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Are You Wearing the Correct Footwear?

2019-03-26T11:00:32-05:00March 26th, 2019|Blog|

Properly fitted shoes can help reduce the risk of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. Steven Jasonowicz, DPM, and Cathy Irwin, PT, OCS, MHS, of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, give advice on how your shoes should fit and the deformities that could arise from wearing improper fitted shoes. The fit of the shoe should be “snug without pinching,” says Irwin. You should not force your foot into a shoe that does not have a similar natural shape. Irwin says that, “a straight foot, needs a straight shoe and a curved foot, needs a curved shoe.” Irwin recommends checking the following when buying shoes: Stiffness of the sole. Shoe should not be able to bend in half or be twisted in the [...]

Dr. Leahy Talks “Summer Footwear” on NBC Chicago

2017-11-22T09:51:27-05:00May 28th, 2014|IBJI in the News|

May 24, 2014 Wondering what kind of shoes to wear to the beach? Watch this NBC5 Chicago News segment with Dr. Megan Leahy, of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Chicago, explore the many summer footwear options and explain which ones are most foot and orthopedic “friendly” and why. Watch the full interview ». […]

Garo Emerzian, DPM

2019-03-20T07:51:23-05:00October 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 [...]

Foot and Ankle

2019-04-08T08:25:31-05:00July 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 to 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

2018-12-27T13:12:18-05:00October 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 [...]

Scott Jacobsen, DPM

2019-03-05T03:33:56-05:00October 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

2019-01-28T09:53:59-05:00October 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 [...]

Know Your Running Technique and How to Improve It

2019-03-18T10:27:48-05:00March 18th, 2019|Blog|

Not feeling quite right after your run? Your running technique may be the cause of added foot or ankle pain after exercise. You can adjust your running form and learn how to decrease the risk of injury to improve your run. John Linden, PT, DPT, physical therapist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, helps educate us on running form, decreasing the risk of injury, and the advantages of attending a running clinic. Is there one running form that is more effective than others? “There are a variety of ways in which people run effectively. Runners typically develop a running form that is most efficient for them from a metabolic perspective. This is great, unless they are placing undue stress [...]

Orthotics

2019-02-21T13:26:53-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Custom Orthotics Orthotic foot inserts are useful for many different lower body conditions. Orthotic inserts replace the lining of your shoes and are tailored to alleviate your specific foot pain. IBJI knows that no two feet are the same and that each patient requires their own unique solution. Our podiatrists and physical therapists can evaluate your needs and find the appropriate foot orthotics. When Are Custom Orthotics Necessary? If you experience pain in your feet, hips, knees, or back, orthotic inserts may be able to help. A great solution recommended by IBJI’s physicians and physical therapists, orthotic inserts can make standing for extended periods of time a painless task. Foot orthotics purchased at the pharmacy can [...]

Podiatry

2019-02-21T13:30:37-05:00November 21st, 2017|

Podiatry Your feet play such an important role in the overall wellness of your body. When your feet are in pain, it makes it incredibly difficult to enjoy the many activities that take you through life. At IBJI, we understand the importance of foot care. Explore and learn more about the highest quality podiatry services in Illinois. How to Choose the Right Podiatrist Because the feet are the root of your body and guide you through almost every daily motion, professional assistance is always needed to promote efficient movement. Choosing the right podiatrist means trusting in a practice with the skills and expertise to help you with whatever comes your way. At Illinois Bone & Joint [...]

Douglas Solway, DPM

2019-03-25T13:42:38-05:00October 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 (also known as PRP therapy), 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 [...]

Foot and Ankle Surgery

2019-02-21T13:02:02-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Foot and Ankle Surgery 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 regain 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 originate from various types of arthritis or deformities patients may [...]

The 7 Worst Health Habits Ever

2017-11-22T09:49:41-05:00March 31st, 2014|IBJI in the News|

By Lauren Tumas Schumacher | Fitness Magazine, March Issue It may surprise you that one of the worst health crimes you’re committing is wearing flats to work and then changing into heels. In this recent article appearing in Fitness Magazine, Megan Leahy, DPM, a podiatrist at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute discusses the common misconception that flat shoes are good for your feet […]

What is a Podiatrist?

2017-11-22T10:24:26-05:00March 24th, 2015|Podiatry|

A podiatrist (DPM), also frequently referred to as a “foot doctor”, is a physician that is educated and experienced in diagnosing, treating and surgically repairing disorders and problems of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. […]