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By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
August 15, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunion  

If your bunion problems are making it painful just to walk, then it’s time you sought treatment from your Denver podiatrists.

A bunion is a common foot deformity that affects the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. This problem causes the Bunionbone to stick out, resulting in pain when walking or working out. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent bunion pain and our Denver podiatrists, Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, can help.

Here are some of the best methods for reducing bunion problems:

 

Wear the Right Shoes

One of the best ways to take pressure off the affected joint is to wear the right shoes for your feet. This means finding shoes with a wide sole that won’t put pressure on the joint or squish up the toes. If your toes can freely move around in the shoes, this is a good sign. High heels and shoes that have a pointed toe should be invited, for they often just make symptoms worse. However, if you don’t want to completely part with your heels, make sure that you keep them below 2 inches tall.

 

Lose Excess Weight

If you are overweight or obese, this can also put added pressure on your feet when walking or moving around. By dropping even a few pounds, this can greatly improve how your feet function as a whole and will take some pressure off the joint.

 

Splinting or Bracing

While a splint won’t fix the deformity, it can realign the joint so that everything is in alignment when walking. Splinting the foot is particularly good at night for those who suffer from soreness and achiness in the mornings. Talk with your podiatrist about the right way to splint your bunion.

Warm soaks, icing the bunion, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also help alleviate symptoms when they arise. Others may find relief through massage therapy and ultrasound treatment. If the pain and inflammation are severe enough, then steroid injections from our Denver office may provide better relief than over-the-counter medication.

 

Contact Us

Are you dealing with bunion problems in Denver? If so, the experts here at Diabetic Foot & Wound Center are here to provide you with the relief you need. Call us today at 303-321-4477 to set up your next appointment—your feet will thank us!

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
August 06, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Neuroma  

You need to understand the pain and tingling feeling in your foot. It centers on the space between the long bones of your left foot between foot-painthe third and fourth toes. Is this Morton's Neuroma? Your Denver podiatrists at the Diabetic Foot & Wound Center can tell you for sure. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber astutely diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions, and they can help your foot feel better and function well.

 

What is Morton's Neuroma?

It's a benign thickening or tumor of the nerve running between the metatarsals, or long bones, of the foot. Usually located near the third and fourth toes, a neuroma presents with tingling, pain, a feeling of thickness, and a burning sensation which just does not quit.

Precipitating factors include tight, high-heeled shoes, repetitive motion and impact on the toes and balls of the feet, and participation in sports and exercise. Women seem prone to developing neuromas because of their footwear.

If not diagnosed and treated, Morton's Neuroma only worsens. It impairs people's mobility, daily activities, participation in exercise, and sports and overall quality of life.

 

Diagnosis and treatment

Because a neuroma impinges on a nerve, some Denver podiatrists call the condition a "pinched nerve." Dr. Jaakola and Dr. Weber insist on examination and treatment of this tumor so people walk normally and so the condition does not worsen problems such as bunions, arthritis and gait imbalances such as overpronation.

X-ray imaging or an MRI accurately pinpoint the size and location of a neuroma. Based on this information, visual inspection and your symptoms, the podiatrist makes up a treatment and care plan to reduce the pain and inflammation and to improve function.

The care plan for your neuroma may include:

  • Rest (just getting off your feet helps)
  • Wearing shoes with good support and wide toe boxes (no high heels)
  • Shoe padding to eliminate friction
  • Over-the-counter NSAIDS to alleviate pain and inflammation (ibuprofen works well)
  • In-office injections of local anesthetic or cortisone
  • Ice to the affected area

Of course, severe cases may require surgery. However, this is most often not the first option as less invasive measures tend to work really well.

 

Your foot, your neuroma

At Diabetic Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Jaakola and Dr. Weber carefully tend to both. They specialize in diabetic foot care and podiatry for the athlete. Please contact the office in Denver, CO, at (303) 321-4477.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
May 09, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Surgery  

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 foot careconditions 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:

Bunions

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.

Hammertoe

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.

Ankle Arthritis

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.

Plantar Fasciitis

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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
April 04, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunion  

Many adults develop bunions at some point, a condition that can become quite uncomfortable and painful. Bunions stick out of the side ofBunion 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.

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.