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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   Baby Feet  

A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half of their adult foot size. This is why podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet. Proper care at a young age is essential for healthy development.  Since many adult foot ailments develop in childhood, periodic visits to your child’s podiatrist and basic foot care can help minimize these problems later in life.

A child’s feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage which makes them more susceptible to deformities. A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as:

  • Intoeing
  • Out-toeing
  • Flat feet
  • Warts
  • Heel pain

Tips for Parents

Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their baby.

  • Examine your baby’s feet regularly. If you detect anything unusual, contact your child’s pediatrician or podiatrist right away.
  • Encourage exercise.  Lying uncovered allows the baby to kick and move feet and toes freely so not to inhibit normal development.
  • Cover feet loosely. Tight clothing or covers restrict movement.
  • Alternate your baby’s position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot may place unnecessary strain on the feet and legs.

Growing Up

As your baby continues to grow and develop, so will the feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months, as tight-fitting footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. After your child takes their first steps, you should also carefully observe walking patterns. Intoeing, out-toeing, and gait abnormalities can be corrected when they are detected early.

A baby’s feet will carry them throughout life, so it’s important to begin good foot care at a young age. Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and legs. Whether you have questions about your child’s foot health or suspect a problem with the development of your child’s feet, please contact our office. We want every step your child makes toward adulthood to be pain-free and easy!

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Do you think a recent injury has left you with a sprained ankle?ankle sprain

Whether you’ve had a bad fall or sports-related incident, there are many scenarios in which someone can sprain their ankle. It isn’t always easy to tell whether you just strained your ankle or actually sprained it. Our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd are here to tell you the symptoms of a sprained ankle and when to seek treatment.

Your body is made up of ligaments, which connect bones to one other. So when a ligament is overstretched or torn within the ankle or foot this leads to an ankle sprain. Sprains can range from minor to severe, so the symptoms you experience will depend on the extent of your injury.

For example, those with a mild sprain may only notice a little stiffness and swelling of the ankle. Of course, you may find it possible to continue moving and walking around without discomfort.

On the other hand, those with moderate-to-severe ankle sprains will often notice significant pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising. Unlike those with minor sprains, those with moderate-to-severe sprains will often experience instability within the ankle, which will make it nearly impossible to walk on the ankle without serious discomfort.

Of course, it’s important that you seek treatment from one of our Bozeman, MT, podiatrists if you suspect that you have a sprained ankle, as a sprained ankle that doesn’t get the treatment it needs to heal properly may be prone to further injuries in the future as well as chronic weakness and instability.

While those with milder symptoms may be able to treat their ankle sprains with the simple RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation), if your pain and swelling is severe or continues to get worse, or if your symptoms don’t improve within one week, then you will need to seek medical care right away from our foot specialists.

Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, is here for you every step of the way. Don’t let foot or ankle issues get the better of you. Our podiatrists can provide a treatment plan that will get you moving around in no time.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Weightloss   Foot Care  

With our feet bearing the weight of our entire body, it’s no surprise that carrying excess weight may increase the chance of developing foot problems. In fact, recent studies have shown that overweight people experience more heel pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ball-of-foot pain, fractures and sprains in their feet and ankles than individuals at a normal, healthy weight.

Extra weight doesn’t have to be substantial to have an impact on your feet and ankles. As little as 10 or 20 pounds can trigger pain in the lower extremities. Being overweight changes the way your foot functions, and the force on the feet intensifies.

The most common foot problems from being overweight include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Excess weight adds strain to the plantar fascia, overusing and weakening it. This causes it to become inflamed and irritated. Heel pain is one of the most common problems caused by weight gain.
  • Tendonitis: When the feet endure extra weight, it eventually causes the tendons/ligaments to be overused, which leads to injury and inflammation.
  • Fallen Arches: An increase in body weight and pressure causes the supporting structures in your feet (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to become stretched and weakened, breaking down over time. This can weaken the muscle which gives the foot its arch, causing over-pronation and leading to other problems such as knee and hip pain.

Other effects from carrying extra weight include changes in posture, changes in gait (steps become shorter), and stress fractures.

Losing extra pounds can help ease the pain and reduce problems caused by carrying excess body weight. Unfortunately, it's tough to lose weight when your feet hurt. To combat foot problems triggered by weight gain, ease into a low-impact activity that doesn’t require you to place pressure on your foot, such as water aerobics.  Always start any new workout routine slowly. Work with your physician to find healthy ways to modify your diet, and your podiatrist to select the best, most supportive footwear for your feet.

Foot pain is never normal, regardless of weight, as it indicates some type of stress or injury. You should always consult an experienced podiatrist if you are experiencing any pain in your foot.