Posts for: December, 2013
Let's face it, the weather has been near-Arctic (remember those single-digit temps during the recent Bears-Cowboys game at Soldier Field?) And you're probably not going to hit North Avenue Beach anytime soon. But even when you are swaddled in Uggs and slippers, you still need to take measures to avoid toenail fungus.
Even during the cold months, fungi can invade your skin.
Here are a few daily habits that can go a long way in preventing fungus and other infections on the feet:
Carefully wash and dry your feet every day, and dry them completely after a bath or shower. Be sure to pay careful attention to the area between the toes. Foot powders, deodorants and soaks can reduce moisture and balance the pH of your skin.
Change socks daily. Try socks with Dri-Max fiber to wick away sweat or antimicrobial socks with silver and copper.
Switch shoes so you don't wear the same pair every day. Try shoes made of breathable materials such as leather or canvas. Disinfect your shoes each day with sprays or UV lighting.
Beware of bare feet. Wear flip-flops in public places such as pools or locker rooms – never go barefoot. And don't forget to disinfect these shoes as well.
Polishes and pedicures: Nails need to breathe, so keeping them constantly polished means a fungal infection could flourish. We suggest keeping nails bare or using anti-fungal polish (our nail tech uses this in the mani-pedis offered at our office. Our nail treatments are designed to avoid the spread of fungus or infections!) When getting pedicures, whirpool tubs should cleaned with medical-grade disinfectant and instruments should be properly sterilized (we follow these guidelines with our pedicures as well.)
Remember, a fungal toenail can take up to a year to grow out after treatment. At DM Foot and Ankle, Dr. Michelle Kim and I help many patients with fungal nails – we offer a top-of-the-line laser with a success rate of 85 percent, a figure that's much higher than that of topical or oral treatments.
If you suspect you have a fungal nail, don't keep hiding your feet. Call our office and we will be happy to start you on a path to having fungus-free feet.
Thanks to all our patients who made it to for our Patient Appreciation Party last Friday at our office in Lemont! In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the events of the day:
Dr. Kim begins brewing a special holiday drink of warm, mulled apple cider.
: The DM Foot & Ankle team begins setting up decorations, food and drinks -- including the cider.
: One of our medical assistants, Jennifer, sets out her homemade goodies of salted-caramel brownies and leche flan. The rest of the staff immediately begins drooling.
: Patients begin to arrive and start noshing on Portillo’s Italian beef, salad and mostaccioli. Catered wraps, cupcakes, and veggies and dip complete the meal.
: Raffle time! The first raffle is drawn and prizes are given to patients. Raffles are drawn every 15 to 20 minutes and various gifts are distributed.
: The place is a full house! The staff, Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim talk and mingle with everyone. Medical assistant Joel becomes a paparozzo – taking digital photos of all the action.
: Time for the grand finale! Our office manager, Kristy; medical assistant Lisa, front desk staffer Richelle and marketer Erinn take turns drawing winners for our referral contest (patients who referrered friends or family from September to November got their names in the raffle.) Congratulations to Camille G., the winner of a brand new iPad mini!
: Party cleanup is done, and the staff begins dancing around the office.
We hope everyone who came had a merry time. We truly enjoy and appreciate our patients!
The Chicago area's infamous winter weather may be upon us, but that doesn't mean locals have to stay indoors to exercise. The Lemont Park District is sponsoring it's annual Frigid 5K race , providing good motivation to run three miles in the chilly outdoors.
Whether you're running the Frigid 5K, hitting treadmills at the Core fitness center or keeping in shape elsewhere, it's important to wear proper shoes while you run.
After all, during jogging or running, there are 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments working together.
Because of the force placed on the legs, ankles and feet during a run, your jogging shoes need to offer cushioning for shock absorption. Don't just pick a pair based on color – you need to select footwear designed for the shape of your foot and your natural foot structure or inclination.
There are three basic foot types:
· Pronators have feet where the archrolls inward excessively. People with this foot type need motion-control shoes that offer support in the mid-foot. Runners with this foot type should look for sturdy uppers for added stability with a reinforced heel counter to maintain foot support and stability.
· Supinators have feet with higher than normal arches, which can lead to underpronation and places too much weight on the outside of the foot. Runners with this foot type need shoes designed for extra shock absorption and often have a curved or semi-curved last. Look for shoes that are reinforced around the ankle and heel to stabilize the foot and provide extra cushioning under the ball of the foot.
· People with normal feet can wear any type of running shoe, although a curved last is generally preferred.
As you run, let your body be your guide so you don't overstrain your legs, ankles and feet – Dr. Michelle Kim and I see this among some of our patients at DM Foot and Ankle. If you develop recurring or increasing aches or pains from running or other sports, contact our office and we'll help pinpoint the problem so you can stay active and prevent more serious injury or long-term damage to your feet.