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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 13, 2021
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Corns  
CornsFrom running miles to wearing shoes that are too loose or too tight, there are many reasons why you may develop a corn. A corn is your skin’s way of protecting itself when there is any friction or pressure placed on the area. While healthy individuals may be able to simply treat corns on their own with home care, those with diabetes or nerve damage should always turn to a podiatrist even for minor injuries such as corns or calluses.

What is a corn?

A corn is a buildup of skin that occurs when there is repeated friction or pressure placed on the skin. This buildup of skin helps to protect the skin underneath. Corns most commonly develop on the side or tops of the toes and can be either hard or soft. Soft corns often appear between the toes while hard corns typically form on the tops of the toes. While both corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin, calluses are often larger and typically develop on the bottoms of the feet.

Who is more at risk for developing corns?

Certain factors can make someone prone to corns and calluses. These include:
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow
  • Having certain foot conditions that alter its structural alignments such as arthritis, bunions, or hammertoes
  • Wearing shoes without socks
  • Being a smoker
How do I treat a corn?

If you are a healthy individual, then simple lifestyle changes and home care can help to improve your corn. Soak the area for 5-10 minutes to soften the area. You may use a pumice stone to gently remove some of the thickened layers of skin. Make sure not to be too aggressive or to remove too much, as this can lead to bleeding and even infection. After pumicing the area, make sure to apply a moisturizer to your feet. If you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, do not try the pumice or remove the corn yourself. A podiatrist can provide you with the proper treatment.

Make sure you are wearing properly fitted shoes at all times. This can cut down on the number of corns or calluses you’ll deal with. Keep nails properly trimmed so they don’t rub against toes and cause corns. If certain areas of your feet are prone to corns, you may wish to apply protective adhesive padding to the area either to protect the corn or to prevent a new one from forming.

If you notice any changes to a corn, including signs of infection, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist right away for care. While most corns will go away if you avoid any shoes that cause pressure or friction to the area, you should turn to a foot doctor if you have concerns.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 10, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

First time visiting a foot doctor? Here’s what to look for.

You don’t want to leave your foot health to just any medical professional. While your regular doctor may be able to treat more minor foot and ankle issues, they won’t be able to provide you with the specialized care that our Bozeman, MT, foot doctors Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd can. Wondering if we’re the right foot doctors for your needs? Here are some things to consider when choosing a podiatrist,

Their Location

We know that people spend a lot of time commuting and the last thing they need to do is also spend more time in the car getting to a doctor’s appointment. That’s why the convenience of location is incredibly important when finding a podiatrist that you trust. Here at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute, we’re all about serving our community. This is why we offer four locations in Butte, Anaconda, Dillon, and Bozeman, MT. Our foot doctors want to be able to provide quality care to more patients by offering two convenient locations. Look up our offices to see how close your nearest foot doctor is.

Their Services

From routine checkups to diabetic ulcers and foot surgery, our Bozeman, MT, foot doctors are equipped to handle it all. We offer a full range of foot and ankle services here in Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute to meet everyone’s needs, no matter their age, background, or lifestyle. We work with patients of all ages providing swift diagnoses, customized treatment plans, and gentle, compassionate care. When it comes to finding a foot doctor that you can trust, check out their services to make sure they align with what you’re looking for.

Their Hours

It’s also important that you find a foot doctor that offers office hours that coincide with your schedule. We know that with more people working from home these days it may be a little easier to get into our office for care during normal work hours. We are open 8 am-4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8 am-12:30 pm on Fridays. Our Butte office is closed on the weekends. If you have questions about our hours at other locations, don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask. We can work with your schedule to find an appointment slot that works best for you.

If you are on the hunt for a highly respected foot doctor in Butte or Bozeman, MT, Dr. Greene, and Dr. Judd are here to provide you with the care your feet deserve. To schedule an appointment, call Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute at (406) 782-2278.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  
Custom OrthoticsOur feet are often overworked and underappreciated. They do so much for us and yet we often take them for granted unless they start to cause us issues. Whether you’re looking for ways to prevent foot problems from happening in the first place or you’re already dealing with these issues, there are many reasons people are turning to their podiatrist for custom orthotics.

What are orthotics?

Sometimes known as arch support, custom orthotics give people the freedom to stand and move easier and more comfortably. Some people might opt for over-the-counter orthotics because of convenience; however, over-the-counter orthotics are not crafted uniquely to your feet, which often means that they won’t provide the relief you’re looking for from foot pain and other issues, and may even make problems worse. Instead, consider getting custom orthotics that are designed to correct your specific foot problems, ease symptoms, and make it easier for you to get back to your life.

Here are the types of custom orthotics that podiatrists often provide:

Rigid Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are often made from harder materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and are used to control function. They also help to control motion in the joints of the foot. They are most often used with walking shoes or dress shoes as they help with strains, aches and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

Just like the name states, soft orthotics are made out of more cushioned materials so they can act as shock absorbers, help with balance, and relieve pressure. They also cradle the soles of the foot and support everything from the heel and balls of your feet to the toes. Since soft orthotics help to absorb shock, they can be a good option for athletes and those with active lifestyles.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics can also be a great option for sports players as they provide a good balance. As the name implies, semi-rigid orthotics are made with layers of soft material that are backed by a rigid material. While this type is great for avid walkers and the like, semi-rigid orthotics are also prescribed to treat flatfoot and other foot disorders in children. If you’re planning on running a marathon this year and you’re experiencing foot pain, semi-rigid orthotics might help relieve some of the discomforts you’re feeling while training.

Are you interested in custom orthotics? If so, your podiatrist can chat more about orthotics and how they could benefit your feet based on your foot health, age, activities, and lifestyle.