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By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: ankle sprain  

If you are having trouble with your ankle(s), your Denver, CO, podiatrists, Podiatrists Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, can help.ankle sprain

Here's some information you need to know:

Ankle Injuries:

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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
January 24, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Care  

Find out how to properly care for your aging feet to prevent common problems.geriatric foot care

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.

By Diabetic Foot & Wound Center
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Surgery  

​What your podiatrists in Denver, CO want you to knowfoot surgery

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!

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
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.