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DM Foot and Ankle Associates is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this October! As part of our celebration, we’ve put together 10 questions for our doctors to answer so you can get to know the leaders of the pack a bit better. 

Dr. Emini’s 10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years!

Q #1 - What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

A #1 - Relaxing in the backyard with a good book.

 

Q #2 - If you found out today was your last day on Earth, what would you do?

A #2 - Spend it with my husband and boys.

 

Q #3 - What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?

A #3 - I like to make my own soap, lotions and potions. My son has sensitive skin, so I wanted something “clean” for him to use.

 

Q #4 - What’s your favorite thing about being a podiatrist?

A #4 - Connecting with my patients and helping them to feel better.

 

Q #5 - What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

A #5 - Starting our practice from scratch and watching it grow!

 

Q #6 - If you could do anything besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?

A #6 - Cosmetic dermatology, jeweler or interior design

 

Q #7 - If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?

A #7 - Panther

 

Q #8 - What type of music are you into?

A #8 - I love almost all types music. What I listen to depends on the mood I am in and the activity I am doing – working out, I like upbeat dance music. For relaxing, I like instrumental piano songs like from Max Richter.

 

Q #9 - What was the best vacation you ever took and why?

A #9 - I have been lucky enough to go on some amazing trips - ever since Dr. Kim told me I need to expand my travel horizons beyond Mexico. They have all been special and I don't know if I can pick just one, but if I had to it would be Paris - for food, history and culture.

 

Q #10 - What would be the title of your memoir?

A #10 - Where My Feet Have Led Me

 

Like getting to know our doctors better? Stay tuned for Dr. Kim’s questionnaire answers to be posted soon!

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

 

Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker recently appeared at downtown Chicago's Nordstrom store to promote her shoe and handbag line, SJP Collection.

 

One of the shoes is even named “Carrie,” the character she played on the HBO series about single, shoe-loving women in New York.

 

In addition to her shoe line, Parker and “Sex and the City” cast-mate Kristin Davis, have made news recently about the show's high-heeled footwear that was practically a character all its own.

 

As a result of daily filming in footwear from Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, Parker recently admitted that she caused permanent damage to her feet.

 

I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some made better than others, and never complained,” she said, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper.

 

In addition, after twisting her ankle on the set of a film, her podiatrist gave her some harsh news.

 

I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there – you’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there,'” she said, according to the newspaper.

 

Meanwhile, fellow actress Davis Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte in the series, apologized to the Telegraph this month, saying she regrets that the show encouraged women to squeeze into too-tall stilettos on a daily basis.

 

I do feel guilt about the heels,” she told the paper. "It did seem we were trying to say to women, ‘You should be wearing heels like these’... "But we definitely weren’t...”

 

In fact, the actress admitted she now wears flats as often as possible, and when she does put on heels, it hurts.

 

As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle, Dr. Michelle Kim and I don't recommend that women wear high heels on a daily basis – instead we suggest the shoes be saved for special occasions. As the ladies of “Sex and the City” have learned, they can cause corns, severe heel pain and even cracks in the bones of the foot.

 

Call our Lemont office if you're having pain from high heels. We can also offer supportive inserts that can fit into your dress shoes.

 

Meanwhile, if you're thinking about buying a pair of shoes from Parker's new line, just remember that while the collection includes stilettos, it also offers flats.

 

 

By Diana Emini

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.

We also offer products to help disinfect your Uggs to help kill bacteria and fungus. Also, be sure to wear cotton or wicking socks – going barefoot could lead to a fungal infection.

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 

Open a magazine such as People or US Weekly, flip on shows such as “Fashion Police” on E! Or log on to Hollywood blogs such as Perez Hilton's, and odds are good that you will see actresses sporting tall, platform heels such as those by Christian Louboutin.

"Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker, actress Jessica Alba and "Twilight" leading lady Kristen Stewart have all been spotted in the tall shoes with their trademark, red-soled platforms. But while the footwear may be fashionable among A-listers, did you know these shoes can earn failing grades for the feet?

Women who frequently wear high heels that are too tight and cause stress on the foot may be at risk for neuromas. It's a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot, often between the third and fourth toes. A neuroma forms when bones in the feet press together and aggrivate the nerve between the bones.

The condition causes pain and discomfort, which can keep people from normal activities and even make walking painful.

Symptoms of neuromas include:

·         Sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, especially while walking

·         Tingling or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot

·         A feeling that there's a stone in your shoe or your sock is wrinkled

·         A painful lump

In addition to poor-fitting shoes, other factors can lead to a nueroma:

·         High impact sports such as running, skiiing or rock climbing. These activities are high-impact and/or require tight shoes, which can expose the feet to trauma and pressure.

·         Foot deformities. Those with hammertoes, flat feet or high arches may be more at risk

·         Injury. This can lead to a deformity that might make a neuroma more likely

Luckily, medication, shoe inserts, switching to shoes with good support and a wide toe box, physical therapy and cortrisone injections may reduce pain. When conservative measures fail, there are surgical options. At DM Foot and Ankle, Dr. Michelle Kim and I offer a minimally invasive option that leaves the nerve tissue intact. Traditional surgeries remove the whole nueroma.

If you are suffering from pain – whether it's from too-tall shoes or other issues – consult your doctor. Pain is never normal, and visiting our Lemont office can get you back on your feet and living pain-free.

By Diana Emini