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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
September 27, 2021
Category: Foot Care
High Blood Pressure and Your FeetWhether you are concerned about high blood pressure or you already have been diagnosed with this chronic condition you may be surprised to hear that it can also impact your feet. After all, your blood pressure affects your circulatory system, which in turn impacts the body as a whole. Since uncontrolled or improperly controlled hypertension can damage blood vessels of the feet, you must have a podiatrist you can turn to to make sure your condition is under control.

What problems does high blood pressure pose?

People with hypertension often deal with plaque buildup in the blood vessels. This is known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup also causes a decrease in circulation in the legs and feet. This can also increase your risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD). Over time, this decreased circulation can also lead to ulcers and, in more severe cases, amputation. This is why it’s incredibly important that you have a podiatrist that you turn to regularly for checkups and care if you have been diagnosed with hypertension.

What are the signs of poor circulation in the feet?
 

Wondering if you may already be dealing with poor circulation? Here are some of the telltale signs:

  • Your feet and legs cramp up, especially during physical activity
  • Color changes to the feet
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Temperature changes in your feet
  • Hair loss on the legs or feet
  • Sores
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms you must schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Simple physical exams and non-invasive tests can be conducted to determine how much loss of circulation is occurring in the feet. Your podiatrist will work with your primary doctor to make sure that your current medication is properly controlling your blood pressure.

By getting your blood pressure under control we can also reduce your risk for developing PAD, heart disease, and other complications associated with hypertension. Some medications can be prescribed by your podiatrist to improve peripheral artery disease. Surgery may also be necessary to remove the blockage or widen the blood vessel to improve blood flow to the legs and feet.

If you are worried about your hypertension and how it may be impacting the health of your feet, there is never a better time to turn to a podiatrist for answers, support, and care.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
September 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that may require medical supervision. If you are suffering from ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, our qualified podiatrists, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, are ready to help.

What are ingrown toenails?

It is a foot disorder that results from abnormal growth of the toenail toward the surrounding skin. This may cause pain and swell in the area. It occurs mostly in the biggest toe.

What are the possible causes of ingrown toenails?

In the majority of the cases, the condition appears due to improper practices from the patients. But in some cases, the genetic factor may play an important role. The following are some of the incorrect practices and foot care routines that may exaggerate the problem:

  • Cutting your toenails at an angle or too short
  • Wearing tight shoes and socks continuously
  • Neglecting daily foot hygiene practices
  • Keeping your feet wet after washing them

What are the symptoms of the condition?

The first and most common sign of ingrown toenails is the tenderness with some painful sensations in the affected toe. When the toe is left untreated, fluids may accumulate in the area if it is infected.

How is it treated?

The early treatment of ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, will save you time and money. You can start with some at-home therapy as long as there is no infection. Foot soaks in water and foot messaging are highly recommended to relieve the inflammation and reduce the pain. For advanced cases, antibiotics or even minor surgical intervention can be recommended.

How to prevent the problem and the recurrence?

To preserve the improvement you achieved from the treatment of the ingrown toenail and prevent the recurrence of the disease or even prevent it from occurring in the first place, you should improve your foot care practices. Wearing comfortable footwear, keeping your feet clean and dry, and cutting your toenails properly without curves are helpful.

Contact us

If you are suffering from ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, contact Dr. Judd and Dr. Greene of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute. Call us at (406) 206-6366 for the Bozeman, MT, office, or (406) 782-2278 for the  Anaconda, and Butte, MT, offices.