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Posts for: February, 2014

Thanks to the famous, weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, and the fact that the Polar Vortex seems to keep sticking around, it seems winter might be here for a while. Whether you love the cold or are counting the days until spring, the chilly, dry temperatures may leaving you with dry skin on your hands or feet.

Just because it's not sandal weather, don't ignore your feet. Here are a few tips to take care of your skin during the dead of winter.

1. Avoid wet socks and gloves

Wet, snow-soaked socks and gloves are not only uncomfortable, but they can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores or eczema flare-ups. If you're left with damp socks after shoveling the driveway yet again this winter, be sure to change as quickly as possible or invest in a good pair of water-resistant boots.

 

2. Fire up the humidifier

During the winter, indoor heating systems and space heaters continually blow hot, dry air into offices and homes. Humidifiers can reverse the dryness by circulating more moisture in the air, which helps prevent skin from drying out. It's a good idea to have a few small humidifiers placed around the house to help distribute moisture evenly.

3. Treat your feet

Dry skin on the feet needs stronger moisturizing treatment during the winter. Look for lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine. If you need advice, just ask Dr. Michelle Kim or myself and we can recommend some products for you – many of which we provide in our Lemont  office. It's also a good idea to try exfoliants to scrub off dead skin from time to time – this helps any moisturizers sink in faster and deeper.

Should the skin on your feet be dry, cracked, or peeling, the doctors here can buff your skin and recommend the right products for your foot needs.

4. Ban extreme baths

A relaxing hot bath may sound great after coming in from the cold, but the heat of a hot shower or tub can result in moisture loss. Instead, opt for a warm bath and add oatmeal or baking soda if your skin is itchy.

5. Seek care from a specialist

While plenty of drug and discount stores sell moisturizers and products for dry skin on the feet, a podiatrist or one of our staff members at DM Foot and Ankle can help direct you toward products that are specifically geared toward your problems and skin type. All you have to do is ask – we're happy to help!

By Diana Emini


By Diana Emini
February 10, 2014
Category: sports injuries

Sports fans around the world have likely been watching the Winter Olympics unfold in Sochi, Russia. And as the games progress, there's sure to be plenty of action – from skiing to bobsledding to hockey.

But perhaps one of the most popular events is figure skating. Although many fans were looking forward to seeing reigning men's gold medalist (and Naperville native) Evan Lysacek compete again, he announced in December that he isn't taking part in the games because of a hip injury.

Although it's full of grace and beauty, Lysacek's situation shows skating can be hard on the body, including the feet and ankles. Whether you're gliding across the ice for fun at a local rink or are serious about the sport, here are just a few ways it can harm the feet:

  • Bunions. This is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Basically, the bones change position and cause the big toe joint to dislocate. Over time, the bony bump can get bigger and crowd the smaller toes. According to usfigureskating.org, bunions are noted in up to 57 percent of skaters.

  • Hammertoes: This is a buckling of the toe joints. This can give a toe a curled or claw-like appearance and also come with pain or swelling. U.S. Figure Skating's website says this is found in 18 percent of skaters – the toes curl to try holding the shoe or skate on the foot.

  • Plantar fasciitis: The band stretching from the heel bone to the toes, the plantar fascia, supports the arch and absorbs shock. When it get irritated, it can create stabbing or burning pain under the heel.

    Whether you skate competitively or just for fun. Here are a few tips to avoid injury:

  • Always warm up to stretch so your muscles aren't stiff on the ice

  • Make sure to have proper instruction and training before you try anything on skates

  • Wear proper clothing and don't forget to tie back long hair. Avoid jewelry and baggy clothes.

  • Don't skate if you're already suffering from an injury.

  • Seek medical care if you suffer from pain or an injury.

We hope you stay safe on the ice this winter, but if you suffer from an injury, call us at DM Foot and Ankle. Dr. Michelle Kim and I can see urgent cases same-day in our Lemont office. Stay safe and enjoy cheering for Team USA during the Olympics!

By Diana Emini