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Blog Do I Have a Bunionette on My Pinky Toe?

You may be more familiar with a bunion which involves the great toe drifting towards and sometimes overlapping with the little toes. There can also be a somewhat similar situation that can occur on the outside of the foot involving the fifth toe. This is called a bunionette. A bunionette is also known as a […]

Posted on May 5 2023
Blog Planning for a Marathon: What your Podiatrist Wants you to Know

Training for a marathon can be an excellent way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it can also put significant stress on your feet. Marathon training is a grueling process, and any runner is bound to experience some aches and pains along the way. However, when it comes to foot injuries, ignoring the warning signs […]

Posted on April 26 2023
Blog Getting Toenails Ready for Summer

The nail, however simple it may seem, is a complex part of human anatomy. Understanding the anatomy can help us understand methods to help treat the nails. The nail is compromised of the proximal nail fold, proximal nail matrix, distal nail matrix, cuticle, nail bed, and nail plate. Proximal nail fold:  Defined as the proximal […]

Posted on March 22 2023
Blog Take Steps to Learn About PAD

What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)? Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a common, yet serious circulation problem in which the blood vessels that carry blood to your extremities become spastic, narrowed or clogged. PAD can affect any artery in your body including your brain, heart, kidneys and other major organs; however, the legs and feet […]

Posted on January 10 2023
Blog What Is The Lapiplasty Procedure?

Bunions (medical term hallux valgus) are the most common surgical procedure performed by foot surgeons. It is estimated there are 330,000 bunion procedures performed annually in the United States. There are hundreds of procedures which have been developed and modified over the years to correct bunion deformities. How Are Bunions Corrected? One of the most […]

Posted on December 13 2022
Blog Nerve Injuries To The Foot

Do you have numbness, tingling, sharp shooting pains, clicks, radiating pain, burning or feel like there is something inside or under your foot yet cannot see anything? Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a nerve injury. Here at Weil Foot & Ankle we provide a whole array of treatments for different nerve […]

Posted on October 25 2022
Blog 3D Bunion Correction

What Is A Bunion? For most, a bunion is defined as a prominence or ‘bump’ near the big toe joint. When seen with the naked eye, however, we don’t get the whole story. The bump that ‘develops’ over time is the result of the slow drifting of a bone in the foot that in essence […]

Posted on August 9 2022
physical therapy What Is A Custom Orthotic?

When you come in for pain in your feet, custom foot orthotics are very often a recommended component of your treatment plan. So, what exactly is a custom orthotic? A custom orthotic is a specialized insert that is designed to fit into your shoe. Custom orthotics can be made from a variety of different materials […]

Posted on July 19 2022
physical therapy Plantar Plate Tears and How to Treat Them

The sudden or gradual onset of forefoot pain can be unexpected and upsetting for patients. Forefoot pain can have a variety of causes. One such problem that can cause forefoot pain that we will discuss here is a plantar plate tear. Typically, most people do not even know that they have a plantar plate until […]

Posted on June 23 2022
physical therapy What Beginner Runners Need to Know for Foot Health

Back in 2013, I ran the Chicago Marathon.  At that time, I thought “One and done!” However, as the weather is nicer and I love taking long walks on the Prairie Path, the urge to start running again begins. Since I have not run in a while, I have to go back to basics and […]

Posted on June 21 2022
physical therapy Long-Term Running Concerns

Welcome to running season! Here in Chicago, the month of May brings more optimal running weather, which is well received by the running community. There are so many options to get out and enjoy a run in the city, but two of my favorites are the Chicago Lakefront Trail and the Bloomingdale Trail at the […]

Posted on May 23 2022
physical therapy Top Foot Related Concerns for Athletes

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month.  For obvious reasons the foot health is important as the foot is a vital structure which provides a platform for walking and running.  What you may not realize is how intricate the foot is.  Each foot is comprised of 28 bones and 33 ligaments!  That’s is a whole […]

Posted on April 21 2022
physical therapy Pregnancy and Your Feet

Are you expecting a new addition to your family soon? Whether you or a close friend or family member is pregnant, there are all kinds of changes coming. Whether it be your first, second or third – your body will be going through a lot. Your feet often are the least of your concerns – […]

Posted on March 28 2022
physical therapy How to Choose a Supportive Shoe

Most people do not know what to look for when buying new shoes.  Do you choose based on color, price, or fit?  Does it matter what sport you are using the shoes for, or is one athletic shoe enough for all your exercise needs?  Really, shoes should be selected based on how they feel, with […]

Posted on March 15 2022
physical therapy Diabetes and Exercise

What is Diabetes? Insulin is responsible for allowing sugar to move from the bloodstream and enter the cells of the body where it is used as energy. In patients with diabetes, the cells become resistant to insulin and sugar builds up in the bloodstream instead of being moved into the cells. This causes many complications […]

Posted on February 28 2022
Uncategorized Is Heel Pain Slowing You Down?

Heel pain is an incredibly common issue for people of all ages. The cause of heel pain can be a variety of things. Examples include heel spurs, stress fractures, neoplasms, tendinitis, nerve entrapments, arthritis and most commonly Plantar Fasciitis. So – how do you know which of these is the cause of your heel pain? […]

Posted on February 27 2022
Library Another not-so uncommon cause of heel pain is stress fractures.

Another cause of heel pain, that is not plantar fasciitis, is a stress fracture.  These injuries are sometimes described as “the pain that stops you in your tracks.”  These injuries can be very dangerous if not treated quickly.  It is important to understand what a stress fracture is, what they are caused by, and why […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Should I see a Doctor for my Stubbed Toe?

You just stubbed your toe against the bedpost, ottoman, leg of a chair, an uneven sidewalk, or the door. Maybe you’ve dropped a can of tomatoes, a hammer, or an iPad on your big toe. And boy, does it hurt a lot! It feels like it’s broken, and you can barely put weight on it. […]

Posted on January 22 2022
FAQs Why are my toes squishing together?

If it seems that your toes are getting crowded in your shoes, there are a couple things that may be happening.  First, you may have the wrong size or style of shoe. Some newer styles of shoes have a tight or pointy toe box and this can cause the toes to be close together and […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Yet another possible reason for your heel pain is underlying systemic diseases – although rare, it’s always still a possibility.

People suffering from heel pain may also be suffering from an underlying disease – whether they know it yet or not.  Systemic arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis can cause heel pain.  Other possible conditions causing heel pain include crystal deposition arthritides, Paget’s Disease, Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, Reiter’s disease, diabetes, and […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Neuromas in the feet can be a very painful condition. When treated promptly, these little bundles of scar tissues can often resolve with simple conservative treatments.

If you have pain in the ball of your foot and/or radiating symptoms of burning, sharp/shooting or tingling pain in the toes, you may be suffering from a neuroma.  Often referred to as ‘Morton’s Neuroma’, this condition involves scar tissue build-up and irritation of small nerves in the ball of the foot.  The truest form […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Why is my one foot/one ankle/one leg swollen?

Swelling in legs and feet can say a lot about your overall health – not just the health of feet and legs!  There are several different reasons for swelling in legs and feet and sometimes this swelling affects one leg while other times it affects both.  Are your legs swollen?  Your feet?  Your toes?  Is […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Why Are My Toenails So Ugly? Could It Be A Fungal Nail?

  Why are my nails so ugly? It could be a fungal nail. As summer approaches, the sandals and open-toed shoes are coming out.  By this time, we take stock of our feet and toenails. Many may not be so happy about how they look!  But often toenail appearance is due to many different issues. […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Many underlying health conditions can cause changes to the appearance of your toenails – it isn’t always fungus!

There are a lot of people out there, hiding their nails in closed-toe shoes.  They are embarassed of the appearance of the nails and don’t want to feel that they are being judged or that people will be talking about them.  Many times the embarassing appearance of your nails is due to a fungal infection […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Why is the skin on my feet so dry and flaky?

Dry skin on the bottom of the feet are very common.  However, it may not just be a lack of moisture or forgetting to use lotion on the area that is causing it.  Many skin conditions that cause dry skin are due to other systemic medical conditions that have an effect on the feet and […]

Posted on January 22 2022
FAQs Why did my big toe joint start hurting when I took up yoga?

Beginning a different workout routine of any kind can bring to light pains or weaknesses that we otherwise would not have noticed.  With yoga and hot yoga becoming increasingly popular, many people are grabbing their mats and towels and stretching parts of their body that they have never noticed they even had before! Arthritis in […]

Posted on January 22 2022
FAQs If I have my fungal toenail removed, will the fungal nail grow back?

Toenail removal may be recommended if your toenail is thickened and painful.  Sometimes, the doctor may recommend this as part of a complete fungal treatment plan.  Toenail fungus actually lives not only on the nail but also on the nailbed itself.  If the toenail is removed, this exposes the nailbed so that topical medications can […]

Posted on January 22 2022
FAQs I have bad pain, but nothing is wrong on the x-ray – now what?

Foot pain can be from conditions affecting the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, bones and much more! If an x-ray doesn’t show anything out of sorts, it is likely that the condition is not bony – as x-rays only show bone. If pain is severe enough or if there has been an injury, your […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library One ailment that can mimic the oh-so-common plantar fasciitis is the presence of various cysts or tumors in the heel bone.

On some rare occasions, pain in your heel can be caused by cysts and tumors within the heel bone (calcaneus).  According to the literature, bone tumors of the feet only represent 3-6% of all bone tumors that occur in the body.  Of these bone tumors in the foot, only a fraction occur within the heel.  […]

Posted on January 22 2022
FAQs Why do my feet hurt when I wake up in the morning?

  When you rest your feet are most relaxed. The soft tissues tighten in this relaxed position. When you start to move again, and in the morning it’s often very suddenly, these tissues need time to stretch and get moving again. It’s like starting to exercise without a proper warm up.  The complaint of morning […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library Your feet hold the key to the health of your arteries

Your feet hold clues to the health of your arteries.  Although you may not know it, your feet hold clues to the health of your circulation and your heart. By doing one simple thing, your doctor can determine if you have peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Especially if you have diabetes, you are at risk […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library What is a Bone Bruise and Does it Need Treatment?

As most of you know, a broken toe or a sprained ankle are injuries that require immobilization and some down time…but what about a bone bruise? Is this just a bad bump on your foot or is it something more serious? What Happens When You Bruise Your Foot Bone  A bone bruise is an injury […]

Posted on January 22 2022
Library How Soon Can I Drive After Breaking My Foot?

One of the first questions we hear after seeing a patient with a fracture is: how soon after breaking my toe, foot or ankle can I get back to driving? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer. Let’s look carefully at all the factors that will affect your ability to drive after suffering a fracture in your lower body. […]

Posted on January 22 2022
FAQs What are those dark spots on the top of my feet and ankles?

Are you seeing dark purple or brown spots? Those spots that appear dark purplish or sometimes even brownish may be due to a condition called venous stasis dermatitis.  This condition is associated with venous stasis, which is a condition in which veins have a difficult time sending the blood from the feet back to the […]

Posted on January 22 2022
physical therapy Heel Pain: What Causes It and How Do I Treat It?

HEEL PAIN Are you having pain in your heel during the first few steps in the morning? Has the discomfort persisted day after day? If so, you may be dealing with Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis and other causes of heel pain are the most common conditions podiatrists treat every year. More than 2 million Americans […]

Posted on January 13 2022
physical therapy What Causes Heel Numbness?

Loss of sensation in part of your foot can be an unsettling feeling. While pain may often be a more pressing and immediate indication that something is wrong, heel numbness can affect your balance and gait. It can also make you unaware of whether you are causing further damage to the area, making you more […]

Posted on October 29 2021
physical therapy What Causes Lumps on Your Feet?

You might not pay particularly close attention to the way your feet look – especially if you’re keeping them in closed-toed shoes most of the time – but anything that changes their shape or appearance tends to be pretty noticeable. The appearance of lumps or bumps on your feet can affect the way that your […]

Posted on October 29 2021
physical therapy Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes can cause nerve damage to the feet, called diabetic neuropathy, which can result in tingling, burning pain, or loss of sensation in the feet. Neuropathy can also cause weakness of the feet and decreased circulation to the feet and toes1. Because diabetic patients often have decreased sensation, they may be unaware of small injuries […]

Posted on October 18 2021
physical therapy Common Causes of Ankle Pain in Children

You might associate stiff, cracking, or painful joints with the wear and tear of getting older, but ankle pain is something that can affect people of any age group, including children. In fact, it’s common for kids to experience issues that cause discomfort of the extremities as they grow up. This is especially true of […]

Posted on October 8 2021
Uncategorized What Causes Foot Odor?

Smelly feet (also known as bromodosis) are a common issue that in most cases don’t cause much medical concern. That being said, if you notice that your feet have an unusually unpleasant odor, it could be a sign of an underlying medical issue. If you can’t take your shoes off without sending people running for […]

Posted on October 8 2021
Uncategorized What Do Your Toenails Say About Your Health?

You probably already have a good idea of what healthy toenails should look like. Typically, toenails should have a smooth surface with light pink coloration without much variation in shade or hue. Spots, streaking, discolorations, or abnormalities in feel or texture can often be signs of underlying health issues that may need to be addressed […]

Posted on September 10 2021
Uncategorized What’s the Difference Between Hammer Toe and Claw Toe?

Your feet are made to withstand a great amount of pressure. The average person takes thousands of steps every day, and every time one foot steps in front of the other, our entire body weight drives a great deal of stress on our feet. Many people spend a great portion of their day standing or […]

Posted on August 31 2021
Uncategorized Weil Foot & Ankle Featured on CBS2 Chicago for American Health Front

Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI) was showcased on American Health Front on Saturday, August 14. In the episode, Dr. Lowell Weil Jr. spoke about an effective treatment for heel pain, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT). EPAT is also known as Shockwave or ESW Therapy. If you missed it, you can find the video below.

Posted on August 17 2021
Uncategorized Weil Foot & Ankle: Tune to CBS2 Chicago on Saturday, August 14th @ 6:00pm for American Health Front

Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI) will be showcased on American Health Front on Saturday, August 14th @ 6:00 pm. In this episode, Dr. Lowell Weil Jr speaks about an effective treatment for heel pain, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT). EPAT is also known as Shockwave or ESW Therapy. Please watch the video below to […]

Posted on August 13 2021
Uncategorized Dr. Katerina Grigoropoulos Joins Weil Foot & Ankle Institute – Mount Prospect

Mount Prospect, IL – Katerina Grigoropoulos, DPM, AACFAS has joined Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI), one of the largest podiatry practices in the Midwest which has 40 podiatrists and 27 clinic locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. Dr. Grigoropoulos will see patients in the WFAI Mount Prospect, IL clinic beginning July 20. Dr. […]

Posted on July 23 2021
Uncategorized Lincoln Park Office’s New Location

Dear Valued Patient, We have great news to share with you! The Weil Foot & Ankle Lincoln Park office currently located on LaSalle Drive will be moving to a new location in just a few short months. Our new location will provide a modern space that will enhance the patient experience. Additionally, access to more […]

Posted on June 7 2021
Uncategorized Weil Foot & Ankle Institute to Host Job Fair

Mount Prospect, IL – Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI), the largest podiatry practice in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the U.S., will host a job fair on Friday, June 4th (9 AM – 4 PM) and Saturday, June 5th (9 AM – 2 PM). This free event is open to the […]

Posted on June 3 2021
Uncategorized How to Improve Your Balance

Balance is a skill that is required for nearly all functional activities that we humans perform. Good balance is required for all activities including basic movements: sitting up in bed, standing upright, walking with long strides, and going up and down stairs without relying heavily on the railing. It is also required by higher-level activities […]

Posted on May 18 2021
Uncategorized Double Crush Injury: How your back may be contributing to ankle or foot pain

What It Is: A double crush injury occurs when a nerve is compressed at multiple sites along its path. It is believed that an injury at one segment of the nerve may weaken the nerve as a whole and allow for additional injury at a distant site.1 Common sites of double crush injury in the […]

Posted on April 14 2021
Uncategorized All about Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that has been approved in the US by the FDA since at least 2002 but it has been widely used in Europe since the 1960s. Low light laser therapy, also known as cold laser, is a therapeutic procedure that exposes cells and tissues to low levels of […]

Posted on March 26 2021
Uncategorized Change Your Attitude Change Your Life

Start your week on a positive note – with Dr. Joshi in ‘Conversations with Joan’ New York AM970! Joan Herrmann and Dr. Joshi are both passionate about giving back to society and helping others whenever possible. That common goal propelled Dr. Joshi to join the group of experts in various fields that strive to make […]

Posted on March 17 2021
Uncategorized Achilles Tendinopathy Explained

The Achilles tendon is the ropy tissue on the back of the heel where the calf muscles meet the heel bone. Repetitive strain of the Achilles tendon can lead to cumulative microtrauma. When the trauma exceeds the tissue’s ability to repair itself, the tendon can become inflamed, leading to localized pain and swelling known as Achilles […]

Posted on March 12 2021
Uncategorized Kyle Walenta, PT, DPT Joins Foot and Ankle Specialists of West Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI – Kyle Walenta, PT, DPT has joined Foot and Ankle Specialists of West Michigan (FASWM) as lead physical therapist and will begin seeing patients on March 1. Kyle received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Grand Valley State University and has spent the past two years of clinical experience in an […]

Posted on March 1 2021
Uncategorized Dr. Michael DeVito Joins Weil Foot & Ankle Institute

Michael DeVito, DPM has joined Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI), the largest podiatry practice in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S., which has 37 podiatrists and 28 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Dr. DeVito will see patients in the newly acquired WFAI Chicago Ridge location beginning March 1. […]

Posted on March 1 2021
Uncategorized Tips for Reducing Heel Pain After Exercising

Heel pain after exercising is one of the most common issues that we hear about from our patients. While some heel pain after exercising may occur because those muscles and joints are being used after a period of inactivity, persistent heel pain can become increasingly bothersome. Ongoing pain can get in the way of your […]

Posted on February 26 2021
Uncategorized 6 Ways to Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common condition that will likely impact 70% of the population at some point in their lives. The fungal infection is not considered severe, but can be incredibly uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to lower your risk and prevent athlete’s foot altogether. Here we will further discuss […]

Posted on February 13 2021
Uncategorized Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

Foot pain doesn’t just impact the older population. In fact, it is relatively common for children to experience foot pain that can be linked to a more active lifestyle, genetics, or injury. While it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of your child’s foot pain, know that it could be linked to a […]

Posted on February 9 2021
Uncategorized Best Exercises to Keep Your Feet and Ankles Healthy When You Can’t Get Outside

Best Exercises to Keep Your Feet and Ankles Healthy When You Can’t Get Outside It is not uncommon for people to experience pain or injury because their feet and ankles don’t receive the proper stretching and strengthening. People typically understand the importance of consistent exercising. However, you can’t leave your feet and ankles out of […]

Posted on January 28 2021
Webinars WFAI Patient Webinar: A Closer Look at Understanding Pediatric Flat feet

Take a few minutes to learn about different foot and Pediatric Flat feet problems from one of our experts.

Posted on January 18 2021
Uncategorized Top 5 Things to Consider for Your Winter Footwear

Top 5 Things to Consider for Your Winter Footwear It’s that time of year when people are out and about in colder and wetter conditions. This could mean trouble for your feet if you don’t have the right shoes. If you haven’t already, it’s time to transition out of your warm-weather shoes into something more […]

Posted on January 14 2021
Uncategorized Weil Foot & Ankle Institute Hosts First Ever Warm Soles Sock Drive

Mount Prospect, IL – This holiday season Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI), the largest podiatry practice in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S., which has 30 podiatrists and 22 clinic locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, is giving back to their community by hosting a “Warm Soles Sock Drive.” In […]

Posted on December 5 2020
Uncategorized We are MRI accredited again. It’s official!

Weil Foot & Ankle Institute is proud to announce that we have acquired three additional years of Musculoskeletal MRI Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Congratulations to Dave Chatterjee and our MRI team in seeking and acquiring three additional years of accreditation for all five MRI locations at WFAI! As our approval letter states, […]

Posted on December 5 2020
Uncategorized Weil Foot & Ankle Institute Acquires Foot and Ankle Specialists of West Michigan

Mount Prospect, IL – Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI), the largest podiatry practice in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S., which has 30 podiatrists and 22 clinic locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, has finalized an agreement to acquire Foot and Ankle Specialists of West Michigan (FASWM). Speaking from his […]

Posted on October 26 2020
Webinars WFAI Patient Webinar – Hammertoes: What are they, and what can I do about them?

Take a few minutes to learn about different foot and ankle problems from one of our experts.

Posted on September 21 2020
Blog Think you may have stepped on something and now it may be in your foot? Here is what to do.

These days, with the weather warming up and the fact that we are staying home more, we tend to go barefoot more than usual.  When you go barefoot, that means that there can be more of a possibility for injury by stepping on something!  Now you may step on a toy or some other small object, and […]

Posted on August 3 2020
Webinars Post Operative Visit After Bunion Surgery

Take a few minutes to learn about different foot and ankle problems from one of our experts.

Posted on July 29 2020
Webinars Dr. Siddiqui discusses pediatric flat feet

Take a few minutes to learn about different foot and ankle problems from one of our experts.

Posted on July 29 2020
Webinars How-To Get Rid Of Your Bunion(s) Forever & Be Walking Again With Minimal Pain In As Little As A Week

Take a few minutes to learn about different foot and ankle problems from one of our experts.

Posted on July 25 2020
Blog Is it OK To Go Barefoot All Day?

It may be tempting to go barefoot all day, especially these days when social distancing and staying home most of the time is encouraged.  Many people choose not to wear shoes at home for hygiene as they don’t want to bring outside dirt and germs into the home, and then go barefoot or just wear socks […]

Posted on May 1 2020
Uncategorized Covid Toes

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, additional suspected symptoms are coming to light. Recently, scientists have realized that patients are presenting with a red, sometimes itchy or painful area involving their toes without any incidence of injury. Some patients may also have a blister that resembles a frostbite injury. In most […]

Posted on April 20 2020
Uncategorized Common Foot Problems in Children

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we treat patients of all ages and each population has its own unique foot care needs. For our younger patients, there are certain conditions that we see more frequently due to growth and development issues and personal habits. Below are some of the most common pediatric foot disorders and […]

Posted on February 21 2020
Uncategorized 5 Ways to Prevent a Blister

It’s hard to believe that something so small could cause such a big problem but if you’ve ever tried walking with a blister you know how excruciating the pain can be. At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute we find that most patients know what causes a blister but are not as well informed on how […]

Posted on February 14 2020
Uncategorized Healthy Feet and Hypertension

What’s the Connection? Patients with hypertension often have atherosclerosis. This is the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels which leads to decreased circulation and a condition known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD restricts the amount of blood flow in the arteries in your legs which means less oxygen-rich blood can get to your […]

Posted on February 7 2020
Uncategorized Planning Ahead for Smoother Surgery

Planning Ahead For Smoother Surgery The decision to have foot surgery isn’t something to be taken lightly. In instances where you have exhausted all appropriate conservative treatments and are still experiencing pain, you may find yourself in a similar position to tens of thousands of Weil Foot & Ankle Institute patients in the past. If […]

Posted on February 3 2020
Uncategorized Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Hammertoes

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, a common podiatric deformity that we treat in our Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage County patients is hammertoe. This condition can become extremely debilitating and affect your ability to stand and walk comfortably. Below are some hammertoe do’s and don’ts. Do: know your family history. The tendency for hammertoes can […]

Posted on January 23 2020
Uncategorized Weight Loss Is Gain for Your Feet

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we know many people are looking to lose the extra weight they put on with all the festive parties and family dinners that took place over the holidays, and our Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients are no exception. While your primary motivation may be to look good and […]

Posted on January 17 2020
Uncategorized Healthier Feet Are Within Your Reach

Happy New Year to all our Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients from us at Weil Foot & Ankle Institute! If you’re making resolutions to start the new decade, we’d like to encourage you to resolve to take better care of your feet and ankles this year. We tend to take them for granted until […]

Posted on January 10 2020
Uncategorized 6 Ways To Prevent Frostbite

In Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage counties, frigid temperatures and windy days are common in January. At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we want to remind patients that frostbite can occur more quickly than you think. Even skin that is covered can get frostbite if you are out in freezing conditions. Your body reacts to the […]

Posted on January 3 2020
physical therapy Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are extremely common; an estimated 2 million individuals experience an ankle sprain in the US each year. Many of these are recurrent injuries which often result in chronic ankle instability (1). It is estimated that 73% of individuals who suffer lateral ankle sprains end up developing chronic ankle instability (2). Prompt treatment of […]

Posted on December 29 2019
Uncategorized What Makes A Good Podiatrist Appointment Better?

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we want all our Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients who come to our Bannockburn, Orland Park, Roselle or any of our other 16 conveniently located offices to enjoy the best podiatric health possible. One way we accomplish this is by providing the highest quality foot and ankle medical […]

Posted on December 23 2019
Uncategorized Winter Foot Care for Seniors

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we know that taking good care of your feet is a year-round endeavor. However, the winter months in Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage counties can present some additional challenges, especially for our senior patients. Podiatric Health Tips to Help You Get Through This Season Avoid falls—for seniors, falls are the […]

Posted on December 20 2019
Uncategorized Avoid Gouty Arthritis This Season

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, it’s not unusual to see an increase in the cases of gout we treat in Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients during the holiday season. Below is some information about this painful condition and how to avoid it. What Is Gout? Gout is a form of arthritis that most […]

Posted on December 13 2019
Uncategorized 5 Helpful Holiday Tips for Your Feet

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but at Weil Foot & Ankle Institute we have concerns for our Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients. Long lines, running from store to store, holiday parties and slippery weather can all add up to the perfect recipe for foot pain and injury if you’re […]

Posted on December 6 2019
Uncategorized Avoid Toenail Fungus this Winter

As winter heads for Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage counties, we at Weil Foot & Ankle Institute expect to see more cases of fungal toenail and other fungal infections. Although many patients associate these conditions with the summer season when people spend more time barefoot, winter also has ways of creating environments where fungi thrive. During […]

Posted on November 26 2019
Uncategorized Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing with Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can cause extreme pain and tenderness and even lead to an infection if not treated promptly.

Posted on November 12 2019
Uncategorized November Is American Diabetes Month

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we know about the havoc that diabetes can wreak on your feet (and the rest of your body too). Fortunately, much is now known about diabetes and how to properly manage it so that diabetic patients can live active, healthy and normal lives. If you are one of the […]

Posted on November 12 2019
Uncategorized Facts about Foul Foot Odor

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we understand smelly feet can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem. If you suffer from this condition, we’d like to urge you to make an appointment at our offices in Bannockburn, Orland Park, Roselle or any of our other 16 conveniently located offices by calling 847-390-7666. Our podiatrists will […]

Posted on November 1 2019
Uncategorized 6 Ways To Improve Foot Health

Good foot health is within your reach! At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we want patients to know that there are several ways to protect your feet and—good news—none of them is difficult or time-consuming. Simple Ways To Be Proactive About Your Podiatric Health Check your feet regularly. Examine your entire foot. Do you see […]

Posted on October 25 2019
Uncategorized Choose Boots That Are Good For Your Feet

Despite some lingering warm temperatures, summer clothes are going away and fall styles coming out. At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we know that means fashion boots will become the footwear of choice for many women. While these styles may look great, many of them are not designed with your feet’s best interest in mind. […]

Posted on October 18 2019
Uncategorized Fall Sports Injuries in Young Athletes

It’s Fall Sports time!! The time of year where school sports start for young athletes. School and team spirt are at their peak during the fall, however injuries are inevitable in young athletes participating in fall sports. There are a multitude of injuries which can occur for our young athletes playing fall sports such as […]

Posted on October 9 2019
Uncategorized Getting Relief from Painful Bunions

In addition to footwear exerting pressure on a bunion, this deformity is a progressive condition and will get worse over time.

Posted on October 3 2019
Blog What’s the Deal with Toe Separators Anyway?

If you’ve ever gone for a pedicure, you’ve probably had experience with toe separators. But if you haven’t, here’s the deal: a toe separator is made of one long piece of material (foam, silicone, gel or rubber are common choices) with long thin vertical extensions coming from its base. Those extensions are designed to fit […]

Posted on September 6 2019
Blog Here’s Why Your Feet Swell in Summer & What to Do About It!

Were you like me, sitting through winter and praying for warmer weather? But now that it’s here, and we’ve seen temperatures topping 100 degrees, maybe you’re thinking all that snow and ice wasn’t so bad? For me, as a podiatrist, the heat is more than just a sweaty, frizzy nuisance. It can take a toll […]

Posted on August 20 2019
Uncategorized Electric Scooters Are Coming to Chicago

How to keep your Feet & Ankles safe with their arrival! Now that Chicago has adopted an electric scooter program for a four month trial, I’ve had many people concerned about impending scooter injuries, in particular to the foot and ankle, ask me about how to stay safe. There are a lot of benefits to […]

Posted on June 12 2019
Uncategorized Fall Prevention: Improve Your Balance With A Home Exercise Program

  Falls in the older population are very common – approximately 30-60% of older adults fall at least once a year (1) – and a fall can lead to significant injury. There are many factors that have been shown to contribute to an increased fall risk, including decreased muscle strength or decreased sensation in the […]

Posted on June 10 2019
Uncategorized Correlation of Preoperative Radiographic Severity With Disability and Symptom Severity in Hallux Valgus

Michael Matthews DPM, AACFAS, Erin Klein, DPM, FACFAS, Alyse Acciani, MPH, Matthew Sorensen, DPM, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Jr, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, Lowell S. Weil, Sr, DPM, FACFAS, Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS Introduction Recent government legislative efforts have had a profound impact on both the practice and delivery of medicine in America.  As health care providers continue to be the primary drivers of resource utilization, insurance companies […]

Posted on May 8 2019
Uncategorized Dr. Lowell S. Weil Jr. named recipient of Scholl College Honor Medallion and Alumnus of the Year Awards

The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University bestowed its Honor Medallion and Alumnus of the Year awards upon Dr. Lowell S. Weil Jr., DPM ’94, MBA, during the Scholl College Alumni Reunion, held April 12 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Scholl College each year recognizes alumni who have demonstrated […]

Posted on April 19 2019
Blog Rain boots serve a very specific purpose, but if they are not constructed appropriately, they can cause a different kind of headache (or footache)

All of us have a variety of shoes at home. We have walking shoes, sandals, dress shoes and boots. Not only do the shoes that we have vary due to occasion, but also throughout the year our needs change. In the summer, we might want something to slip on quickly and go out and we […]

Posted on March 28 2019
Blog How Long Will My Broken Foot be Casted?

So, you’ve broken a bone in your foot or ankle and now, you want to know…how long will I be stuck in this cast or walking boot? Typically, when it comes to broken foot bones, we expect the healing process to last between six and eight weeks. Foot bones (all 26 of them) can take […]

Posted on January 25 2019
Blog These 6 Shoes Are Secretly Terrible for Your Feet!

When it comes to footwear, the choices you make can have a major impact on the long-term health of your feet. While some styles, like high heels, are obvious bad choices—they throw you off balance, pinch your toes and can contribute to problems like bunions—other types of shoes may come as a surprise when you […]

Posted on January 4 2019
Blog One product that you may rely on for the occasional cuts and scrapes can be harmful if used in appropriately

When someone scrapes their knee or gets a cut outside, you may reach for hydrogen peroxide to clean this area and prevent infection. While hydrogen peroxide is great in these instances of brand new wounds, it should not be your standby daily treatment.  Hydrogen peroxide works wonders to remove debris from wounds (dirt,grass,etc.) — you […]

Posted on March 5 2015
Blog Do you notice clicking in the ball of your foot? Pain into your toes at all?

The clicking you feel in the ball of your foot may not just be that from the joints!  People who suffer from a condition called a neuroma may often feel a clicking sensation between the bones in the ball of the foot.  This clicking is sometimes associated with pain in the ball of the foot […]

Posted on February 5 2015
Blog Could certain shoes actually affect or improve your foot condition?

I recently heard from a patient that they believe what finally cured their plantar fasciitis was the occasional use of a particular pair of wedge shoes.  The woman relates that she followed our protocols of stretching and icing as well as the use of arch supports.  However, she stated that her pain didn’t completely resolve […]

Posted on January 29 2015
Blog Pregnancy and Ingrown Nails you Never had Before!

Among all of the things happening during your pregnancy, your feet may have been furthest from your mind.  That is, until you started having pain where you never had pain before – especially when it is nowhere near your bump!  Why do we get ingrown nails during and after pregnancy? Many people have a curved […]

Posted on June 4 2014
Blog Fact or Myth: The truth about Pumice Stones

Pumice stones can be a great tool when used properly. Read on as we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly about safely removing your calluses.   Pumice stones are safe because they aren’t sharp. MYTH. Don’t fool yourself!  Even though they aren’t sharp I have actually had patients cause a sore from over […]

Posted on November 27 2013
Blog Foot Pain From Weightlifting?

Someone once inquired about why his foot was hurting after he did his resistance training workout. He decided to do his weight training workout, without the proper shoes. He thought he could just go to the workout area in his recovery sandals. In theory, this should be fine… but in reality, it is not! It […]

Posted on July 25 2013