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Posts for: August, 2014

What is causing that bump on my big toe joint?

There are a lot of people that think wearing shoes that crowd the toes causes bunions.  This is not true for the cause, but it can make the bunion worse and cause more pain.  Your foot type is inherited and certain foot types are prone to developing bunions.  It is not the bunion itself that is inherited.

Symptoms of bunions:

- pain or soreness at the site of the bunion

-redness and inflammation

-burning sensation

- some numbness

Women are more likely to have symptoms of bunions than men.  This is usually because symptoms are more likely to occur when wearing high heels or shoes that have a smaller toe box.  If you spend a lot of time on your feet your symptoms may worsen.

There are also some other conditions that may appear with a bunion including:

-a callus on the big toe

-sores between toes

-ingrown nails

-toe movement may be restricted


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please give us a call at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic and make an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.

Do you have a bump on the side of your big toe joint?


This is more than likely a bunion.  But, a bunion is more than just a bump.  Even though you can’t see it a bunion is actually showing that the bones in the front part of the foot are changing.  Instead of pointing straight ahead, the big toe leans toward the second toe.  This causes the bones to move out of alignment and produces the bump that you see.

Bunions are a disorder that progressively worsens.  The big toe slowly starts leaning toward the second toe and as it leans the angle of the bones gradually changes.  As this continues the bump slowly forms and becomes more noticeable.  Bunions are genetic; however, they usually become painful due to shoe pressure.

Some of the patients Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS sees with bunions have been putting up with the pain for too long.  You don’t need to be one of these people.  If you are experiencing any pain please give us a call at Our Bismarck Office or go online to schedule an appointment today.

By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
August 04, 2014
Category: foot care
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Everyone should be caring for their feet.  Here are a few steps to take to help prevent foot problems

·         If you have any foot pain, don’t ignore it!  If you are experiencing any type of pain call us to set up an appointment with Dr. Gale.

·         Check your feet on a regular basis.  Look for any changes especially in the color and temperature.  Look for changes in the nails.  Do they look thick or discolored?  This could be fungus developing.  Check for cracks, cuts or peeling skin.  Peeling or scaling skin can be an indication of Athlete’s Foot.  If there is a growth on your foot this is not normal and should be checked by Dr. Gale.

·         Make sure to wash your feet regularly and drying them completely.  Always make sure to clean in between your toes.

·         Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too short.  Do not trim the nails in the corners or on the sides.  This could cause ingrown nails.  Anyone with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should have someone else treat their feet to help reduce the chance of getting an infection.

·         Get shoes that fit properly.  When purchasing shoes make sure it is at the end of the day when feet tend to be swollen and are the largest.  Make sure to replace your shoes as they wear out.

·         Get shoes for the right type of activity or sport.  If you are a runner make sure you have the proper running shoes.

·         Don’t wear the same shoes every day.

·         Don’t go barefoot if at all possible.  When you are barefoot you are more likely to get an injury or infection.  If you are barefoot or wearing sandals outside make sure to use sunblock on your feet.

·         Diabetics should have their feet checked by Dr. Gale at least once a year.


If you are experiencing any pain or notice any unusual changes give us a call at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS or Request an Appointment.