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Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim are podiatric physicians and surgeons who specialize in the    surgical and nonsurgical treatment of conditions that affect the feet and ankle.

They both hold the advance degree as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Podiatric medicine deals with the skin, nails, bones, soft tissue, tendons, nerves, and the function of the foot and ankle. The doctors understand how the feet affect the overall condition of the human body and the best treatments available.

Our doctors attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Illinois where they completed four years of medical school. They completed their Surgical Residency Program at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, under the tutelage of one of the founding fathers of podiatric medicine.

Both Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim earned the honors of Chief Surgical Resident for their respective years of training. This is also how they met each other and became eventual partners.

Our doctors are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and by The American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Being Board Certified ensures that Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim are well-trained, have successfully performed a diverse range of foot and ankle surgeries,  have excellent surgical skills, and have the knowledge to pass rigorous board exams.

Our physicians have had the most specific and specialized training for the foot and ankle. Because of this critical difference, our podiatrists are the most appropriate specialists to promptly diagnose and treat various foot and ankle conditions.

Some reasons to see a foot and ankle surgeon are:

· Foot or ankle injury

· Sports injury

· Pain of the foot and ankle

· Gait abnormalities

· Bunions

· Hammertoes

· Unusual growths

· Arthritis

We have on-site x-rays and the most modern medical treatments available to best help with all your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Diana Emini
February 27, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
One of the most common foot fractures is a fracture that occurs in the 5th metatarsal - the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Two types of fractures that often occur in the fifth metatarsal:
  • Avulsion fracture. In an avulsion fracture, a small piece of the bone is pulled off the main portion of the bone by a tendon or ligament. This type of fracture is the result of an injury in which the ankle rolls. Avulsion fractures are often overlooked when they occur with an ankle sprain. 
  • Jones fracture. Jones fractures occur in a small area of the fifth metatarsal that receives less blood and is therefore more prone to difficulties in healing. A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tine hairline break that occurs over time) or an acute (sudden) break. Jones fractures are caused by overuse, repetitive stress or trauma. They are less common and more difficult to treat than avulsion fractures. Other types of fractures can occur in the fifth metatarsal. Examples include midshaft fractures, which usually results from trauma or twisting, and fractures of the metatarsal head and neck. 
Symptoms
Avulstion and Jones fractures have the same signs and symptoms which include:
  • Pain, swelling and tenderness on the outside of the foot
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bruising
Diagnosis
Anyone who experiences any of the mention symptoms should schedule an evaluation with one of our Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. To properly diagnose, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim will request on site, digital x-rays to be taken during your evaluation at our office. Upon reviewing the x-rays with you, our physicians will then ask a series of questions about how the injury occurred or when the pain started. They will then discuss your treatment options with you based on your initial evaluation.

Nonsurgical Treatment
Our doctors will create a specific treatment plan for reach patient based on their symptoms and diagnosis. Many times, Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim will recommend the following nonsurgical treatments:
  • Rest: Stay off the injured foot to avoid further injury. No exercising, walking or any activities that require pressure to the injured foot.
  • Ice: Ice reduces inflammation and swelling. Our doctors recommend applying an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel to the site for 15-20 minutes/1-2 times a day.  
  • Compression: Your treatment plan may include compressing the area with an elastic wrap or soft cast to control swelling.
  • Elevation: When idle, the injured foot should be raised slightly above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
  • Immobilization: Depending on the severity of the injury, the foot will be immobilized with a hard cast, walker boot or soft cast and surgical shoe. We can do all casting and dispensing of necessary immobilization devices during a patient's initial evaluation.
  • Bone stimulation: A pain-free external device that is used to speed the healing of some fractures. 
When is Surgery Needed?
If the injury involves a displaced bone, multiple breaks or has failed to adequately heal, surgery may be required. As Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim will determine the type of procedure that is best suited for the individual patient based on their physical exam findings. Our doctors perform these surgeries as outpatient procedures at Amita Bolingbrook Hospital or Preferred Surgicenter in Orland Park.

Any time pain, swelling, difficulty walking or bruising occurs, an evaluation with a podiatrist is recommended. Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim are proud to serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen, Orland Park and all surrounding areas. Don't wait! Call (630) 863-7517 to schedule a visit with one of our podiatrists today. 
By Dr. Michelle Kim
February 15, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
The structure of the foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The foot consists of 28 bones, 19 of those being toe bones. Fractures of the toe bones are common and require evaluation by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim.

What is a Fracture?
A fracture is a break in the bone. One of the most common fractures is a bedpost fracture, which is a toe fracture.  Bedpost fractures get their name because they are typically caused by the accidental stubbing of the toe on a solid structure, such as a bedpost, desk or table. These types of fractures can be either displaced (the bone is broken in such a way it has changed position), or non-displaced (the bone is cracked, but remains in the same position).

Signs and symptoms of a bedpost fracture include:
  • You may hear a sounds at the time of the injury.
  • Pinpoint pain at the time the fracture occurs.
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe. 
  • Bruising and swelling around the injured area the next day.
Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim stress that the old saying "if you can walk on it, it's not broken" is just not true. Evaluation by one of our Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons is always recommended. 

Treatment of Toe Fractures
Many people believe that nothing can be done to treat the broken toe bone. This is typically not true. Treatment options for bedpost fractures may include:
  • Rest. Sometimes rest is all that is needed
  • Splinting. The toe may be fitting with a splint to keep it in a fixed position. 
  • Immobilization. Our doctors may recommend the use of a surgical shoe or walker boot. Being the one-stop-shop for all your podiatry needs, we carry these items on site at our office and can bill most insurance for these types of devices. 
  • Surgery. If the break is badly displaced or if the joint is affected, surgery may be necessary. Both Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 
Fractures should never be left untreated. If you experience any symptoms of a fracture, call our office to schedule an appointment. We will try to get you in for an evaluation with one of our doctors right away!
By DM Foot & Ankle Associates
February 12, 2019
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We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to one of our DMFA team members, Megan. As her co-workers and our patients know, Megan has a contagious smile and is always keeping things positive. We are proud to have her as part of our team. To celebrate Megan and get to know her a bit better, we’ve put together a few questions for her to answer:

 

Q: What is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?

A: Bahamas

 

Q: What are some small things that make your day better?

A: Making others smile

 

Q: Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

A: Lana Del Ray

 

Q: What TV show are you in to?

A: Grey’s Anatomy

 

Q: What do you like most about your family?

A: The unconditional love, encouragement and joy they bring into my life.

 

Team DMFA wishes you the happiest of birthdays, Megan. May all of life’s blessings be yours, on your birthday and always.

November 14, 2018
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects almost 26 million people all over the United States. We at DM Foot & Ankle Associates care about our patient’s overall health and want to help spread awareness on this disease that has affected so many among us. 

 

Did You Know?

  • Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin.

 

  •  About 1/3 of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.

 

  •  Type 2 diabetes often does not show any symptoms.

 

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults.

 

  • People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.

 

  • Total deaths from diabetes is projected to rise by more than 50% within the next 10 years.

 

  • Seeing a podiatrist reduces your risk of hospitalization associated with complications from diabetes.


 

Diabetes and Your Feet

There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes. Some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral artery disease or amputations. Common foot complications associated with diabetes include:

 

  • Neuropathy – Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs that can also be accompanied by pain.

 

  • Skin Changes - Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.

 

  • Foot Ulcers - Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If neglected, infections may occur which can lead to amputations. It is important

 

  • Poor circulation - Your foot is more susceptible to infections and it may be harder to heal with poor circulation. Smoking worsens circulation, but exercise helps!

 

If you or someone you know is diabetic, it is good measure and recommended by primary care physicians to be seen at least once a year by a podiatrist for a diabetic foot exam. Our doctors are proud to serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen and all surrounding areas. Call our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule your evaluation today!

 

 

 

 





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