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Posts for: September, 2013

With the Bank Of America Chicago Marathon just weeks away and the weather warm enough for outdoor activity, our physicians, Dr. Michelle Kim and Dr. Diana Emini, spent a recent Saturday at New Balance in Oak Brook doing foot screenings.

There, staff at DM Foot and Ankle Associates got to meet locals and talk about their foot and ankle problems.

We saw a variety of foot problems that day, including bunions.

This is one of the most common big toe problems – basically, it's an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.

There are a few causes, including:

Heredity: If parents and grandparents have bunions, there's a chance children will develop them at an earlier age.

 

Improper shoes: Squeezing your foot into a shoe with a pointy toe can increase the risk, as can high heels – which force the toes into the front of the shoes when they can get crowded.

 

Arthritis: The pain from arthritis can change the way a person walks, making sufferers more likely to get bunions.

 

Some of the symptoms include:

 

* Swelling or soreness around the big toe joint

 

* A bump on the outside base of the big toe

 

* Difficultly fitting into shoes

 

* Regular or occasional pain in the big toe joint

 

* Limited movement of the big toe joint

 

In addition, treatments can vary.

 

*Changing shoes: Roomy, comfy footwear should be worn. A square versus a pointy shoe gives the toes more room.

 

* Padding and strapping: There are devices that can keep the joint and toe in a more normal place and cut down on stress and pressure

 

* Medication or cortisone shots to reduce and inflammation and pain

 

*Orthotics: Shoe inserts that can spread pressure more evenly when you move your feet, which can reduce bunion symptoms and prevent it from getting worse.

 

* Surgery. There are a number of surgical options. The cause of the bunion and other health factors play into which type of surgery may be needed.

 

We here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates welcomed the opportunity to talk to people during the foot screen event.

 

We wanted to offer our services for those who may feel reluctant to seek out care,” Dr. Emini said. “Pain is never normal and should not be ignored.”


 

By Diana Emini


Think back five years ago to 2008 – Barack Obama was elected president, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race and moviegoers rushed to see the first "Twilight" movie with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart on the big screen.

For Lemont Podiatrists Dr. Michelle Kim and Dr. Diana Emini October 2008 marked a big event for these ladies as well: DM Foot and Ankle Associates opened for business.

 

During the past five years we've always tried looking for ways to grow and show our appreciation to our patients. On September 1, we started offering a special promotion to our patients -- and one person will take home a brand-new iPad mini as a result!

Details of Promotion

 

Date of Promotion: 9/1/13 to 11/30/13

 

Guidelines: DM Foot and Ankle patients who refer a new patient to the practice will have their name entered into a raffle. There will be one ticket entered for each new person referred. Those who refer several patients have multiple chances to win!

 

Where’s the Drawing: The raffle will take place at our office during a

Patient Appreciation Party

 

Where: DM Foot & Ankle Associate:

14236 McCarthy Road

Lemont, IL 60439

 

When: Friday, December 6

 

Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

 

*** The party is FREE and will include complimentary food and drinks. All patients are invited to stop by to say hello and get the chance to chat with members of our Team.

 

Prizes

 

Grand-Prize: An iPad Mini

 

Other prizes include:

Manicure/Pedicure

Gift cards to Starbucks and Target

 

For more information, call our office at (630) 863-7517 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

It's been a fantastic opportunity to serve members of the Lemont community for the past five year, and we look forward to continuing to help patients with their foot and ankle needs in the future.

 

By Michelle Kim