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Posts for: January, 2016

January 26, 2016
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It’s important to keep jack frost from nipping at your toes this winter! With the crazy blizzard hitting much of the east coast this year, it’s essential that you are prepared to keep your feet protected from the cold. At any point in this cold weather, if you are planning to be outside for more than 10 minutes, you should take steps to protect your feet and keep them as warm as you can.

During the winter, we see cases of frostbite every so often. When exposed to extreme cold temperatures like we experience during Chicago winters, it can happen within minutes. Even in above-freezing temperatures, frostbite can occur when there's a strong wind chill. Frostbite is when your skin literally freezes.  It starts on the outer layer of your skin and penetrates deeper and deeper into your tissues.  If just the outside skin gets frozen, the damage is reversible and is called frostnip.  If it gets deeper, the frostbite can start freezing off your blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and bone.  This damage can be irreversible, and the body parts that die off may need to be removed.

Of course, this type of damage can be avoided with the proper foot care which includes wearing lined boots, socks that keep feet warm and dry, as well as avoiding staying in the cold for extended periods of time.Make sure to wear the right socks and boots, which are a vital investment to protect your toes.  Stay warm, everyone!


January 13, 2016
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Most people aren’t aware of the importance of a quality winter sock. Fungus, blisters, toenail infections, and more are directly affected by the type of socks that you wear on a daily basis. There are a few important things to note when choosing the right socks this winter.

1. Insulation is extremely important. Cotton socks don’t keep your feet insulated and fail at protecting your feet from the cold no matter how thick they are. Cotton socks soak in and retain moisture and end up expanding and becoming loose on your feet. You want to pick a sock that is going to insulate your feet and help keep them warm.

2. The type of socks that are guaranteed to help keep your feet warm are socks made of natural fiber blends such as wool, cashmere, or sheepskin. 

3. The socks that you wear should fit well and be thicker than the everyday sock.

4. It is extremely important to change your socks if they become moist or wet. The moist environment can be a breeding ground for fungus and cause circulation problems if out in the cold.

At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we see many problems that can be avoided by simply wearing the right type of socks and shoe gear. So take control of your foot health today and start buying the right kind of socks and shoes for the cold winter weeks ahead!


January 06, 2016
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The snow has finally arrived and everyone is pulling out their favorite pair of boots! Whether you wear boots to work, to shovel, or out on date night, it is important to pick the perfect pair with the right level of comfort. Here are a few tips for picking out your best winter boot:

1. Always buy for your bigger foot. 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 problems like 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.