General Foot Care FAQs

What does DPM stand for?

DPM stands for “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine,” an expert on diagnosing and treating conditions focused on the foot, ankle, and lower leg. You might also hear such a doctor referred to as a podiatric physician, podiatric surgeon, or simply a podiatrist.

A podiatrist must complete 4 years of podiatric medical school training and 3 years of hospital residency training before he or she can earn this distinction. Additionally, a podiatrist can choose to specialize in fields within the practice, including pediatrics, diabetic care, and sports medicine. They can also choose to become certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery or the American Board of Podiatric Medicine through advanced training, acquiring the right experience, and passing an exam.

Dr. Gregg Neibauer is a DPM. He earned his degree in Chicago in 1998 and completed his residency in Denver in 2000. Let him put his years of experience to use for you. Call (406) 721-2007 to schedule an appointment with our Missoula, MT office today.

What food should I avoid with gout?

Purines are the danger substance to avoid in any good diet for gout. These are the compounds that break down into uric acid, which builds up in those painful, sharp crystals around the joints.

Which foods are highest in purines? These include certain meats such as turkey, bacon, and venison; organ meats such as liver or kidneys; certain seafood such as shellfish, sardines, trout, and codfish; and alcoholic beverages of all types. Other meats, such as beef, chicken, and pork, and other shellfish such as crab, lobster, and shrimp, contain a lower amount of purines, but should still be eaten in moderation. While mushrooms and some vegetables such as spinach and peas are high in purines, studies do not link them to an increased risk of flares. What can actually reduce the risk? Some studies point toward vitamin C, coffee, and cherries.

The best diet to prevent flares will depend on other needs you may have, as well. Dr. Gregg Neibauer and the staff of Alpine Foot and Ankle can help you design an effective gout-reducing lifestyle. Set an appointment with us by using our online contact form or calling us at (406) 721-4007.

Why is there a bump on top of my foot?

A bump on top of the foot can arise from several different conditions. If it’s bony in composition, the bump may signify a bone spur resulting from trauma or arthritis. If the bump is made of softer tissue, it may instead be a cyst. One of the most common forms seen on the foot is a ganglion cyst, which emerges from a joint or tendon beneath the skin.

The bump could also be a blister or a corn. These can be caused by pressure of friction against that area, perhaps due to underlying bone or improper footwear.

If you have a mystery lump on your foot, it’s always best to get it checked. Contact Dr. Gregg Neibauer and the staff of Alpine Foot & Ankle Clinic at (406) 721-4007 for a full evaluation and the best treatment options available to you.

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