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Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim are podiatric physicians and surgeons who specialize in the    surgical and nonsurgical treatment of conditions that affect the feet and ankle.

They both hold the advance degree as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Podiatric medicine deals with the skin, nails, bones, soft tissue, tendons, nerves, and the function of the foot and ankle. The doctors understand how the feet affect the overall condition of the human body and the best treatments available.

Our doctors attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Illinois where they completed four years of medical school. They completed their Surgical Residency Program at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, under the tutelage of one of the founding fathers of podiatric medicine.

Both Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim earned the honors of Chief Surgical Resident for their respective years of training. This is also how they met each other and became eventual partners.

Our doctors are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and by The American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Being Board Certified ensures that Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim are well-trained, have successfully performed a diverse range of foot and ankle surgeries,  have excellent surgical skills, and have the knowledge to pass rigorous board exams.

Our physicians have had the most specific and specialized training for the foot and ankle. Because of this critical difference, our podiatrists are the most appropriate specialists to promptly diagnose and treat various foot and ankle conditions.

Some reasons to see a foot and ankle surgeon are:

· Foot or ankle injury

· Sports injury

· Pain of the foot and ankle

· Gait abnormalities

· Bunions

· Hammertoes

· Unusual growths

· Arthritis

We have on-site x-rays and the most modern medical treatments available to best help with all your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Diana Emini
February 27, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
One of the most common foot fractures is a fracture that occurs in the 5th metatarsal - the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Two types of fractures that often occur in the fifth metatarsal:
  • Avulsion fracture. In an avulsion fracture, a small piece of the bone is pulled off the main portion of the bone by a tendon or ligament. This type of fracture is the result of an injury in which the ankle rolls. Avulsion fractures are often overlooked when they occur with an ankle sprain. 
  • Jones fracture. Jones fractures occur in a small area of the fifth metatarsal that receives less blood and is therefore more prone to difficulties in healing. A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tine hairline break that occurs over time) or an acute (sudden) break. Jones fractures are caused by overuse, repetitive stress or trauma. They are less common and more difficult to treat than avulsion fractures. Other types of fractures can occur in the fifth metatarsal. Examples include midshaft fractures, which usually results from trauma or twisting, and fractures of the metatarsal head and neck. 
Symptoms
Avulstion and Jones fractures have the same signs and symptoms which include:
  • Pain, swelling and tenderness on the outside of the foot
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bruising
Diagnosis
Anyone who experiences any of the mention symptoms should schedule an evaluation with one of our Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. To properly diagnose, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim will request on site, digital x-rays to be taken during your evaluation at our office. Upon reviewing the x-rays with you, our physicians will then ask a series of questions about how the injury occurred or when the pain started. They will then discuss your treatment options with you based on your initial evaluation.

Nonsurgical Treatment
Our doctors will create a specific treatment plan for reach patient based on their symptoms and diagnosis. Many times, Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim will recommend the following nonsurgical treatments:
  • Rest: Stay off the injured foot to avoid further injury. No exercising, walking or any activities that require pressure to the injured foot.
  • Ice: Ice reduces inflammation and swelling. Our doctors recommend applying an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel to the site for 15-20 minutes/1-2 times a day.  
  • Compression: Your treatment plan may include compressing the area with an elastic wrap or soft cast to control swelling.
  • Elevation: When idle, the injured foot should be raised slightly above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
  • Immobilization: Depending on the severity of the injury, the foot will be immobilized with a hard cast, walker boot or soft cast and surgical shoe. We can do all casting and dispensing of necessary immobilization devices during a patient's initial evaluation.
  • Bone stimulation: A pain-free external device that is used to speed the healing of some fractures. 
When is Surgery Needed?
If the injury involves a displaced bone, multiple breaks or has failed to adequately heal, surgery may be required. As Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim will determine the type of procedure that is best suited for the individual patient based on their physical exam findings. Our doctors perform these surgeries as outpatient procedures at Amita Bolingbrook Hospital or Preferred Surgicenter in Orland Park.

Any time pain, swelling, difficulty walking or bruising occurs, an evaluation with a podiatrist is recommended. Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim are proud to serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen, Orland Park and all surrounding areas. Don't wait! Call (630) 863-7517 to schedule a visit with one of our podiatrists today. 
By Dr. Michelle Kim
February 15, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
The structure of the foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The foot consists of 28 bones, 19 of those being toe bones. Fractures of the toe bones are common and require evaluation by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim.

What is a Fracture?
A fracture is a break in the bone. One of the most common fractures is a bedpost fracture, which is a toe fracture.  Bedpost fractures get their name because they are typically caused by the accidental stubbing of the toe on a solid structure, such as a bedpost, desk or table. These types of fractures can be either displaced (the bone is broken in such a way it has changed position), or non-displaced (the bone is cracked, but remains in the same position).

Signs and symptoms of a bedpost fracture include:
  • You may hear a sounds at the time of the injury.
  • Pinpoint pain at the time the fracture occurs.
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe. 
  • Bruising and swelling around the injured area the next day.
Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim stress that the old saying "if you can walk on it, it's not broken" is just not true. Evaluation by one of our Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons is always recommended. 

Treatment of Toe Fractures
Many people believe that nothing can be done to treat the broken toe bone. This is typically not true. Treatment options for bedpost fractures may include:
  • Rest. Sometimes rest is all that is needed
  • Splinting. The toe may be fitting with a splint to keep it in a fixed position. 
  • Immobilization. Our doctors may recommend the use of a surgical shoe or walker boot. Being the one-stop-shop for all your podiatry needs, we carry these items on site at our office and can bill most insurance for these types of devices. 
  • Surgery. If the break is badly displaced or if the joint is affected, surgery may be necessary. Both Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 
Fractures should never be left untreated. If you experience any symptoms of a fracture, call our office to schedule an appointment. We will try to get you in for an evaluation with one of our doctors right away!

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 DM Foot & Ankle Associates
September 12, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

Many people suffer from bunions. Bunions are one of the most common foot ailments our podiatrists treat. Although men do suffer from bunions, women are much more likely to develop this type of foot deformity.

What is a bunion?

So, what is it? A bunion is a "bump" on the outer edge of your big toe and forms when bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. This misplaced bone or tissue will force the big toe to bend inward towards the others, causing a lump of bone on the foot to protrude outward causing that area to become sore. The joint where the lump forms carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, therefore, if a bunion is left untreated this area may become stiff or extremely painful for a person.

Causes

There is no one specific cause of bunions, but you can start by blaming genetics. Bunions tend to run in families and are caused by the foot type that is passed down from one generation to the next. If flat feet, low arches, arthritis or inflammatory joint disease can be used to describe your foot, you could develop a bunion.

Genetics aren't the only culprit, as footwear can play a role in bunion formation too! Shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to squeeze together can also be to blame. This is why women are more prone to forming bunions than men.

Who can help?

We can! Our podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle are true experts when it comes to treating bunions both surgically and non-surgically. If you have a bunion and want to know where you stand, the best first step is to call our office at (630) 863-7517 and schedule an appointment to have one of our doctors evaluate it, take x-rays and discuss the best treatment option for you.  We treat feet of all sizes and proudly serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen, Orland Park and all surrounding communities!