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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
July 01, 2019
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Your ankle seems to hurt more and more every day—is it time to seek help? Your foot doctors at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Ankle PainBozeman and Butte, MT, say, "Why wait?" Start feeling better and preserve your mobility with a complete podiatric examination. During this appointment, Dr. Dallin Greene or Dr. Nathan Judd can uncover the reasons for your ankle pain and show you ways to overcome it.


You and your ankles

Your ankles contain seven bones, including the lower leg bones, the fibula, and tibula. Bearing much of your body weight as you stand and move, your ankles withstand literally tons of pressure over the course of a day. As such, much can go wrong with their bones, joints, and connective tissues.

In particular, people who are extremely active(e.g. runners and tennis players) place substantial twisting forces on their ankles. Additionally, with time and age come wear-and-tear and conditions that impact the appearance and function of your ankles.


Ankle pain: sources, diagnosis, and treatment

Sources of ankle pain include:

  • Sprain, a tearing or stretching of the connective tissue in the ankle (usually the result of a sudden, lateral twisting)
  • Instability (from a previous injury such as a severe sprain)
  • Fracture (an acute or stress fracture from overuse or playing sports)
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs which cushion the ankle joint)
  • Fallen arches (i.e. flat feet)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (a compression of the nerve running down the inside of the leg to the ankle)
  • Achilles tendinitis (an inflammation of the large tendon which connects the calf muscle and the heel)

At our offices in Bozeman and Butte, MT, Dr. Greene and Dr. Judd use a physical examination and X-ray imaging (sometimes including an MRI or CT scan) to determine the source of your ankle pain. Using this information, your podiatrist will craft a treatment plan to include some of the following:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Bandaging (compression)
  • Casting
  • Ibuprofen for pain
  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
  • Shoe orthotics to correct gait issues which place undue stress on the ankles
  • Physical therapy (specific stretching exercises help ease the pain of Achilles tendinitis)

Surgery is an option, too, but rarely is it the first choice.


Hurting? See one of our foot doctors today

Ankle pain is not a normal part of aging or foot function. If you hurt, please contact Big Sky Foot & Ankle for a consultation. For the Butte location, phone (406) 782-2278, and for the Bozeman office, call (406) 206-6366. Our foot doctors also have a satellite in Anaconda.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 17, 2018

A small problem with your foot or ankle can quickly advance into a condition that affects walking or standing. Luckily, a podiatrist — a foot and ankle paindoctor who specializes in conditions of the feet and ankles — can help you find the best treatment plan to ensure you get quickly back on your feet. Find out more about foot and ankle pain and its treatments with Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute with locations in Butte, MT, and Bozeman, MT.

Where does foot and ankle pain come from? 
The feet and ankles are more prone to injury and trauma than other parts of the body. This makes pinpointing a reason for your foot or ankle pain more difficult than, for example, a sore shoulder or knee. Common causes of foot and ankle issues include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flatfeet
  • Sprain
  • Strain
  • Stress fracture
  • Broken bones

How will my podiatrist diagnose my foot and ankle symptoms? 
Your foot doctor will take a comprehensive look at the makeup of your foot and ankle using various diagnostic tools. They will use a physical examination to ensure they examine the physical makeup and outside abnormalities of your foot. They may also suggest an x-ray or MRI to further investigate your symptoms and look at your bones or connective tissues. In addition to physically examining the area of your pain, your podiatrist will take a detailed medical, family, and lifestyle history to use in their diagnosis.

Foot and Ankle Pain Treatments in Butte and Bozeman, MT
Treating your foot or ankle issue will depend greatly on the type of condition your podiatrist diagnoses and its severity. Some patients may benefit from simple at-home care while other, more advanced conditions may require a surgical procedure. This makes consulting with your foot doctor a crucial part of finding the best, most effective treatment for you.

For more information on foot and ankle pain, please contact Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute with locations in Butte and Bozeman, MT. Call (406) 782-2278 to schedule your appointment at either office today!

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
August 23, 2018
Tags: Ankle Pain  

ankle painFind out what you can do to treat and eliminate your ankle pain and discomfort.

Anytime someone experiences ankle pain it can be very unsettling and worrisome. After all, there are many things that could be causing your ankle pain, from something minor to something very serious that requires immediate medical attention from our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd.

What are the common causes of ankle pain?

You can blame everything from injuries to disorders for ankle problems; however, the most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Strains or sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Flat feet
  • Fracture (requires immediate medical care)
  • Dislocation (requires immediate medical care)

If your ankle pain occurred during a sports injury or a car accident it’s important that you see your Butte and Bozeman foot doctor right away as you could potentially be dealing with a fractured ankle. A fractured ankle needs to be properly treated in order to heal fully and to prevent long-term ankle instability.

If you are dealing with joint swelling and tenderness, particularly in your ankles, then you could have arthritis. If your joint ankle pain has gotten worse, is severe, or is persistent then you need to come in for an evaluation so we can determine whether arthritis might be to blame.

How is ankle pain treated?

There are many ways in which we will treat your ankle pain, but it all depends on the root cause. For example, for minor to moderate ankle injuries such as strains and sprains, we may tell you to limit your activities and follow the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Those patients with more severe ankle injuries may have to wear a protective boot, use crutches or receive physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Bursitis and tendinitis are common conditions that cause ankle pain and inflammation. They usually come about due to overuse or performing repetitive motions (a common occurrence in athletes). These two conditions can often be alleviated with rest and by following the RICE method. In severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be administered to reduce swelling and pain. You may also be given an ankle brace to provide support and stabilization.

Arthritis is a long-term condition that has no cure; however, our podiatrist can help create the proper medication and treatment plan that will reduce joint pain and swelling in your feet and ankles for the long run and improve your quality of life. Sometimes supportive footwear, braces, and physical therapy can also help reduce arthritis-related symptoms.

If you are dealing with ankle pain in Butte or Bozeman, MT, then it’s high time you figured out what’s going on so you can get back to what really matters in life. Here at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute, we will provide you with the answers, treatments, and peace of mind you need.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
August 02, 2017
Tags: Shin Splints  

Although a shin splint is commonly used to describe various pains between the ankle and the knee, it actually refers to a specific inflammatory condition of the tibia -- a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome.

A type of "overuse injury" to the legs, the most common causes of shin splints include excessive running, poor conditioning and over-pronation (flattening of the arch). The result is pain in the front or inside of the lower leg that usually gets worse with a sudden increase in distance or intensity of training. Shin splints are a common problem for many runners and athletes. Muscle weakness, non-supportive shoes and overtraining are also contributing factors.

To prevent shin splints, warm up and stretch muscles before starting any workout activity and choose supportive footwear. Begin workouts gradually and avoid over-training. All of these methods will go a long way in helping to prevent many lower leg problems. Conservative treatment for most shin splint pain includes rest, ice, compression and elevation. Strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory agents and custom foot orthotics may also be recommended to reduce symptoms.

Shin pain isn't always indicative of a shin splint. Lower leg pain may actually signal a more serious problem, including a stress fracture, partial muscle tear and tendonitis, all of which require special treatment. Always seek the professional care of a podiatrist if:

  • You have severe pain in your shin following an injury.
  • Your shin is hot and inflamed.
  • Swelling in your shin increases.
  • Shin pain persists during rest.

Proper diagnosis of the cause of pain is necessary in order to administer the most appropriate treatment. If you suffer from shin pain, visit your podiatrist for an evaluation and proper treatment.