5 minutes with Dr. Kyle Pearson
Dr. Kyle Pearson is a podiatrist/foot and ankle surgeon at Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, as well as the Secretary of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association (IPMA) Board of Directors.
Dr. Pearson, who sees patients out of Rezin's Morris, Joliet and Ottowa offices, joined the practice in 2014. He also serves as a teaching faculty member at the KSB Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program.
Dr. Pearson took a few minutes to talk about his background and what he enjoys most about his work as a podiatrist.
How did you first get interested in podiatry?
My college advisor recommended learning more about podiatry as a possible career option within the medical field. After shadowing a couple of providers, I found the profession provided a good mix of surgical and clinical care with patients. I noticed they made a positive impact on their patients' lives and that is what drew me to the profession. They also treated a wide variety of patients and types of injuries/pathology, like athletic injuries, limb salvage, foot and ankle trauma, and foot and ankle reconstruction.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being able to help patients get back to what they enjoy doing. For example, it is very rewarding to have a patient come in with an injury or ailment, create a plan with the patient to solve the problem, and fix the problem so they can return to the activities they enjoy.
What do you think is one thing most people do not know about podiatry or podiatrists?
Podiatrists are well trained in both surgical and non-surgical treatments of the foot and ankle. We are able to treat complex conditions of the foot and ankle following evidence-based medicine approaches to get people back to what they enjoy doing.
What’s one piece of advice you would give the general public when it comes to foot and/or ankle care?
Be proactive in your foot and ankle care. If you have a problem or pain within your foot and ankle, you should seek out a podiatrist for assistance. Most of the time, if the problem is diagnosed early in the process, we are able to provide simple, more straight forward non-surgical treatment options compared to if the problem is ignored.