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Posts for: March, 2015

By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
March 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Which toe goes 1st?

You have pain in your toes and you decide to make an appointment, but what is the best way to describe which one is painful?  Does your big toe hurt? That’s number 1! The toes are labeled 1-5. The big toe is always 1 and we refer to it as the “Hallux.” The rest of the toes, are labeled 2-5 with the 5th being the pinky toe.

Some of the common problems with toes that Dr. Gale treats are hammertoes, calluses, corns, ingrown toe nails, and fungal nails. You may also have toe pain from shoes not fitting correctly. Don’t let your toe pain prevent you from enjoying your daily activities.

If you have any pain in your toes or think you have any of the conditions listed above Contact Us at 701-255-3338 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS


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By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
March 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Treating and preventing Haglund’s Deformity.

Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS will help determine the best way to help treat a patient with Haglund’s Deformity.  He might request an x-ray, MRI, or ultrasound .  Treatment depends on the severity, but may include:

  • Immobilization.
  • Shoe modification (heel pads, arch support, heel lifts, or custom orthotics)
  • Medication.
  • Surgery.  This is used only if the other methods do not provide relief.

There are ways to prevent Haglund’s Deformity.  It is best to avoid shoes that have a rigid back.  If you have a tight Achilles tendon you can stretch the tendon to help prevent it.  If you have a high arch it is best to wear supportive shoes along with a shoe insert.

If you have Haglund’s Deformity and are trying to find out with is the best treatment method request an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS today at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic.


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By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
March 05, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

What is Haglund’s Deformity?

Haglund’s Deformity is an enlargement on the back of the heel bone.  It often occurs in women that wear pumps and is sometimes called “pump bump.”

It is caused by the shape of your foot.  You are more likely to develop Haglund’s Deformity if you have a tight Achilles tendon, high arches, or walk on the outside of your foot.  It is also common in people that wear shoes with a very firm, rigid back.

The most common symptom of Haglund’s Deformity is a bump on the back of the heel along with heel pain.  Blisters may also develop.

If you are experiencing pain or the bump enlarges, it is best to see Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.  He will be able to evaluate your feet and help determine a treatment plan that is best suited to your needs.  Contact Us at 701-255-3338 today to set up an appointment.


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