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DM Foot and Ankle Associates is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this October! As part of our celebration, we’ve put together 10 questions for our doctors to answer so you can get to know the leaders of the pack a bit better. 

Dr. Emini’s 10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years!

Q #1 - What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

A #1 - Relaxing in the backyard with a good book.

 

Q #2 - If you found out today was your last day on Earth, what would you do?

A #2 - Spend it with my husband and boys.

 

Q #3 - What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?

A #3 - I like to make my own soap, lotions and potions. My son has sensitive skin, so I wanted something “clean” for him to use.

 

Q #4 - What’s your favorite thing about being a podiatrist?

A #4 - Connecting with my patients and helping them to feel better.

 

Q #5 - What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

A #5 - Starting our practice from scratch and watching it grow!

 

Q #6 - If you could do anything besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?

A #6 - Cosmetic dermatology, jeweler or interior design

 

Q #7 - If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?

A #7 - Panther

 

Q #8 - What type of music are you into?

A #8 - I love almost all types music. What I listen to depends on the mood I am in and the activity I am doing – working out, I like upbeat dance music. For relaxing, I like instrumental piano songs like from Max Richter.

 

Q #9 - What was the best vacation you ever took and why?

A #9 - I have been lucky enough to go on some amazing trips - ever since Dr. Kim told me I need to expand my travel horizons beyond Mexico. They have all been special and I don't know if I can pick just one, but if I had to it would be Paris - for food, history and culture.

 

Q #10 - What would be the title of your memoir?

A #10 - Where My Feet Have Led Me

 

Like getting to know our doctors better? Stay tuned for Dr. Kim’s questionnaire answers to be posted soon!

By Dr. Diana Emini
June 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.

Rigid Orthotics
Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or athletic shoes. They are often made of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. They control motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics
Soft orthotics are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics
Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance for walking or participating in sports. The typical semi-rigid orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotics are also used to help athletes mitigate pain while they train and compete.

If you have never had custom orthotics, then make an appointment today to find out which type of orthotic is right for you. The process is simple, quick, and painless. You scan your foot on our digital scanner, we send the results in, and within no time your custom orthotics are ready for pickup! 

By Dr. Michelle Kim
June 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Children's feet come in different shapes and sizes, with varying conditions and physical needs.  Orthotics help to address those conditions and correct them in an easy, non-painful way.  They can improve improper foot alignment during everyday activities that your child may be engaging in, such as walking and running. Orthotic can also improve the overall alignment of ankles, knees, hips, and spine.

Kids just two years and older can use orthotics for conditions including:

                -Coordination                                        -Balance
                -Pain                                                      -Toe Walking
                -Moderate In-Toeing                              -Flat Feet
                -Foot Alignment Issues

At DM Foot & Ankle we have both custom and prefabricated orthotic options for children. Proper foot care is essential for both foot comfort and overall health which is why it is important that as a parent, you address any issues your child may be experiencing. Here are a couple of tips for you and your child to protect your feet this summer!

  1. 1.Don't go barefoot.
  2. 2. Shoes should be sturdy and bend only at the big toe joint.
  3. Break in new footwear gradually.
  4. Always get measured prior to buying new shoes.
  5. Try to wear cotton blend or wool socks.
  6. Wear the same type of socks while trying on new shoes.

 

By Dr. Diana Emini
June 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

 

Last week we told you how useful orthotics can be in dress shoes. This week we’re going to share how important orthotics are for athletic footwear.

While orthotics are interchangeable between most shoes, there are certain types that are made uniquely for one type of shoe. We can create orthotics especially for the sport of your choice, whether it is tennis, golf, soccer, running, or even ice skates.  We can even make them waterproof.

Almost no one has the perfectly arched foot, and the stresses of impact activities can definitely damage your feet over time.  Flat feet can become flatter, bunions can grow larger, and those with high arched feet can develop painful areas in the heels and balls of their feet.

This is where orthotics for the active person come in. In addition to correcting the biomechanical issues with your foot structure, orthotics add cushion and help with shock absorption. These can help you to perform at the best of your ability. 

At DM Foot & Ankle, we create custom orthotics specific to your sport, whether you are a kid or an adult. If you don’t have a pair yet, stop by our office to get fitted!

 

By Dr. Michelle Kim
May 20, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Since it is National Fitness Health Month, it is important to be aware of how fitness affects your feet! The average person walks 10,000 steps per day. That is a lot of stress and pressure put on your feet, for this reason, it is important to have the right kind of shoes to support your feet throughout the day. There are different shoes for different activities, so it is important to choose shoes that are right for the type of exercise, sport, or activity that you are participating in!

The American Podiatric Medical Association stresses the importance of foot care in exercising. People don't realize the tremendous pressure that is put on their feet while exercising. For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on his feet when running three miles. Shoes that don't fit properly or provide adequate support, lack of stretching, and improper gait can lead to foot injuries or pain.

But before you can shop for the best shoe for your foot, you need to identify the natural inclination of your foot and gait. There are three basic foot types:

  • Pronators are people with relatively flat feet, caused by low arches, which generally leads to overpronation, or a gait in which the ankle rolls inward excessively. People with this foot type need motion control shoes that offer support for mid-foot. Motion-control shoes are more rigid and built on a straight last. Also look for a reinforced heel counter to maintain foot support and stability.
  • Supinators are people with high arches, which can lead to underpronation that places too much weight on the outsides of the feet. People with this foot type need stability shoes designed for extra shock absorption and often having a curved or semi-curved last. Also look for shoes that are reinforced around the ankle and heel to stabilize the foot and extra cushioning under the ball of the foot.
  • People with normal feet can wear any type of walking shoe, although a curved last is generally preferred.

Here at DM Foot & Ankle, we encourage you to have an active lifestyle that incorporates the proper footwear and healthy feet!