Naperville podiatrist shows school kids importance of exercise, foot health

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Lawrence Kosova in the Media, In The Media

Naperville podiatric physician Larry Kosova, DPM gives last minute exercise instructions to students at Cragin-Belmont Elementary School in Chicago. Kosova participated in a new program sponsored by the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association called “Move Your Feet.” The program promotes exercise and education about foot and ankle health and was inspired, in part, by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” exercise program. The program encourages physical fitness while also educating elementary school children about anatomy and the importance of their own foot health. The pilot program …

Dr Kosova’s opinion of Kobe Bryants shoe switch from Hi Tops to Low-Tops

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Lawrence Kosova in the Media, In The Media

The Family Podiatry Center in Naperville works with high-school and college athletes around Chicago-land, so it’s not uncommon for us to get asked the question, “Are Hi-Tops better than Low-Tops?” When a star athlete begins wearing a new shoe design, it’s not uncommon for the sales of that particular brand to sky rocket, so when a basketball star goes from hi-tops to low-tops mid season, you can’t help but wonder why. Are they really putting their ankles at risk mid-season all for boosting sales while sporting their kicks …

IPMA Feet Forward Advanced Heel Pain Procedures — Part 1

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media, In The Media, Video

Do you experience pain in the heel of your foot when you  wake up and take those first few steps?  This could be an indicator that you have plantar fasciitis.  Heel pain is common for a lot of people, yet often goes untreated.  Why you ask?  The answer is simple and somewhat disturbing to hear as a podiatrist. While many people suffer from common heel pain, an opinion has developed in our society that pain is, “Acceptable, something we all have, and/or experience.”  Taking the right steps …

Ensure hygienic pedicure at a salon

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media, In The Media

What should you look for besides cleanliness in a salon when it comes to pedicures? Columnist Mark Platt quoted Dr. Marlene Reid in the “Beauty know it all section” in July’s 2005 InStyle Magazine Summer issue. “The most important thing is to be observant,” How can I ensure I get a hygienic pedicure at a salon There shouldn’t be nail dust on the counter or the floor. Tools should stay in the ultrasonic machine for more than a few minutes The American Podiatric Medical Association …

A foot fix for sweat

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media, In The Media

“Sweaty feet don’t just make you feel uncomfortable; they also can be a breeding ground for odor and even fungal or bacterial infections.” In the June 2005 issue of Good Housekeeping, Dr. Marlene Reid was asked how to address feet that sweat. Tips for feet that sweat: Keep your feet cool, clean, and dry as possible. Wash feet with antibacterial soap and towel-dry. Sprinkle absorbent powder in your shoes. Wear socks that are a cotton-nylon blend that will wick away moisture. Wear shoes that let …

Are these gonna hurt?

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media, In The Media

Dr. Reid was asked about Prorsum wedge heels and what to look for when buying a new pair in an interview with Glamour Magazine for their June 2005 Issue. How severe is this angle? While wedges look more stable than stilettos, you can tumble off high ones.  If you feel unstable when you walk, try something a bit lower. Does the ankle strap dig in? If should hit at a comfortable spot and secure tightly without cutting into your leg. Is the sole flexible at ...

Dr. Marlene Reid of the American Podiatric Medical Association offers at-home tips:

Family Podiatry Center Dr. Marlene Reid in the Media, In The Media

ClippingUse a straight-edge clipper to ensure nails do not become curved, which can lead to painful ingrown. (See a podiatrist if you develop one.)FillingEmery boards are extremely porous and trap germs that can spread, so don't share files with friends, and replace your board every few months.HydratingApply cream after a shower when feet are softened. For cracked heels, try Amlactin 12% lotion ($12; dermadoctor.com), which contains high amounts of lactic acid, or Ureacin-20 cream (#16; 800-773-4665 for stores), another potent exfoliant that can slough away ...