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Ankle Injuries: Fracture or Sprain?

Ankle Injuries: Fracture or Sprain? Ankle injuries are quite common, but many times there is a question if the injury is just a sprain or a fracture.  You may think I don’t want to go to the doctor if it is just a sprain, but I want to make sure it is not broken. ...

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Minimalist Running Shoes

Western Montana is a great spot for activity including hiking, sports, running, and any thing you can imagine outdoors. Having adequate footwear for these activities is very important. Many people have tried or heard of minimalist, or very flexible, athletic shoes. ...

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What is Football Heel?

What is “football heel?” With a new school year comes football season, a happy time for many of us.  Last year I noticed many Missoula Youth Football players with heel pain: I treated several of them in the clinic, but also was asked on the field by several parents...

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Sunscreen on Your Feet

Sunscreen is always encouraged, especially during those hot, summer days. It protects us from the harmful effects of the powerful UV rays. However, how many times do people remember to put sunscreen on their feet? We have heard that UV rays are very dangerous, but why...

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Crusty Summer Heels

The scourge of summer: crusty, rough, dry, cracking heels.  Not something that a lot of people want to talk about, but a condition that is fairly prevalent during the summer (no one is immune to this problem, as I have experienced this condition myself). Why does this...

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What is Sever’s Disease?

It always amazes me how much energy kids can have. Whether in sports or on the play ground not too much can hold them down. Spring is here and summer is fast approaching which means soccer, baseball, lacrosse, sports camps, and other activities are about to be in full...

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Why is my Big Toe in Pain?

It is spring in Montana and that means it is time to get back outside and hit the trails. Whether you are walking around the neighborhood this spring or climbing the “M” your foot health is important. What does “hallux” mean anyway? Hallux comes from the Latin word...

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