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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
October 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot   Diabetes  

If you have diabetes, you may already know about the effects on your body, especially your extremities. What you may not know is that diabetes is especially hard on your feet, which is why it’s important to visit your podiatrist regularly.

Your feet carry you through your life, but they are easy to overlook. When you are diabetic, you can’t afford to ignore your feet and toes. These are just a few of the ways diabetes can affect your feet and toes:

Diabetes affects your immune system which can lead to delayed healing time. That means if you have a small cut, it may not heal. It may turn into a painful diabetic ulcer.

Diabetes affects your circulatory system which can lead to impaired blood flow in your feet and toes. That means your tissue can die, which can lead to amputations.

Diabetes affects your nervous system, which can lead to painful diabetic neuropathy. You may also lose sensation in your feet, so if you have an injury, you might not feel it.

It's vital to take special care of your feet when you have diabetes. You should:

  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day
  • Check your feet regularly for any cuts, blisters, or injuries
  • Use a hand mirror to examine the soles of your feet for injuries
  • Apply a thick moisturizing cream to keep your skin free of cracks
  • Apply an antibiotic cream to any open sores or injuries
  • Place a bandage on open sores or injuries
  • Do ankle, foot, and toe stretches daily to boost circulation

Diabetes is a common medical problem. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. If you are one of them, you need to take special care of your feet and your body. To find out more about caring for your feet when you are diabetic, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
August 10, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

There are numerous benefits to seeing a foot doctor regularly. Podiatrists help you maintain healthy feet. Scheduling periodic podiatry visits also helps reduce your risk of sustaining a foot or ankle injury or developing various foot conditions. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd, the board-certified foot doctors at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, MT, offer a diverse range of services to keep your feet healthy.

Conditions Treated by Foot Doctors

Foot doctors diagnose and treat various foot and ankle conditions and injuries. They develop individualized treatment plans to ensure injuries heal properly. Without prompt treatment, a foot or ankle injury could lead to chronic problems, such as ongoing pain or instability. Podiatrists also help patients manage specific foot and ankle conditions, such as arthritis. Additionally, foot doctors provide diabetic foot care for patients with diabetes.

The experienced foot doctors at our Bozeman, MT, foot and ankle institute diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Flat feet
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Foot fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprained ankles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Puncture wounds
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Toenail fungus
  • Neuromas
  • Foot warts
  • Bunions

Benefits of Seeing a Foot Doctor

Your feet serve an important function by supporting your entire body. A problem with your feet or ankles could lead to problems in other parts of the body, such as leg or back pain. One of the benefits of seeing a foot doctor regularly is healthier feet. Taking care of your feet helps reduce leg or back pain and other side effects related to specific foot or ankle problems.

Another benefit of seeing a podiatrist periodically is that the doctor can identify potential issues early on before they have a chance to progress and become worse, which could lead to chronic problems. Some key benefits of seeing a foot doctor are:

  • Diagnose and treat various types of injuries and foot conditions
  • Monitor foot and ankle injuries to ensure they heal properly
  • Develop treatment plans tailored to the needs of each patient
  • Provide specialized care to help patients enjoy better foot and ankle health
  • Personalized recommendations for preventing injuries or other problems
  • Help with management of pain relief and other symptoms
  • Provide individualized footwear recommendations

Enjoy better foot and ankle health by seeing a podiatrist regularly. To see a foot doctor in Bozeman, MT, schedule an appointment with Dr. Greene or Dr. Judd by calling Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute at (406) 782-2278.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
June 20, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Turn to a podiatrist to find out more about orthotics and their benefits

If you are dealing with sore, tired, and achy feet you may be wondering whether you should turn to a podiatrist for custom orthotics. Custom or prescription orthotics are far more effective than those over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all orthotics you’ll find at your local drugstore. Luckily, podiatrists craft orthotics to fit your needs and your feet, so they are tailored to you. Here are the types of custom orthotics that are available.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are in-shoe devices that help to correct structural abnormalities within the foot that may impact how the foot, ankle, leg, and hip function. Prescription orthotics are specially crafted by a foot and ankle specialist to correct issues you’re dealing with, manage symptoms and improve movement overall.

What are the types of custom orthotics?

Orthotics are categorized as accommodative or functional,

Accommodative orthotics

These types of orthotics are most often recommended for those who are dealing with injuries, pain, and other similar problems that may require additional cushioning and support. These orthotics are typically made from a soft, flexible material, making them more about comfort than functionality (even though they may be able to control abnormal movements, as well). Accommodative orthotics are often best for,

  • Calluses and corns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers or diabetic feet
  • Arch support
  • Heel pain
  • Chronic pain

Functional orthotics

This orthotic is made from a semi-rigid or rigid material, making it the ideal option for correcting faulty biomechanics and gait issues within the feet. Functional orthotics can help stabilize the foot and ankle and may be an ideal option for athletes as well as those who are prone to tendonitis, bursitis, hip pain, and shin splints. Of course, if you aren’t sure which type of orthotic is right for you, you should speak with your podiatrist.

What goes into getting orthotics?

Before getting custom orthotics, your podiatrist will need to perform a comprehensive assessment of the foot, ankles, knees, and hips to understand what structural or functional issues you’re dealing with. This examination is straightforward and non-invasive. From there, a plaster cast of your foot will be made to help craft your custom-fitted orthotics. Once your orthotics are ready, you’ll come back into the office to have them fitted.

Most people can benefit from custom orthotics. If you want to find out which type of orthotics are right for you and how they could support your feet, talk with your podiatrist today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
May 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

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:

  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Bunions and corns
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spur
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Gout
  • 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.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
May 06, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

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.