Posts for: April, 2014

Many sports fans have been glued to the TV this week watching the NHL hockey playoffs and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks as they try  winning their third Stanley Cup since 2010.

As a result of living so close to a championship-winning team, many kids across Lemont and beyond may have been prompted to pick up the sport in recent years.

Hockey has exploded in popularity. According to USA Hockey – the national governing body for youth ice hockey in the U.S. -- national membership stood at 195,125 players in 1990-91. Last season, its membership jumped to 510,270.

As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Diana Emini and I see plenty of kids with sports injuries in our Lemont office, and hockey is no exception.

According to Podiatry Today, hockey injuries fall into two categories -- high speed, low mass injuries from by a puck or stick that lead to contusions, lacerations and concussions. Then there are the low speed, high mass injuries caused by collisions with bodies or boards that usually result in sprains and fractures.

Injuries to the lower extremities account for roughly 27 percent of all hockey injuries, with 11 percent of those happening in the foot.

Meanwhile, among kids between the ages of 11 and 14, the injury rate is about one per 100 hours of playing time. Among players aged 18 to 21, the rate of injury is one per 11 hours of play. And in case you were wondering, pro players suffer injuries at a rate of one per seven hours of play – likely because of the intensity.

When it comes to hockey, sprains and strains are the most common type of injuries. In many cases, the best immediate treatment consists of R.I.C.E., which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

In addition, hockey can lead to the following:

  • Achilles tendinitis (When the tendon that connects the back of the leg to the heel becomes swollen and painful.)
  • Achilles tendon rupture (An injury to the back of the lower leg. If overstretched, the Achilles tendon can tear completely or partially. )
  • Blisters

If you or someone in your family is suffering from a sports injury, call of office get started on your way back to health. Pain is never normal, and we can get many patients into our office within a day or two.

Stay safe as you play, and go  Hawks!

By Michelle Kim

Warmer weather has finally arrived, and we here at DM Foot and Ankle couldn’t be happier! After a long winter, we know lots of people in and around Lemont are looking forward to getting outdoors and being active on their feet.

With the Boston Marathon taking place Monday, April 21, we wanted to share information about a few races that are closer to home this spring and summer. As podiatrists, Dr. Michelle Kim and I treat lots of runners for heel pain, foot fractures or ankle sprains. We love seeing our patients stay active, but don’t forget to take care of your feet by wearing proper running shoes (we have a list of brands we recommend – just call or visit our Lemont office!) Also, don’t hesitate to call us if you are suffering from pain or an injury – we can even get patients in same-day!

Here’s a look at just a few races the area has to offer:

The Glo Run – May 3, Chicago –Those who register for this after-dark run (start time is 8:15 p.m. at 1100 S. Columbus Drive,) jog a three-mile course that includes flashing lights and running under inflatable lit arches and tunnels while wearing “glo gear” such as light-up-the-night necklaces and body paint.

First Midwest Half Marathon and 10K-- May 4, Palos Park: The half offers a fast, flat course, $5,000 in cash prizes and medals for all finishers. Since 2008, the race has raised more than $150,000 for the American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer and Research, the South West Special Recreation Association and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Quarryman Challenge -- May 10, Lemont --The 10 mile and 5K races start and finish in downtown Lemont and takes runners through the town’s scenic, hilly, historic neighborhoods. Hand-crafted “piece of the rock” awards made from local quarry stone are handed to the top three men’s and women’s finishers and winners in each age group.

Fleet Feet Sports Solider Field 10-Mile – May 24, Chicago – The 11th running of this 10-mile race takes place Memorial Day weekend. Finishers start outside Solider Field, run along Lake Michigan and finish by sprinting across the football stadium’s 50-yard line.

Bacon Chase 5K and 0.05K – June 6, Chicago:This new 5K race at Montrose Beach benefits St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Runners can choose the standard 3.1-mile course,  dubbed the "Piggy Pilgrimage," or there’s a much shorter option -- a .05K course measuring 164 feet called the "Blitz to Bacon."  Registration includes all-you-can-eat bacon at the finish line and bacon bits along the course. There’s a free bloody Mary and a bacon-scented race bib.

By Diana Emini

By Michelle Kim
April 11, 2014
Category: proper footwear

If you're a mom or dad who's not heard about Reddit – an entertainment, social networking and news website where registered members submit content – just ask your kids.


Recently, the site gave us older folks some insight into young minds by asking: “teens of Reddit, what’s cool nowadays?” Within hours, more than 14,000 people replied.


The list of what's hip has made news since then, and it covers a range of topics. In case you're wondering what teens think is trendy, the list includes the Disney movie “Frozen,” “hating on Facebook,” E-cigarettes (the controversial alternative to traditional smokes;) photo-and-video-sharing sites Vine and Instagram and“being smart.”


As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we were happy to see that certain footwear also made the list of what's cool. No. 12 on the survey was Ray-ban sunglasses, Doc Martens boots and Converse sneakers.


While plenty of parents likely laced up a pair of Docs in high school or college (and may still have a pair of Chucks in their closet today,) these shoes meet some of the guidelines that Dr. Diana Emini and I advise patients to follow when they visit our Lemont office.


We recommend flat shoes with a heel height of one inch or less – they are the healthiest for your feet.

We also favor laced versus slip-on shoes because they provide a more secure fit and can better accommodate insoles, orthotic devices and braces.


In addition, we tell patients to look for shoes with soles that are shock-absorbing and skid resistant, such as rubber, rather than smooth leather, as well as shoes made of soft material that has some give.


After all, the Reddit list says being smart is cool, and no matter what your age, those who take care of their feet by looking for sturdy, safe footwear will hopefully avoid pain, injuries or damage.


Call our office if you need advice on picking the right shoes. Even if it didn't make the Reddit list, being healthy and making smart choices about your shoes is definitely cool, too.


By Michelle Kim

Winter may have been marked by repeat visits from the Polar Vortex, but now that spring has arrived, the constant snow is likely to be replaced by rain. After all, that old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” had to come from somewhere.


When the weather is wet, it's important to keep your feet warm and dry. Not only are wet shoes and socks uncomfortable, but damp feet can lead to fungal problems such as Athlete's Foot. And since April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, it's a perfect time to remember the importance of foot care.


A great – and fashionable -- way to care for your feet during damp days is by investing in a good pair of rain boots. Some companies – Hunter is just one example – make removable fleece rain boot liners for chilly spring days.


If you are in the market for rain boots this spring, here are a few tips to keep in mind:


  • Comfort is key. Rain boots can be cute, but don't sacrifice comfort -- especially if you're planning to wear the boots for a good amount of time or walk long distances. It's especially important that the boots keep you warm and dry, don't hurt your feet and provide support.


  • Don't forget size. Rain boots that fit the feet may be too tight or too big around the calves. In those cases, see if the boot can be adjusted around the leg. Don't forget to try on boots with socks to make sure they fit well and are comfortable for walking. There are also plenty of styles of rain boots that end below the calf for those who prefer a shorter boot option.


  • Quality counts. Rain boots come in a variety of colors, styles and prices. Choose one that's good quality and seems to be long-lasting and weatherproof enough to withstand puddles and showers.


As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Michelle Kim and I see how ill-fitting shoes can lead to injuries and foot damage. Call our Lemont office or make an appointment if you need help choosing rain boots or any other type of shoe. We also offer inserts that can give your boots extra support.


Enjoy the warmer weather and stay dry when showers strike!


By Diana Emini