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!
The celebration continues! As promised, here are another 10 questions we had Dr. Michelle Kim answer as part of our 10 year anniversary celebration!
Dr. Kim's 10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years!
Q #1 - What's your favorite way to spend a weekend?
A #1 - Hanging out with the kids and doing fun activities.
Q #2 - What type of music are you into?
A #2 - I like all kinds of music, however, dance music is my favorite.
Q #3 - What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?
A #3 - I enjoy reading and writing. I was always a big bookwork and would spend hours in the library.
Q #4 - What was your favorite age growing up?
A #4 - Being the oldest child, I was always in a hurry to grow up. I think 22 is the prime age to be!
Q #5 -What was the last thing you read?
A #5 - Crazy Rich Asians
Q #6 - Would you say you're more of an extrovert or an introvert?
A #6 - Introvert
Q #7 - What's your favorite thing about your current job?
A #7 - I love hearing all of my patient's life experiences.
Q #8 - Who do you admire most in the world?
A #8 - I admire both my parents and especially my mom who raise my brother and I so selflessly and still helps out to his day.
Q #9 - If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A #9 - It used to be reading minds, mostly because I'm very interested in seeing what people are thinking. But, I have changed this answer now to be the power of healing.
Q #10 - If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?
A #10 - I'd be an eagle so I can fly around the world.
DM Foot and Ankle Associates is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this October! As part of our celebration, we’ve put together 10 questions for our doctors to answer so you can get to know the leaders of the pack a bit better.
Dr. Emini’s 10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years!
Q #1 - What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?
A #1 - Relaxing in the backyard with a good book.
Q #2 - If you found out today was your last day on Earth, what would you do?
A #2 - Spend it with my husband and boys.
Q #3 - What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?
A #3 - I like to make my own soap, lotions and potions. My son has sensitive skin, so I wanted something “clean” for him to use.
Q #4 - What’s your favorite thing about being a podiatrist?
A #4 - Connecting with my patients and helping them to feel better.
Q #5 - What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
A #5 - Starting our practice from scratch and watching it grow!
Q #6 - If you could do anything besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?
A #6 - Cosmetic dermatology, jeweler or interior design
Q #7 - If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?
A #7 - Panther
Q #8 - What type of music are you into?
A #8 - I love almost all types music. What I listen to depends on the mood I am in and the activity I am doing – working out, I like upbeat dance music. For relaxing, I like instrumental piano songs like from Max Richter.
Q #9 - What was the best vacation you ever took and why?
A #9 - I have been lucky enough to go on some amazing trips - ever since Dr. Kim told me I need to expand my travel horizons beyond Mexico. They have all been special and I don't know if I can pick just one, but if I had to it would be Paris - for food, history and culture.
Q #10 - What would be the title of your memoir?
A #10 - Where My Feet Have Led Me
Like getting to know our doctors better? Stay tuned for Dr. Kim’s questionnaire answers to be posted soon!
Bunions can be unsightly, painful and in some cases even debilitating. But, did you know that your footwear choices play a big role in whether you experience the bunion blues? The shoes you wear may be aggravating your feet which may already be prone to developing a bunion.
The tight toe box in many of the popular styles such as peep toe heels, pointed toes, and flats can really aggravate your bunions! The toe box that these types of shoes have are known to crunch the toes together and may lead to a slight to severe realignment of the big toe causing a bunion or irritation to an already apparent bunion.
By wearing any heel that is higher than 2 inches you are shifting your body weight forward, and in return, putting incredible pressure on the balls of your feet and your toes. The extra pressure really adds up and can sometimes be even as high as seven times the normal amount of stress, causing even more discomfort when it comes to your bunion.
If you already suffer from low arches, you are unfortunately more prone to developing a bunion. A ballet flat type of shoe usually offers little to no arch support and can worsen your low arch and increase your chances of having a bunion. These types of shoes may feel more comfortable than heels but can be just as aggravating when it comes to a bunion.
A trendy shoe does not always mean that it is a smart shoe! In fact, many shoes these days are made more for style than they are for comfort and support. If you’re looking for leads on which shoe gear is best for your foot type, ask your DM Foot and Ankle podiatrist next time you’re in! We have a list of shoes our doctors have approved we will be happy to provide you with.
If you have changed your shoes and your bunions are still causing you pain, it’s time to call (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment and see what the best treatment option for you may be. Dr. Kim and Dr. Emini are both board certified in foot surgery and can correct your bunion deformity with minimal pain and downtime!
Many people suffer from bunions. Bunions are one of the most common foot ailments our podiatrists treat. Although men do suffer from bunions, women are much more likely to develop this type of foot deformity.
What is a bunion?
So, what is it? A bunion is a "bump" on the outer edge of your big toe and forms when bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. This misplaced bone or tissue will force the big toe to bend inward towards the others, causing a lump of bone on the foot to protrude outward causing that area to become sore. The joint where the lump forms carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, therefore, if a bunion is left untreated this area may become stiff or extremely painful for a person.
There is no one specific cause of bunions, but you can start by blaming genetics. Bunions tend to run in families and are caused by the foot type that is passed down from one generation to the next. If flat feet, low arches, arthritis or inflammatory joint disease can be used to describe your foot, you could develop a bunion.
Genetics aren't the only culprit, as footwear can play a role in bunion formation too! Shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to squeeze together can also be to blame. This is why women are more prone to forming bunions than men.
Who can help?
We can! Our podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle are true experts when it comes to treating bunions both surgically and non-surgically. If you have a bunion and want to know where you stand, the best first step is to call our office at (630) 863-7517 and schedule an appointment to have one of our doctors evaluate it, take x-rays and discuss the best treatment option for you. We treat feet of all sizes and proudly serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen, Orland Park and all surrounding communities!
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.