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By DM Foot & Ankle Associates
September 12, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

Many people suffer from bunions. Bunions are one of the most common foot ailments our podiatrists treat. Although men do suffer from bunions, women are much more likely to develop this type of foot deformity.

What is a bunion?

So, what is it? A bunion is a "bump" on the outer edge of your big toe and forms when bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. This misplaced bone or tissue will force the big toe to bend inward towards the others, causing a lump of bone on the foot to protrude outward causing that area to become sore. The joint where the lump forms carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, therefore, if a bunion is left untreated this area may become stiff or extremely painful for a person.

Causes

There is no one specific cause of bunions, but you can start by blaming genetics. Bunions tend to run in families and are caused by the foot type that is passed down from one generation to the next. If flat feet, low arches, arthritis or inflammatory joint disease can be used to describe your foot, you could develop a bunion.

Genetics aren't the only culprit, as footwear can play a role in bunion formation too! Shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to squeeze together can also be to blame. This is why women are more prone to forming bunions than men.

Who can help?

We can! Our podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle are true experts when it comes to treating bunions both surgically and non-surgically. If you have a bunion and want to know where you stand, the best first step is to call our office at (630) 863-7517 and schedule an appointment to have one of our doctors evaluate it, take x-rays and discuss the best treatment option for you.  We treat feet of all sizes and proudly serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen, Orland Park and all surrounding communities!

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!

By Diana Emini
April 29, 2015
Category: heels

Fancy dresses, suits and ties, high heels and dress shoes. Prom Season is upon us, and it’s almost time to get all dolled up for the big day. But before you do, it’s important to keep some tips in mind:

  1. When picking out the proper heels, be sure to get a wider heel that is no more one to two inches in height.
  2. Wedges can be a good compromise between tall stiletto heels and flats.
  3. Make sure that the shoes you choose are comfortable, since you will be wearing them all night.

It can be tempting to join the trend of dancing barefoot or taking off painful heels at the end of the night, but doing this can be a bit risky. Things like foot fungus and warts are rampant after prom season because of the massive exposure on the dance floor. Since there will undoubtedly be ladies (and guys) who take off their shoes at prom, make sure to check your feet about one month after prom for unusual growths like warts. If you choose to avoid the barefoot route, bring an extra pair of flats or socks to change into so you can dance the night away pain free!

 

 

Sparkly dresses, party hats, champagne, and glitter. It’s New Years Eve and it’s almost time to get all dressed up for the midnight festivities. Whether you will be attending a family party, downtown with your friends, or at Times Square waiting for the ball to drop, make sure that you are wearing the right shoes tonight!

 

We know that most women will go straight to the high heels and stilettos for special occasions like tonight, and while they may look good, those types of shoes can be very destructive for your feet.  Common problems that high heels cause are:

                   Bunions: High heels cause increased ball of foot pressure that can cause or further the

                                         development of bunions that are usually formed on the side of the big toe.

 

               Hammertoes: Narrow and pointy toe box found on high heeled shoes causes pressure    

                                         on the toes and push them into a bent position that may  become permanent

                                         and rigid over time.

 

               Corns/Calluses: Repeated friction or pressure against the skin and joints of the feet                                                             can cause corns and calluses which may become painful.

 

               Neuroma: Pointy heels can also lead to a thickening of nerve tissue between the third

                                         and fourth toes that can cause pain or numbness.

 

               The Calf: Wearing heels may cause the calf muscles to shorten and tighten, leading to  

                                         heel pain.

 

               Posture: Heels lean the body forward, pushing the hips and spine out of alignment and

                                         increased pressure across the ball of foot and lack of support across the arch.

           

Dr.Kim and I see many women that have one or more of the above problems due to years of wearing heels. Fortunately, we treat these conditions at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, but we try to educate our patients about these problems before they occur, in hopes of evading unnecessary pain, foot deformities, treatment, and surgeries. 

We advise women to avoid pulling out those six inch stilettos tonight, but we know that many are reluctant to give up the high heels and would rather live through the pain in the name of fashion. We’re women, we get it. So, instead of the super uncomfortable stiletto, we suggest going for a lower, chunkier heel or wedge tonight. This will help take some of the pressure off your feet and offer more stability while still looking stylish. Be sure to bring an extra pair of good-quality, oxford-type shoes that can be changed into later on so as to limit the amount of time wearing heels. After a night of high activity in high heels, wear more sensible shoes the following days to give your feet a break.

Be sure to start 2015 off in the right shoes! Happy New Year!

 

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