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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
July 21, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail   Podiatrist  
Ingrown NailWhile minor aches and pains in your feet probably won’t have you rushing to the podiatrist’s office for care, certain seemingly innocuous foot problems might require a professional’s touch. Take ingrown toenails, for example. While you may be able to soothe and ease the pain on your own, it’s also important to recognize when an ingrown toenail may require treatment from a podiatrist.

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. While this can happen to any toenail, it more commonly affects the big toe. While a minor ingrown toenail for an otherwise healthy individual may not be a cause for concern, some situations warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you notice any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail it’s time to visit a foot doctor:
  • Increased pain, swelling, or redness
  • Skin that’s hard to the touch
  • Odor
  • Pus or drainage coming from the nail
If the ingrown toenail hasn’t gotten better in a couple of days this also warrants seeing a podiatrist. People with compromised immune systems, diabetes, or nerve damage in their feet should come in right away for care (and should not try to simply treat the problem themselves). Ignoring these issues when they occur could lead to more dangerous infections or complications.

Can you prevent ingrown toenails?

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Some of these steps include:
  • Not picking, pulling, or tearing your toenails (especially torn edges)
  • Making sure that you are trimming your nails straight across (never curved) and that you keep them level with the tips of your toes
  • Wearing shoes that have a large toe box and don’t bunch up your toes (shoes with a pointed toe will put too much pressure on the toenails)
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear for certain activities, such as construction work or sports, to prevent injuries
If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail, or if you have never dealt with an ingrown toenail before, turn to your podiatrist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. No problem is too small for a foot and ankle specialist to tackle.
By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
July 12, 2021
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Seeing a podiatrist can keep your feet feeling strong and help you enjoy the activities you love without pain. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Anaconda, Butte, and Bozeman, MT, can explain some of the benefits of visiting your podiatrist regularly.

Why You Should Visit Your Podiatrist This Year

Visiting your podiatrist in Anaconda, Butte, and Bozeman, MT, can help you manage any pain you experience from foot conditions that may be bothering you. If you suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or bunions, your podiatrist will be able to help you find orthotics that will ease your pain, as well as help teach you stretches to strengthen your feet and manage your condition. If you’re suffering from consistent foot pain, you should never ignore it. Seeing your podiatrist will help you find the cause of your pain and help you enjoy your daily life again.

Your podiatrist can also help if you are suffering from an ingrown toenail. This can cause complications and severe pain if not properly dealt with. They will be able to prescribe medications to help heal any infections caused by an ingrown toenail and, in severe cases,  remove the ingrown toenail. If you’re regularly visiting your podiatrist, they will be able to help identify any symptoms of an ingrown toenail before it becomes severe and difficult to treat.

When you visit your podiatrist regularly, you’ll be able to keep your feet feeling strong and healthy, as well as pain-free. Your podiatrist is able to help you find ways to manage pain so that you can walk and run without issue.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Don’t hesitate to see your podiatrists! Keep your feet as healthy as can be by calling Dr. Greene and Dr. Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Anaconda, Butte, and Bozeman, MT, today! Call (406) 782-2278 for the office in Butte, MT, and (406) 206-6366 for the office in Bozeman, MT.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
March 16, 2021
Category: Foot Care

If you are looking for the perfect podiatrist you must first consider how well they will understand your needs. You need someone who is experienced with your condition and who will treat it with attention and care. If you are looking for the right foot doctor in Bozeman, Anaconda, and Butte, MT consider Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute. We can treat a wide variety of foot conditions by creating a recovery plan specific to your needs.

If you have never visited a foot doctor, but are experiencing these symptoms you should schedule an appointment right away:

  • Athlete's foot
  • Bunions
  • Continuous heel pain
  • Continuous ankle joint pain
  • Diabetes
  • Numbness in the foot or ankle
  • Sprained or broken foot or ankle
  • Nail fungus
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Pain when walking or doing normal activities


The following conditions are among the most common reasons to visit a foot doctor:

Continuous Ankle Joint Pain

Ankle joint pain is a symptom of arthritis, one of the most common conditions ailing American feet. If you notice that your ankle joints are swollen, stiff, or red you should schedule an appointment with your Bozeman, Anaconda, or Butte, MT podiatrist. They will design personalized treatment options to reduce joint inflammation, pain, and swelling.

Pain When Walking

Pain while walking is not something you should be experiencing. If normal day-to-day activities are hurting your feet you should make time to see the doctors at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute. Without treatment, your condition could worsen and recovery will become more difficult.

Diabetic Foot Care

Foot care for those with diabetes is one of the most important aspects of diabetes management. Diabetes affects the blood flow to your legs, making it harder for infections to heal and reducing sensation. Always be aware of your feet and check daily for any developing problems or reduced sensitivity.

If you are looking for amazing foot doctors in Bozeman, Anaconda, and Butte, MT then call Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute at (406) 782-2278, or (406) 206-6366. Together, Dr. Greene and Dr. Judd have decades of experience and a commitment to your health!

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Podiatry  

Do you know when it's a good idea to schedule a visit with your Bozeman, Anaconda, and Butte, MT, podiatrists, Drs. Dallin Greene and Nathan Judd? Call Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute if you have any of these foot and ankle issues.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails aren't just painful but may become infected. If you can't easily free the trapped part of your nail after soaking your foot in warm water for about 15 minutes, call the  Bozeman, Anaconda, and Butte, MT foot doctors. They'll remove the embedded portion of your nail and prescribe antibiotics if you have an infection.

Bunions

Those bony bumps at the base of your big toes tend to be very painful and make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. Fortunately, your podiatrist can provide treatments the slow the progression of your bunions. If bunions disrupt your life or cause considerable pain, you may benefit from surgery to remove the bumps and realign your toes.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition occurs when the tough band of tissue that connects your toes to your heels becomes inflamed. Your foot doctor offers a variety of treatments that can ease plantar fasciitis pain, including night splints, heel cups, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and shockwave therapy.

Injuries

Your podiatrist also treats foot and ankle fractures, sprains, strains, and other injuries. Prompt treatment is essential and can reduce the risk of chronic pain or mobility issues. If your injury doesn't improve after a few days, you're in severe pain, or can't put any weight on your foot or ankle, call your podiatrist.

Sports issues

Do you spend too much time on the sidelines because of foot or ankle injuries, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or retrocalcaneal bursitis? Injuries and foot and ankle conditions are more likely to occur if you have a gait problem or a foot imbalance. Your foot doctor can offer prescription shoe inserts called orthotics that keep your feet properly aligned and reduce pressure on your bones, ligaments, and tendons.

Other foot and ankle conditions

Podiatrists treat a variety of other foot and ankle conditions, including stubborn toenail fungus, arthritis, hammertoe, and diabetic foot issues.

Do you have a foot or ankle problem? Call your podiatrists at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Butte, Anaconda and Bozeman, MT, Drs. Dallin Greene and Nathan Judd. Schedule an appointment for the Bozeman office by calling (406) 206-6366, or make your appointment with the Butte or Anaconda offices by calling (406) 782-2278.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
June 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
 
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
 
We’ll go through your medical history
 
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
 
We will examine your foot
 
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
 
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
 
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
 
We will map out a treatment plan
 
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
 
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.