Because we rely on our feet so heavily, they can have a myriad of problems from Athlete’s Foot, toenail fungus, hammertoes, corns, calluses, and ball, heel or arch pain. Feet are also affected by injury and disease, including arthritis and diabetes.
One common foot problem is bunions. Bunions are bony bumps that form on the outside area of your big toe. The bump forms on the joint that sits directly below your toe in reaction to continual pressure caused by a variety of reasons, including how you position your feet when walking, a structural defect, a medical condition or injury, or simply tight, narrow shoes. Bunions can cause pain, and make it difficult to walk.
Another common foot problem is diabetic foot pain. A lot of problems that manifest with diabetes are first seen in the foot. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic foot problems come in all shapes and sizes and cause symptoms from tingling and pain to weakness in the foot or loss of feeling in the foot. Complications include neuropathy (nerve damage), skin changes, calluses, foot ulcers, and poor circulation.
Still another common foot concern is arch pain. Your arch is the center of your foot, and it contains several bones, ligaments and tendons. It’s a common place for injury from overuse and wear and tear as you age. It’s important to treat arch pain early on, as it can lead to more serious foot problems down the road.
Meet Prowers Medical Center’s podiatrist. Dr. James Yakel was born and raised in Nebraska, and completed his undergraduate education at Kearney State College. He then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, where he graduated in 1994. He completed his residency in podiatric surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been in private practice since 1996.
Dr. Yakel is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He enjoys treating all types of foot problems including: heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, fungal toenails, warts, wound care, diabetic foot care, sports injuries, surgery, and children’s gait abnormalities.
Dr. Yakel has published in professional medical journals and lectured on podiatric sports medicine topics. He currently serves as the team podiatrist for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Dr. Yakel sees patients at the Prowers Medical Center Specialty Clinic on varying days. To schedule an appointment with him, call 719-336-7005. To learn more about the Prowers Medical Center Specialty Clinic and all it offers, call 719-336-7005, or visit the website at prowersmedical.com for a calendar of visiting specialists.