Podiatrist Kimberly Eickmeier, DPM, believes that proper foot care plays an integral role in a person’s overall health and well-being, and she is passionate about keeping people healthy and active.
Having practiced in Champaign for 25 years, Dr. Eickmeier recently joined the medical team at Sarah Bush Lincoln to fulfill a greater need for specialized foot care in this area. “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” she said. “If you are having problems and pain in your feet, it can affect every aspect of your life. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to call. It’s important to prevent little problems from developing into major problems later on.”
Dr. Eickmeier grew up in Bloomington. She said she’d known since childhood that she wanted either to study medicine or to become an artist. When she was an undergraduate student at Illinois State University, her anatomy teacher introduced her to a podiatrist. “I didn’t even know what a podiatrist was at the time, so I started visiting his office and helping him out and, eventually, he hired me to be an assistant,” she said. “I really enjoyed being in the office, and I liked that the field offers a little bit of surgery, which involves artistic skills, so I was encouraged to go into the profession.”
After earning her bachelor of science degree, Dr. Eickmeier moved to Chicago and earned a podiatry degree in 1992 from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed a three-year residency in podiatric surgery at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. To advance her training further, Dr. Eickmeier was chosen for a selective orthopedic trauma fellowship in Geneva, Switzerland. “I chose Switzerland because that’s where the screws and plates to fix fractures were invented, and it was a great opportunity to learn from some of those surgeons,” she said.
Dr. Eickmeier then start practicing at Christie Clinic in Champaign, where she enjoyed the all-encompassing nature of podiatry. “I appreciate being trained to treat people from infancy to seniors and to specialize in diabetic foot care and the prevention of amputations,” she said. “I enjoy getting to know my patients and seeing them back on a regular basis. Now, I’m seeing their kids too.” Her medical and surgical practice encompasses the full spectrum of podiatry care including diabetic foot ulcerations and infection, bunion and hammertoe correction, foot and ankle arthritis, ingrown toenails, tendinitis, sports medicine and trauma care, including sprain and fracture care and reconstructive foot surgery. She is double board certified in foot and ankle surgery and wound care.
While it’s easy to take healthy feet for granted, Dr. Eickmeier stresses the importance of addressing foot pain in a timely fashion, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve seen an increase in problems such as painful bunions, hammer toes, heel pain, planter fasciitis because people are working from home and not wearing their shoes,” she said. “Basically, if you have a problem below your knee, or if you are diabetic and are noticing problems, then don’t put off seeing a podiatrist. If you have pain in your foot and you don’t know why, we can solve something before it becomes chronic.”
Her philosophy of care is simply to listen intently to each patient. “In one of my first classes in podiatry school, the professor said, ‘If you listen long enough, the patient will tell you what’s wrong with them,’ so I just listen for the clues,” she said. “Patients give me a lot of information to guide me.”
In her free time, Dr. Eickmeier loves to draw and paint with watercolors, read nonfiction, and stay active with her husband, Kerry, and two adult children.
To make an appointment with Dr. Eickmeier, call the SBL Podiatry Clinic at 217 238-4519. Her office is located at 1000 Health Center Dr., Suite 104, Mattoon.