Posts for: September, 2016
Does your child have a growth on their foot that resembles a callus? Have they been complaining of a pain similar to walking on a small stone? If so, it may be time for them to be seen by a podiatrist. Many times these lesions are not calluses at all - they are warts.
Warts are a virus that can be passed from person to person, or from an infected area to a person. Although some adults may find themselves to be victims of warts, they are more common amongst children. If your family has managed to stay away from warts, here are some tips on how to continue to prevent them:
- Never Go Barefoot - Any common grounds have the risk of being infested by the wart virus, but community showers, pool areas and locker rooms are especially hazardous areas when it comes to warts. Remembering to always have some sort of shoe gear on at all times is crucial in protecting you and your child from the virus.
- Disinfect - Always disinfect any common grounds in your household. Since showers and bathroom floors are damp and warm, the wart virus loves to invade those areas. Be sure to always disinfect those common grounds after each person's use. You will also want to remember to disinfect your family's shoes nightly as this is a popular area for the wart virus to linger. We LOVE to use our Citrace Disinfectant Spray to take care of this job for us. It can purchased from our office for only $14.00+Tax.
- Wash Regularly - Ensuring everyone is washing their hands and skin regularly is a must. By doing so, you are making sure the virus that you cannot see before warts appear has been killed. Using an anti-bacterial soap is ideal.
- Keep Scratches or Cuts Clean - Even the tiniest of cuts and scratches can make a person more vulnerable to warts. If your child or someone else in your household has any open sores, make certain that they wash the area regularly with soap and water since open wounds are more susceptible to contracting warts.
Keep these tips in mind to help prevent you or your family from being wart victims. If you or a loved one are not lucky enough to avoid these pesky growths, call our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment to see a podiatrist for an evaluation of this issue.
Today is National Pecan Cookie Day! To celebrate, we decided to whip up a tasty treat that was brought to us by www.thecreeksidecook.com. These Brown Butter Pecan Cookies did not last long! Try baking a batch of these using the recipe below and see how long they last at your house.
1 & ½ cups shelled pecans
2 sticks [8 ounces] unsalted butter
1 & ½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 & ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 & ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1.Spread the pecans out on a heavy baking sheet and toast at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes, watching carefully, so that they don't burn. Cool them completely, then chop coarsely.
2.Brown the butter in a 3 quart sauce pan, over a medium flame. Stir and swirl the pan to keep it from browning unevenly. It will foam up, and you will begin to see browning in the center of the pan first. It should have a pleasant, nutty sort of aroma and the color should be quite dark, but not blackened at all. Scrape the butter into your mixing bowl, and cool to room temperature.
3.Cream the butter briefly, then cream in the sugars, beating until somewhat fluffy - a minute or so.
4.Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.
5.Add the dry ingredients, and beat until completely incorporated.
6.Beat in the pecans.
7.Scrape the dough into a smaller bowl, or onto a sheet of plastic wrap, and chill completely. If you can wait, it is best after about 24 hours.
8.When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350º, and line heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.
9.Portion the dough with a medium cookie scoop, and place on the sheets, round side up.
10.Bake for about 14 minutes, turning sheets halfway through.
11.Cool on the parchment for a couple minutes, then move to a rack to finish cooling.
12.Store tightly covered at room temperature for up to a week.
Today is National Live Creative Day. To celebrate we're sharing a Minion footprint artwork idea that was brought to us by craftymorning.com. Once your family has finished the artwork project, show everyone how you've decided to partake in National Live Creative day by using #LiveCreativeDay and #DMFA.
What you will need:
- A white piece of paper
- Yellow and blue washable paint
- A black sharpie
- Googly Eyes
- A paintbrush
- To begin, paint the bottom of your child's foot with yellow paint, covering the whole thing. Have them step on the white piece of paper and press down hard.
- Once the yellow paint has dried, you will then paint the bottom of your child's foot from the toes to about midfoot with the blue paint. Line it up with the yellow footprint and press down again.
- Take a paintbrush and draw two blue straps for the Minion's overalls. Add two yellow arms out to the sides as well.
Once your Minion is dry, use the black sharpie to draw hands, hair, a mouth and the Minion's goggle strap. Finally, glue on one or two big googly eyes to complete your Minion
The physicians of DM Foot and Ankle will be presenting on Happy and Healthy Feet at the Lemont Library this week. Here are the details:
Who: Dr. Diana Emini, Dr. Michelle Kim, and Dr. Sarah Matouk
When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Lemont Public Library - Event Space
Topic: Happy and Healthy Feet
Registration for this event is required via any of the following:
- Go to http://lemontlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar and complete the registration form
- Call (630) 257-6541
- e-mail [email protected]
This event is open to the adult public. Please bring your lunch and join us for this event; dessert and beverages will be provided at the presentation. We look forward to seeing you all!
Please join us in welcoming our newest DMFA team member, Dr. Sarah Matouk!