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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
October 20, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

How your podiatrists in Bozeman, and Butte, MT, can help with an ingrown toenail

If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know how painful it can be. The constant throbbing can make it difficult to put on shoes and walk comfortably. Fortunately, your podiatrist is an expert at treating ingrown toenails, so you can get back on your feet.

Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute provide a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment of ingrown toenails. They have two convenient office locations in Bozeman, and Butte, MT, to help you.

An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown downward into your skin. The ingrown toenail embeds into your skin, causing:

  • Pain
  • Pressure
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

You are at greater risk of developing an ingrown toenail if you have toenails that naturally curve under. Other factors that can cause an ingrown toenail include:

  • Damage to your toenails
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Wearing shoes without enough toe room

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails if you:

  • Avoid cutting your toenails too short
  • Cut your toenails straight across with no rounded corners
  • Always wear protective, supportive shoes that protect your feet
  • Always wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
  • Avoid wearing shoes with a narrow toe box

You can try a few simple steps at home to get relief from an ingrown toenail. Remember to:

  • Soak your toe in warm water three times daily
  • Place a small piece of dental floss underneath your toenail to push it above your skin
  • Apply antibiotic cream and bandage your ingrown toenail

Your podiatrist can treat an ingrown toenail so you can get permanent relief. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:

  • Lifting and separating the toenail from the skin around it
  • Trimming off the ingrown part of your nail
  • Removing the toenail completely, so a new, healthy toenail can grow

To find out more about the causes and treatment of ingrown toenails, call Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute. You can reach them in either the Bozeman, MT, or Butte, MT, locations by calling (406) 782-2278, so call today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
October 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot   Diabetes  

If you have diabetes, you may already know about the effects on your body, especially your extremities. What you may not know is that diabetes is especially hard on your feet, which is why it’s important to visit your podiatrist regularly.

Your feet carry you through your life, but they are easy to overlook. When you are diabetic, you can’t afford to ignore your feet and toes. These are just a few of the ways diabetes can affect your feet and toes:

Diabetes affects your immune system which can lead to delayed healing time. That means if you have a small cut, it may not heal. It may turn into a painful diabetic ulcer.

Diabetes affects your circulatory system which can lead to impaired blood flow in your feet and toes. That means your tissue can die, which can lead to amputations.

Diabetes affects your nervous system, which can lead to painful diabetic neuropathy. You may also lose sensation in your feet, so if you have an injury, you might not feel it.

It's vital to take special care of your feet when you have diabetes. You should:

  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day
  • Check your feet regularly for any cuts, blisters, or injuries
  • Use a hand mirror to examine the soles of your feet for injuries
  • Apply a thick moisturizing cream to keep your skin free of cracks
  • Apply an antibiotic cream to any open sores or injuries
  • Place a bandage on open sores or injuries
  • Do ankle, foot, and toe stretches daily to boost circulation

Diabetes is a common medical problem. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. If you are one of them, you need to take special care of your feet and your body. To find out more about caring for your feet when you are diabetic, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
October 03, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Your ankles are an important part of your body. Together with your legs and feet, your ankles help carry your body weight. They help you walk, run, and enjoy daily life. So, what happens when you have ankle pain? Your podiatrist can help.

Along with pain in your ankle, you may notice additional signs and symptoms like these:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness

When you have ankle pain, it can cause:

  • Instability when you are walking or standing
  • Difficulty standing on uneven surfaces
  • Tripping and falling, which can injure you further

So, what causes ankle pain? There are some obvious causes like injuring or spraining your ankle, but there are also some medical conditions which can lead to ankle pain. These conditions include:

  • Arthritis in the ankle joint
  • Tendonitis or a torn tendon in your ankle
  • A fractured or broken bone in your ankle
  • A nerve injury in your ankle

For mild ankle pain, you can try a few easy home therapies including:

  • Placing an ice pack on your ankle several times daily
  • Elevating and resting your ankle
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wearing an ankle support or brace

For moderate to severe ankle pain, or ankle pain which doesn’t resolve with home therapy, you need to see your podiatrist. Professional treatments your podiatrist may recommend include:

  • Oral steroid medications to reduce swelling
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy and stretches to maintain ankle flexibility and mobility
  • Devices including walking casts or braces to provide support and stability

You may need surgery if your ankle pain is due to:

  • A torn ligament
  • A torn tendon
  • A broken or dislocated ankle bone

Don’t suffer with ankle pain when relief is just a phone call away. Your podiatrist can help you find relief from ankle pain and get back on your feet. To find out more about the causes of ankle pain and how you can find relief, talk with an expert–your podiatrist. Call today.