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Dr. Atiyeh Salem, DPM

Orthopedist

Dr. Atiyeh Salem is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Palos Heights, IL. Dr. Salem specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Salem tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
46 years Experience
Dr. Atiyeh Salem, DPM
  • Palos Heights, IL
  • Snead State College
  • Accepting new patients

Is Vick's really a treatment for athlete's foot?

Yes, Vick’s will help. My suggestion is to wear white socks and get orthotics to help avoid allergy to regular foot gear. Anti-fungal cream or powder will help. If the viral infections READ MORE
Yes, Vick’s will help. My suggestion is to wear white socks and get orthotics to help avoid allergy to regular foot gear. Anti-fungal cream or powder will help. If the viral infections caused and spread because of the nail fungus, then treat it with Penlac tincture. If the foot has itching or dry skin, then use lotrimin day. If you decided to use Vick’s, then use it only on dry feet and avoid socks for twenty minute to let it absorb.

Do bunion correctors work?

Depends on the bunion and the age. If this bunion caused by joint imbalance, then surgery is the way to go since correction involves the joint and tendon. If the bunion is small READ MORE
Depends on the bunion and the age. If this bunion caused by joint imbalance, then surgery is the way to go since correction involves the joint and tendon. If the bunion is small and not protruding, then a bunion shield will have temporary relief.

What happens if I leave my ingrown toenail untreated?

Ingrown nails can be caused by many factors including biomechanics abnormality and gait imbalance or abnormal nail bed. Trauma can also cause it it cutting the nails too short READ MORE
Ingrown nails can be caused by many factors including biomechanics abnormality and gait imbalance or abnormal nail bed. Trauma can also cause it it cutting the nails too short with unsterile means. Ingrown nails with infection must be taken out after giving a few days or antibiotics. To avoid infection of the ingrown nail, surgical removal of the ingrown nail must be taken prior to infection. If permanent removal is done to the ingrown nail to avoid recurrence, then laser can be used or phenol application.

Are arch supports the only way to treat neuroma?

Neuroma is a benign tumor of the digital nerves, which can be used by any compression to the area where the nerve bulge or adhere to another nerve or tissue. It's a simple procedure READ MORE
Neuroma is a benign tumor of the digital nerves, which can be used by any compression to the area where the nerve bulge or adhere to another nerve or tissue. It's a simple procedure to remove neurons by laser or excision. If the neuroma's caused by foot imbalance, then orthotics might help, but I doubt it if the neuroma is inside the middle digits.

Is a bunion a bone growth?

Bunion is a bony growth involved the joint and the proximal phalanxes and the head of the metatarsal bone. It can be corrected by many procedures to avoid overlapping and wide READ MORE
Bunion is a bony growth involved the joint and the proximal phalanxes and the head of the metatarsal bone. It can be corrected by many procedures to avoid overlapping and wide forefoot. It can be congenital and inherited or can be caused by arthritics changes.

What is the best way to clean your feet when you have diabetes?

Many diabetic patients will develop eczema or hyperkeratosis. The best thing to find out if the dry skin caused by fungal infection which can be treated by medications. To clean READ MORE
Many diabetic patients will develop eczema or hyperkeratosis. The best thing to find out if the dry skin caused by fungal infection which can be treated by medications. To clean the diabetic foot, in general, you can use domboro soaking or Vick’s rub. You can soak your feet with epson salt and drops of white vinegar and use cocoa butter cream after that.

Should I stay away from pedicures?

Yes, you are absolutely right. The tubs are used for many clients and no one knows how many they have that day. Despite the fact that the water can be warm and drops of soap added READ MORE
Yes, you are absolutely right. The tubs are used for many clients and no one knows how many they have that day. Despite the fact that the water can be warm and drops of soap added to it, the fungal infection can be dissolved in water and it is contagious from one person to another. It might take few months to show any results but feet are more susceptible to fungal infection and bacterial infection. The problem becomes worse if the patient had any cuts or any soft tissue which gives the fungal infection or bacterial infection grounds to contaminate and spread. They hardly use any sterile techniques to clean instrumentation. My suggestion is to avoid unless you are sure of two things: the tubs has fresh water and clean residue; number two is sterile instrumentation.

I suggest you do this professionally at any foot and ankle specialist where they have the experience and the proper instruments to cure fungal infection, dry skin, nail bacterial or fungal infection.

Can bunions indicate an underlying foot problem?

Bunions Cause #1: Tight Shoes Bunions Cause #2: Overpronation Bunions Cause #3: Low Arched Feet Bunions Cause #4: Uneven Weight Bearing Bunions Cause #5: Hypermobility Bunions READ MORE
Bunions Cause #1: Tight Shoes
Bunions Cause #2: Overpronation
Bunions Cause #3: Low Arched Feet
Bunions Cause #4: Uneven Weight Bearing
Bunions Cause #5: Hypermobility
Bunions Cause #6: Foot Injuries
Bunions Cause #7: Arthritis
Bunions Cause #8: Polio
Bunions Cause #9: High-Heeled Shoes
Bunions Cause #10: Excessive Standing

Congenital factors also a rule on developing factors.

There is a feeling of discomfort in my right foot. What could this be?

Could be Sprained or strained ligament Do x Ray to rule out any fracture. Use elevation to avoid swelling Change your foot gear to rule out any fiat feet or unusual mechanics READ MORE
Could be Sprained or strained ligament
Do x Ray to rule out any fracture.
Use elevation to avoid swelling
Change your foot gear to rule out any fiat feet or unusual mechanics in your gait

Could weight be a contributing factor for ankle and knee pain?

Could be the overweight or strain on the ligament. The overweight could be a contributing factor for joint strain. Do MRI to rule out any ligament imbalance.

My mother is diabetic and has thick nail growth in her feet. How can we cut them while avoiding injury?

Depends on the nail and the nail bed. Could be mycotoxins nail, which must be debriefed and could be mycotic nail which can be treated by lamisil or topical antifungal like lamisil. READ MORE
Depends on the nail and the nail bed. Could be mycotoxins nail, which must be debriefed and could be mycotic nail which can be treated by lamisil or topical antifungal like lamisil. Take a sample and send it to the lab and will be treated.

Is my ankle sprained?

Do an X-ray to rule out any sprain or fracture. Most likely, a strain on the ligament can be cured by ice or strapping.

Dull pain in my big toe with no presumed cause, what is it?

Could be deformity tvst affecting your biomechanics in the joint, could be uric acid elevation, could be arthritis of the joint. Do X-ray and blood testing.

What's this feeling on the bottom of my toe?

Could be sesamoid problem, could be nerve compression and can be spur that pressure the nerve. Do X-ray, do vascular testing and change your foot gear.

How to reduce the pain due to ankle sprain?

Ice packs is a good idea. Compression stockings are good. Use biofreeze to reduce pain. Change your foot gear.

What to do for swollen feet?

The swelling can be for many reasons, can be from congestive heart failure; Can be from lymph node problems; Can be from chemical imbalance; Can be from diabetes vascular compromise. READ MORE
The swelling can be for many reasons, can be from congestive heart failure; Can be from lymph node problems; Can be from chemical imbalance; Can be from diabetes vascular compromise.
You should elevate both feet; Walk a few steps a day; Check your chemistry in the blood; Do vascular studies to the lowest extremity; Check for any infection or ulcers or inflammation that causes this edema.
Consult a cardiologist.

I am getting frequent ankle swelling. Can it be cured?

Could be the foot gear that compress the joint. You might have flat feet or you might have joint or ligament imbalance. Do an X-ray Orthotics. Could be the Achilles’ tendon is READ MORE
Could be the foot gear that compress the joint. You might have flat feet or you might have joint or ligament imbalance. Do an X-ray Orthotics.
Could be the Achilles’ tendon is tight.

Ingrown toenail surgery now have thick ridged nails

It could be fungal infiltration to the area or to the nail bed . After or during the removal of an ingrown nail , the area must be kept clean and sterile during the procedure . To READ MORE
It could be fungal infiltration to the area or to the nail bed . After or during the removal of an ingrown nail , the area must be kept clean and sterile during the procedure .
To confirm the fungus you can do fungal lab testing and will be treated by either tincture such as Penlac

Do store orthotics work?

No because good orthotics must have the proper gear and allignment to the foot . Gait balance must be recognized while the joint in neutral position to accommodate the arch area READ MORE
No because good orthotics must have the proper gear and allignment to the foot .
Gait balance must be recognized while the joint in neutral position to accommodate the arch area .