Posts for: April, 2016

April 22, 2016
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Foot fungus can be unsightly and a pain to deal with. The good thing is that it can be treated quite easily. Here are some common questions about fungus and your feet:

Q: What is foot fungus?
A: Foot fungus is an infection caused by a fungal pathogen that can grow in your skin or nails.

Q: How do I know if I have fungus on my feet?
A: Signs of fungus on the skin are moisture, peeling, itching, or rashes. The nails may become thicker, discolored, lift away, or fall off.

Q: Where does fungus come from?
A: Fungus can overgrown on our skin in the right environment (socks, shoes, heat and humidity). Those with weakened immunity disorders such as diabetes are more susceptible. You can also contract fungus from going barefoot in public places such as gym showers and swimming pools.

Q: How is fungus treated?
A: Fungus on the feet (also known as athletes foot) is treated with prescription creams or gels. Fungus on the toenails are more resistant to treatment depending on the severity. Options include prescription topicals, oral pills, removing the toenails, or laser treatment.

Q: What should I do if I think I have fungus?
A: Schedule an appointment to get your feet and nails evaluated. The doctors will come up with the best plan for your specific foot needs.

April 20, 2016
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A healthy lifestyle starts with making choices and learning new ways to eat! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a drag, by adding new varieties and balancing your meals, eating healthy can be fun. Dr. Emini and I love to experiment with new food ideas and if you do too, here’s some of our favorite healthy recipes for you to try!

If you liked these recipes, be sure to pick up our DMFA healthy cookbook before the end of April! It includes all of our staff’s favorite healthy recipes. Bon appétit!

April 14, 2016
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It's almost time for the big day! You are probably starting to check everything off your list.. dress, jewelry, corsage, prom date (hopefully!)..but what about your shoes? Do you wear the super high heels? Flats? Wedges?  Before you go out picking your favorite pair, it’s important to keep some tips in mind:

  1. When picking out the proper heels, be sure to get a wider heel that is no more one to two inches in height.
  2. Wedges can be a good compromise between tall stiletto heels and flats.
  3. Make sure that the shoes you choose are comfortable, since you will be wearing them all night.

Hopefully you pick a comfy pair of shoes, but even when you do it can be tempting to join the trend of dancing barefoot or taking off painful heels at the end of the night, unfortunately this can be a bit risky. Things like foot fungus and warts are rampant after prom season because of the massive exposure on the dance floor. Since there will undoubtedly be ladies (and guys) who take off their shoes at prom, make sure to check your feet about one month after prom for unusual growths like warts. If you choose to avoid the barefoot route, bring an extra pair of flats or socks to change into so you can dance the night away pain free!

April 06, 2016
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That old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” definitely proves itself true here in Chicago during this rainy season! When the weather is wet, it's important to keep your feet warm and dry. Not only are wet shoes and socks uncomfortable, but damp feet can lead to fungal problems such as Athlete's Foot. And since April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, it's a perfect time to remember the importance of foot care. A great way to care for your feet during damp days is by investing in a good pair of rain boots.

If you are going to be shopping around for rain boots this spring, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Comfort is key. It's important not to sacrifice comfort, especially if you're planning to wear the boots for a good amount of time or walk long distances. its important that the boots keep you warm and dry, provide support, and are comfortable. There are many options out there for rain boots that are cute and comfortable at the same time.
  • Don't forget size. Rain boots that fit the feet may be too tight or too big around the calves. In those cases, see if the boot can be adjusted around the leg. Don't forget to try on boots with socks to make sure they fit well and are comfortable for walking. There are also plenty of styles of rain boots that end below the calf for those who prefer a shorter boot option.
  • Quality counts. Rain boots come in a variety of colors, styles and prices. Choose one that's good quality and seems to be long-lasting and weatherproof enough to withstand puddles and showers. Some companies also make removable fleece rain boot liners for chilly spring days.

Stay dry when the showers strike!