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We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to one of our DMFA team members, Megan. As her co-workers and our patients know, Megan has a contagious smile and is always keeping things positive. We are proud to have her as part of our team. To celebrate Megan and get to know her a bit better, we’ve put together a few questions for her to answer:
Q: What is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
Q: What are some small things that make your day better?
A: Making others smile
Q: Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
A: Lana Del Ray
Q: What TV show are you in to?
A: Grey’s Anatomy
Q: What do you like most about your family?
A: The unconditional love, encouragement and joy they bring into my life.
Team DMFA wishes you the happiest of birthdays, Megan. May all of life’s blessings be yours, on your birthday and always.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects almost 26 million people all over the United States. We at DM Foot & Ankle Associates care about our patient’s overall health and want to help spread awareness on this disease that has affected so many among us.
Did You Know?
- Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin.
- About 1/3 of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
- Type 2 diabetes often does not show any symptoms.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults.
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
- Total deaths from diabetes is projected to rise by more than 50% within the next 10 years.
- Seeing a podiatrist reduces your risk of hospitalization associated with complications from diabetes.
Diabetes and Your Feet
There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes. Some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral artery disease or amputations. Common foot complications associated with diabetes include:
- Neuropathy – Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs that can also be accompanied by pain.
- Skin Changes - Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.
- Foot Ulcers - Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If neglected, infections may occur which can lead to amputations. It is important
- Poor circulation - Your foot is more susceptible to infections and it may be harder to heal with poor circulation. Smoking worsens circulation, but exercise helps!
If you or someone you know is diabetic, it is good measure and recommended by primary care physicians to be seen at least once a year by a podiatrist for a diabetic foot exam. Our doctors are proud to serve Lemont, Lockport, Homer Glen and all surrounding areas. Call our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule your evaluation today!
The celebration continues! As promised, here are another 10 questions we had Dr. Michelle Kim answer as part of our 10 year anniversary celebration!
Dr. Kim's 10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years!
Q #1 - What's your favorite way to spend a weekend?
A #1 - Hanging out with the kids and doing fun activities.
Q #2 - What type of music are you into?
A #2 - I like all kinds of music, however, dance music is my favorite.
Q #3 - What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?
A #3 - I enjoy reading and writing. I was always a big bookwork and would spend hours in the library.
Q #4 - What was your favorite age growing up?
A #4 - Being the oldest child, I was always in a hurry to grow up. I think 22 is the prime age to be!
Q #5 -What was the last thing you read?
A #5 - Crazy Rich Asians
Q #6 - Would you say you're more of an extrovert or an introvert?
A #6 - Introvert
Q #7 - What's your favorite thing about your current job?
A #7 - I love hearing all of my patient's life experiences.
Q #8 - Who do you admire most in the world?
A #8 - I admire both my parents and especially my mom who raise my brother and I so selflessly and still helps out to his day.
Q #9 - If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A #9 - It used to be reading minds, mostly because I'm very interested in seeing what people are thinking. But, I have changed this answer now to be the power of healing.
Q #10 - If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?
A #10 - I'd be an eagle so I can fly around the world.
Winter can be a painful time of year for many women. As they transition their shoe gear to closed-in boots and shoes, we begin to notice more women coming into our office who are seeking relief for painful bunions. This is a trend we begin to see at both our Lemont and Orland Park office locations every winter.
Many of our female bunion patients arrive to our office in pain. The pain can range from occasional throbbing to a constant, agonizing pain. The pain may linger even when they take their shoes off. While the changing weather brings more bunion patients into DM Foot and Ankle, our doctors have noticed that some women are more prone to inquire about bunion surgery in the winter because they are less busy during these cold months than they are in the summer.
There are non-surgical treatment methods such as a simple change in shoe gear to a shoe with a wider toe box or joint injections. We may also recommend a patient purchase a bunion sleeve or spacer from our office. These types of devices are contoured shields that help minimize friction, pressure and bunion pain while a patient is wearing shoes. These are 15% off at our office for the month of February!
Surgery should be considered when your bunion continues to grow, is painful on a regular basis, or is affecting your daily activities. The doctors at DM Foot and Ankle are board certified for foot surgery and have years of experience performing bunion surgery. Most patients have minimal to no pain following surgery, and are up and walking right away!
If you or a loved one have noticed the pain of bunions is beginning to interfere with daily activities, it's time to discuss treatment options with a podiatrist. Give us a call today at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at either our Lemont or Orland Park location!
Many of us will be looking to hit the gym and control our weight as our New Year's resolution this year. Being motivated is key, but beginning your workouts gradually can be even more important when it comes to starting and keeping your gym time goals.
When starting a workout regimen, it is important to begin slowly. Trying to jump back into the same routine with the same amount of intensity as was done in the past can have a negative effect on your body. By gradually increasing your stamina and the length of your workouts, it will be easier to avoid overuse injuries such as stress fractures or tendons strains and sprains. Give your body some time to become acclimated before you decide to add on those extra laps in the pool or the heavier weights from the weight bench.
Another key to starting your new fitness routine gradually is being sure that you stretch before and after your workout. By doing so, you are helping prevent injuries to your body. Don't forget to stretch all areas of your body even if you are focusing on a specific area during that day's workout. Realsimple.com put together a stretching routine that is sure to make your muscles and tendons do the happy dance; next time you hit the gym, give these stretches a go:
Stretch 1: The Runner's Stretch
Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, placing your fingertips on the floor or on two firm cushions if your hands cannot reach to the floor.
Stretch 2: The Standing Side Stretch
Stand with your feet together and your arms straight overhead. Clasp your hands together, with your fingers interlaced and pointer fingers extended. Inhale as you reach upward.
Breathe out as your bend your upper body to the right. Take five slow breaths. Slowly return to the center. Repeat on the left side.
Stretch 3: The Forward Hang
Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back. (If your hands don't touch, hold on to a dish towel.) Breathe in and straighten your arms to expand your chest. Exhale and bend at your waist, letting your hands stretch toward your head. Hold for five deep breaths.
Stretch 4: The Low Lunge Arch
Step your right foot forward into a lunge and lower your left knee onto the floor or a folded towel or blanket. Bring your arms in front of your right left and hook your thumbs together, palms facing the floor. Breathe in as you sweep your arms overhead, stretching as far back as is comfortable. Take five deep breaths. Switch sides.
Stretch 5: The Seated Back Twist
Sit on the floor with your legs straight. Bend your right knee and step your right foot over your left leg. Put your right hand on the floor, fingers pointing outward, for support. Bend your left elbow and turn to the right, placing the back of your arm against your right knee. Inhale as you sit tall. Breathe out as you twist, pressing your arm into your leg and looking over your right shoulder. Hold for five breaths, then slowly return to the center. Switch sides.
Stretch 6: The Bound Angle
Sit on the floor with your legs straight. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, letting your knees drop toward the ground. Hold your shins as you inhale and stretch your chest upward. Exhale as you hinge forward from your hips (without rounding your back) and place your palms on the ground. Hold for five slow breaths.
We at DM Foot & Ankle Associates love to see our patients succeed in all that they do. Your New Year's fitness goals are important to us too. We hope that you strive to keep the quality of your workout routine as the most important aspect. Remember to start your workouts gradually and always make stretching the first step in any of your workout routines to avoid harmful effects on your body. Hoping 2018 brings everyone much happiness and health, cheers to you from all of us here at DMFA!