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By contactus@dakotafootankle.com
April 14, 2017
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All about equinus.

What is equinus?

Equinus is the inability to bend your ankle up toward the front of the leg.  Someone with equinus lacks the flexibility to perform this motion.  It can occur in one or both feet and most people are unaware that they have this condition.  Someone is usually diagnosed after they go to the doctor for some other issue that is caused by equinus.

What causes equinus?

There are many causes of equinus.  It may be caused by tightness in the calf muscle or the Achilles tendon.  Some people have this tightness from birth and some inherit it.  It could also be caused by being in a cast, being on crutches, or wearing high heel shoes frequently.  It can also be from bone spurs restricting normal motion.  This can force other joints (foot, knee, hip, or back) to compensate and become painful.

If you suffer from foot pain or are unable to bend your ankle forward, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFASContact Us at Our Bismarck Office today.

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By contactus@dakotafootankle.com
April 07, 2017
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How to care for your sweaty feet.

If you have excessively sweaty feet, good hygiene is a must!  You want to take care of those feet to keep the odor and infections away.  Here are a few steps to take:

  1. Wash your feet daily.  Make sure to wash between the toes, but also dry them thoroughly.
  2. Apply foot powder, antifungal powder, or cornstarch to your feet.
  3. Wear socks that draw away the moisture instead of holding it is.  There are blends out there that are designed to wick away moisture made of synthetic materials.  Try to stay away from 100% cotton socks.  These socks soak in moisture and could lead to blisters.
  4. Change your socks during the day.
  5. Wear shoes that allow your feet to breath.  Shoes made of mesh materials would be best.
  6. Visit a podiatrist.

If you have excessively sweaty feet Contact Us today at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS

By contactus@dakotafootankle.com
March 31, 2017
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The symptoms and causes of sweaty feet.

Did you know there is a medical term for excessively sweaty feet? Hyperhidrosis is more often found in men than in women.

According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, 3 percent of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis.

What causes it?

There is no known cause of excessive sweating, but it does seem to be inherited.  Most people sweat when the temperature is warmer, but people with hyperhidrosis can sweat at any time, no matter the weather.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom is sweating.  Some people sweat so much they soak through their socks and may slip inside their shoes.

Their feet may also appear almost white or look wet.  They also might have foot infections.  When your feet are constantly wet the skin breaks down and allows infections in.

There might be a foot odor.

Some people may be stressed or have anxiety.  This is most common in teens.

If you have excessively sweaty feet and would like to be seen by Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFASContact Us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to schedule an appointment. 701-255-FEET.

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By Dr. Brian D. Gale DPM, FACFAS
March 28, 2017
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Shin Splints: What are they? How to treat them?

What are shin splints? In layman’s terms it’s the name athletes used to refer to pain along the shin bone. Medial tibial stress syndrome or medial tibial traction periostitis is an accurate medical description of what we like to call shin splints.

Medial tibial stress syndrome is the most common type of shin pain. It is an injury that generally occurs when one increases training too quickly or pushes themselves too hard too soon. Shin splints can also be brought on when the training environment changes. Switching to hard surfaces or running up hills can bring on shin splints. Too much running, sprinting, or jumping are obvious contributors and can increase pain in the shin as well.

Shin splints can be treated at home with a few basic applications. Rest when you can. Ice the shin area with cold therapy and a compression wrap. Do this for 10 minutes every hour. As symptoms improve decrease treatment to 3 or 4 times a day.

Other possible treatments include getting proper footwear. The right shoes can do a lot for your feet. Adding a heel lift or looking into custom orthotics can help prevent shin splints. It’s important to strengthen the area as well. Calf raises will help strengthen part of the area but we also need to strengthen the front in an effort to avoid muscle imbalance.

If symptoms don’t improve you may have a more serious issue. If you have an interest in proper footwear or custom orthotics Contact Us at Our Bismarck Office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS

By contactus@dakotafootankle.com
March 24, 2017
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How to keep your toes happy with Pedicures.

This time of year is when you want to start letting your toes out to breathe.  With the weather warming up and sandal season being right around the corner you want to get those toes looking pretty, but you also want to make sure nothing happens to them.  Here are a few Pedicure tips to get those toes looking happy and healthy.

-When you trim your nails make sure they are being trimmed straight across.  This helps prevent ingrown nails from forming.

-Don’t use anything sharp to clean under your nails.  If you puncture your skin you might be more susceptible to infections.

-Don’t cut your cuticles.  They are designed to help protect against bacteria.

-Dry thoroughly between toes.  Any moisture left can help fungal infections and athlete’s foot develop.

-If you have thick/discolored nails, don’t cover them up with nail polish.  Nail polish allows moisture to be locked in.  You want address the issue right away, which might be fungal nails.  Let this issue resolve before painting your nails again.

-Don’t share pedicure tools with anyone.  Bacteria and fungus can remain on tools after cleaning if not sterilized properly.

-If you are going to a salon try to schedule your appointment right away in the morning.  This is when tools and equipment are usually the cleanest.

-If you are Diabetic, consult your podiatrist before having a pedicure.

If you are diabetic and are thinking about getting a pedicure or have issues after getting a pedicure, Contact Us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS first.  He can point you in the right direction and give you more information on getting the best diabetic foot care

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