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By Dr. Diana Emini
August 05, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again! The final weeks of summer vacation are coming to an end. Now it is time for school supplies, new clothes, rearranging schedules, after-school sports, and preparing for the new school year ahead. As you make your back-to-school shopping list, be sure to include a pair of comfortable new shoes that your child can wear. According to APMA, there are many important factors to be aware of when buying a new pair of shoes for your child:

Children’s feet are growing!  Children are constantly growing out of their clothes. This also includes growing out of shoe and sock sizes, which can change every few months. Be sure to keep up with the right size.

Shoes that don’t fit can cause problems! It is important to get your child’s feet measured whenever you buy a new pair of shoes and watch for shoe irritation.

NO hand-me-downs! Everyone’s feet are shaped differently, once the shoes have been stretched and worn to fit one child’s foot, they should not be worn by another child. Also, fungus can be spread by shoe sharing.

Examine the heels of the shoes.  The heels may wear through quicker than they outgrow the shoes. Uneven heels can indicate foot problems that should be checked by a podiatrist.

Always buy shoes that fit the larger foot. There will always be one foot that is bigger than the other, so it is safer to buy for the bigger foot so as to avoid shoe irritation.

Buy shoes that don’t need to be “broken in”.  Shoes should not need to be broken in, they should be comfortable to begin with. Make sure to have your child try the shoes on with whatever type of sock they will normally be wearing to ensure proper fit.

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Michelle Kim
June 03, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

 “With an increase of women in the workforce, there is a corresponding increase in overuse injuries and chronic foot pain. Custom dress orthotics are an essential part of the treatment plan for women’s foot injuries. It takes time, education and patience to deal with women’s dress shoes.”

                                                                                                - PodiatryToday.com

 


Custom orthotics are prescription inserts that are specially made to support and comfort your feet. They are designed for your unique foot structure and pathology by a podiatrist.
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.

While many people wear orthotics for gym shoes or walking shoes, dress orthotics are just as important for those standing on their feet all day in a professional environment! Orthotics are available for many types of dress shoes! They can generally be worn in closed shoes with a heel height under two inches. Combinations of semi-flexible material and soft material can accommodate painful areas and are utilized for specific problems.

Be sure to get your pair of custom orthotics soon! At DMFA, we have an orthotics special going on this month only! Call our office for details!

Taking a stroll down that infamous red carpet is not as easy as it may appear.  Millions of people are watching each celeb’s every move through the TV and critiquing their choice of dress, footwear, and hairdo.  Hundreds of photographs are snapping away to have these photos reprinted in magazines or displayed on websites for years to come.  No one wants to be the one on the “worst dressed” page!

Celebrities will prep for months in advance to get Oscar glamified, and in various forms of extreme:

  • Exercising at least 6 weeks in advance to get as toned as possible
  • Diets, detox, and near starvation to slim down
  • Visits to the dermatologist for laser zapping, tissue tightening, and Botox injections
  • Teeth whitening and brightening
  • Body treatments such as facials, massages, scrubs, and peels
  • Waxing and other forms of body hair removal
  • Spray tans to give the body a bronzed glow
  • IV drips of B12 and other vitamins for energy
  • Having a team of stylists choosing each item to be worn that evening

Let’s not forget about their tootsies!  Feet need prepping too. Dry heels will be buffed, and all toenails will be polished to perfection. Shoes must complement their outfit, and most females will forgo comfort for fashion this evening.  I wonder how many have considered dermal fillers such as Restylane to add cushion to the balls of the feet?  I can assure you that there will not be any signs of fungus,ingrown toenails infections, or warts visible on anyone’s feet this evening.  The feet usually are shown off in those stilettos, and any appearance beyond stunning is definitely not acceptable.  People still talk about this actress’ poor choice of heels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What extreme would you go to if you were on the red carpet?  Would you find this and exciting or frightening experience?  I think in my case…  it would be a pretty fun night!

 

BY: Diana Emini

By Dr. Diana Emini
November 03, 2014
Category: footwear

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, football games, and piles of colorful leaves everywhere…Boot weather is finally upon us! Fall took a while to get here this year but winter is quickly on its tail. This means that it’s about time to go shopping for some new boots! Unfortunately, many people will be buying the wrong shoes this winter. Before you go out shopping for your new stylish booties or your heavy duty snow boots make sure you take a look at our six tips for finding the perfect boot for you!

 



1. Always buy for your bigger foot. I know ladies hate this one, but it’s important to have your feet measured to find shoes that will fit both of your feet comfortably. Nine out of ten women are currently wearing shoes that are too small for them. This can lead to a plethora of problems including bunions, hammertoes, calluses and more.

2. Make sure your foot has arch support. A cushioned-soled boot with sturdy support is important for your foot. A well built shoe normally has a removable liner that can be replaced by orthotics or arch supports.

3. Shop at the end of the day. Your feet will have swollen and measure more true to your size if you go boot shopping later in the day.

4. Don’t buy a flimsy shoe.  Invest in a good pair of boots that fits right and will last a long time. Only the front third should bend up. The rear two-thirds of the shoe should be strong and unable to bend or twist.

5. Wear the right socks. Make sure to wear the same type and thickness of socks that you normally wear when shopping at the store.

6. Don’t let your feet get wet! The material of your boot is just as important as the way it fits. If you are buying a snow boot make sure that it’s waterproof. Keeping your feet dry will ensure that there’s no room for fungus to grow.

At DM Foot & Ankle we focus on educating people on the prevention of foot problems, as well as treating feet that have been abused by years of unhealthy footwear.Dr. Kim and I can fit you for custom orthotics that will give your foot the support it needs. We also treat things such as Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis),Fungal Nails, Bunions, Hammertoes, and Calluses that can be caused by wearing improper shoe gear. Stop in to get your feet checked and to learn more about keeping your feet healthy! Now go pick out your perfect winter boot!

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