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By DM FOOT & ANKLE ASSOCIATES
September 14, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
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Dr. Kim has lived in the Chicagoland area for her entire life, although her parents originated from South Korea. She has oftentimes wondered why she never moved to a warmer climate, as she is not a fan of the Chicago winters. She has three small children who keep her busy while not at work. During her downtime, Dr. Kim enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and trying out new restaurants with her friends. She admits to being a germaphobe and a neat freak, however due to having children, her house is not nearly as clean as it once was.

As a kid, Dr. Kim wanted to either be a doctor or a writer. She also wanted to be a cashier at Jewel because she thought she could keep all the money in the register. Her parents later informed her that this was not the case, which nixed that dream. Dr. Kim thought it might be fun to be the artist that painted all the billboards along the highway, until again she was told that those are not actual drawings. Since those career aspirations did not pan out for her, Dr. Kim happily pursued the medical field. Although she never originally thought about being a podiatrist, a recruiter for the field actually made this option very promising. The recruiter advised, “You are never on call, and you can make your own hours. As a female doctor, you can balance family life and work life.” That, and the combination of doing foot surgery with other aspects of general foot care sounded very appealing.

Being a natural nerd, Dr. Kim enjoyed studying for the four years of the podiatry medical school program and the years of surgical residency that followed. After all the hard work was finished, it has been really satisfying and gratifying that she has been able to open up her own practice with her partner, Dr. Emini. Together, they try to make DM Foot & Ankle a fun place to work at and hope patients think it is a great place to get their feet treated!

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 Diana Emini
April 29, 2015
Category: heels

Fancy dresses, suits and ties, high heels and dress shoes. Prom Season is upon us, and it’s almost time to get all dolled up for the big day. But before you do, it’s important to keep some tips in mind:

  1. When picking out the proper heels, be sure to get a wider heel that is no more one to two inches in height.
  2. Wedges can be a good compromise between tall stiletto heels and flats.
  3. Make sure that the shoes you choose are comfortable, since you will be wearing them all night.

It can be tempting to join the trend of dancing barefoot or taking off painful heels at the end of the night, but doing this can be a bit risky. Things like foot fungus and warts are rampant after prom season because of the massive exposure on the dance floor. Since there will undoubtedly be ladies (and guys) who take off their shoes at prom, make sure to check your feet about one month after prom for unusual growths like warts. If you choose to avoid the barefoot route, bring an extra pair of flats or socks to change into so you can dance the night away pain free!

By Dr. Michelle Kim
April 08, 2015
Category: Orthotics

One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to shoes. Even though you may be able to pick your shoe size at the store, you cannot pick your shoe shape. Since shoes are made for a “generic” foot shape and size, this is where orthotics or shoe inserts come in handy. Most feet differ in shape, arch, width, and bone structure, so the generic shoe can be painful or even harmful to your feet. This is why orthotics are so important, they can be beneficial to any and all people.

What is an orthotic?

            An orthotic is a removable custom insole which provides pressure, relief, and shock absorption. Custom-made orthotics or pre-made shoe inserts are both commonly recommended for patients who are athletes, have diabetes, or many other foot issues including heel pain, flat feet, and bunions.

How can orthotics help me?

            Orthotics offer a high level of comfort and pressure relief. Since your shoes are not made specifically for your feet, orthotics can help to provide arch support and structure support by stabilizing, aligning, and cushioning the bottom of your foot. They help to normalize the fold across your feet and ease pain.

How do I get orthotics?

            You have two choices for arch supports; either pre-made or custom made. Pre-made supports are a great alternative with the right brand. They are not molded to your foot specifically but they can help with general foot issues.  Custom orthotics can only be ordered by a medical professional. They are custom made to fit your individual feet and address a number of issues including gait and structure problems, pain in the heel or sole, hammertoes, and even calluses. These can be tailor made to a specific sport or shoe, even if it’s a stiletto!

If you have never used orthotics, call us today and make an appointment to get fitted for your own pair of custom orthotics!

Taking a stroll down that infamous red carpet is not as easy as it may appear.  Millions of people are watching each celeb’s every move through the TV and critiquing their choice of dress, footwear, and hairdo.  Hundreds of photographs are snapping away to have these photos reprinted in magazines or displayed on websites for years to come.  No one wants to be the one on the “worst dressed” page!

Celebrities will prep for months in advance to get Oscar glamified, and in various forms of extreme:

  • Exercising at least 6 weeks in advance to get as toned as possible
  • Diets, detox, and near starvation to slim down
  • Visits to the dermatologist for laser zapping, tissue tightening, and Botox injections
  • Teeth whitening and brightening
  • Body treatments such as facials, massages, scrubs, and peels
  • Waxing and other forms of body hair removal
  • Spray tans to give the body a bronzed glow
  • IV drips of B12 and other vitamins for energy
  • Having a team of stylists choosing each item to be worn that evening

Let’s not forget about their tootsies!  Feet need prepping too. Dry heels will be buffed, and all toenails will be polished to perfection. Shoes must complement their outfit, and most females will forgo comfort for fashion this evening.  I wonder how many have considered dermal fillers such as Restylane to add cushion to the balls of the feet?  I can assure you that there will not be any signs of fungus,ingrown toenails infections, or warts visible on anyone’s feet this evening.  The feet usually are shown off in those stilettos, and any appearance beyond stunning is definitely not acceptable.  People still talk about this actress’ poor choice of heels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What extreme would you go to if you were on the red carpet?  Would you find this and exciting or frightening experience?  I think in my case…  it would be a pretty fun night!

 

BY: Diana Emini