Foot and Ankle

Foot and Ankle

The human foot and ankle contains more than 100 bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and forms 33 joints.

Our feet and ankles are highly complex structures that work in unison to help support our body weight, allow us to stand, walk or run, and move and flex in a variety of ways. When the foot or ankle is injured, it often requires highly specialized treatment to restore maximum function and movement. You need to turn to a podiatrist who listens and responds, an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs; a friendly physician who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health.

Dr. Bruell and Dr. Stern believe that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. Below is information regarding some of the more common foot problems seen in their clinic. The orthopedic library, located on the Home page, provides more in depth information on foot and ankle problems.

The best care in the world does not mean anything if you cannot access it. At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, we strive to make our Chesterton and Michigan City offices as efficient and convenient as possible.

From routine checkups to treatments for surgery, the podiatrists at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute are equipped to handle all your podiatric needs.

  • Achilles Tendon
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
  • Athletes Foot
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Crush Injuries
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Flat Feet
  • Fungus Toenails   
  • Geriatric Foot Care
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel Spurs
  • Infections
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Injuries
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuromas
  • Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
  • Poor Circulation
  • Warts
  • Wounds

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems.


Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes.

Flat Feet

Flat feet are a common condition. In infants and toddlers, the longitudinal arch is not developed and flat feet are normal. The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches.


Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery.

Diabetes and Your Feet

With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal.

Heel Spurs

Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.


Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet.

Athlete's Foot

A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete's foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools

Physicians Specializing in Foot and Ankle

Marc S. Bruell , D.P.M.

To make an appointment with Marc S. Bruell , D.P.M., call at 219-250-5012.

Marc S. Bruell , D.P.M. sees patients at the following locations:

LBJI Chesterton - 601 Gateway Blvd.
LBJI Michigan City - Woodland Ave - 1550 S. Woodland Ave.
Learn more about Marc S. Bruell , D.P.M.
Rachel L. Stern, D.P.M.

To make an appointment with Rachel L. Stern, D.P.M., call at 219-250-5016.

Rachel L. Stern, D.P.M. sees patients at the following locations:

LBJI Chesterton - 601 Gateway Blvd.
LBJI Michigan City - Woodland Ave - 1550 S. Woodland Ave.
Learn more about Rachel L. Stern, D.P.M.
Brian T. Damitz, D.P.M.

To make an appointment with Brian T. Damitz, D.P.M., call at 219-250-5006.

Brian T. Damitz, D.P.M. sees patients at the following locations:

LBJI Valparaiso Valley - 2501 Valley Dr.
LBJI Chesterton - 601 Gateway Blvd.
LBJI Portage - 3691 Willowcreek Rd., Suite 100
Learn more about Brian T. Damitz, D.P.M.
Ronald E. Izynski, D.P.M

To make an appointment with Ronald E. Izynski, D.P.M, call at 219-250-5018.

Ronald E. Izynski, D.P.M sees patients at the following locations:

LBJI Valparaiso Valley - 2501 Valley Dr.
Learn more about Ronald E. Izynski, D.P.M
Aaron K. Ruter, D.P.M.

To make an appointment with Aaron K. Ruter, D.P.M., call at 219-921-1444.

Aaron K. Ruter, D.P.M. sees patients at the following locations:

LBJI Crown Point - 12800 Mississippi Parkway, Suite 201A
LBJI Schererville - 833 W. Lincoln Hwy Suite 110
Learn more about Aaron K. Ruter, D.P.M.

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