Sports Medicine Podiatrist

Being a Certified Athletic Trainer and Podiatrist has allowed Dr. Schoene to work with many sports medicine patients for over 30 yrs

Dr. Lisa M. Schoene is a certified athletic trainer and a Sports Medicine Podiatrist in the Chicago and northern IL suburban area. has worked with all types of athletes since 1991, so she takes a special interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Dr. Schoene has been involved in many sporting events in Chicago and the suburbs as well as nationally over the past 25 + years, covering events like the World Cup Games in Chicago. She was one of the distinguished Podiatrists to work at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and she had treated many Olympic hopefuls at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

She is currently and has been the Podiatric Consultant to the DePaul Blue Demons Athletic Department for over 25 years. She has relationships with many Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists at many facilities and High Schools and Colleges in the Chicago area, to complete a well rounded team approach for evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of all athletes.


"My first visit was a very positive experience. I did not have to wait long, was well attended to, & questions answered as I mentioned my concerns. I appreciate the excellent expertise & friendly manner of Dr.Schoene. Very helpful visit!"

- K.C.


Dr. Schoene has treated many football and Lacrosse players over the years, as she was the Podiatric Consultant for the semi-pro team the Chicago Panthers, and the yearly Chicago Lacrosse Shoot-out national tournament.

She has additionally treated players and staff of the Chicago Bears organization. Because she has covered many marathons, triathlons, and other races, in addition to these other sports, she truly has extensive experience to treat all types of athletes who have acute or chronic injuries of the lower extremity.

She will conservatively evaluate and treat other lower extremity conditions at the knee, hip, and lower back.

As a Certified Athletic Trainer, she can thoroughly evaluate all athletes from head to toe, and combined with her Podiatric expertise, she understands how important the lower extremity and the foot become in diagnosing and predisposing athletes to many injuries up the chain.

She will complete a full thorough sport specific athletic screen, and the treatments and rehabilitation will be geared towards that specific sport.

She treats all types of athletes; runners, triathletes, skiers, skaters, soccer players, dancers, gymnasts, football and lacrosse players to name a few.

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

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on treating patients who are injured as a result of physical activity. In many cases, the patients of a sports medicine doctor are serious or even professional athletes. However, sports medicine can benefit different types of patients as well. 

A sports medicine doctor may work with individuals who have physically demanding jobs such as construction, landscaping, mining, or firefighting. Though some may debate whether dance is technically a sport, it's undoubtedly as physical as any organized sport and often requires treatment from a sports medicine specialist with experience in dance medicine. Personal trainers and fitness instructors often need help from a sports medicine doctor as well. Some doctors in this area specialize in treating children who may sustain injuries from actual sports and other types of highly physical play.

Sports medicine doctors may also advise you on proper nutrition, supplements, stretching, and exercise. In addition, they will work with you to restore full strength and functionality to the injured area to help you return to highly physical activities. Injury prevention is a significant part of sports medicine. These healthcare professionals work closely with active individuals to help them avoid injuries as much as possible.


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What Schooling is Required for Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine isn't recognized as a specialty of its own, so sports medicine doctors must have a different type of medical degree. As a result, sports medicine doctors typically obtain either a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). 

A primary care sports medicine doctor will typically complete one to two years of fellowship training in sports medicine and pursue a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in this area. An orthopedic sports medicine doctor completes a five-year orthopedic residency and one year of additional study in sports medicine. Orthopedic doctors can then get a CAQ from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery with Sports Medicine Subspecialty Board Certification.

Sports medicine podiatrists follow a different educational path. First, they pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and after completing podiatry college, these doctors can pursue a residency and fellowship program in sports medicine. In addition, the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine offers a sports medicine fellow designation.

What Are Some Examples of Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine treats injuries that involve the bones, muscles, and joints. A primary care sports medicine doctor might help with conditions such as:

  • Dislocations.
  • Fractures.
  • Tendinitis.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Ligament injuries.
  • Cartilage injuries.
  • Concussions.
  • Exercise-induced asthma.
  • Stress fractures.
  • Knee and shoulder injuries.

A sports medicine doctor can also help with conditions that make it more challenging to maintain healthy bones, joints, and muscles, such as how people with diabetes often work with sports medicine doctors. Staying active is crucial for managing diabetes, yet this same condition increases the risk of injury during sports and exercise. A sports medicine physician can help patients navigate this tricky area and stay healthy.

Individuals with eating disorders may also seek treatment from a sports medicine doctor. For example, athletes who want to maintain a certain body type or gain weight, such as dancers or gymnasts, may develop an eating disorder due to their athletic activities. Others may develop an eating disorder independent of these activities but seek medical help for healthy recovery that will help them regain proper muscle mass and strength. Healthy eating is an essential component of preventing sports injuries.

Orthopedic sports medicine doctors are also orthopedic surgeons, which gives them a greater scope of treatment options. These sports medicine doctors may assist in the treatment of any common sports injury listed above as well as:

  • Bone and joint infections.
  • Gait abnormalities.
  • Limb and spine deformities.

Sports medicine doctors may also work with other specialists who focus on sports medicine but do not carry a medical degree. In many cases, the best results come from working with a team of healthcare professionals who can assist with the overarching treatment plan set forth by your physician. Some other sports medicine specialists you might encounter include physical therapists, chiropractors, certified athletic trainers, and massage therapists.

How Do Athletes Benefit From Sports Medicine?

While a general practitioner can help with many of the issues that sports medicine doctors treat, there are some distinct benefits to seeking treatment from someone specializing in sports medicine. Working with a sports medicine doctor, you'll enjoy:

  • Focused care: Sports medicine doctors are highly trained in the unique injuries that occur during physical activity. Those who specialize in a particular activity, like dance, understand how things like ballet shoes or the stress of plies will uniquely affect the bones, joints, and muscles. 
  • Preventive care: Sports medicine doctors can offer a plethora of suggestions for avoiding injuries. They're especially well-suited to helping athletes balance their need to stay active and continue pushing themselves with the need to allow wounds to heal correctly.
  • Better performance: It's not enough for an injury to simply heal. Sports medicine doctors understand that athletes need to regain as much strength and flexibility as possible in the injured area. With their support and advice, athletes can find powerful ways to increase their abilities.
  • Well-rounded advice: Sports medicine doctors focus on all the things that contribute to a healthy body, including nutrition. They can suggest the best supplements for athletic performance, demonstrate proper stretching techniques, and offer other advice explicitly targeted to physical activity challenges.

If you're looking for a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Schoene may offer just the experience and expertise you're after. Whether you're a professional athlete, recreational dancer, or simply someone who wants to stay physically fit, it's essential to have the correct information to treat and prevent injuries properly. Working with a specialist helps ensure that you can stay active, even if you've been hurt. From evaluation and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, Dr. Schoene can assist with every part of your care plan. Contact the office now to schedule your appointment.