Posts for: November, 2014
If you’re looking for a great way to run off that turkey dinner tomorrow, search no further! It has become a tradition for many cities around the United States to host marathons or “turkey trots” around Thanksgiving. At DM Foot & Ankle, we are big fans of these marathons, as well as our marathon runners! We advise all runners to take precautionary measures to ensure a good run and to avoid injury!
A few of the most common problems that we see with runners at DM Foot & Ankle are things such as Athlete's Foot, which is the most common fungal infection in the world. We also see Corns and Calluses, which are the thickening of skin in areas on your feet as a result of pressure. Another common problem is Achilles Tendinitis, when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.Those who run for long periods of time on hard surfaces, such as concrete, sometimes have Shin Splints, which is pain in the shin and lower leg. We also see people with pain in the heel and arch that is called Plantar Fasciitis, that is caused by inflammation along the ligament on the bottom of the foot.
Most of the problems above can be avoided by proper foot care, hygiene, and by wearing the right running shoes. Proper shoe gear can help to ease the discomfort or avoid the problem altogether. So, here are a few tips on shoe gear from Dr. Emini and I!
Tips for Running Shoes
- Buy two pairs of running shoes and rotate them on a daily basis
- Replace your shoes every 400 miles or 1 to 2 times a year
- Make sure to use clean socks & keep your feet dry
- A stability running shoe works for most foot types
- Custom orthotics can help those with the above pains
Dr. Emini and I, along with the staff here at DM Foot & Ankle, want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with lots of laughs and turkey! We also want to wish good luck to all of the marathon runners! If you want more information about running and your feet, be sure to check out our Pinterest - Running Board for shoe tips, motivation and more!
Some marathons happening this weekend around the Chicagoland area:
Grant Park Turkey Trot 5k Edison Park Turkey Trot
Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago Orland Park Turkey Trot
North Shore Turkey Trot 5k & 10k Rotary Run 3.14 Pie
Bonfield Express 5k Evanston Flying Turkey 5k
Here at DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Kim and I believe in more than just healthy feet, we believe in maintaining a well balanced and healthy lifestyle. We understand that it is essential to form habits that are going to bring about positive effects on your life and promote healthy living. Practicing regular exercise, maintaining a nutritious diet, and managing stress are important in achieving this positive lifestyle. We support these types of practices, but we also acknowledge that there are habits that are detrimental to our health and the health of those around us. For this reason, we support The Great American Smokeout.
The Great American Smokeout
Every year on the third Thursday of November, American smokers are encouraged to become quitters. It is a day that marks a new beginning for some and the start of a long journey to the end of addiction for others. The American Cancer Society developed this event to challenge smokers and help them to become aware of the resources available to them during this process.
Smoking and Your Feet
At DM Foot & Ankle, we see the harmful effects that smoking can have on feet. Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a fatty plaque buildup in the arteries, causing narrowing of blood vessels and reduced blood flow to limbs. The effect of PAD is often worse in the arteries leading to the feet. Pain, cramping, and numbness while walking or with activities are some common symptoms. In severe cases, PAD can cause poor wound healing and ultimately lead to gangrene and amputation. Smoking is the main risk factor for PAD, with smokers being four times more likely to develop the condition.
How to Quit
If you have made the decision to quit – we applaud you. Here is a list, provided by the American Cancer Society (http://ow.ly/EqNi0), to help you along during your process:
- Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
- Stop-Smoking groups
- Nicotine Replacement Products
- Prescription Medicine to lessen cravings
- Guide books
- Encouragement and support from family and friends
If you or someone you know struggles with a smoking addiction, be sure to check out or pass on this information. By doing so you are taking steps towards a healthy, happy lifestyle. At DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Kim and I are here to help keep you on your feet along the way!
By: Diana Emini
"To The Veterans of the United States of America: Thank you, for the cost you paid for our freedom, thank you for the freedom to live in safety and pursue happiness, for freedom of speech, and for all the freedoms that we daily take for granted.”
Sara Niles, Torn From the Inside Out
Veteran’s Day annually falls on November 11th and marks an important day of honoring our veterans for their loyalty, hard work, and willingness to serve their country. We take time to celebrate the sacrifice and achievements of millions of Americans who have served and protected our nation both in times of peace, and war.
While this day is most dear to us, November brings to light another topic that affects millions of Americans and Veterans alike, Diabetes. American Diabetes Month is a time of raising awareness of the issues surrounding diabetes, as well as highlighting the people that this disease impacts. While Veterans Day and diabetes awareness are both very different topics, during this month it is important to realize how they relate and why feet are such an important factor.
How do they relate?
According to the American Diabetes Association, right now, 5.5 Million Veterans receive VA (Veteran’s Health Administration) health care services. Out of those 5.5 million veterans, every 1 out of 4 has diabetes.
What does this have to do with feet?
There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes, some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral arterial disease or amputations.
Here are some common problems associated with diabetes:
Neuropathy: Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs as well as pain.
Skin Changes: Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.
Foot Ulcers: Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers on the sides of the foot are usually due to poorly fitting shoes.
Poor Circulation: Blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden
How can DMFA help?
Here at the DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Emini and I offer comprehensive and healthy foot treatments for the different complications that may occur with diabetes. We schedule annual foot examinations, in which we observe and treat overall health of patient’s skin, circulation, nerves, and foot structure. For neuropathic feet, we cut toenails safely and take care of calluses, which can ulcerate if left untreated. In terms of foot protection, we have 3 different lines of diabetic shoes (approved by Medicare) that help protect the feet with extra thickness in the soles. We offer all of these services and many more! Make sure to call our office with any questions or to schedule a foot exam if you are having problems like the ones mentioned above.
Be sure to help raise awareness of diabetes this month, and to thank each and every one of the veterans in your life!
BY: Michelle Kim
Pumpkin Spice Lattes, football games, and piles of colorful leaves everywhere…Boot weather is finally upon us! Fall took a while to get here this year but winter is quickly on its tail. This means that it’s about time to go shopping for some new boots! Unfortunately, many people will be buying the wrong shoes this winter. Before you go out shopping for your new stylish booties or your heavy duty snow boots make sure you take a look at our six tips for finding the perfect boot for you!
1. Always buy for your bigger foot. I know ladies hate this one, but it’s important to have your feet measured to find shoes that will fit both of your feet comfortably. Nine out of ten women are currently wearing shoes that are too small for them. This can lead to a plethora of problems including bunions, hammertoes, calluses and more.
2. Make sure your foot has arch support. A cushioned-soled boot with sturdy support is important for your foot. A well built shoe normally has a removable liner that can be replaced by orthotics or arch supports.
3. Shop at the end of the day. Your feet will have swollen and measure more true to your size if you go boot shopping later in the day.
4. Don’t buy a flimsy shoe. Invest in a good pair of boots that fits right and will last a long time. Only the front third should bend up. The rear two-thirds of the shoe should be strong and unable to bend or twist.
5. Wear the right socks. Make sure to wear the same type and thickness of socks that you normally wear when shopping at the store.
6. Don’t let your feet get wet! The material of your boot is just as important as the way it fits. If you are buying a snow boot make sure that it’s waterproof. Keeping your feet dry will ensure that there’s no room for fungus to grow.
At DM Foot & Ankle we focus on educating people on the prevention of foot problems, as well as treating feet that have been abused by years of unhealthy footwear.Dr. Kim and I can fit you for custom orthotics that will give your foot the support it needs. We also treat things such as Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis),Fungal Nails, Bunions, Hammertoes, and Calluses that can be caused by wearing improper shoe gear. Stop in to get your feet checked and to learn more about keeping your feet healthy! Now go pick out your perfect winter boot!
BY: Diana Emini