Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist for treatment.
At some point during your lifetime you may end up facing foot pain and other problems that keep you from doing what you love. When this happens it may be time to make a trip to visit one of our Denver podiatrists Dr. Eric Jaakola, Dr. Anna Weber and Dr. Olivera Jovic. While we treat a wide range of foot problems, here are some of the most common types and how we treat them.
A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities. While anyone can develop a bunion this usually occurs gradually as a person ages. Women are more likely than men to deal with bunions due to wearing high heels. This condition makes the joint at the base of the big toe to jut out, which eventually causes the big toe to lean inward on the rest of your toes.
Our Denver foot doctors will recommend a variety of conservative treatment options depending on the severity of your bunion. Some of these treatments include,
- Pain reliever
- Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Bunion pads
- Properly fitted footwear
- Surgery for persistent cases that don't respond to conservative treatment
Another common issue that we encounter is ingrown toenails. This happens when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin, resulting in pain, swelling and discomfort. Wearing shoes may exacerbate symptoms. While ingrown toenails can often be resolved with simple at-home care patients with nerve damage in their feet and those with diabetes will need to visit their podiatrist if they are experiencing the symptoms of an ingrown toenail. If you notice severe swelling and pain, pus or skin that is hot to the touch you also need to see your podiatrist right away, as these are signs of an infection.
Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory condition that causes heel pain that originates above the heel bone. This condition is usually the result of overuse, so you may notice symptoms gradually becoming worse over time. Achilles tendonitis can also be treated at home with rest and proper care. Avoid any activities that may exacerbate your symptoms such as high-impact exercises (e.g. running). If heel pain persists for a week despite at-home care then you should see your podiatrist.
While Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver specializes in treating patients with diabetic foot problems this isn’t the only thing their team can offer. Whether you are dealing with bunions, heel pain or a fractured ankle we have the comprehensive treatment and care you need. Call our office today at (303) 321-4477.