Posts for tag: Dr. Emini

By Diana Emini
December 17, 2014
Category: Ingrown Toenail




We have all tried to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office at one time or another. In fact, many people avoid the doctor altogether. Have a cold?... Grandma’s old soup recipe should help. Broken Finger? …Dad can reset it. Bleeding profusely? …No worries, mom’s got this. Need a leg amputated? …Youtube.


Whether it’s not having enough time, avoiding the wait, or just thinking that we know better, most people would rather try and solve the problem themselves than take a trip to the doctor’s office. There are certain minor cases where that’s okay, but most of the time, it’s in your best interest to see a trained professional that can give you proper treatment. Here at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we see many cases of home treatment gone wrong, especially with ingrown toenails. We even have a special name for this: Bathroom Surgery!


Dr.Kim and I treat many people with ingrown toenails and find it very common in children and young adults. An ingrown toenail can be a onetime happening or it can be reoccurring problem. It is the result of a nail growing into the skin that is surrounding it, usually on the big toe. This can produce pain, swelling, redness, as well as infection with drainage of pus, blood, or clear fluid. The pain can be at the tip of the toenail or all the way down to the base.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the high risk factor involved with snipping out part of the ingrown toenail themselves, which is why we advise against this.  If the problem is mild, then it can be solved by simply soaking the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day and avoiding wearing tight shoes or socks. But, if the toenail turns into an infection, then it’s time to seek medical attention.


At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we have several ways of treating the ingrown toenail. If the nail is not infected, then Dr.Kim and I can properly trim away the ingrown corner without anesthesia which will provide temporary and immediate relief.

 If the nail is infected, then the ingrown portion of the nail must be removed in order to relieve the infection.  The nail will eventually grow back. If the problem is recurrent, then we recommend permanent removal of the offending nail border. Both of these are performed under local anesthesia in the office.

While you can cross your fingers and try to treat an ingrown toenail at home, your best option is to get safe, proper treatment for it here at DM Foot & Ankle!


By: Diana Emini

By Dr. Kim
November 26, 2014
Category: Running


If you’re looking for a great way to run off that turkey dinner tomorrow, search no further! It has become a tradition for many cities around the United States to host marathons or “turkey trots” around Thanksgiving. At DM Foot & Ankle, we are big fans of these marathons, as well as our marathon runners!  We advise all runners to take precautionary measures to ensure a good run and to avoid injury!


A few of the most common problems that we see with runners at DM Foot & Ankle are things such as Athlete's Foot, which is the most common fungal infection in the world. We also see Corns and Calluses, which are the thickening of skin in areas on your feet as a result of pressure. Another common problem is Achilles Tendinitis, when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.Those who run for long periods of time on hard surfaces, such as concrete, sometimes have Shin Splints, which is pain in the shin and lower leg. We also see people with pain in the heel and arch that is called Plantar Fasciitis, that is caused by inflammation along the ligament on the bottom of the foot.

Most of the problems above can be avoided by proper foot care, hygiene, and by wearing the right running shoes. Proper shoe gear can help to ease the discomfort or avoid the problem altogether. So, here are a few tips on shoe gear from Dr. Emini and I!

Tips for Running Shoes

        - Buy two pairs of running shoes and rotate them on a daily basis

        - Replace your shoes every 400 miles or 1 to 2 times a year

        - Buy shoes designed for your foot structure & activity type

        - Make sure to use clean socks & keep your feet dry

        - A stability running shoe works for most foot types

        - Custom orthotics can help those with the above pains

Dr. Emini and I, along with the staff here at DM Foot & Ankle, want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with lots of laughs and turkey!  We also want to wish good luck to all of the marathon runners! If you want more information about running and your feet, be sure to check out our Pinterest - Running Board for shoe tips, motivation and more!


                         Some marathons happening this weekend around the Chicagoland area:


                                              Grant Park Turkey Trot 5k                             Edison Park Turkey Trot

                                              Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago                  Orland Park Turkey Trot

                                              North Shore Turkey Trot 5k & 10k                 Rotary Run 3.14 Pie

                                              Bonfield Express 5k                                        Evanston Flying Turkey 5k