Posts for tag: bunions

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.


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!

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. Diana Emini
September 02, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: bunions   shoes   Heels  


Are your favorite shoes ruining your feet? Nobody puts on a pair of shoes in hopes of getting bunions, but the reality is that many people(women in particular) are basically asking for foot problems with the shoes they’re wearing!

A bunion looks like large lump sticking out of the base of the big toe. It can be on one or both feet and can range from a tiny bump, to a severely disfigured foot. Bunions don’t start off looking too abnormal or serious, but if you don’t take care of them, they can start looking pretty terrible and have painful consequences.

Some bunions are simply hereditary and are present in several generations and others are caused by improper footwear. Shoes that are too tight as well as pointy shoes or heels can cause or worsen bunions. They can start to be very painful as they progress into more advanced stages and can cause your shoes not to fit, bones to shift, and have an unsightly appearance. The good news is that while bunions are permanent, there is treatment for them.

Treatments range from conservative, nonsurgical treatments for the beginning stages of bunions to surgical treatments for bunions in more severe conditions. At DM Foot & Ankle, we can assess your bunions and provide you with the proper treatment options to prevent further formation of the bunion and pain that it may be causing.  So next time you go to wear your favorite pair of pointy heels, be sure to remember the future effects that it may have on your feet!





Sparkly dresses, party hats, champagne, and glitter. It’s New Years Eve and it’s almost time to get all dressed up for the midnight festivities. Whether you will be attending a family party, downtown with your friends, or at Times Square waiting for the ball to drop, make sure that you are wearing the right shoes tonight!


We know that most women will go straight to the high heels and stilettos for special occasions like tonight, and while they may look good, those types of shoes can be very destructive for your feet.  Common problems that high heels cause are:

                   Bunions: High heels cause increased ball of foot pressure that can cause or further the

                                         development of bunions that are usually formed on the side of the big toe.


               Hammertoes: Narrow and pointy toe box found on high heeled shoes causes pressure    

                                         on the toes and push them into a bent position that may  become permanent

                                         and rigid over time.


               Corns/Calluses: Repeated friction or pressure against the skin and joints of the feet                                                             can cause corns and calluses which may become painful.


               Neuroma: Pointy heels can also lead to a thickening of nerve tissue between the third

                                         and fourth toes that can cause pain or numbness.


               The Calf: Wearing heels may cause the calf muscles to shorten and tighten, leading to  

                                         heel pain.


               Posture: Heels lean the body forward, pushing the hips and spine out of alignment and

                                         increased pressure across the ball of foot and lack of support across the arch.


Dr.Kim and I see many women that have one or more of the above problems due to years of wearing heels. Fortunately, we treat these conditions at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, but we try to educate our patients about these problems before they occur, in hopes of evading unnecessary pain, foot deformities, treatment, and surgeries. 

We advise women to avoid pulling out those six inch stilettos tonight, but we know that many are reluctant to give up the high heels and would rather live through the pain in the name of fashion. We’re women, we get it. So, instead of the super uncomfortable stiletto, we suggest going for a lower, chunkier heel or wedge tonight. This will help take some of the pressure off your feet and offer more stability while still looking stylish. Be sure to bring an extra pair of good-quality, oxford-type shoes that can be changed into later on so as to limit the amount of time wearing heels. After a night of high activity in high heels, wear more sensible shoes the following days to give your feet a break.

Be sure to start 2015 off in the right shoes! Happy New Year!

By Dr. Michelle Kim
December 10, 2014
Category: Uncategorized



A question kids may be asked in school is “Which objects can float?”  Immediately coming to mind may be answers such as a balloon, a boat, or a rubber ducky.  What has never probably crossed one’s mind would be aTOE!



However in the podiatry world, we have seen numerous patients with a second toe that floats” up and won’t lie flat.  Causes of this floating toe are usually due to biomechanical and structural issues that have worsened over time.  Bunions, Hammertoes, and improper foot structure can cause the joint to dislocate over time.  This dislocation can cause weakening of the tissue under the joint known as the plantar plate.  Previously, this condition was extremely difficult to treat.  There was no consistent way to get this floating toe to stay flat and fix the plantar plate adequately.  The main reason was due to difficulty accessing the small joint space and lack of proper tools to do so.

In the last few years, different methods have been performed to repair this hard-to-reach plantar plate.  However, just a few months ago, Smith and Nephew released a trio of instrumentation dubbed their “Hat Trick” systems.  One of these techniques provides a way to fix this plantar plate consistently with stellar results.


Dr.Diana Emini and I had the privilege of being the first physicians in the Chicagoland area to use this new surgery technique!  We were excited to give this new surgery a try, and we were extremely happy with the results.  For the first time, we feel as though there is a true long-term solution to correct this problem.  If you suffer from this condition, also referred to as subluxation of the 2nd MTP joint or ruptured plantar plate, then there is an answer for you.  And the answer to “Which objects can float?” should not be a toe.


BY: Michelle Kim