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Patients in and around the Bozeman, MT area, searching for a podiatrist; let Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute handle all your foot needs.
What Is A Podiatrist?
Our feet are a few of the most important parts of our bodies. They hold us up, allow us to move, and take the brunt of our body weight all day, every day. If you’re lucky, your feet feel good and you’re using them without too much thought. For others, foot health is a constant struggle. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating all sorts of foot and ankle issues.
A variety of conditions can arise which require a podiatrist’s expert attention. Some examples are:
- Ingrown Toenail
- Bunions and corns
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Spur
- Athlete’s Foot
- Fungal Infection
- Diabetic neuropathy
Some of these may be familiar to you or you may have experienced them. Some are quite serious and, if left untreated, could result in serious, long-term problems. With a professionally trained doctor of podiatry on your side, you’ll be able to navigate these and other bi-pedal problems.
Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
For many patients, treatments for the feet don’t take place until the pain or discomfort is severe enough to disrupt normal activities. Podiatrists are specialists in recognizing problems in your feet, but you have to see them and let them see you before problems become dire.
How do you know if you have a problem, though?
We’re often the first to realize a new strain or pain in our bodies. We’re also the first to dismiss and move on. Start to listen to your body more often. If you feel something causing discomfort, something smarting in your heel or toes, give your podiatrist a call. Let them take a look and determine what the root problem is before you cause irreparable damage.
Consult and Diagnose
Are you experiencing problems with your feet? Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, MT are ready to put your mind and body at ease. Call (406) 782-2278 today for an appointment and consultation.
Find out how to treat heel pain yourself and when to see a podiatrist.
Whether you are an avid runner or just someone who likes going to the gym occasionally, it can be challenging to do these everyday activities when faced with heel pain. Did you take that run just a little too far yesterday? Did you suddenly intensify your exercise regime? Then your heels might be screaming out for sweet relief. Here’s how to tackle heel pain before seeing a podiatrist.
What causes heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis is typically the cause of most heel pain. While the name might seem a bit intimidating, don’t worry! Symptoms can often be managed through simple at-home remedies such as,
- Performing specific foot stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve function.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication to soothe pain and inflammation temporarily.
- Avoid high-impact activities, which will often only exacerbate the condition and lead to further inflammation.
- Splint the foot or wear shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide arch support.
- Consider corticosteroid injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which may also be helpful for those dealing with more severe or stubborn pain.
When should I call my podiatrist?
While you may not want to immediately rush to call your podiatrist at the first bout of pain, you mustn’t ignore a potentially serious issue. You should turn to a podiatrist if,
- You have severe heel pain or swelling
- You can’t point your foot downward or stand up on your tiptoes
- You also notice numbness or a tingling sensation in the heel accompanied by pain
- You experience sudden pain that occurs right after an injury
- You have diabetes or have neuropathy in your feet
- You have been trying at-home treatment options for a week, and there are no changes to your symptoms
If rest and home care haven’t been enough to manage your heel pain, it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can help.
When should you turn to a podiatrist for care?
There are many reasons why people turn to podiatrists. After all, our feet and ankles deserve the same lovin’ care that you provide to the rest of your body. Wondering if it’s time to see a podiatrist (chances are good you could benefit from a visit)? You may want to turn to one for,
You turn to your dentist for routine checkups to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening so why wouldn’t you do the same thing with a podiatrist? By coming in once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, a podiatrist can examine your feet, discuss your lifestyle and determine if there are additional measures you should be taking to prevent injuries and other foot problems. A podiatrist can be as much preventive as they can be a great source for treatment. Athletes and active individuals can particularly benefit from undergoing preventive care with a podiatrist.
Bunions are common foot deformities that can continue to enlarge and impact the structure and function of your feet. A podiatrist wants to prevent individuals from needing surgery in the future, which means coming in the minute you suspect that you have a bunion so that they can provide simple lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the deformity. Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving bunion symptoms.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Dealing with an injury? If so, you definitely want to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can diagnose and treat the injury. While you may be able to treat minor injuries on your own with rest and home care, it’s often best to play it safe and turn to an expert who can figure out the extent of the injury so you can get the customized care you deserve.
Persistent Joint Pain
Dealing with painful, stiff or inflamed joints in your foot or ankle that won’t go away? This could be a sign of arthritis, a progressive chronic condition that can cause permanent joint damage if you don’t take the necessary steps to manage it. A podiatrist can craft the perfect treatment plan to improve your symptoms, which may include medications to slow the progression of the disease. A podiatrist is going to be the best medical professional to have on your treatment plan if you have arthritis.
When in doubt, call your local podiatrist to find out if the issues or concerns you’re facing require a professional opinion. A podiatrist can answer your questions, diagnose your issues and provide you with the treatment you need.
Choose the Right Shoes for the Job
There’s a reason there are shoes just for runners, shoes for weightlifters, and shoes for soccer players. Every sport requires its own shoes that provide just the right cushioning, stability, and support for the feet and ankles. Wearing the right shoes for your chosen sport is imperative to providing your feet with exactly what they need whether it’s ankle stability for those quick side-to-side movements or added cushioning for power jumps.
Rotate Socks and Shoes Regularly
As you work out it’s natural for your feet to sweat; however, the last thing you want to do is leave your feet in sweaty shoes and socks. That’s why it’s always best to carry at least another pair of socks with you and to swap them out after exercise to prevent blisters or a nasty fungal infection. Always choose moisture-wicking socks to help wick away some of the sweat.
Know When to Get Rid of Your Shoes
No shoes are designed to last forever. While you may simply love your sneakers you have to recognize when to part ways and get a new pair. After all, shoes wear down over time and they are less likely to cushion or absorb shock, which can leave you prone to injuries. Shoes are only designed to last about 300-500 miles. If you see that the treads are wearing out this is a clear sign that it’s time to invest in a new pair of sneakers.
Train and Condition Regularly
It’s important that you condition your body and train even off-season so that your body is primed and ready once the season begins. Conditioning the body including the feet and ankles gets them prepared for activity, and it also means that you can increase intensity and duration gradually to reduce your risk for injury. Make sure that you are training throughout the season, even off-season.
Even if you aren’t dealing with foot or ankle problems, if you are physically active or an athlete, having a podiatrist that you turn to regularly for care and advice can go a long way to preventing injuries and other problems.
Find out what our podiatrists can do for you and your foot health.
Whether a foot or ankle injury or problem has already occurred, or you’re simply looking for ways to prevent problems from happening, you may be interested in turning to our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd for care. Here at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, we provide a full range of foot and ankle care to patients of all ages.
Detect Foot Problems Early
One of the benefits of turning to our Bozeman, MT, podiatrists for care is that we can easily detect foot injuries and problems that maybe you haven’t even noticed, whether this is an ingrown toenail, plantar wart or a developing bunion or hammertoe. By catching these problems early, we can provide you with the specialized care you need to get these problems under control and to prevent progressive conditions such as deformities from getting worse.
Treat Foot and Ankle Problems
Our podiatrists are specialists, so we have more extensive knowledge and can provide more extensive care for foot and ankle problems than primary care doctors or your regular physician. We understand the complex inner workings of the foot and ankle, from the tendons and ligaments to the muscles, nerves and bones, and can provide you with the best treatment options.
Analyze Your Gait
How our feet strike the ground when we walk and run is important to the overall function and health of our feet and ankles. By analyzing your gait we analyze how the muscles, ligaments and joints move and work together to pinpoint problem areas in the feet, ankles, legs, hips and even lower back. After all, when one area is tight or isn’t functioning properly other areas have to work harder, which can lead to foot and ankle problems.
Provide Healthy Recommendations
From preventing toenail fungus to determining whether you could benefit from custom orthotics, our podiatry team loves to provide you with advice and tips for how to keep your feet and ankles healthy. If you have questions about caring for your feet and ankles, we are here to help.
Prevent Foot Injuries
Another benefit to turning to our podiatrists is that we can educate you on the do’s and don’ts for foot and ankle health to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. If you are an athlete, overweight or have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be more at risk for foot injuries, and it’s important that you turn to our Bozeman, MT, podiatrists for preventive options.
Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists? If so, all you have to do is call Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute at (406) 782-2278.