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December 23, 2015
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This year an exciting new event will be taking place on New Year’s Eve! Similar to New York’s ball drop, Chicago is hosting it’s own grand event called “Chi-town rising” with the main event being a gigantic golden star ascending the buildings during the countdown to midnight! This event is sure to attract many visitors and crowds downtown, along with many glam and sparkly outfits!

                We want to be sure that this New Years Eve you look your best, but also FEEL your best! How do you do that? Well, year after year, women opt for uncomfortable high heels to match their shiny, sparkly New Year’s outfits and end up in pain before the clock even strikes midnight! So we’ve put together some tips on picking the right shoes that will keep you on your feet and celebrating all night long!

                First, we advise women to avoid pulling out those six inch stilettos, but we know that many are reluctant to give up the high heels and would rather live through the pain in the name of fashion. We’re women, we get it. So, instead of the super uncomfortable stiletto, we suggest going for a lower, chunkier heel or wedge. This will help take some of the pressure off your feet and offer more stability while still looking stylish. Be sure to bring an extra pair of good-quality, oxford-type shoes that can be changed into later on so as to limit the amount of time wearing heels. After a night of high activity in high heels, wear more sensible shoes the following days to give your feet a break.

                Be sure to start this New Year fashionably, as well as comfortably and have a Happy New Year!


December 23, 2015
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If you’re looking for a good way to burn off that Christmas dinner this weekend, then running is a great place to start! At DM Foot & Ankle, we are big fans of running and living a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many times we end up seeing more patients who have problems than healthy results from running!

A few of the common problems that we see:

1. Skin issues that occur are blisters, athlete’s foot, blackened toenails, and corns or calluses.  

2. The most common musculoskeletal issues are plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis, and Shin Splints.

Most of the problems above can be avoided by proper foot care, hygiene, and by wearing the right running shoes. Here are a few tips:

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
          - Buy shoes designed for your foot structure & activity type
          - 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

Merry Christmas and Happy Running!


December 16, 2015
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Everyone loves getting pedicures, but what happens when your pedicure results in a foot fungus? At DM Foot & Ankle, we see many cases of germs that are spread in nail salons from improper sanitization tools or techniques. The germs include fungus, warts, and bacteria. Pedicures should be done in a safe and sterile environment with a licensed nail technician. While some nail salons do thorough cleanings and use the right sterilization methods, there are many that do not. Here are some tips for a safe pedicure:

1. Tools. Bring your own tools to ensure that germs from other peoples’ feet are not spread to yours. Many salons do not have the proper sterilization techniques for their metal tools so it is important to bring your own clean set that is just used on your feet. Any non-metal tools should be used on you and only you, since they're not able to be sterilized (Buffing pad, nail file, etc).

2. Nail polish. Nail polish can be a breeding ground for these germs. There is no way to disinfect a nail polish so once the nail polish is used on someone who has nail fungus, it can be spread to anyone else who uses that same polish. Our advice is to bring your own nail polish to the salon, and even better, to use anti-fungal nail polish!

3. Tubs.  Ensure that the tubs used for soaking your feet are cleaned with medical grade disinfectants. The tubs can transfer germs as well.

3. Proper Cutting. Toenails should be cut straight across the top of the nail and never into the corners, since this could cause painful ingrown toenails.

 

We are offering a safe pedicure stocking stuffer set this December that includes your own tools! You can then keep these tools and use them at home or bring them to your favorite nail salon for your pedicures. We also sell anti- fungal toenail polish, which is not medicinal, but does help to slow down and prevent the spreading of fungus. It’s the quickest and easiest ways to get your feet looking and feeling fresh and fabulous!


December 09, 2015
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                During winter sports such as alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, there is a lot of high-speed forward motion, jumping, and rapid lateral movement involved in the sport. So, it is essential to have shoes that fit properly and can help absorb some of the pressure put on your feet and ankles as well as reducing the risk of injury.

                When purchasing winter sports shoes it is helpful to go to a specialty store where the staff can measure your feet and recommend the appropriate size. Never ski or snowboard in footwear other than ski boots specifically designed for that purpose. If you are buying shoes for winter sports such as cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, or ice hockey, be sure to find shoes aren’t too tight. If the shoes are too tight they can cut off circulation or cause cuts and blisters; if they are too loose they can irritate your toes or lead to falls and sprains because of lack of support. These types of shoes should feel snug but not unbearable. Remember, you can use orthotics to help control the foot's movement inside ski boots or ice skates.

     Be sure to pick out the right shoes this winter season before you go shredding the slopes!

 


December 02, 2015
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     Snow doesn’t seem to stop runners participating in races like the hot chocolate run, the polar dash, or the go santa go 5k marathons, so your shoes shouldn’t stop you from participating in these fun winter runs either!

                During jogging or running, the 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, and a network of tendons, nerves, and blood vessels that make up the foot all work together. That's why you need to condition your body, build up to a routine, and stretch your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before and after each run. Debilitating muscle strain or more serious injury can result when runners or joggers don't build up their routines and allow their bodies to strengthen over time.

                When you run, your foot rolls quickly from the heel to the toe, with your foot bending at the ball on each step. That's why it is important for running shoes to have enough flexibility in just the right places. However, to help with shock absorption, you need a little more rigidity to support the middle of the foot. Make sure the heel is low, but slightly wider than a walking shoe to help absorb the initial shock when your heel strikes the ground.

                You can also prevent many simple foot problems by using proper foot hygiene. Keep your feet powdered and dry, wear clean socks every time you run, and make sure your shoes fit properly. But most importantly, let your body be your guide so that you don't overstrain your legs, ankles, and feet. Good luck with the races this winter and stay warm!