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By Dr. Michelle Kim
October 08, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

 

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!

By Michelle Kim
February 11, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Do you suffer from dry and cracked heels during the winter months?DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Emini and I see a rise in patients who complain of this very problem during the colder months of the year. Besides its obvious appearance, dry heels can lead to bleeding and discomfort in your everyday life. It may start with red or flaky patches, itchy skin, then start to peel and crack and eventually it can lead to bleeding, infection, and pain.

What causes dry/cracked heels?

 Dry heels can be caused by many factors. For some people it is simply genetic disposition to dry skin, while others may be a using a soap or chemicals that irritate the skin. Lack of hydration, aging, caffeine, smoking, and alcohol can all directly or indirectly contribute to dry heels. Cracked heels are called Heel Fissures; the skin thickens as a result of friction which can lead to pain and cause bleeding. Skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, athlete's foot, and thyroid disease can lead to heel fissures. Open-backed shoes that allow slippage around the heel while walking are often the culprits of heel fissures. In the cold weather, the lack of moisture in the air is the cause of the dry heels.  

How can dry/cracked heels be treated?

Wearing proper shoes and the use of deep skin moisturizers and lotions can reduce the dryness associated with the condition and allow the foot to heal. Use warm water instead of hot water when showering because the hot water can further dry out your skin. Also, you should exfoliate your feet on a regular basis, be sure to use a gentle exfoliating scrub to get all of the dead skin off. Be careful when using heel repair creams, most contain chemicals that can aggravate your skin, the correct creams should be prescribed by your podiatrist.

This month at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we are offering a limited edition, top of the line foot spa package for just $5! It can be used by both men and women; you can buy it as a gift for your significant other or treat yourself for Valentine’s Day! This package includes everything that you need to help rejuvenate your heels from this cold winter weather. So be sure to take care of your heels today!

By:Michelle Kim

By Dr. Diana Emini
November 03, 2014
Category: footwear

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, football games, and piles of colorful leaves everywhere…Boot weather is finally upon us! Fall took a while to get here this year but winter is quickly on its tail. This means that it’s about time to go shopping for some new boots! Unfortunately, many people will be buying the wrong shoes this winter. Before you go out shopping for your new stylish booties or your heavy duty snow boots make sure you take a look at our six tips for finding the perfect boot for you!

 



1. Always buy for your bigger foot. I know ladies hate this one, but 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 a plethora of problems including 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.

At DM Foot & Ankle we focus on educating people on the prevention of foot problems, as well as treating feet that have been abused by years of unhealthy footwear.Dr. Kim and I can fit you for custom orthotics that will give your foot the support it needs. We also treat things such as Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis),Fungal Nails, Bunions, Hammertoes, and Calluses that can be caused by wearing improper shoe gear. Stop in to get your feet checked and to learn more about keeping your feet healthy! Now go pick out your perfect winter boot!

BY: Diana Emini

Winter may have been marked by repeat visits from the Polar Vortex, but now that spring has arrived, the constant snow is likely to be replaced by rain. After all, that old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” had to come from somewhere.

 

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 – and fashionable -- way to care for your feet during damp days is by investing in a good pair of rain boots. Some companies – Hunter is just one example – make removable fleece rain boot liners for chilly spring days.

 

If you are in the market for rain boots this spring, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

 

  • Comfort is key. Rain boots can be cute, but don't sacrifice comfort -- especially if you're planning to wear the boots for a good amount of time or walk long distances. It's especially important that the boots keep you warm and dry, don't hurt your feet and provide support.

     

  • 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.

 

As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Michelle Kim and I see how ill-fitting shoes can lead to injuries and foot damage. Call our Lemont office or make an appointment if you need help choosing rain boots or any other type of shoe. We also offer inserts that can give your boots extra support.

 

Enjoy the warmer weather and stay dry when showers strike!

 

By Diana Emini