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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 DM Foot and Ankle Associates
February 07, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

February is American Heart Health Month. To spread awareness, here are some surprising facts about your heart and it’s health.

  • The heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It pumps about 2 ounces of blood out with every heartbeat, which can add up to at least 2,500 gallons per day.

 

  • The average weight of a heart is between 7 and 15 ounces. Your heart weighs about the same amount as an apple and is a little larger than the size of your fist.

 

  • Women’s hearts beat faster. On average, a woman’s hear beats 78 beats per minute while the male heart beats about 70 beats per  minute.

 

  • Heart disease is not only the number one killer of men, but for women as well. In fact, more woman die from heart disease than from most cancers combined.

 

  • Heart attack symptoms differ in men and women. When suffering from a heart attack men tend to feel chest pain that feels like an elephant is sitting on their chest, upper body discomfort, rapid heartbeat, stomach discomfort that may feel like heartburn, shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea. Women tend to experience unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, indigestion, upper back, shoulder or throat pain, pain that spreads up to the jaw and pressure or pain in the center of their chest.

 

  •  The greatest potential risk factor for heart disease is your activity level. People with low activity levels are at double the risk than those who are more active.

 

  •  Depression increases risk for a heart attack, especially in women. Women ages 55 and under who suffer from depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die of heart disease or require an artery-opening procedure.

 

  •  The beating sound your heart makes is the clapping sound of the valve leaflets opening and closing.

 

  • The heart has its own electrical supply and will continue to beat when it is separated from the body.

Our doctors treat feet of all sizes. If you or someone you know is having a foot or ankle issue near Lemont, Homer Glen, Lockport, Hinsdale, Orland Park or other surrounding areas call (630) 863-7517 to schedule a visit with us today!

Sources: health.com, everydayhealth.com, healthline.com, clevelandclinic.org