Posts for category: Foot Conditions
When you bring your child into the podiatrist’s office, the specialist will examine your child’s walk and gait. They will also observe how your child stands to see if their feet turn inwards or to look at how your child’s hips are positioned. Your podiatrist may also recommend imaging tests to look at the alignment of the bones.
While a pediatrician may be the first person to look at and diagnose your child’s pigeon toes, a pediatric podiatrist is going to be able to provide your little one with the specialized treatment and care they need.
Most parents are relieved to find out that many children grow out of mild to moderate forms of pigeon toes. While this may take a few years, this is nothing to worry about and children won’t require special treatment or care.
However, if this issue is detected in your infant, they may need to wear a cast on the feet to fix the alignment before your child begins walking. A podiatrist can also show you a series of stretches and massages that can help the bones grow into the proper alignment.
If your child’s pigeon toes are still causing them issues by 10 years old, then you may want to talk with your podiatrist about whether surgery may be necessary to correct these bone alignment issues.
- Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
- You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
- Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
- Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch
- Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
- Pain that is directly above a bone
- Pain that is worse with movement
- Bruising and severe swelling
- A cracking sound at the moment of injury
- A visible deformity or bump
- Can’t put weight on the injured foot
The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
- You experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints of the foot, particularly the toes
- You experience aching feet, particularly after activity or long periods of standing
- Some parts of your foot may feel oddly warm to the touch or may emanate heat while the rest of the foot feels normal
- The joints of the toes and ankles may swell
What does RA do to the feet and ankles?
Along with painful joints and stiffness, you may also notice other changes to your feet over time. Some of these changes include,
- Hammertoes and claw toes
- Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
Since RA is not curable, your podiatrist will focus on crafting a treatment plan that will help to alleviate your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease to prevent severe and irreparable joint damage. Prescription medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are biologics that can reduce inflammation and prevent the progression of the disease.
Of course, there are also lifestyle changes you can make along with taking prescription medication that can also ease symptoms,
- Warm soaks
- Custom insoles or orthotics
- Pain relievers
- Stretching exercises for the feet
- Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Most people with RA will eventually develop foot and ankle problems, which is why it’s important to have a podiatrist on your team that can help you manage your RA effectively.
When a toenail becomes ingrown – where one side, both sides, or the top of the nail grows into the skin – can be painful and if not treated in time, this condition can develop into a severe infection. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd are podiatrists at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, where they treat ingrown toenails.
Symptoms of An Ingrown Toenail
Bozeman residents with an ingrown toenail may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain on one or both sides of the toenail
- Tenderness to the toe
- Swelling and redness around the toenail
- Infected tissue around the nail
Causes of An Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail can be caused by the following, according to your Bozeman podiatrists:
- Wearing shoes that are too small
- Wearing shoes that squeeze your toes together
- Not cutting your toenails in an even line
- Cutting your toenails too short
- Trauma to your toenail
- Having unusually curved toenails
When you Should See a Podiatrist
You should talk to Dr. Greene or Dr. Judd if you experience one or more of the following:
- You have persistent pain in the affected toe
- You have swelling or redness that is spreading
- You have puss coming from around the nail
- You suffer from diabetes
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
You can prevent an ingrown toenail in the following ways:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room in the toe box.
- Trim your toenails straight across and don’t cut them too short.
- Keep your toenails to a moderate length.
- If you are unable to trim your toenails yourself, make regular visits to a podiatrist.
- If you have a job that puts your toes at risk of injury, wear protective shoes or boots.
- Check your feet regularly for problems, particularly if you have diabetes.
If you are looking for help with your ingrown toenail, call (406) 782-2278 to request an appointment with Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT.