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Posts for: November, 2013

By Dr. Brian Gale
November 29, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: foot pain   foot specialist  
     Basically a podiatrist is a foot and ankle expert. We have extensive medical training. So just about anything that can go wrong with the foot and ankle is what we take care of.  There is a long list of specific things we treat, but what’s important to understand is that most physicians are specialists, for example, you see one doctor for asthma and another doctor for back problems.   So we’re the specialist of anything that’s happening with your foot and ankle, whether it’s arthritis, or an ingrown nail, or a broken bone, an injury, ankle sprain, heel pain, all these different things. 
       We also take care of people with diabetes because a lot of the complications of diabetes involve your feet.  There are studies that show when you’re diabetic and see a foot & ankle specialist at least once a year you have less chance of developing an ulcer and of having an amputation.  This is because when we examine their feet we find things that they didn’t notice that if left untreated could become big problems.
        About 70% of people in the US will see a foot specialist at some point in their life.  When they come in they are almost always in pain.  The pain varies quite a bit from mild pain so people decrease their activities to people who come in limping or using crutches because of an injury but pain is ultimately what gets them to come in.  Some people are resistant to coming in because they think the pain is just a ‘normal’ part of getting older or they don’t think there is anything that can be done.  This simply is not true, your feet aren’t supposed to hurt and if they do it is because something is wrong.  Don’t suffer, call today for an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS of Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic at 701-255-3338.

By Dr. Brian Gale
November 19, 2013
Category: Shoes
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Winter is upon us, and it’s time to warm up your feet with a good pair of socks. Socks are a vital part of foot health. They absorb sweat, provide padding, and protect your feet from the friction created by your foot rubbing against the inside of your shoe.

Follow these tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association to choose the perfect sock:

••  Fit—Socks should fit perfectly, like a glove, and feel comfortable. The sock should not be too loose or large because socks that bunch can cause friction and lead to blisters. Socks shouldn’t be too small or tight either; small socks can decrease your circulation and comfort.

••  Fabric—Socks are made out of synthetic fibers, natural fibers, or a combination of the two. Socks made with synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon, and Lycra will keep their shape, retain their resilience, and “wick” moisture away from the skin so feet stay dry. Socks made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool are durable, strong, and soft. They also absorb foot moisture, helping to keep feet dry. Cotton, for example, is breathable but also heat resistant and shock-absorbent. Wool socks offer extra warmth and extreme comfort for the feet.

••  Cushioning—Consider socks with a full cushion and padded sole support. These types of socks will provide your feet with added protection and cushioning, leaving your feet less tired at the end of the day. Also, look for socks with reinforced heels and toes, as these areas wear out the fastest.

For all your footcare needs contact Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS of Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic at 701-255-3338

Referenced from APMA.org

By Dr. Brian Gale
November 08, 2013
Category: Shoes
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1.    As we grow older the size of our feet change.  It is important to always select shoes by how they fit and feel and not by the size marked inside the shoe. 

2.    Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to 1/2”) from your longest toe to the end of shoe when you are STANDING UP.

3.    Most people have one foot that is bigger than the other.  Always fit your shoe to your larger foot.  Be sure to try both shoes on and walk in them to make sure they fit and feel right.

4.    Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit. They should be comfortable right away.

5.    Try on shoes in the afternoon or later part of the day since feet tend to swell and become larger by the end of the day.

6.    Bend the front part of the shoe upwards, it should bend in the toe box area. Hold on to the heel and toe box and try to bend the shoe, if the midsole(arch area) bends easily the shoe is excessively flexible and will not offer enough support.  Ideally you should not be able to bend the midsole at all or very little.

7.    Your heel should fit comfortably with a minimum amount of slippage.

8.    When trying on, wear the socks you will typically be wearing with the shoes and walk around the store to get a real feel for how it fits.

9.    Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.  You may need to try different widths.

10.Always tighten the laces of the shoes that you are trying on so that your feet are secure in the shoe. There are many different types of lacing patterns that can be applied to the shoe to adapt for, or minimize foot pain or structural anomalies.

For more information contact Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS of Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic at 701-255-3338