against the shoe. Fortunately, there are treatments for alleviating the pain caused by bunions, as well as for eliminating the deformities altogether. Here at the Denver office of Colorado Sport Podiatry/Diabetic Foot & Wound Center, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber are your podiatrists for the treatment of bunions! Read on to learn more on the topic, and contact our office if you are interested in finding relief.
What are bunions?
Bunions are bony protrusions that form on the side of foot near the big toe as a result of the big toe joint moving out of place. As the big toe shifts toward the smaller toes, the bone on the side of the foot begins protruding outward, forming a bunion.
Can bunions cause pain?
Bunions are often associated with pain or discomfort in the area where the bunion is located. Pain and discomfort tend to result when the bunions rub against the interior of the shoes. The rubbing causes friction, which can lead to inflammation and discomfort.
Can bunions be prevented?
One simple way to help prevent bunions is to wear comfortable shoes that fit properly and have sufficient space in the toe box so the toes do not become cramped. Avoiding high heeled shoes can also help prevent bunions.
What options exist for treating bunions?
There are several options for treating bunions in Denver. A podiatrist can recommend specific treatment methods that should work best for you. Options for treating bunions include:
- Wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe box
- Inserting protective padding in the shoes to reduce friction
- Using orthotic shoe inserts to stabilize the toe joint
- Wearing a splint at night to realign the toe joint
- Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning
- Removal of corns and calluses on the feet
- Surgical removal of the bunions
You do not have to live with the pain and discomfort caused by bunions—several treatment options are available from our Denver office! Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jaakola or Dr. Weber by calling Colorado Sport Podiatry/Diabetic Foot & Wound Center at (303) 321-4477.
Have you noticed bony bumps at the bottoms of your big toes? You may have bunions, a foot condition that's particularly common in women. Your Denver, CO, podiatrists Drs. Eric Jaakola and Anna Weber of Diabetic Foot & Wound Center & Colorado Sports Podiatry offer a variety of treatments that relieve painful bunion symptoms.
Why do I have bunions?
A bunion occurs when the joint at the base of your toe moves out of its normal position. Constant pressure from high heels or tight shoes can increase the likelihood that you'll develop a bunion, but other factors may play a role too. Do other people in your family have bunions? An inherited foot imbalance may raise your bunion risk.
Arthritis in the foot, whether it's osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can be a contributing factor if you have bunions. Other risk factors include flat feet, leg length differences, high arches, excessive pronation or spending long hours on your feet on a regular basis.
How can my Denver foot doctor help me?
Your podiatrist can offer suggestions and treatments that reduce your pain and make walking and standing more comfortable, such as:
- Try Night Splints: Your podiatrist can offer night splints that gently realign your joints while you sleep, or show you how to tape your feet to improve their alignment.
- Wear Orthotics: Night splints may temporarily improve foot alignment while you sleep, but they won't help during the day. Luckily, your podiatrist can design custom-made shoe inserts called orthotics that improve foot alignment and cushion your foot.
- Opt for Cortisone Injections: Cortisone injections may be recommended if over-the-counter medications aren't helpful.
- Remove Painful Corns and Calluses: If your big toe overlaps your other toes, painful corns and calluses can be a problem. After your foot doctor removes the corns and calluses, you may find that wearing shoes is a little more comfortable. (Never treat corns and calluses at home if you have diabetes, as home removal can lead to serious infections.)
- Consider Surgery: Surgery isn't always needed if you have bunions, but it may be the best choice if your bunion is constantly swollen, you can't bend your toe or you have constant pain.
Ease your bunion pain with a visit to the foot doctor! Call your Denver, CO, podiatrists Drs. Eric Jaakola and Anna Weber of Diabetic Foot & Wound Center & Colorado Sports Podiatry at (303) 321-4477 to schedule an appointment.
An ingrown toenail may seem like a minor foot ailment for many, but for diabetic patients, they can cause additional concerns. It can also be a chronic problem for some patients, causing almost daily discomfort. Know what to do about ingrown toenails and get help from a podiatrist at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO.
What Is an Ingrown Toenail?
Normally, toenails grow away from the skin, making it easy for you to clip them for maintenance. But in some cases, they tend to grow into the skin eventually causing wounds that could become infected. This is called an ingrown toenail, and it is one of the most common foot-related conditions that diabetic patients and their podiatrists are concerned about.
The Cause of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are most often caused by clipping the nails incorrectly. When they are cut too low, the skin is exposed, may expand with heat, and the nails are more likely to grow into the soft skin tissue. Ingrown toenails can also be caused by wearing shoes that pinch the toes. Patients who have a family history of this problem, or who have poorly formed feet, may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails.
What to Do About Ingrown Toenails
If you are a diabetic patient, it is particularly important that you watch your feet and lower extremities. An ingrown toenail can be a minor bother for some patients, but uncontrolled diabetes could complicate the healing process and put the foot at risk if there is an infected wound. This is what you should do to prevent and manage ingrown toenails:
- Wear shoes that allow plenty of room for your toes in the front (wiggle room).
- Check your feet daily for ingrown toenails and other wounds, and see your podiatrist immediately if you notice redness and inflammation.
- Visit your Denver, CO podiatrist to have your nails properly clipped if you’re having frequent problems with your nails.
Get Professional Foot Care
Sometimes you need professional help with an ingrown toenail to ensure that it doesn’t become a chronic, painful problem. Call 303-321-4477 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Eric Jaakola or Dr. Anna Weber at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, CO.
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.
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