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Posts for category: foot specialist

By Dr. Brian Gale
December 23, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: ingrown nails  
So you’ve got an ingrown nail? No problem. Dr. Gale, who is a foot and ankle specialist, has seen thousands upon thousands of these.
 
Most people think that having an in grown nail removed will be a pretty painful process, but here at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic, that is hardly the case.
 
With a little bit of numbing medicine, your nail will be removed in seconds and you might not even know it was gone! For more information visit our patient education library
 
By Dr. Brian Gale
December 23, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: orthotics   flat feet  
Flat feet or pes planus, is a diagnosis where the arch on the inside of your foot is flattened. This can cause your ankles to turn inward and your heels to turn outward, this is called pronation.
This can cause some lifelong problems and some short term aches and pains. With a simple addition to your foot fashion, such as, orthotics, you may be able to kick these problems in no time!
 
Here at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Brian Gale, who is a foot and ankle specialist, has treated patients on a daily basis with these type of problems for over twenty years.
By Dr. Brian Gale
December 23, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: dry skin   dry cracked feet  
Caring for your skin can be a very important step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for your feet. Using a good skin moisturizer on your feet can help with corns, calluses, warts, cracks or just your typical dry skin. In some cases a regular skin moisturizer will not suffice.
 
Ammonium lactate is a great cream that can penetrate through to the deeper layers of the skin and will not wash off. This great cream and other amazing things can be purchased at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic.
 
Caring for your skin is most important with diabetics because of the common problem poor circulation in the feet. Even a small crack can lead to surgery or amputation. So use a little moisturizer, and your feet will thank you!
By Dr. Brian Gale
December 20, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: foot surgery  
Recovery after foot surgery can be difficult even if it was planned.  Here are 20 things from Dr. Brian Gale staff at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to  make your recovery easier as you go about your  daily activities.  
1.  Get rid of the rugs in the house – nothing but trip hazards.
2.  Clean up messy cords, strewn items that could cause you to trip.
3.  Re-arrange furniture to make way for you.  Make sure there is a clear path to the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom.
4.  Set up an online banking account to make bill-payments easier.
5.  Stock up on books, games, movies or TV episodes.
6.  Stock your refrigerator with easy to cook meals.
7.  Search your area for restaurants or caterers who deliver.  Compile their numbers.  The more choices the better.
8.  Withdraw cash so you have money at hand. Have your credit card ready with you as well.
9.  Wrap the crutches with foam to make it less painful.
10.Consider looking into the hands free crutch, knee walker, seated scooter or wheelchair.
11.Get a backpack to hold the things you might need. Keys, phone, wallet, books, water, medicines, etc.
12.Make sure you check for stability before you add a basket onto your walker or scooter. You don’t want to tip forward.
13.Prepare your bedroom or living room by transferring things you need within reach.
14.Contact family & friends and ask for their help.  Schedule for grocery trips or ask for errand help like taking the trash out.
15.Have family or friends help with children.
16.Arrange for someone to take over caring for your pets.
17.Have duplicates for your keys made so family and friends can let themselves in.
18.Get body pillows to help you elevate your leg and make you more comfortable when you sleep.
19.Pick out a functional wardrobe. 
20.Be faithful on your medications and physical therapy. Follow doctor’s advice.
Information provided by Goodbye Crutches
By Dr. Brian Gale
December 04, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: Untagged

You did it!  You have scheduled an appointment at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic!  You have been experiencing these symptoms for some time now;  a few days, weeks, months, maybe sometimes even years!  

Well, congratulations in taking that first step and scheduling that appointment with us.  So what's next?  How can you prepare and make the most of your time at your appointment?  Here is a list of some things that we ask you to bring to your appointment with us:

-list of medications and surgeries

-list of any allergies

-insurance card(s)

-a pair of shoes you normally wear (shoes you wear to work or the shoes you wear most often; you can bring more than one pair)

-a list of questions to ask Dr. Gale

If you have any questions before your appointment please call our office at 701-255-3338 and we will be happy to help you. 

 

Check out these other tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association. 

Patient Checklist

Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? Well, don't worry. This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help make the most of your time with the foot and ankle expert.

Before Your Visit:

  • Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
  • Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.
  • Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results).
  • Check with your insurance provider to see if a referral is needed.
  • Call before your visit to tell the office if you have special needs.
  • Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.
  • If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise shoes with you to the appointment.

During Your Visit:

  • Go over your list of questions.
  • If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
  • Take notes and listen carefully.
  • Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
  • Talk about all new medications.
  • Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.
  • Describe any allergies.
  • Tell your podiatrist if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.
  • Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by other doctors.

After Your Visit:

  • Prepare for any tests your podiatrist orders. 
  • Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results. 
  • Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist's office.
  • Call your podiatrist's office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to.