Posts for tag: foot doctor
After a long winter with too many visits from the Polar Vortex, summer is finally here. And with Memorial Day right around the corner, that means many people's plans call for summer vacations.
No matter where you're traveling this summer – a weekend getaway to Six Flags Great America or Wisconsin Dells, a day trip to Navy Pier, a Cubs or Sox game, the Taste of Chicago or an out-of-town getaway -- we want to be part of your summer fun.
In May, June and July, we're inviting patients and community members to pick up a free, flip-flop stress reliever from our Lemont office at 14236 McCarthy Road. Take the flip-flop with you on vacation or as you partake in summer fun in and around the Chicago area, and post your photos on our Facebook page.
Winners in each category will win a $50 American Express gift card!
Here are all the details:
1. From May through July, pick up a free, flip-flop stress reliever with the DMFA logo at our front desk.
2. Take the flip-flop with you as you do something fun this summer – whether it’s a visit to the beach, attending a festival or concert, a neighborhood picnic or barbecue or traveling out of town.
3. Snap a photo with the flip flop during your travels. Keep in mind we’re giving away prizes in three categories: 1. Best Selfie 2. Most Unique 3. Best photo bomb.
4. Send us your flip-flop photos on Facebook.
5. To do so, link to our Facebook page or simply search for "DM Foot and Ankle Associates." Like us and hit the “message” button under the right hand side of our cover photo. In the white box that pops up, click “Add files.” Then simply choose the photo from your desktop to upload.
6. Don’t forget to write a short caption letting us know where the photo was taken and what you were doing. Then hit “Send."
7. We’ll post your photos on our Facebook page. A member of our staff will notify winners via Facebook messaging in August
Have a great time photographing the flip-flop during your adventures!
By Diana Emini
In the middle of winter, your shoes of choice right now may be snowboots and Uggs. But with Groundhog Day approaching on Feb. 2nd, we hope it won't be long before you can get outdoors and enjoy warm-weather spots such as Navy Pier, the Brookfield Zoo or Lemont's Centennial Pool.
Here's a look at a few popular shoe types, and some of the ways they can harm the feet.
Problem: These simple slip-ons may feel comfy, but they don't support the feet and can lead to pain. They lack arch support and typically have very little insole padding. People think because it is not a heeled shoe, it is better for them, but this super flat shoe is sometimes just as bad.
Solution: We have dressy fit orthotics that can work in the littlest of shoes.
Problem: These tall, trendy shoes are stylish. But the price of looking good has its downside: the narrow forefoot cramps those toes and can cause worsening of bunions and hammertoes. The skinny heel does not offer much in balance and throws all the weight of the foot on the ball – causing neuromas and other joint inflammatory conditions.
Solution: A chunky heel or wedged heel are better optionsbecause they have more surface area and re-distribute the weight more evenly. Don't be fooled – these shoes still place stress on the ball of the foot, but the risk or tripping or spraining an ankle may be reduced. Save the stilettos for those special occasions only.
Problem: Those pair of running shoes you’ve had for years or the old Chuck Taylors you keep wearing can make existing foot problems worse. Just because they look OK on the outside doesn't mean the inner lining and overall structure of the shoe are still in good condition. Most likely, they are worn down and are not offering you any shock absorption or support.
Solution: Thow away that too-old pair of shoes. If you need advice on finding a new pair, simply ask one of us at DM Foot and Ankle, or visit a store that specializes in running or walking shoes.
Problem: These easy to slip-on sandals lack support, and your feet have to work extra hard to keep them on. Over time, these can cause foot pain or tendon strain.
Solution: Choose a pair of sporty, fitted sandals that have a built-in arch support with a rigid sole. While you shouldn’t go walking long distances in these, they are a great alternative to those rubber thongs that so many people love.
By Michelle Kim
Thanks to pre-and post-holiday sales, you may have spent time shopping in recent weeks. In doing so, you've probably noticed there's a wide selection of shearling boots such as Uggs.
While these boots are good at keeping feet warm even during harsh Chicago winters, they may not be the best for the health of your feet.
While they're fashionable – they became a staple in many women's closets after celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Katie Holmes and Gwenyth Paltrow began wearing them in the mid-2000s – one issue is that they don't provide much support.
In fact, the fur-lined footwear even made news a few years ago when they and their knockoffs were criticized by health experts in the United Kingdom. Experts even told the British newspaper the Mirror that Uggs were "harming the feet of a generation of young women.”
"With each step, the force falls towards the inside of the foot and the feet splay,” the head of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine told the paper. “This flattens the arch and makes it drop... The result can be significant problems with the foot, the ankle, and, ultimately, the hip.”
Ugg Australia has said their boots are meant for comfort, not performance, according to the New York Daily News. As a result. these boots can create problems if they're worn for long periods of time – or worn without socks. The Daily News reported the boots don't offer “control, cushion or support” that's needed for long bouts of standing or walking. Meanwhile, most people tend to walk on unforgiving surfaces such as concrete, asphalt or industrial flooding.
One solution to this is visiting a podiatrist to get an insert to slip inside your Ugg or shearling boot to keep your feet in the correct position. My colleague, Dr. Diana Emini, and I can help fit you with an insert for your Ugg at DM Foot and Ankle.
If you're having foot pain from these types of boots, don't hesitate to call our Lemont office. Winter has only just begun, but these steps can keep your feet warm – and safe – during the cold weather.
By Michelle Kim
It's hard to believe, but the holidays are here. People are putting up decorations, planning Hanukkah and Christmas gatherings and making plans for New Year's Eve.
But come, many people across Lemont and beyond are sure to make resolutions to get into shape.
In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine recently released it's list of exercise trends expected to be big in 2014.
The list includes:
High-Intensity Interval Training: Also known as HIIT, this type of exercise took the No. 1 spot. It involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programs usually take 30 minutes or less.
Fitness Programs for Older Adults. As baby boomers age toward retirement, many members of this generation will have more discretionary money. As a result, many fitness professionals are creating programs to keep older adults healthy and active.
Group Personal Training. Thanks to the tough economy – which left many gym-goes with less money to spend on pricey training -- many trainers began offering options where they work with two or three clients at once.
Boot Camp. Patterned after military-style training, Boot Camp includes cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility drills led by an instructor.
Yoga. It's been around forever, but today, there's practically a yoga studio on every corner. That could be because yoga comes in a variety of forms: Power Yoga, Yogalates, and Bikram Yoga (better known as “hot yoga.”)
By following some of these guidelines, we hope you will stay on your feet and reach your fitness goals for 2014!