Posts for: October, 2015
From 5k’s and marathons, to wearing pink and sporting the breast cancer ribbon on your car, pens, shirt, or anywhere else you can put it, breast cancer is a highly recognized topic with wide spread acknowledgement of the disease around the world. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we while most people are aware of the disease, many don’t have a complete understanding of it, or forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages.
This is why we believe it is important to be educated and spread awareness about this disease at our office. So what do feet and breast cancer have to do with each other? Technically, nothing. But at DM Foot & Ankle, we believe that the health of the entire body is connected and our approach to healthcare looks at the body as a whole, not as isolated parts.
Here are some of the basic facts you should know according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
- Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- 8 out of 10 lumps found is benign, but all of them require an evaluation by a doctor.
- A self-exam should be performed once a month. A physical by a doctor should be done once a year.
- Nipple tenderness, a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area, a change in skin texture, or enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast can all be early signs of breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women.
- While rare, breast cancer in men does occur.
Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we treat many people with athlete's foot. These are the top five myths we hear in the office and the truths behind them.
Myth #1: Athlete's foot is a virus.
Actually, athlete's foot is a nickname for a medical condition known as TINEA PEDIS. It is actually when a fungal organism invades the skin on the bottom of the foot or between the toes. There are several fungi that are most common causes of athlete's foot. This same fungi can infect the toenails or other parts of the skin in the body. Ever hear of jock itch? Same bug, different body part!
Myth #2: Only athletes really get athlete's foot, right?
False. Athlete’s foot can affect men, women, and occasionally children. Athletes are more likely to get it, because their feet are sweating inside of their shoes and socks while playing sports. Fungus loves warm, wet, and dark places... just like inside of a sweaty athlete's shoe. They are also more likely to get jock itch, go figure.
Myth #3: Only people with bad hygiene can get athlete's foot.
Both people with bad and good hygiene can get athlete's foot. Once you are exposed and the fungus is growing in your skin, no amount of soap and water can wash it away. Some people are simply more susceptible to getting this, depending on their environment. People with sweatier feet or in environments where their feet are exposed to moisture are more likely to get athlete's foot.
Myth #4: You can only get athlete's foot by walking barefoot.
Walking barefoot is one of the primary ways that athlete’s foot is spread, but the overall environment is the biggest factor involved. Keeping your feet trapped in wet conditions can allow fungus on your skin to overgrow, such as in athletes or people who work all day in construction boots. Other places are in pedicure tubs, public pools, and public showers. It is important to keep your feet dry and air them out, as well as wear sandals in all public places.
Myth #5: Athlete's foot is no big deal and will go away on its own.
Once the fungus has invaded your skin, it will not go away by itself. No amount of soap can treat fungus. Only an antifungal can kill the fungal infection. This lingering fungus can slowly worsen over time, spreading into your toenails or other parts of your body. We have an arsenal of topical agents that can easily get rid of this fungal infection, so there is absolutely no reason to live with it.
Now that we are back into fall, the type of socks and shoes that we are forced to wear can create the perfect environment for fungus to thrive. If you think you may have athlete’s foot, which can mimic dry skin and have no other symptoms, come into our office and get treated immediately!
Dr. Kim: I will be interviewing you for this month's spotlight. Are you ready?
Dr. Emini: It's really funny that you're interviewing me. I sure am.
Dr. Kim: When did you first know that you wanted to be a doctor?
Dr. Emini: Actually, my first memory of that was in third grade. I distinctly remember dressing up in a doctor's coat and saying, "I want to be a doctor when I grow up."
Dr. Kim: How cute. And here you are now, playing dress up every day. How did you get into podiatry as a specialty?
Dr. Emini: I remember taking my grandmother to the podiatrist and thinking he was such a cool, great doctor. Prior to that, I had never really heard of podiatry or knew anything about it. I started researching more about it and thought it was a good fit for me. That, and the whole diabetes epidemic was intriguing.
Dr. Kim: Well, I personally think you are an excellent podiatrist. I may be a bit biased! Let's ask some fun questions. If money was of no object, what would you do with your life?
Dr. Emini: That's an easy one. I would travel the world in a private jet.
Dr. Kim: And I would have to join you. We could expand your horizons beyond the Palace Resorts in Mexico, as you have been there many times. What are some other interests and hobbies that you have?
Dr. Emini: Reading is a means of escape for me. Traveling, obviously. I love decorating and designing. In another life, I may have chosen a career in interior design.
Dr. Kim: You are a totally DIY'er! You've made your own soaps and have refinished your own furniture. Very impressive. What would you say is the first thing you notice about someone?
Dr. Emini: Honestly, it really is their shoes and feet. I almost got into a car accident once because I was mesmerized by how this one guy was walking down the street.
Dr.Kim: Well it's good that you have a five minute commute to work!
Dr. Emini: I love it. When I was going to the Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine, they decided to merge with Chicago Medical School and move to North Chicago. My commute would take two to three hours ONE WAY. I would leave at the crack of dawn, be in class all day, then leave at night. Some days I don't even remember how I got home because I was so tired. Then in residency, just after I had my first child, my commute was still about one to two hours each way. My dream, after six long years of sitting in traffic and spending hours upon hours in my car, was to open my own office nearby my home. So to make a long story short--I love my five minute commute!
Dr. Kim: Can you believe this is our 7 year anniversary? Lemont has been a great town to work in. The people and community are so nice. Thanks for choosing it for us!
Dr. Emini: It's been great and rewarding to see our practice grow from literally one patient in our first month while both us were pregnant at the same time and me being on bed rest to where we are now. It really gives me a sense of community because I live here and see patients from all over Lemont. It's been nice treating patients that my two sons go to school with. I'm happy I chose it for us, too.
Dr. Kim: Happy 7 years!
Dr. Emini: Happy anniversary!