As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained foot doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat foot conditions and injuries.

The foot and ankle contain more than 100 bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons and form 33 joints. Working in conjunction with the ankle, the foot helps to support the body's weight and allows for movements such as standing, walking, running, and jumping. Because of this, the feet are especially susceptible to damage and injuries. Foot issues can affect a wide range of people, including athletes, women who wear high heels, and individuals with diabetes. It's important to visit an experienced foot doctor or podiatrist who can effectively diagnose foot problems and provide treatments and counsel on the best way to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

When It's Time to Visit a Foot Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best foot care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a foot doctor near you:

  • Area appears deformed
  • Change of color in toenails or skin
  • Heel pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain in the ball or arch of the foot
  • Pain when flexing the toes
  • Painful bumps on the toes
  • Skin is red and warm to the touch
  • Swelling
  • Unable to stand or walk

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Athlete's foot
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Deformities
  • Diabetic foot
  • Flat feet
  • Fractures
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel spurs
  • Infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuromas
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Poor circulation
  • Toenail fungus
  • Warts 
  • Wounds

Many foot problems can be treated by our podiatrists and orthopedic foot doctors through conservative treatment methods, like orthotics and diabetic shoes. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If foot surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex foot and ankle surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical procedures, which include:

  • Flatfoot reconstruction
  • Foot reconstruction
  • Peroneal tendon repair
  • Surgical repair of foot fractures

Visit our Foot & Ankle Center to learn more.

Our doctors understand that pain in your foot and ankle can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our foot specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

Conveniently located in Chesterton, Crown Point, Knox, LaPorte, Michigan City – Coolspring, Michigan City – WoodlandPortage, Schererville, Valparaiso – Cumberland, and Valparaiso – Valley, Lakeshore Bone & Joint offers care at ten state-of-the-art facilities throughout northwest Indiana so you can get the exceptional, specialized treatment you need where you need it. 

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat foot injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your foot and ankle pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our board-certified foot surgeons, Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., and Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and our specialty-trained podiatrists, Marc S. Bruell, D.P.M., Rachel L. Stern, D.P.M., Brian T. Damitz, D.P.M., Ronald E. Izynski, D.P.M., and Aaron K. Ruter, D.P.M., are skilled in treating a variety of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Our foot doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our podiatrists and foot surgeons also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced foot surgeons or podiatrists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

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