//Foot and Ankle

Ankle Replacement Surgery

2017-12-07T15:37:54+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

Ankle Replacement Surgery Specialists in IL Ankle pain can get in the way of all of your daily routines. Our busy days require constant moving on our feet and ankles and any interference is a huge setback. If your ankle is holding you back, consider an ankle replacement surgery with IBJI specialists so we can get you back to your normal routine. When is Ankle Replacement Surgery Necessary? When over-the-counter medications or lifestyle changes can’t help severe ankle pain, it’s time to consider surgery. The most common reason for ankle replacement surgery is to cure any arthritic symptoms in the ankle joint. Ankle arthroplasty (arthroscopic surgery) is a great alternative in order to maintain painless motion [...]

Ashlee’s Story

2017-11-08T16:34:46+00:00 August 19th, 2013|

Ashlee, 37, has to be able to run – fast – on dirt, grass, and artificial turf, even if it’s wet and slippery. She has to start in quick bursts, pivot and stop on a dime. She runs dashes often and trains frequently. But Ashlee isn’t your typical athlete. […]

Avoiding The Pain of Osteoarthritis – Prevention Tips

2017-11-22T09:01:19+00:00 March 8th, 2012|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Arthritis can take many forms, but the most commonly diagnosed is osteoarthritis (OA). (1) Caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage in almost any joint it can result in arthritis related pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, a feeling of grating in the affected joint, and point tenderness. Worldwide, millions of people are affected by OA; in the US almost 27 million people live with its effects. […]

Garo Emerzian, DPM

2017-12-07T13:36:51+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Garo Emerzian is a board-certified podiatric surgeon specializing in foot surgery and reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery. He has been practicing at IBJI for almost 20 years, diagnosing and treating both simple and complex foot and ankle conditions. His practice covers a broad spectrum of care from conservative to surgical care for nail disorders, hammer toes, bunions, heel pain, nerve problems, and at foot deformities to fractures and arthritis of the foot and ankle. Dr. Emerzian treats his patients with the same care and attention he would give to his own family. A former Division 1 football player, he sustained foot and ankle injuries which help him fully understand the issues, concerns and treatment associated with these injuries. In addition to his football [...]

Fashion, Style, and Foot Health

2017-11-22T08:44:51+00:00 October 12th, 2009|Orthopedics Care|

IBJI  foot and ankle specialist Dr. Amy Jo Ptaszek, who sees patients in Glenview and Wilmette, was interviewed for the “Fashion and Style” section of  Make It Better , a North Shore publication and e-mail newsletter aimed at women.  The resulting article, titled "Happy Feet", gives solid advice on choosing stylish footwear. View complete article.

Five Simple Steps to Healthier Feet

2017-11-27T10:23:17+00:00 September 11th, 2013|Orthopedics Care|

Nothing saps your energy more quickly than sore feet. Whether from over exertion or from an injury, the doctors at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute know that when your feet hurt it’s not just your feet—you feel the hurt from top to bottom. […]

Foot and Ankle

2017-12-07T15:27:22+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

Foot and Ankle Treatments With 26 bones, over 100 muscles and tendons, a network of blood vessels and nerves, and 33 joints, the feet and ankles are an incredibly complex aspect of our musculoskeletal system. As the foundation and engine to any ambulatory movements, these intricacies ensure that people have enough strength, flexibility, and durability to survive everyday tasks. How to Choose the Right Foot and Ankle Orthopedist Anyone who has experienced chronic or severe foot pain can attest to how debilitating these conditions can be in everyday life. By utilizing the best foot doctors, you can save yourself time, agony, and frustration that comes with improper diagnosis, poor treatment plans, and failed surgery. IBJI’s foot [...]

Carla Gamez, DPM

2017-12-07T13:59:04+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Carla Gamez is a podiatrist (a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats foot disorders) who provides care for the full spectrum of foot problems, including Sever’s disease, hammer toe, Achilles tendon, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, fractures and diabetic foot infections. She offers patients a range of treatments, from ointments and orthotics (shoe inserts) to physical therapy and cheilectomy, a surgical procedure to clean out arthritic joints and restore the foot to function. Growing up, Dr. Gamez was a runner and played on her high school tennis team. These activities, combined with contending with a broken toe that hadn’t healed properly, sparked her interest in foot care and led her to become a podiatrist. She speaks fluent Spanish and participates in [...]

Rajeev Garapti, MD

2017-12-07T13:44:44+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Rajeev Garapati, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating broken bones and other traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including fractures that haven’t healed properly. In addition, he provides care for foot and ankle conditions. He offers patients advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive fracture fixation, ankle arthroscopy, and the use of biologic and molecular therapies to enhance bone healing. He is the orthopedic trauma director at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Garapati also is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Garapati comes from a family of physicians, including his father, an anesthesiologist, and aunts and uncles. Seeing the satisfaction they [...]

Gregg’s Story

2017-11-03T15:10:59+00:00 March 27th, 2015|

Gregg Rappe was on his way to high school football practice back in 1973 when a car ran a stop sign and broadsided the motorcycle he was riding. He suffered multiple injuries, the most severe one being his left ankle, which was virtually shattered. […]

Steven Gross, MD

2017-12-07T12:57:37+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Steven Gross is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a division of IBJI. His primary areas of interest include fracture care, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, management of arthritic conditions of the joints, and joint replacement. Dr. Gross pursued his medical education in the Midwest and on the East Coast, attending medical school at the University of Michigan, then completing his residency at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY. During his residency he was also educated at two of the busiest Level I trauma centers in New York City, obtaining exposure to all aspects of orthopedic care, including operative and non-operative management of a variety of conditions. His training included one- on-one mentoring [...]

Steven Haddad, MD

2017-12-07T14:01:06+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Steven L. Haddad is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating conditions affecting the foot and ankle, primarily treating arthritic ankle conditions, as well as ankle, hindfoot and midfoot deformity corrections. He also is an expert in sports conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Dr. Haddad is a recognized national and international expert on total ankle replacement procedures. He has been heavily involved in designing a number of US prostheses, and trains surgeons throughout the world on their implantation. Candid discussions concerning recovery and expectations following ankle replacement are critical to long-term patient satisfaction, and are a hallmark of his practice. In the world of sports, Dr. Haddad performs surgery using arthroscopic and other techniques to minimize incisions [...]

Scott Jacobsen, DPM

2017-12-07T14:29:30+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

“I spend time listening to my patients’ concerns and respond with the best treatment options.” Dr. Scott Jacobsen is a podiatrist and had particular experience in treating sports injuries, heel pain, diabetic wounds and performing joint replacement surgery. Dr. Jacobsen provides the latest forms of treatment, including minimally invasive heel pain surgery, new plate and screw technologies and new implants, all of which speed recovery times. His interest in science and working with people led Dr. Jacobsen to become a physician. He chose his specialty after shadowing a podiatrist while he was in college and liking the variety of the physician’s practice and the doctor’s ability to produce immediate improvements in patients’ health. In addition to his practice as a [...]

Steven Jasonowicz, DPM

2017-12-07T12:57:47+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Steven Jasonowicz is a podiatrist providing diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of foot and ankle disorders. He treats fractures, sprains and strains, Achilles and other tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes and neuromas, as well he provides wound care and limb salvage. His treatment philosophy focuses on the importance of patient education and prevention. Non-operative treatment is emphasized as well as surgical options, when necessary. Jasonowicz is an associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and is a recent graduate of the prestigious Podiatry residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Originally from the Barrington area and a Barrington High School graduate, Dr. Jasonowicz is excited to be returning to [...]

Matthew L. Jimenez, MD

2017-12-07T13:45:04+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Jimenez is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in hip and pelvis reconstruction, specializing in orthopedic fracture care and joint reconstruction. His patient-centered focus is on soft-tissue preservation and rapid recovery. He has a special interest and expertise in the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip arthroplasty. Dr. Jimenez holds leadership roles with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is a past Board of Councilor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is the Past President of the Illinois Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is Founder and Chairman of the non-profit Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research. As well, Dr. Jimenez has extensive research and academic experience. He is Chairman and Founder of the [...]

Ari Kaz, MD

2017-12-07T12:41:25+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Ari Kaz is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specialize in treating foot and ankle conditions. Whenever possible, Dr. Kaz performs surgery using arthroscopic and other techniques to minimize incisions and the amount of tissue that must be cut, thus reducing pain and speeding recovery times.A Chicago native, Dr. Kaz sustained an ankle injury while playing high school basketball, and he was so impressed with the doctor that treated him that he decided to become a foot and ankle doctor himself. In providing care, Dr. Kaz takes an individualized approach tailored to each patient’s specific situation and challenges. He takes great care to provide a correct diagnosis, and provides care for the patient as an entire person, rather than treating [...]

Alan C. League, MD

2017-12-07T13:39:53+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Alan C. League, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle reconstruction. He provides care for the full range of foot and ankle problems. When appropriate, Dr. League offers arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery) to reduce stress on the patient and speed recovery times. His patients also are able to enjoy the benefits of the major improvements recently made in the prostheses used for ankle replacement. Most patients see Dr. League for treatment of pain of some kind. Often, Dr. League is able to achieve a successful outcome with non-surgical treatments that other physicians haven’t tried. A former wide receiver for the Northwestern University football team, Dr. League personally experienced orthopedic injuries, which led him to his [...]

Megan R. Leahy, DPM

2017-12-07T12:42:25+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Megan Leahy is a podiatrist who takes pride in her treatment plans of exhausting conservative and non-invasive options prior to a surgical approach. As a former Division I collegiate runner, she suffered many foot injuries, but was able to return to competition thanks to her own podiatrist. This inspired Dr. Leahy to become a podiatrist herself, and fostered a genuine sensitivity to the needs of her patients. When treating athletes, Dr. Leahy strives to keep them active while healing. In her work with diabetic patients, she promotes education and early detection to address problems before they become limb-threatening. Dr. Leahy states, “My goal is to help patients feel better leaving the office than when they arrived.” Dr. Leahy is [...]

Charles L. Lettvin, MD

2017-12-07T12:12:47+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Charles Lettvin is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices general orthopedics. He sees patients of all ages, from children to older adults, for the range of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Lettvin has extensive experience in knee and shoulder arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy, hip and knee replacements and fracture repairs in both the arms and legs. A high school and college basketball player, Dr. Lettvin experienced orthopedic injuries himself as a teenager. His admiration for the doctors who provided care for him and enabled him to resume playing sports led him to want to become an orthopedic surgeon. In providing care, Dr. Lettvin sets out to solve patients’ problems in the least invasive fashion possible. He combines excellent diagnostic abilities with strong [...]

Daniel Newman, MD

2017-12-07T12:42:57+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Daniel Newman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who provides general orthopedic care for adults, with an emphasis on sports medicine and treating conditions of the knees and shoulder. He provides care for conditions such as tears of the rotator cuff, labrum, meniscus, and anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. In most cases, Dr. Newman is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He became a doctor because the profession combined his interest in science and his desire to work with people and help them. Dr. Newman chose orthopedics as a specialty because he enjoys the challenge of working with damaged joints and finding a way to make them [...]

David Norbeck, MD

2017-12-07T12:58:12+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. David Norbeck joined Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in 1989 as a general orthopedist treating all orthopedic problems. After performing orthopedic surgery for 25 years, Dr. Norbeck now works to treat orthopedic problems non-operatively. He maintains full medical staff privileges at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois and is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Norbeck is a native of the western suburbs of Chicago. He is married with two children and enjoys reading non-fiction. He went back to school in 2012 for a Masters in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and now serves in [...]

Orthotics

2017-11-21T19:34:47+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Custom Orthotics Specialists in Illinois Orthotic foot inserts are useful products to help fix many different lower body conditions. Orthotic inserts replace the lining from your shoes and are custom fitted to treat your feet’s symptoms. IBJI knows that no two feet are the same and need special attention.   IBJI's podiatrists and physical therapists can evaluate and fit you for custom foot orthotics. When Are Custom Orthotics Necessary for Your Shoes? If you experience pain in your feet, hip, knees and back, orthotic inserts are a great solution recommended by IBJI’s physicians and physical therapists; especially when you’re standing for extended periods of time. Foot orthotics purchased at the pharmacy can only provide short-term relief. [...]

Rhutav Parikh, MD

2017-12-07T14:28:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

Dr. Rhutav Parikh is a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He provides diagnosis and non-operative treatment and management of orthopaedic conditions, especially back and neck pain, musculoskeletal and sports related injuries, work injuries and arthritis and rheumatologic conditions. In addition, Dr. Parikh provides pain management care, including joint injections, electrodiagnostic medicine/EMG and nerve conduction studies. In providing care, Dr. Parikh works to build strong relationships with his patients and provide them with compassionate support. He aims to provide the most comprehensive, conscientious and innovative rehabilitation care in order to maximize function for patients so that they can return to the activities they enjoy. Dr. Parikh serves as a team physician at the College of Lake County in [...]

Amy Jo Ptaszek, MD

2017-12-11T11:57:44+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Board-certified orthoapedic surgeon Dr. Amy Jo Ptaszek, specializes in treating foot and ankle disorders. As a published research professional with immeasurable knowledge on foot health, particularly regarding the impact of footwear, Dr. Ptaszek brings a wealth of expertise to those she cares for. Dr. Ptaszek is skilled in arthroscopic surgical techniques that are known to minimize incisions and the amount of tissue that must be cut. When it comes to providing care, Dr. Ptaszek always begins by exploring conservative treatment options before suggesting anything more invasive. She takes the time and effort necessary to make sure she fully understands the expectations of each of her patients. Stressing the importance of patient empowerment, Dr. Ptaszek ensures that each of her patients [...]

Rebuilding Man

2017-11-22T10:32:10+00:00 August 18th, 2015|IBJI in the News|

Ankle replacements give patients more viability By Brett Dworski As seen in Chicago Health Magazine, Fall 2015 Dan Chesman, a former ROTC Naval Officer, shattered his ankle in 1972. Though a fusion procedure was recommended, Chesman knew it would limit his mobility and decided to wait, opting to stabilize the ankle with a series of pins. […]

Douglas Solway, DPM

2017-12-08T08:13:48+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Douglas Solway is a podiatric physican who specializes in the treatment of many conditions of the foot and ankle. He offers advanced treatments such as regenerative therapy using platelet rich plasma, musculoskeletal ultrasound with guided injections, wound care using advanced biologics, and forefoot/rearfoot reconstructive surgery using advanced implants and new techniques. As a child, Dr. Solway was hospitalized repeatedly for treatments for clubfoot and asthma. His gratitude and admiration for the physicians who treated him and desire to help others as well, made him decide to become a doctor. He chose to specialize in podiatry because it combines his interest in orthopedics and plastic surgery. In providing care, Dr. Solway listens carefully to his patients in order to make [...]

Foot and Ankle Surgery

2017-12-07T15:37:47+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Foot and Ankle Surgery Near You Anyone who has experienced foot and ankle pain can attest to how inconvenient it is when you can’t move around freely. The freedom of movement is something we take for granted until pain strikes. Diagnosing your foot and ankle pain can prove difficult due to the complex structure of the feet and ankles. Trust an IBJI orthopedic specialist to accurately find the lower body issues you’re experiencing and return your strength, flexibility and durability. When is Foot and Ankle Surgery Necessary? Foot and ankle surgery may become necessary when non-surgical alternatives are ineffective. The most common reasons for foot and ankle surgery are to cure various types of arthritis or [...]

Jeffery Visotsky, MD

2017-12-07T13:32:04+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

A founding member of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Dr. Jeffrey L. Visotsky is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in hand surgery. He specializes in hand, elbow and shoulder reconstruction procedures. Dr. Visotsky performs rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability reconstruction, primary and reverse shoulder replacement, tennis elbow surgery, and all hand procedures, including reconstruction, reimplementation and carpal tunnel surgery. When medically appropriate, Dr. Visotsky provides advanced treatments including arthroscopy and the use of platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate tissue healing. In many cases, Dr. Visotsky is able to treat patients successfully using non-surgical methods. His goal is to restore each patient back to the normal function in their activities of daily living and sports. Dr. Visotsky has been [...]

Anand Vora, MD

2017-12-07T14:40:43+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

Dr. Anand Vora is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in care for foot and ankle conditions, including arthritis, trauma, sports injuries, reconstructive procedures, bunions and hammertoes, cartilage restoration, and diabetes-related foot problems. He performs ankle replacements, complex ankle and foot reconstructions, arthroscopy, minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, joint preserving cartilage regenerative procedures, and provides advanced biologic treatments such as platelet-rich plasma injections and tissue regeneration. Dr. Vora is a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is a foot and ankle consultant for the Chicago Fire soccer team, Joffrey Ballet, Lake Forest College, multiple local high school programs, and has previously consulted for other professional Chicago organizations. He is [...]

Bryan Waxman, MD

2017-12-08T14:30:03+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

Dr. Bryan Waxman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating disorders of the foot, ankle and knee, including sports injuries, trauma and the various forms of arthritis. He also provides care for traumatic and sports-related shoulder and elbow injuries. Dr. Waxman offers patients advanced treatments, including new techniques for meniscus repairs, ankle fusions and tendon transfers. When medically advisable, he offers arthroscopic surgery, which reduces pain and speeds recovery times. Cheerful and easy-going, Dr. Waxman combines strong surgical abilities with good communication skills. In providing care, he looks at the patient as a whole, treating the person, not merely the orthopedic problem. He seeks to take care of the problem with the treatment that will be easiest and [...]

Brian Weatherford, MD

2017-12-07T14:07:06+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

Dr. Brian Weatherford is an Orthopedic Surgeon with fellowship training in both foot and ankle and trauma surgery. He is dedicated to the treatment of patients with foot and ankle disorders as well traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. His areas of special interest include arthritis of the ankle, post-traumatic conditions of the lower extremity and deformity correction. He  graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with undergraduate degrees in both molecular biology and Spanish. A native of Texas, Dr. Weatherford attended medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he graduated first in his class. He continued his medical education in Chicago, completing a surgical internship and Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. [...]