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If you have kids – or even if you don't – you've probably been watching the animated movie “Frozen,” on DVD. The movie sold over 3 million DVD copies the first day it was released last week, and has become the 12th-highest grossing film of all time – outselling blockbusters such as “The Dark Knight,” and “Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

 

If you've been watching the tale about a kingdom of eternal winter, it may be easy to forget that it's finally spring. In fact, we've been waiting for April to arrive at DM Foot and Ankle to recognize National Foot Health Awareness month.

 

Whether you're watching movies indoors or being active outside, it's a good time to remember our feet are indicators of our health. After all, symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can be found from the ankle down, so it's important for feet to get the care they need.

 

Feet are complex – they stabilize the body, absorb shock and propel the body forward. At some point, 75 percent of Americans will experience problems with foot health.

 

This month, we hope you remember that podiatrists such as Dr. Diana Emini and myself can be an important part of your health care. We're trained to treat most issues effecting the foot, ankle and related areas of the legs. We can care for tiny toddlers who need corrective inserts to athletes with sports injuries to adults suffering from diabetic wounds – and much more!

 

Come visit us if you have any of the following:

  • Any sort of foot pain

  • Diabetes

  • Irregularities of the foot and lower-leg (flat feet, bow legs, etc.)

  • Fresh or recurring injuries to the foot, ankle, or lower-leg

  • Infections or open sores

  • Issues with circulation

Meanwhile, in honor of Foot Health Awareness Month, we wanted to share a few facts from the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association:

 

  • Your feet contain one-quarter of all the bones in your body.
  • There are times when you walk where the pressure on your feet is more than your body weight. When running, it can be three or four times your weight.
  • Women have roughly four times as many foot problems as men, likely due to life-long patterns of wearing high heels
  • Just a small percentage of people are born with foot problems. Most often, it's lack of awareness of proper care -- including ill-fitting shoes -- that bring about problems.

We want to make sure patients are caring for their feet all year long – not just in April. Don't hesitate to call our Lemont office if you need help with any foot or ankle issue!

 

By Michelle Kim