By Dr. Sarah Matouk
February 22, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

The term bunion is one that is often heard about the feet. It is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. The onset is gradual, and over time it causes the joint to become red, irritated and painful. The big toe begins to dislocate out of position, and extra bone formation grows on the side of the big toe joint. Not only do shoes become uncomfortable and difficult to find, many people experience pain to the site. 


The cause of bunions is usually due to the structure of your foot which is inherited, and other contributing factors may include wearing tight shoes over a life time, family history, arthritis, or trauma. Many people think they have bunions, but are not sure of the severity and treatment options.


At DM Foot and Ankle Associates, baseline x-rays are performed to evaluate the bunion angulation as well as a clinical evaluation. This is all performed right in office by our experienced and board certified surgeons. 


Treatment options are catered to our patient’s unique situations and lifestyle needs. Early treatments may be as simple as shoe gear analysis and education or special inserts called orthotics. NSAIDs or injections may also be used, as well as incorporating exercises and special strapping and padding.


If the bunion pain is not relieved by non-surgical remedies, then surgery may be required to correct the foot deformity. Not only are Dr. Emini, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Matouk all surgically trained to correct your bunion, the doctors use the most innovative and up-to-date surgical techniques. Most of our patients complain of minimal pain after surgery, and we have our patients walking immediately afterwards. Our patients are very happy with the outcomes after their surgery.


Don’t delay in seeking a consultation for your bunions. The earlier treatment is initiated, the better your prognosis will be.

Winter can be a painful time of year for many women. As they transition their shoe gear to closed-in boots and shoes, we begin to notice more women coming into our office who are seeking relief for painful bunions. This is a trend we begin to see at both our Lemont and Orland Park office locations every winter.

Many of our female bunion patients arrive to our office in pain. The pain can range from occasional throbbing to a constant, agonizing pain. The pain may linger even when they take their shoes off. While the changing weather brings more bunion patients into DM Foot and Ankle, our doctors have noticed that some women are more prone to inquire about bunion surgery in the winter because they are less busy during these cold months than they are in the summer.

There are non-surgical treatment methods such as a simple change in shoe gear to a shoe with a wider toe box or joint injections. We may also recommend a patient purchase a bunion sleeve or spacer from our office. These types of devices are contoured shields that help minimize friction, pressure and bunion pain while a patient is wearing shoes. These are 15% off at our office for the month of February!

Surgery should be considered when your bunion continues to grow, is painful on a regular basis, or is affecting your daily activities. The doctors at DM Foot and Ankle are board certified for foot surgery and have years of experience performing bunion surgery. Most patients have minimal to no pain following surgery, and are up and walking right away!

If you or a loved one have noticed the pain of bunions is beginning to interfere with daily activities, it's time to discuss treatment options with a podiatrist. Give us a call today at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at either our Lemont or Orland Park location!

By Dr. Sarah Matouk
January 15, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: foam roller   stretching  

At DM Foot and Ankle, we are proud to provide our patients with a tool to combat tight calves: foam rollers. Tight calves are a leading cause of limited range of motion in our ankles, heel pain, and reduced functioning of the rest of our bodies. 


Foam rolling is a form of self-massage to loosen tight structures in our bodies. The muscles in our bodies are surrounded by a layer of connective tissue called fascia. Due to the shoes we wear, sitting or standing for prolonged periods and poor stretching around exercising, the connective tissue that surrounds our calves are shortened. To address this shortening and tightness that we feel in our calves with a foam roller, we use a technique called self-myofascial release, or trigger point massage. It is a technique that massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors commonly use. A foam roller can be used in place of the therapist’s hands in the comfort of your home.


Begin by placing one leg on the roller. Raise the hips and slowly begin to roll from below the knee to the ankle. If you find a sore spot, stop and hold the foam roller at that spot for about 20 to 30 seconds before continuing. Continue to roll through your calf area four times. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to our muscles and creates better mobility, helping with not only recovering from injuries, but also improving overall performance and daily functioning.


Take advantage of one of the most effective tools to dramatically and immediately impact your health. We offer top of the line foam rollers in our office.Stop into DM Foot and Ankle for a consult and further education about how foam rollers may improve your overall wellness. 


Foam rollers are 10% off for the month of January!

Many of us will be looking to hit the gym and control our weight as our New Year's resolution this year. Being motivated is key, but beginning  your workouts gradually can be even more important when it comes to starting and keeping your gym time goals.

When starting a workout regimen, it is important to begin slowly. Trying to jump back into the same routine with the same amount of intensity as was done in the past can have a negative effect on your body. By gradually increasing your stamina and the length of your workouts,  it will be easier to avoid overuse injuries such as stress fractures or tendons strains and sprains. Give your body some time to become acclimated before you decide to add on those extra laps in the pool or the heavier weights from the weight bench.

Another key to starting your new fitness routine gradually is being sure that you stretch before and after your workout. By doing so, you are helping prevent injuries to your body. Don't forget to stretch all areas of your body even if you are focusing on a specific area during that day's workout. put together a stretching routine that is sure to make your muscles and tendons do the happy dance; next time you hit the gym, give these stretches a go:


Stretch 1: The Runner's Stretch

Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, placing your fingertips on the floor or on two firm cushions if your hands cannot reach to the floor.


Stretch 2: The Standing Side Stretch

Stand with your feet together and your arms straight overhead. Clasp your hands together, with your fingers interlaced and pointer fingers extended. Inhale as you reach upward.

Breathe out as your bend your upper body to the right. Take five slow breaths. Slowly return to the center. Repeat on the left side.


Stretch 3: The Forward Hang

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back. (If your hands don't touch, hold on to a dish towel.) Breathe in and straighten your arms to expand your chest. Exhale and bend at your waist, letting your hands stretch toward your head. Hold for five deep breaths.


Stretch 4: The Low Lunge Arch

Step your right foot forward into a lunge and lower your left knee onto the floor or a folded towel or blanket. Bring your arms in front of your right left and hook your thumbs together, palms facing the floor. Breathe in as you sweep your arms overhead, stretching as far back as is comfortable. Take five deep breaths. Switch sides.


Stretch 5: The Seated Back Twist

Sit on the floor with your legs straight. Bend your right knee and step your right foot over your left leg. Put your right hand on the floor, fingers pointing outward, for support. Bend your left elbow and turn to the right, placing the back of your arm against your right knee. Inhale as you sit tall. Breathe out as you twist, pressing your arm into your leg and looking over your right shoulder. Hold for five breaths, then slowly return to the center. Switch sides.


Stretch 6: The Bound Angle

Sit on the floor with your legs straight. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, letting your knees drop toward the ground. Hold your shins as you inhale and stretch your chest upward. Exhale as you hinge forward from your hips (without rounding your back) and place your palms on the ground. Hold for five slow breaths.


We at DM Foot & Ankle Associates love to see our patients succeed in all that they do. Your New Year's fitness goals are important to us too. We hope that you strive to keep the quality of your workout routine as the most important aspect. Remember to start your workouts gradually and always make stretching the first step in any of your workout routines to avoid harmful effects on your body. Hoping 2018 brings everyone much happiness and health, cheers to you from all of us here at DMFA!



Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim are proud to announce that DM Foot and Ankle Associates has opened a second location! In addition to our original Lemont location, we will now be serving the Orland Park area. The new address is:

10 Orland Square Drive

Suite B (Inside of the Preferred Open MRI Building)

Orland Park, IL 60462

This is location can be found on the outer edge of The Orland Square Mall.


Our Lemont location will will still be considered our primary location. To schedule at either location, patients are to call our main office number (630) 863-7517. 

We will be at our Orland Park location to see patients once per week - either on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Our three doctors will be rotating clinic days on a weekly basis.


Our Orland Park hours are as follows:

Dr. Emini - Select Mondays from 9:00AM to 12:30PM

Dr. Kim - Select Tuesdays from 2:00PM to 4:15PM

Dr. Matouk - Select Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM 


We would like to thank our patients for helping us achieve this goal through continued loyalty and placing your trust in us. Thank you!






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