Posts for tag: fungus

By DM Foot & Ankle
June 22, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: fungus   Pedicure  

FUNGUS - The word itself is scary. Being diagnosed with a toenail fungal infection is even scarier. Did you know many toenail fungal infections are caused by something we voluntarily do? We're talking about pampering your feet with a pedicure. Yes, while you are enjoying the relaxation of a pedicure you could be putting yourself  at risk to becoming a victim of the dreaded toenail fungus. Many people forget to think about the risks you are taking when you go to a salon for a pedicure. Even though the tools they are using may come out of a sterilization bag, how do you know they went through the proper sterilization process? Have you ever thought about how many people have used the same polish applicator brush that comes in the bottle of the polish you picked out to paint your toes with? And those nail files, has it every occurred to you just who's nail dust is all over that file the tech uses to file your nails with? These are all questions many people forget to address when indulging in a pedicure.

So, how can you lower your risk of a fungal infection, but still enjoy the perks of a pampering pedicure? We've got the solution for you! We are now offering your own personal pedicure tool set that you can purchase and bring with you to your next pedicure. Our personal pedicure tool kit includes:

  • Toenail clippers                     
  • Cuticle Nipper
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • DMFA Nail File


All tools are surgical stainless steel with the exception of the nail file, which should be replaced after each use. This kit can be purchased at our office for $15.00(+tax). To sweeten this already awesome deal, purchase the kit now through the end of August 2016 and we will throw in a free mini OPI nail polish of your choice for you to bring with you to your next pedicure. Come see us today at DM Foot and Ankle Associates and pick up your own personal pedicure tool set!

By Dr. Michelle Kim
May 06, 2015
Category: Uncategorized



Summer is almost here in Chicago and that means it’s time to pull out the flip-flops and sandals! Many people are excited about this, but there are some that dread the thought of having to show their feet. If you have fungal nails, summer can be an embarrassing and stressful time. Fungal nail infections are a common foot health problem and can be present for years without causing pain. Left untreated, however, fungal toenails will never get better and will instead worsen over time. The sooner they are treated the better the success. Fortunately, there are several ways that fungal toenails can be treated, but to avoid even getting to the point of needing treatment, there are several precautions that may be taken.  

You can prevent fungal nail infections by taking these simple precautions:

  • Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities at all times.
  • Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools and don't apply polish to nails suspected of infection.

If it is too late and you already have fungus on your toenails, there’s no need to worry, several treatment options are available! At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we offer three different options for toenail fungus depending on the infection: topical solutions, oral medication, or laser treatment. It is important to consult your physician before starting any type of treatment so that your nail can be properly evaluated and prescribed the right treatment option. There is a solution for you, s be sure to get your toenails cleared before the start of summer!


Millions of Americans were glued to their TV’s Sunday night watching one of the most anticipated events of the year… The Super Bowl! Many rejoiced as the New England Patriot’s took home their fourth Super Bowl title, while others cried as they emptied their pockets to bets lost on the Seattle Seahawks. Regardless of which team you were cheering for, the Super Bowl kept fans on their feet until the very last minute of the game. It was a game full of excitement, emotions, and unforgettable moments.

Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs during football can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and athlete's foot.

 It doesn’t matter if it’s college football, flag football, arena football, or touch football, the foot and ankle are very susceptible to injury when playing a high contact sport like this.  Your running style, quality of footwear, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injuries.

At DM Foot & Ankle Associates we treat many athletes that have injuries or problems that can be avoided by implementing a few easy habits into their routine. Here are some tips that could help to prevent future injury or foot problems for athletes:

-  Picking the right type of shoe for your sport is one of the most important things you can do to ensure proper balance, control, and support for the high stress and intensity that your foot will go through.

-  Using custom orthotics will further support your foot and customize the right fit.

-  Wash your feet everyday and dry them thoroughly.

-  Replace your shoes every year or if they show signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface, display noticeable creasing, and/or when the heel counter breaks down.

- Wear only good quality, well- fitting socks that not only help to cushion your feet but also keep moisture away from the feet.

Dr. Kim and I treat all types of sports injuries and problems, from sprained ankles to broken bones to foot fungus. If you or someone you know has any of these issues, make an appointment to get your foot assessed and we can start immediate treatment to get you back out on the field. It is important to protect your feet and ankles in any sport that you participate in so that you can stay involved in the things you love to do and play like a champion!



By: Diana Emini

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

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