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Bunions can be unsightly, painful and in some cases even debilitating. But, did you know that your footwear choices play a big role in whether you experience the bunion blues? The shoes you wear may be aggravating your feet which may already be prone to developing a bunion.


Tight Shoes

The tight toe box in many of the popular styles such as peep toe heels, pointed toes, and flats can really aggravate your bunions! The toe box that these types of shoes have are known to crunch the toes together and may lead to a slight to severe realignment of the big toe causing a bunion or irritation to an already apparent bunion.


High Heels

By wearing any heel that is higher than 2 inches you are shifting your body weight forward, and in return, putting incredible pressure on the balls of your feet and your toes. The extra pressure really adds up and can sometimes be even as high as seven times the normal amount of stress, causing even more discomfort when it comes to your bunion.


Flat Feet

If you already suffer from low arches, you are unfortunately more prone to developing a bunion. A ballet flat type of shoe usually offers little to no arch support and can worsen your low arch and increase your chances of having a bunion. These types of shoes may feel more comfortable than heels but can be just as aggravating when it comes to a bunion.


Style Squeeze

A trendy shoe does not always mean that it is a smart shoe! In fact, many shoes these days are made more for style than they are for comfort and support. If you’re looking for leads on which shoe gear is best for your foot type, ask your DM Foot and Ankle podiatrist next time you’re in! We have a list of shoes our doctors have approved we will be happy to provide you with.

 If you have changed your shoes and your bunions are still causing you pain, it’s time to call (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment and see what the best treatment option for you may be. Dr. Kim and Dr. Emini are both board certified in foot surgery and can correct your bunion deformity with minimal pain and downtime!

By Dr. Diana Emini, DPM
August 03, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: shoes   Back to school   child  

Summer is quickly coming to an end while parents and children all over are scrambling to get their back to school necessities ready. One of the most important necessities needed in order to start your kid’s year off right is a fresh pair of shoes.  Ensuring you have the best shoe for your child can be intimidating, but follow these tips and your child will have happy feet all year long:

1. Get Measured: Ask a store associate to measure your child’s foot to confirm you are getting the best fit. If your child’s feet measure differently, always buy for the larger foot.

2. Immediate Comfort:   Buy a pair of shoes that provide ultimate comfort to your child the moment they are slipped on to their feet. There should be no “break-in" period.

3. Try On Before Buying: Bring your child with you to the store when purchasing shoes for them. Remember to also bring the type of sock your kiddo will be wearing with their shoes to promise a comfortable fit when worn together.

4. Leave Room For Growth: Your child’s toes need room for growth. There should be enough room in the shoe for your child to wiggle their toes freely.

5. Follow the ABCs of Shoe Buying:

A.) Look for a stiff heel. Press on each side of the heel of the shoe. The heel should not collapse when doing this.

B.) The toe box must be flexible.  The toe box of the shoes should bend with the toes. It should not be too stiff or bend too much.

C.) The shoes must have a rigid middle. Be sure that the shoes do not bend or twist in the middle at the arch of the shoe.

Your child’s feet change as they grow, so remember to check their shoes frequently.  By keeping these tips in mind, you will have one less thing to stress about this back to school season.


By Dr. Diana Emini
September 02, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: bunions   shoes   Heels  


Are your favorite shoes ruining your feet? Nobody puts on a pair of shoes in hopes of getting bunions, but the reality is that many people(women in particular) are basically asking for foot problems with the shoes they’re wearing!

A bunion looks like large lump sticking out of the base of the big toe. It can be on one or both feet and can range from a tiny bump, to a severely disfigured foot. Bunions don’t start off looking too abnormal or serious, but if you don’t take care of them, they can start looking pretty terrible and have painful consequences.

Some bunions are simply hereditary and are present in several generations and others are caused by improper footwear. Shoes that are too tight as well as pointy shoes or heels can cause or worsen bunions. They can start to be very painful as they progress into more advanced stages and can cause your shoes not to fit, bones to shift, and have an unsightly appearance. The good news is that while bunions are permanent, there is treatment for them.

Treatments range from conservative, nonsurgical treatments for the beginning stages of bunions to surgical treatments for bunions in more severe conditions. At DM Foot & Ankle, we can assess your bunions and provide you with the proper treatment options to prevent further formation of the bunion and pain that it may be causing.  So next time you go to wear your favorite pair of pointy heels, be sure to remember the future effects that it may have on your feet!



By Dr. Diana Emini
May 13, 2015
Category: Sports

Any athlete knows that the shoes you wear are an important part of your gear. Shoes can impact your performance as an athlete, which is why it’s extremely important to pick the right type of shoe for the sport that you play.

If you are a basketball player, it is important that you wear shoes that have dense, abrasion resistant soles that are low to the ground for better traction and support. Since ankle sprains are a common injury in basketball, it is important to wear shoes that have high ankle construction to support the ankle during quick changes in direction.

For baseball players, athletic shoes should have a roomy toe box that give your toes enough room to wiggle, but look for a snug heel to help keep your foot stable. Inadequate stretching, improper shoes, and repeated motions lead to the most common foot problems that occur among baseball players, such as achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, stress fractures, ankle sprains, and bone fractures. Remember to replace your baseball shoes after 70 to 75 hours of active wear. If wearing cleats, be sure to give yourself time to adjust to cleats by wearing them on the designated surface.

Soccer players should be sure that their cleats feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, or firm. Also, the shoes should not have more than a half inch of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe (According to studies from APMA).

For football and lacrosse players it is important to have high ankle support for quick foot movements. It is also important to allow for proper traction on a grassy field, in both wet and dry conditions. This will largely help to prevent injury.

Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface. If you are injured during sports, don’t ignore your pain, be sure to get you feet checked out so you can keep performing at your absolute best.

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!