Foot Doctors

Americans spend a great deal of time on their feet.  As the Nation becomes more active across all age groups, the need for foot care will become increasingly important.  Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs), diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg.

Podiatrists treat:

  • corns
  • calluses
  • ingrown toenails
  • bunions
  • heel spurs
  • arch problems
  • ankle and foot injuries
  • deformities
  • infections
  • foot complaints associated with diabetes and other diseases

To treat these problems, podiatrists prescribe drugs and physical therapy, set fractures, and perform surgery.

Other functions that podiatrists assume include:

  • Fitting corrective shoe inserts called orthotics
  • Designing plaster casts and strappings to correct deformities
  • Designing custom-made shoes
  • Using a force plate or scanner to help design the orthotics where patients walk across a plate connected to a computer that "reads" their feet, picking up pressure points and weight distribution.  From the computer readout, podiatrists order the correct design or recommend another kind of treatment.

To diagnose a foot problem, podiatrists also may order X-rays and laboratory tests.  The foot may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.  For example, patients with diabetes are prone to foot ulcers and infections because of poor circulation.  Podiatrists consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners when they detect symptoms of these disorders.

Podiatry is one of the specialty practices at Active Home HealthCare Services, Inc.  We have licensed foot doctors to administer services to patients in need of treatment for disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg area.

Our foot doctors work hand-in-hand with our physical and occupational therapists.  Over-all, this creates a comprehensive and team-approach to the preservation and/or improvement of the patient's mobility.

5009 West 95th Street,
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Phone:  708-499-2622
Fax:      708-499-9466