Podiatric Foot & Ankle Surgery

Foot, ankle & lower extremity conditions we treat.

PODIATRISTS ARE LIKE THE FAMILY PRACTITIONER’S OF THE LOWER EXTREMITY, WE TREAT EVERY SYSTEM IN THE BODY AS THEY ALL AFFECT THE LEGS AND FEET…. issues like; Orthopedic, Biomechanical, Vascular, Rheumatologic, Dermatologic, we do surgery, we order and read every type of imaging modality, we take care of wounds and help improve gait with shoes, braces, and orthotics, there is nothing we can not treat in the foot and ankle
Our goal is a happy and healthy patient.

"My experience was phenomenal (excellent) and I really appreciate the experience provided to me.-"


- R.E.

Why Podiatric Surgery?

When choosing a podiatrist it’s important to find one who understands the anatomy and specializes in the foot and ankle. Our state of the art facility is oriented to providing our patients with the correct care to meet their needs through a variety of treatments which includes conservative care, surgical intervention and rehabilitation before and possibly after a surgery procedure. If you’ve had a foot or ankle condition, injury, we encourage you to reach out to our office for a thorough exam so we can get you back on track as quickly as possible. This may include simple conservative care or depending on the condition it may involve a surgical treatment and intervention. Our doctors will always consider conservative care prior to proceeding with surgery.

What Is Podiatric Surgery? 

A podiatrist also known as a podiatric surgeon is a doctor that’s qualified to diagnose, treat, and perform surgery on the foot nickel as well as other related structures. Many conditions that  we see in the office, can be treated with  conservative care however some conditions may need to proceed to surgical correction. Surgery is traditionally considered elective for many of the things that we take care of in the office however there may be some urgent matters that need to be addressed ASAP.

Our three doctors bring collectively 45+ years of experience in podiatric surgery and surgical correction for numerous conditions. Both Dr. Smielewski and Dr. Bever have additional extensive podiatric surgical training during residency in forefoot, rear foot nerve and reconstructive type of podiatric procedures.

Podiatric surgery can be performed on:

*Bunions and hammertoes
*Tendon injury and ligament injuries
*Soft tissue Lesions and ganglion cysts
* Ankle sprains and retinaculum tears
* Nerve conditions, neuroma‘s, tarsal tunnel conditions
*Fractures that are unstable or difficult to heal
*Joint replacement surgeries
*Bone spurs and other orthopedic type problems

We perform many in office minor surgery procedures such as;
*Toenail procedures both for infection and permanent removal
*Skin biopsies and excision
*Wart removal
*Peripheral nerve testing for neuropathy
*Various wound care procedures
*Suture removal

You can reach our office by phone at 847-263-6073 during regular business hours or request an appointment online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're conveniently located in Chicago at 401 W. Ontario St., Suite 240. We look forward to working with you and getting you back on your feet.

Dr. Schoene, Dr. Smielewski & Dr. Bever are on staff at:

  • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital - Lake Forest, IL
  • Hawthorn Surgery Center - Vernon Hills, IL
  • Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center - Chicago, IL
  • North Shore Surgical Center - Lincolnwood, IL
  • River North Surgical Center - Chicago, IL
  • Vista Medical Center East - Waukegan, IL
  • Vista Surgery Center - Lindenhurst, IL
Minor in-office Procedures:

  • Nail procedures of all kinds
  • Biopsy procedures for suspicious lesions and moles
  • Wart excisions & Cryotherapy
  • Mole removal with suture closure
Podiatric Surgical Correction Can Be Performed On:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Neuromas
  • Metatarsal conditions
  • Ganglion cysts and other soft tissue lesions
  • Bone spurs
  • Tendon and ligament injuries and tears
  • Arthritic
  • Conditions and spurs
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Dermatology conditions: warts, skin lesions and nails conditions requiring anesthesia

"Dr.Schoene spent a lot of time with me. In this day and age that is rare. She is great! I thought I was looking at surgery but with exercise and massage -no! Fixed me right up... maybe in future, but not no- VERY HAPPY-"


- M.Z.

She always keeps in mind the movements of each sport and incorporates that into the treatment plan.