Posts for: May, 2015
With summer around the corner, everybody wants their feet to be in tip top shape! Unfortunately, foot fungus can be unsightly and a pain to deal with. If you have thick, yellowish-brown, chipped, or foul smelling toenails-then you may have foot fungus. It affects about 30 million Americans and can have serious consequences, especially for the elderly, diabetics, and individuals with immune deficiencies. The good thing is there is a quick and painless treatment available! While oral and topical treatments have a low clearance rate, laser is proven to be the least invasive and most effective treatment option with a high clearance rate! Here are some common questions about our laser:
Q: Who performs the procedure?
A: Either Dr.Emini or Dr.Kim will personally perform your laser treatment, provide recommendations post-treatment, and monitor your long term progress.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: The procedure can be performed in our office in as little as 15 minutes.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: There is minimal pain associated with the gentle laser light during or after your treatment. The laser does not harm healthy tissue or affect your activity in any way. No anesthesia and no injections are required.
Q: Is there a recovery period?
A: No, the treatment does not harm you in any way. You will be able to put on your shoes and walk out of the office just as well as you walked in.
Q: What does the procedure cost?
A: Each patient is dealt with on an individual basis depending on the severity of your condition. Call our office to get an assessment today!
Fungal Toenails are not something to wait on. Fungus is contagious and can easily spread to other nails, causing further damage. If you think that you have fungal toenails then it is important to get them treated immediately and have clear, healthy nails in no time!
Since it is National Fitness Health Month, it is important to be aware of how fitness affects your feet! The average person walks 10,000 steps per day. That is a lot of stress and pressure put on your feet, for this reason, it is important to have the right kind of shoes to support your feet throughout the day. There are different shoes for different activities, so it is important to choose shoes that are right for the type of exercise, sport, or activity that you are participating in!
The American Podiatric Medical Association stresses the importance of foot care in exercising. People don't realize the tremendous pressure that is put on their feet while exercising. For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on his feet when running three miles. Shoes that don't fit properly or provide adequate support, lack of stretching, and improper gait can lead to foot injuries or pain.
But before you can shop for the best shoe for your foot, you need to identify the natural inclination of your foot and gait. There are three basic foot types:
- Pronators are people with relatively flat feet, caused by low arches, which generally leads to overpronation, or a gait in which the ankle rolls inward excessively. People with this foot type need motion control shoes that offer support for mid-foot. Motion-control shoes are more rigid and built on a straight last. Also look for a reinforced heel counter to maintain foot support and stability.
- Supinators are people with high arches, which can lead to underpronation that places too much weight on the outsides of the feet. People with this foot type need stability shoes designed for extra shock absorption and often having a curved or semi-curved last. Also look for shoes that are reinforced around the ankle and heel to stabilize the foot and extra cushioning under the ball of the foot.
- People with normal feet can wear any type of walking shoe, although a curved last is generally preferred.
Here at DM Foot & Ankle, we encourage you to have an active lifestyle that incorporates the proper footwear and healthy feet!
Any athlete knows that the shoes you wear are an important part of your gear. Shoes can impact your performance as an athlete, which is why it’s extremely important to pick the right type of shoe for the sport that you play.
If you are a basketball player, it is important that you wear shoes that have dense, abrasion resistant soles that are low to the ground for better traction and support. Since ankle sprains are a common injury in basketball, it is important to wear shoes that have high ankle construction to support the ankle during quick changes in direction.
For baseball players, athletic shoes should have a roomy toe box that give your toes enough room to wiggle, but look for a snug heel to help keep your foot stable. Inadequate stretching, improper shoes, and repeated motions lead to the most common foot problems that occur among baseball players, such as achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, stress fractures, ankle sprains, and bone fractures. Remember to replace your baseball shoes after 70 to 75 hours of active wear. If wearing cleats, be sure to give yourself time to adjust to cleats by wearing them on the designated surface.
Soccer players should be sure that their cleats feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, or firm. Also, the shoes should not have more than a half inch of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe (According to studies from APMA).
For football and lacrosse players it is important to have high ankle support for quick foot movements. It is also important to allow for proper traction on a grassy field, in both wet and dry conditions. This will largely help to prevent injury.
Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface. If you are injured during sports, don’t ignore your pain, be sure to get you feet checked out so you can keep performing at your absolute best.
Summer is almost here in Chicago and that means it’s time to pull out the flip-flops and sandals! Many people are excited about this, but there are some that dread the thought of having to show their feet. If you have fungal nails, summer can be an embarrassing and stressful time. Fungal nail infections are a common foot health problem and can be present for years without causing pain. Left untreated, however, fungal toenails will never get better and will instead worsen over time. The sooner they are treated the better the success. Fortunately, there are several ways that fungal toenails can be treated, but to avoid even getting to the point of needing treatment, there are several precautions that may be taken.
You can prevent fungal nail infections by taking these simple precautions:
- Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Wear shower shoes in public facilities at all times.
- Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
- Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
- Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
- Disinfect home pedicure tools and don't apply polish to nails suspected of infection.
If it is too late and you already have fungus on your toenails, there’s no need to worry, several treatment options are available! At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we offer three different options for toenail fungus depending on the infection: topical solutions, oral medication, or laser treatment. It is important to consult your physician before starting any type of treatment so that your nail can be properly evaluated and prescribed the right treatment option. There is a solution for you, s be sure to get your toenails cleared before the start of summer!