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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
February 14, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Blisters  
Preventing Blisters on Your FeetA blister can be a real nuisance. It can make it uncomfortable to walk around, let alone try to go on your run. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of developing blisters. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you. Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you do find yourself dealing with a blister, it’s important to always turn to a podiatrist right away for care.

Wear the Proper Shoes

Whether you’re hiking, running, or simply walking to work, it’s important that you are wearing the appropriate shoes for the job. Shoes that don’t provide your feet with enough cushion and support, especially when pounding the pavement, can leave you dealing with blisters, calluses, and other foot injuries. Make sure that you are also getting shoes that provide the ideal fit. Shoes that are too tight or loose can rub against the skin and result in blisters.

Apply Padding

There are blister pads on the market for a reason! Even if you are wearing properly fitted footwear, you may still find that you need a little added protection for your feet. A blister pad can be used to protect a blister that you have or it can be used in places that are prone to blisters.

Wear the Right Socks

The socks that you wear are just as important for maintaining healthy feet as the shoes that you wear. Choose socks that wick away moisture and consider doubling up on socks if you are getting ready to participate in an activity that increases your chances of developing a blister. The added layer can provide more protection for your feet. If your socks become wet or moist, it’s important that you change your socks right away.

Use a Lubricant Before Exercise

Shoes and socks that rub against the feet can lead to blisters, so it’s important to reduce this type of friction by keeping feet lubricated. This is particularly important for runners or hikers. Apply petroleum jelly to the feet so that they are more likely to slide rather than rub against shoes and socks.

A podiatrist can recommend the appropriate footwear for you, provide custom orthotics and ensure that you provide your feet with the support and cushioning they need for all of your activities to prevent blisters from happening to you. If blisters are a common problem, talk with your podiatrist about how you can prevent this from happening.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
February 07, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Find out what our podiatrists can do for you and your foot health.

Whether a foot or ankle injury or problem has already occurred, or you’re simply looking for ways to prevent problems from happening, you may be interested in turning to our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd for care. Here at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, we provide a full range of foot and ankle care to patients of all ages.

Detect Foot Problems Early

One of the benefits of turning to our Bozeman, MT, podiatrists for care is that we can easily detect foot injuries and problems that maybe you haven’t even noticed, whether this is an ingrown toenail, plantar wart or a developing bunion or hammertoe. By catching these problems early, we can provide you with the specialized care you need to get these problems under control and to prevent progressive conditions such as deformities from getting worse.

Treat Foot and Ankle Problems

Our podiatrists are specialists, so we have more extensive knowledge and can provide more extensive care for foot and ankle problems than primary care doctors or your regular physician. We understand the complex inner workings of the foot and ankle, from the tendons and ligaments to the muscles, nerves and bones, and can provide you with the best treatment options.

Analyze Your Gait

How our feet strike the ground when we walk and run is important to the overall function and health of our feet and ankles. By analyzing your gait we analyze how the muscles, ligaments and joints move and work together to pinpoint problem areas in the feet, ankles, legs, hips and even lower back. After all, when one area is tight or isn’t functioning properly other areas have to work harder, which can lead to foot and ankle problems.

Provide Healthy Recommendations

From preventing toenail fungus to determining whether you could benefit from custom orthotics, our podiatry team loves to provide you with advice and tips for how to keep your feet and ankles healthy. If you have questions about caring for your feet and ankles, we are here to help.

Prevent Foot Injuries

Another benefit to turning to our podiatrists is that we can educate you on the do’s and don’ts for foot and ankle health to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. If you are an athlete, overweight or have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be more at risk for foot injuries, and it’s important that you turn to our Bozeman, MT, podiatrists for preventive options.

Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with our Butte and Bozeman, MT, podiatrists? If so, all you have to do is call Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute at (406) 782-2278.