DMFA Blog
By Dr. Michelle Kim
February 15, 2019
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The structure of the foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The foot consists of 28 bones, 19 of those being toe bones. Fractures of the toe bones are common and require evaluation by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim.

What is a Fracture?
A fracture is a break in the bone. One of the most common fractures is a bedpost fracture, which is a toe fracture.  Bedpost fractures get their name because they are typically caused by the accidental stubbing of the toe on a solid structure, such as a bedpost, desk or table. These types of fractures can be either displaced (the bone is broken in such a way it has changed position), or non-displaced (the bone is cracked, but remains in the same position).

Signs and symptoms of a bedpost fracture include:
  • You may hear a sounds at the time of the injury.
  • Pinpoint pain at the time the fracture occurs.
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe. 
  • Bruising and swelling around the injured area the next day.
Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim stress that the old saying "if you can walk on it, it's not broken" is just not true. Evaluation by one of our Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons is always recommended. 

Treatment of Toe Fractures
Many people believe that nothing can be done to treat the broken toe bone. This is typically not true. Treatment options for bedpost fractures may include:
  • Rest. Sometimes rest is all that is needed
  • Splinting. The toe may be fitting with a splint to keep it in a fixed position. 
  • Immobilization. Our doctors may recommend the use of a surgical shoe or walker boot. Being the one-stop-shop for all your podiatry needs, we carry these items on site at our office and can bill most insurance for these types of devices. 
  • Surgery. If the break is badly displaced or if the joint is affected, surgery may be necessary. Both Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 
Fractures should never be left untreated. If you experience any symptoms of a fracture, call our office to schedule an appointment. We will try to get you in for an evaluation with one of our doctors right away!
By DM Foot & Ankle Associates
February 12, 2019
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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?

A: Bahamas

 

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 14, 2018
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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.

DM Foot and Ankle Associates is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this October! As part of our celebration, we’ve put together 10 questions for our doctors to answer so you can get to know the leaders of the pack a bit better. 

Dr. Emini’s 10 Questions to Celebrate 10 Years!

Q #1 - What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

A #1 - Relaxing in the backyard with a good book.

 

Q #2 - If you found out today was your last day on Earth, what would you do?

A #2 - Spend it with my husband and boys.

 

Q #3 - What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?

A #3 - I like to make my own soap, lotions and potions. My son has sensitive skin, so I wanted something “clean” for him to use.

 

Q #4 - What’s your favorite thing about being a podiatrist?

A #4 - Connecting with my patients and helping them to feel better.

 

Q #5 - What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

A #5 - Starting our practice from scratch and watching it grow!

 

Q #6 - If you could do anything besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?

A #6 - Cosmetic dermatology, jeweler or interior design

 

Q #7 - If you came back in your next life as an animal, what animal would you be?

A #7 - Panther

 

Q #8 - What type of music are you into?

A #8 - I love almost all types music. What I listen to depends on the mood I am in and the activity I am doing – working out, I like upbeat dance music. For relaxing, I like instrumental piano songs like from Max Richter.

 

Q #9 - What was the best vacation you ever took and why?

A #9 - I have been lucky enough to go on some amazing trips - ever since Dr. Kim told me I need to expand my travel horizons beyond Mexico. They have all been special and I don't know if I can pick just one, but if I had to it would be Paris - for food, history and culture.

 

Q #10 - What would be the title of your memoir?

A #10 - Where My Feet Have Led Me

 

Like getting to know our doctors better? Stay tuned for Dr. Kim’s questionnaire answers to be posted soon!





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