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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
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
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.