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Here in Chicago (aka Chiberia), we need to keep all of our body parts covered up during these single digit climates. These include hats for our heads, scarves for our necks, gloves for our hands, and socks for our feet.
At DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Emini and I try to keep our patients informed about how to keep their feet warm. Last week we discussed two winter foot woes - frostbite and chillblains. This week we will discuss best ways to prevent these conditions.
The most important aspects include two major factors: first is keeping your feet warm, and second is keeping them dry.
The best way to keep feet warm are to wear socks made of natural fiber blends such as wool, cashmere, or sheepskin. Natural fibers will keep the body well-insulated, as they would for an animal. The socks should fit well and be thicker than the everyday sock. Should your socks become moist, it is imperative to change out of these as soon as possible.
In terms of shoes, make sure to wear a pair of shoes or boots that are waterproof and also insulated. Again, boots lined with natural fibers such as sheepskin are a perfect fit for the winter. Make sure to add your orthotics for added support!
If your feet are prone to sweat, or if your fingers and toes tend to get cold very easily, you are at a higher risk for frostbite and chillblains. At any point in this frosty weather, if you are planning to be outside for more than ten minutes, keep those feet as warm as you can. These socks and boots are a vital investment to protect your toes. Stay warm, everyone!
By: Michelle Kim
Whether it’s because of those cute, unsupportive ballet flats or those 3 inch stilettos, you may become a victim to bunions! It is estimated that bunions occur in 33 percent of the population in Western countries. Even though bunions are a common foot deformity, there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding them. Many people who have bunions may suffer unnecessary pain for years before seeking any kind of treatment. Bunions progressively get worse over time and eventually may need surgery, which is why at DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Kim and I believe in educating our patients to be proactive about bunions so they can be halted in the early stages.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe. Bunions form when the toe moves out of place.
How do you recognize a bunion?
The big toe joint appears enlarged and may stick out from the edge of the foot. It can be sensitive to shoes which may result in pain. The big toe usually leans in, and points towards your other toes, instead of pointing straight. In some cases, the big toe moves toward the second toe and rotates or twists, Bunions can also lead to other toe deformities such as hammertoes.
What causes bunions?
Bunions can be caused by several different factors. Wearing shoes that are too tight is the leading cause of bunions. Another cause is faulty foot structure, which tends to run in families. Foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, flat feet, and pronated feet can contribute to bunion formation as well.
How are bunions treated?
First, the pressure and pain from irritations must be relieved. Second, any progressive growth of the bunion must be stopped. Here are some common ways to treat bunions- keep in mind, these treatments may alleviate the pain, but will not correct the existing bunion:
- Protective padding to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
- Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
- Changing to footwear that is designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.
- Orthotics—to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in a more optimal position for walking and standing.
- Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
- Toe Splints to help the toes and joint align properly while you sleep.
- Surgery – removing the bunion surgically, aka a bunionectomy; this is the only way to correct an existing bunion.
At DM Foot & Ankle, we offer comprehensive and effective treatment for bunions. Dr. Kim and I find that many people wait too long to see a doctor about their bunions and end up having permanent damage by the time they get it checked out. We advise our patients to start treatment as soon as possible to avoid further enlargement and pain. If you or someone you know may have a bunion, Dr. Kim and I encourage you to stop by DM Foot & Ankle to see if we can start a treatment process that best suits your needs!
BY: Diana Emini
Here at DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Kim and I believe in more than just healthy feet, we believe in maintaining a well balanced and healthy lifestyle. We understand that it is essential to form habits that are going to bring about positive effects on your life and promote healthy living. Practicing regular exercise, maintaining a nutritious diet, and managing stress are important in achieving this positive lifestyle. We support these types of practices, but we also acknowledge that there are habits that are detrimental to our health and the health of those around us. For this reason, we support The Great American Smokeout.
The Great American Smokeout
Every year on the third Thursday of November, American smokers are encouraged to become quitters. It is a day that marks a new beginning for some and the start of a long journey to the end of addiction for others. The American Cancer Society developed this event to challenge smokers and help them to become aware of the resources available to them during this process.
Smoking and Your Feet
At DM Foot & Ankle, we see the harmful effects that smoking can have on feet. Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a fatty plaque buildup in the arteries, causing narrowing of blood vessels and reduced blood flow to limbs. The effect of PAD is often worse in the arteries leading to the feet. Pain, cramping, and numbness while walking or with activities are some common symptoms. In severe cases, PAD can cause poor wound healing and ultimately lead to gangrene and amputation. Smoking is the main risk factor for PAD, with smokers being four times more likely to develop the condition.
How to Quit
If you have made the decision to quit – we applaud you. Here is a list, provided by the American Cancer Society (http://ow.ly/EqNi0), to help you along during your process:
- Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
- Stop-Smoking groups
- Nicotine Replacement Products
- Prescription Medicine to lessen cravings
- Guide books
- Encouragement and support from family and friends
If you or someone you know struggles with a smoking addiction, be sure to check out or pass on this information. By doing so you are taking steps towards a healthy, happy lifestyle. At DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Kim and I are here to help keep you on your feet along the way!
By: Diana Emini