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By DM Foot & Ankle Associates
September 12, 2018
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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.

Causes

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!

By Dr. Sarah Matouk
March 20, 2018
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Almost every move in basketball relies on our feet.  Basketball is a high-impact and physically demanding sport, and our feet are the foundation of any basketball players' game; whether it's running up and down the court, landing a free throw or a jump shot, our feet and ankles take a beating. Many injuries are from overuse to specific parts of our feet and ankles, or sudden trauma or fracture from the high demands of the game.  Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we can provide you with the knowledge, treatment and management of existing foot problems, exacerbated problems, or new ones that may arise. 

Many of the pains and injuries sustained in basketball can be helped and prevented by proper conditioning.  Stretching before and after playing, and weight lifting to strengthen the lower body muscles can help to reduce the likelihood of chronic and repetitive injuries. Every good exercise routine needs the proper support of our feet, which means finding the right shoes.

Shoes can go a long way in preventing sore or injured feet in basketball.  The appropriate pair can help prevent ankle, foot, knee, leg and even hip and back pain.  Shoes provide proper stability, flexibility and shock absorption, but remember, not every shoe was created equally.  Athletes need the right shoe to handle the high demands of the specific game.  Basketball footwear has a high cut designs to assist with ankle stability while jumping and side to side actions. Everyone has a unique foot shape, and sometimes shoes alone are not enough to support the athlete.  A custom pair of orthotics will help to distribute body weight evenly, and correct any abnormalities in your feet, such as flat feet. 

At DM Foot and Ankle, we understand that not every basketball players feet are the same, but the love for the game is.  We cater our treatment protocol to you as an athlete.  Treatments may include shoe counseling, prescription orthotics, exercises and taping of the foot and ankle, training regiments to strengthen foot and ankle muscles and tendons, and even surgery in acute injury or severe cases.  Seek a consultation off or during the season, and let us help you play your best!

 

 

Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we are continually striving to improve patient care by stating up to date with medical advancements. 

We are proud to introduce our newest services, the EPAT treatment and Amniofix injections.

What is EPAT?

The EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activiation Technology. EPAT is an innovative, non-invasive way to treat pain. 

EPAT is used to treat:

  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Tendinitis in the foot or ankle
  • Any ligament/tendon pain that is not responding to conventional treatments

The success rate of EPAT is equal to or greater than traditional methods, including surgery. However, EPAT leaves out the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time of surgery. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment. Maximal effects can take about 4 weeks or longer. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have a significant reuction in pain.

What is AmnioFix?

AmnioFix is an injection that is safely derived from human amniotic membrane and comes in a mivronized powder form. AmnioFix treats micro-tears in soft tissue helping reduce inflammation and scare tissue formation while enhancing the healing process. 

AmnioFix Sports Med Injections are used to treat:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Soft tissue injuries

Amniofix is a great option if you have been unresponsive to conservative treatments as it reduces your need for surgical intervention.

While both treatments shoe excellent results when used alone, we recommend using the two treatments cohesively when applicable for optimal results. By doing so, the Amniofix injection stimulate stem cells while the EPAT promotes your body to heal on its own. 

Contact us at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with your DMFA physcian today to discuss these treatment options and the benefits they provide. 

 

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.

By Dr. Michelle Kim
February 02, 2018
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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!





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