Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic Blog

Posts for: December, 2013

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: 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: 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 23, 2013
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: heel pain   night splints  
Heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs) is one of the most common things we treat here at the Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic.
 
Usually there are a few different ways to treat this, but today I’m going to talk a little about a night splint. A night splint is a fiberglass half cast that goes from the back of the calf to the toes. 
Dr. Gale says, This splint will hold your foot in what is called the “position of comfort”.
 
This will gently stretch your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon or in some cases just prevent you from getting too tight in these areas.
 
This splint is meant to be worn when you are either sitting down in the evening or when you go to bed at night. It is not meant to be walked in. 
The entire process of making the splint takes about 2 minutes and is well worth it! For more information on heel pain click here or come up to Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic, or give us a call at 701-255-3338 to schedule an appointment.
 

By Dr. Brian Gale
December 23, 2013
Category: Shoes
Tags: shoes   proper fitting shoes  
I’ve been working at the Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic for a little over a month now, and it seems like most of the patients that come in to the clinic would really benefit from wearing the correct shoes. Working with Dr. Brian Gale who is an expert in Foot and Ankle medical and surgical treatment, has been quite an “eye opener” for me.
 
Before I started working at the clinic, I would always be searching for the best “looking” shoe instead of making sure I had the correct fit or the correct stiffness in the sole. I never really knew how much my feet hurt until I started wearing the correct shoes. If I would’ve known how much better my feet could feel, I would’ve been wearing them a long time ago!
 
Don’t sacrifice your feet people!  For more information about the proper way to fit shoes see out Patient Education Library.  Also, please stop by Happy Soles Footwear shoe store at 1802 Allison Drive in Bismarck to try on the more comfortable shoes you’ve ever worn in your life!