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By Dr. Michelle Kim
January 28, 2015
Category: socks

Most of us have drawers full of mismatched socks of all sizes, shapes, and colors. But even though we may have a lot of socks, we have very few of the “right” kind of socks.  We’ve paid very little attention to the material of the sock and have ended up with mostly cotton socks. Unfortunately, in the winter this can be quite a problem, in fact cotton socks could just be your foot’s worst enemy in the winter.

Many people aren’t aware of the importance of a quality winter sock. Socks affect your feet in many different ways; everything from infections, to fungi, to blisters, and your toenails are directly affected by the type of socks that you wear on a daily basis.

Insulation is extremely important when choosing the type of sock you are going to wear in the winter. Cotton socks fail to keep your feet insulated and no matter how thick they are, they do very little to combat the cold. Instead of keeping out moisture, cotton socks soak in and retain moisture. The socks then actually expand and become loose on your feet.

The type of socks that are guaranteed to help keep your feet warm are socks made of natural fiber blends such as wool, cashmere, or sheepskin.  Natural fibers will keep the body well-insulated, as they would for an animal. 

The socks that you wear should fit well and be thicker than the everyday sock.  Should your socks become moist, it is imperative to change out of these as soon as possible.

At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Emini and I see many problems that can be avoided by simply wearing the right type of socks and shoe gear. So take control of your foot health today and start buying the right kind of socks and shoes for the cold winter weeks ahead!

 

 

 

BY: Michelle Kim

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