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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!

 

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

 

 

 

 

By DM Foot and Ankle Associates
April 06, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

The Problem

A misaligned foot can affect the entire body and cause or worsen many musculoskeletal problems. This misalignment is the result of a common condition called talotarsal displacement.

Talotarsal displacement occurs when the ankle bone slides off the heel bone. This causes the ankle bone to roll inward and the front of the foot to turn outward.

When left untreated, talotarsal displacement is the most common cause of misaligned feet, bunions, heel pain, hammer toes and many other foot and ankle issues.

The Solution

HyProCure is the answer! HyProCure is a titanium stent that is placed into a naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bones through a minimally invasive procedure. It instantly realigns and stabilizes the hindfoot while restoring natural joint motion.

HyProCure corrects the deformity at its root cause. It is an evidence based procedure that has been  performed on thousands of patients of all ages and is used by podiatric surgeons globally.

Typically, HyProCure patients are back to normal walking within a few weeks.

 

Questions and Facts

Is this procedure safe for a growing child?

Yes. The bones will continue to grow around the stent.

 

Are there any limitations, as far as sports go, after this procedure?

Once the tissues surrounding the stent are healed, patients should be able to participate in regular physical activities. Many patients notice a significant improvement in walking, running and jumping post-procedure.

 

HyProCure is FDA Approved. This implant has been used in over 40 countries on thousands of pediatric and adult patients.

 

HyProCure is made of titanium and will not interfere with MRI or CT scans.

 

Though cause for removal is rare, the procedure is reversible.

 

If you believe you may be a candidate for HyProCure or suffer from other foot and ankle issues, contact our office for an evaluation with one of our physicians. We treat Lemont, Homer Glen, Lockport, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale and many other surrounding suburbs. Call (630) 863-7517 for an appointment today!