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By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
December 28, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: bunions  

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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
October 12, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail may seem like a minor foot ailment for many, but for diabetic patients, they can cause additional concerns. It can also ingrown toenailbe 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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Condition

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 Achilles Tendonitistendon, 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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
June 15, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: bunions  

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. bunionsSome 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.

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.