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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. 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!
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!