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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
May 27, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail is curved and begins to grow into the skin, which can cause irritation and inflammation. This could cause an infection and create pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe. An infection can occur if the toenail is left untreated and breaks the skin. It’s important that you know what to do when experiencing an ingrown toenail so that this doesn’t occur. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, can explain what you should do when you experience an ingrown toenail.

Treating an Ingrown Toenail

Usually, an ingrown toenail can often be treated at home with conservative methods. You should talk to your podiatrist in Bozeman and Butte, MT, about treating your ingrown toenail before trying any of these at-home methods. If you’re dealing with pain and irritation, and there’s no apparent infection, you can soak your foot in room-temperature water. You can also add Epsom salt to the water to help calm irritation. While doing this, you should gently massage the side of the nail to help reduce inflammation.

If your symptoms don’t seem to get better, you should visit your podiatrist for further treatment. If there’s an infection, you may need an antibiotic first. For more severe cases, your doctor might need to remove part of the nail so that it can start fresh and properly grow. This minor surgery can be done in office and usually don’t take very long and you’ll feeling better in almost no time.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Let ingrown toenail be a thing of the past! Contact Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, to find out how to treat an ingrown toenail and start feeling comfortable again. Call for more information today at (406) 782-2278.


By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
May 19, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions

Are you dealing with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is a frustrating little problem, especially if you are someone who values their morning run or daily exercise routine. Even if you aren’t what you’d call an avid exerciser, you may still find that your heel pain makes moving around and going about your day more complicated than you would like. A podiatrist is the best medical specialist to turn to when heel pain becomes an issue.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot along the soles from the toes to the heels and provides the arches of your feet with support and shock absorption. Unfortunately, microtears within the tissue can occur gradually over time (common in runners), leading to irritation and inflammation.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their heel pain is at its worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. The tricky thing is that the pain often subsides throughout the day, making you think you can get in your run or regular workout routine after all. The only problem with that is that the heel pain often comes back with a vengeance after exercising. Along with heel pain, you may also notice painful or aching arches.

When Should I See a Podiatrist About My Heel Pain?

We know that no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to see their podiatrist unless the situation warrants it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you are experiencing heel pain or any symptoms, it is important that you always seek immediate medical care to prevent the issue from getting worse.

While most healthy individuals will be able to handle their heel pain on their own, it’s also important to know when you need proper and more comprehensive care from a podiatrist. It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away if you have severe pain, pain that makes it impossible to walk or put weight on the foot, numbness or tingling in the heel or foot, or heel pain caused by an injury.

If at-home care isn’t easing your heel pain after five days, then you should also give us a call so that we can create a more effective treatment plan for you.

Don’t let heel pain drag you down. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms and they are impacting your everyday activities and quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist.


By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
May 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Patients in and around the Bozeman, MT area, searching for a podiatrist; let Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute handle all your foot needs.

What Is A Podiatrist?

Our feet are a few of the most important parts of our bodies. They hold us up, allow us to move, and take the brunt of our body weight all day, every day. If you’re lucky, your feet feel good and you’re using them without too much thought. For others, foot health is a constant struggle. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating all sorts of foot and ankle issues. 

A variety of conditions can arise which require a podiatrist’s expert attention. Some examples are:

  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Bunions and corns
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spur
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Gout
  • Fungal Infection
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Some of these may be familiar to you or you may have experienced them. Some are quite serious and, if left untreated, could result in serious, long-term problems. With a professionally trained doctor of podiatry on your side, you’ll be able to navigate these and other bi-pedal problems. 

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

For many patients, treatments for the feet don’t take place until the pain or discomfort is severe enough to disrupt normal activities. Podiatrists are specialists in recognizing problems in your feet, but you have to see them and let them see you before problems become dire. 

How do you know if you have a problem, though? 

We’re often the first to realize a new strain or pain in our bodies. We’re also the first to dismiss and move on. Start to listen to your body more often. If you feel something causing discomfort, something smarting in your heel or toes, give your podiatrist a call. Let them take a look and determine what the root problem is before you cause irreparable damage. 

Consult and Diagnose

Are you experiencing problems with your feet? Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, MT are ready to put your mind and body at ease. Call (406) 782-2278 today for an appointment and consultation.


By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
May 06, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how to treat heel pain yourself and when to see a podiatrist.

Whether you are an avid runner or just someone who likes going to the gym occasionally, it can be challenging to do these everyday activities when faced with heel pain. Did you take that run just a little too far yesterday? Did you suddenly intensify your exercise regime? Then your heels might be screaming out for sweet relief. Here’s how to tackle heel pain before seeing a podiatrist.

What causes heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis is typically the cause of most heel pain. While the name might seem a bit intimidating, don’t worry! Symptoms can often be managed through simple at-home remedies such as,

  • Performing specific foot stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve function.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication to soothe pain and inflammation temporarily.
  • Avoid high-impact activities, which will often only exacerbate the condition and lead to further inflammation.
  • Splint the foot or wear shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide arch support.
  • Consider corticosteroid injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which may also be helpful for those dealing with more severe or stubborn pain.

When should I call my podiatrist?

While you may not want to immediately rush to call your podiatrist at the first bout of pain, you mustn’t ignore a potentially serious issue. You should turn to a podiatrist if,

  • You have severe heel pain or swelling
  • You can’t point your foot downward or stand up on your tiptoes
  • You also notice numbness or a tingling sensation in the heel accompanied by pain
  • You experience sudden pain that occurs right after an injury
  • You have diabetes or have neuropathy in your feet
  • You have been trying at-home treatment options for a week, and there are no changes to your symptoms

If rest and home care haven’t been enough to manage your heel pain, it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can help.