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Bunions can be unsightly, painful and in some cases even debilitating. But, did you know that your footwear choices play a big role in whether you experience the bunion blues? The shoes you wear may be aggravating your feet which may already be prone to developing a bunion.

 

Tight Shoes

The tight toe box in many of the popular styles such as peep toe heels, pointed toes, and flats can really aggravate your bunions! The toe box that these types of shoes have are known to crunch the toes together and may lead to a slight to severe realignment of the big toe causing a bunion or irritation to an already apparent bunion.

 

High Heels

By wearing any heel that is higher than 2 inches you are shifting your body weight forward, and in return, putting incredible pressure on the balls of your feet and your toes. The extra pressure really adds up and can sometimes be even as high as seven times the normal amount of stress, causing even more discomfort when it comes to your bunion.

 

Flat Feet

If you already suffer from low arches, you are unfortunately more prone to developing a bunion. A ballet flat type of shoe usually offers little to no arch support and can worsen your low arch and increase your chances of having a bunion. These types of shoes may feel more comfortable than heels but can be just as aggravating when it comes to a bunion.

 

Style Squeeze

A trendy shoe does not always mean that it is a smart shoe! In fact, many shoes these days are made more for style than they are for comfort and support. If you’re looking for leads on which shoe gear is best for your foot type, ask your DM Foot and Ankle podiatrist next time you’re in! We have a list of shoes our doctors have approved we will be happy to provide you with.

 If you have changed your shoes and your bunions are still causing you pain, it’s time to call (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment and see what the best treatment option for you may be. Dr. Kim and Dr. Emini are both board certified in foot surgery and can correct your bunion deformity with minimal pain and downtime!

By Dr. Sarah Matouk
March 20, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

Almost every move in basketball relies on our feet.  Basketball is a high-impact and physically demanding sport, and our feet are the foundation of any basketball players' game; whether it's running up and down the court, landing a free throw or a jump shot, our feet and ankles take a beating. Many injuries are from overuse to specific parts of our feet and ankles, or sudden trauma or fracture from the high demands of the game.  Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we can provide you with the knowledge, treatment and management of existing foot problems, exacerbated problems, or new ones that may arise. 

Many of the pains and injuries sustained in basketball can be helped and prevented by proper conditioning.  Stretching before and after playing, and weight lifting to strengthen the lower body muscles can help to reduce the likelihood of chronic and repetitive injuries. Every good exercise routine needs the proper support of our feet, which means finding the right shoes.

Shoes can go a long way in preventing sore or injured feet in basketball.  The appropriate pair can help prevent ankle, foot, knee, leg and even hip and back pain.  Shoes provide proper stability, flexibility and shock absorption, but remember, not every shoe was created equally.  Athletes need the right shoe to handle the high demands of the specific game.  Basketball footwear has a high cut designs to assist with ankle stability while jumping and side to side actions. Everyone has a unique foot shape, and sometimes shoes alone are not enough to support the athlete.  A custom pair of orthotics will help to distribute body weight evenly, and correct any abnormalities in your feet, such as flat feet. 

At DM Foot and Ankle, we understand that not every basketball players feet are the same, but the love for the game is.  We cater our treatment protocol to you as an athlete.  Treatments may include shoe counseling, prescription orthotics, exercises and taping of the foot and ankle, training regiments to strengthen foot and ankle muscles and tendons, and even surgery in acute injury or severe cases.  Seek a consultation off or during the season, and let us help you play your best!

 

 

Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we are continually striving to improve patient care by stating up to date with medical advancements. 

We are proud to introduce our newest services, the EPAT treatment and Amniofix injections.

What is EPAT?

The EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activiation Technology. EPAT is an innovative, non-invasive way to treat pain. 

EPAT is used to treat:

  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Tendinitis in the foot or ankle
  • Any ligament/tendon pain that is not responding to conventional treatments

The success rate of EPAT is equal to or greater than traditional methods, including surgery. However, EPAT leaves out the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time of surgery. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment. Maximal effects can take about 4 weeks or longer. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have a significant reuction in pain.

What is AmnioFix?

AmnioFix is an injection that is safely derived from human amniotic membrane and comes in a mivronized powder form. AmnioFix treats micro-tears in soft tissue helping reduce inflammation and scare tissue formation while enhancing the healing process. 

AmnioFix Sports Med Injections are used to treat:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Soft tissue injuries

Amniofix is a great option if you have been unresponsive to conservative treatments as it reduces your need for surgical intervention.

While both treatments shoe excellent results when used alone, we recommend using the two treatments cohesively when applicable for optimal results. By doing so, the Amniofix injection stimulate stem cells while the EPAT promotes your body to heal on its own. 

Contact us at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with your DMFA physcian today to discuss these treatment options and the benefits they provide. 

 

By Dr. Sarah Matouk
February 22, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

The term bunion is one that is often heard about the feet. It is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. The onset is gradual, and over time it causes the joint to become red, irritated and painful. The big toe begins to dislocate out of position, and extra bone formation grows on the side of the big toe joint. Not only do shoes become uncomfortable and difficult to find, many people experience pain to the site. 

 

The cause of bunions is usually due to the structure of your foot which is inherited, and other contributing factors may include wearing tight shoes over a life time, family history, arthritis, or trauma. Many people think they have bunions, but are not sure of the severity and treatment options.

 

At DM Foot and Ankle Associates, baseline x-rays are performed to evaluate the bunion angulation as well as a clinical evaluation. This is all performed right in office by our experienced and board certified surgeons. 

 

Treatment options are catered to our patient’s unique situations and lifestyle needs. Early treatments may be as simple as shoe gear analysis and education or special inserts called orthotics. NSAIDs or injections may also be used, as well as incorporating exercises and special strapping and padding.

 

If the bunion pain is not relieved by non-surgical remedies, then surgery may be required to correct the foot deformity. Not only are Dr. Emini, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Matouk all surgically trained to correct your bunion, the doctors use the most innovative and up-to-date surgical techniques. Most of our patients complain of minimal pain after surgery, and we have our patients walking immediately afterwards. Our patients are very happy with the outcomes after their surgery.

 

Don’t delay in seeking a consultation for your bunions. The earlier treatment is initiated, the better your prognosis will be.

By Dr. Michelle Kim
May 10, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Have unsightly toenails? We've got the perfect solution for you! As seen on The Rachael Ray Show, we offer the Keryflex Nail Restoration system in our office. This is a safe application that gives the appearance of a healthy nail while safely disguising the diseased or damaged nail.

 

 

 

How Does it Work?

Keryflex is an application to the toenail in which a resin based material is applied to the nail and hardened with a special light which bonds the material to the nail to restore or improve the appearance of the nail. Your physician will then smooth and shape the nail to appear natural.

What to Expect

You will first be evaluated by one of our podiatrists to determine that Keryflex is the right option for you. Once you are a confirmed candidate, the damaged nail will be trimmed and filed down in order to prepare the nail for the Keryflex application. Once the nail is prepared, the restoration process begins. A bonding agent will be applied and the application of the resin will follow. The bonding/resin agents are then cured and hardened with the use of a ultraviolet light. The nail is then molded, shaped and filed until smooth. Finally, a sealant will be applied and cured with the light one final time. The amount of time this procedure take will vary depending on the severity of the nail damage and how many nails are being done.

 

Why Keryflex?

· Delivers immediate and significant cosmetic enhancement after one visit

· Looks and feels natural

· Nails will bend with the natural movement of your toes and feet

· Keryflex will not irritate or cause further damage to the underlying nail or skin

· Allows your underlying nail to grow out naturally

· It is non-porous and will not allow moisture to penetrate between the natural and prosthetic nail