Serving Northwest Indiana for over 25 years.
Your Family Foot and Ankle Clinic
Treating Conditions of the Foot and Ankle
Dr. Paul Sommer, Pediatrist and Podiatric Surgeon
Dr. Paul Sommer, Podiatrist
Voted "Best Podiatrist" by Neighbor's Choice Awards
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Greetings from Dr. Paul Sommer!

I’m Dr. Paul Sommer, and it’s been my privilege to serve the Valparaiso and DeMotte, Indiana communities for over 25 years. Specializing in podiatric medicine and surgery, my commitment is to help individuals of all ages and activity levels find relief from foot and ankle pain.

Being a Valparaiso native and a passionate triathlete, I understand the importance of precise care, especially for sports medicine patients. Join me in the pursuit of a pain-free and active lifestyle.

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Meet Dr. Sommer

Dr. Paul Sommer, a Valparaiso native, graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1979, majoring in science and excelling in swimming under Coach Skip Bird. He continued his education at DePauw University, completing a pre-med curriculum and graduating with dual majors in Biology and Psychology in 1983. During college, he pursued competitive cycling.

Post-college, Dr. Sommer attended the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 1988. Following this, he completed a surgical hospital residency in foot surgery at the VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, gaining extensive experience in diabetic foot care and reconstructive surgery.

Returning to Porter County, Dr. Sommer established his practice, finding satisfaction in helping patients “get back on their feet.” Alongside practicing podiatric medicine and surgery, he is an avid triathlete, completing the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. Dr. Sommer continues to train and compete, bringing valuable firsthand knowledge to sports medicine in his practice.

In 1996, he was recognized as a “Community Hero” by the United Way and had the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch on its way to the Summer Games in Atlanta.

Our Services

Providing a full range of Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Solutions for Patients.

General Foot and Ankle Pain

Don’t ignore foot pain! At the Clinic for Foot and Ankle Pain Relief, we understand the uncertainty around when to seek help. Many wait too long, thinking it will resolve on its own. Whether you’re unsure or believe foot pain is normal, take this chance to ask Dr. Sommer your questions. We’re here to provide answers and effective treatments for your comfort.

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Experience superior foot and ankle surgery in Valparaiso and DeMotte!

Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation, ensuring patient comfort. Our surgery centers provide a home-like atmosphere, making your surgical day enjoyable. With a short stay of two to three hours, you’ll quickly return to the comfort of your home.

Dr. Sommer conducts minor surgical procedures in his office, while more extensive surgeries, like bone and joint reconstruction, take place in hospitals or surgery centers.

Superior Foot & Ankle Surgical Procedures in Valparaiso and DeMotte

Professional Sports Medicine Treatments

Podiatrists, like Dr. Sommer, are expertly trained in sports medicine, specializing in the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. Their comprehensive training encompasses the entire anatomy and physiology of the body, with a focus on addressing issues that may arise in the feet, legs, hips, and lower back of athletes.

Athletes Foot


Distinct from a plantar wart, a callus results from excessive pressure on a small foot area, leading to hard material buildup. Trimming these calluses in the office is recommended, but self-attempt is dangerous. Dr. Sommer can provide custom padding or Orthotics to redistribute weight and alleviate pressure. When calluses persist and are unresponsive to care, surgical correction may be necessary. Dr. Sommer performs this outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.

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Athletes Foot

Athlete's foot doesn't exclusively afflict athletes; anyone can be affected by this fungal infection. Caused by a variety of fungi, it's often effectively treated with topical anti-fungal creams. In cases of chronic or severe athlete's foot, oral anti-fungal medication may be required. An accurate diagnosis is crucial, as other skin issues can mimic athlete's foot. Dr. Sommer will provide follow-up care instructions to minimize the chances of recurrence, ensuring comprehensive treatment and lasting relief.



The human foot comprises numerous tendons, and any of them can undergo inflammation due to strain or overuse. When engaging in a new sport or work activity, tendons may need time to adapt; failure to do so can lead to inflammation, swelling, and pain. Dr. Sommer offers tailored treatments, including rest, ice, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication. Precision is crucial as different tendons, such as the Achilles and the one on top of the big toe, require specific approaches to address inflammation effectively.



While flatfoot might not bar you from military service, it can still pose issues. Generally, flat feet cause misalignment in foot and ankle joints, resulting in localized arthritis, muscle strain, and ligament issues. Dr. Sommer can provide essential foot support, recommend suitable footwear, and discuss specific stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to your feet.



In your foot, comprising 28 bones, any can endure a fracture or break, typically from sudden trauma or short-term overuse, known as a "stress fracture" or "march fracture" among soldiers on long marches. The bone may crack without immediate awareness, becoming painful and swollen with continued activity. Diagnosing and treating this fracture is essential to alleviate pain and prevent prolonged discomfort. Dr. Sommer can guide you through the necessary steps for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Ankle Sprain

Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains can be painful, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain, swelling, and bruising, potentially involving fractures. Severe sprains always warrant medical care. Dr. Sommer examines and x-rays the ankle to assess the extent of injury. Depending on severity, he may prescribe an ankle brace or cast. Recovery is crucial for long-term ankle injury outcomes. Ligaments may stretch or rupture, requiring strengthening and range-of-motion exercises. Joints may lose sensory coordination, termed proprioception, which can be restored through strengthening and flexibility plans. Dr. Sommer guides you through a comprehensive recovery process.

Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts

Dr. Sommer, a Board Certified Podiatrist and Wound Care Specialist, excels in comprehensive diabetic foot care. From routine treatment of calluses and problematic toenails to addressing ulcerations and dispensing diabetic therapeutic medicare shoes, his expertise spans various aspects of diabetic foot health. Additionally, Dr. Sommer is well-versed in the treatment of plantar warts, offering a holistic approach to managing and alleviating these common foot conditions.

Diabetic Feet

Diabetic Foot Care

Dr. Sommer, a Board Certified Podiatrist and Wound Care Specialist, is dedicated to providing comprehensive foot care for diabetics. Recognizing the critical importance of diabetic foot care, he addresses various aspects, from routine treatment of calluses and problematic toenails to specialized care for ulcerations. Dr. Sommer is also adept at dispensing diabetic therapeutic medicare shoes, emphasizing the significance of proper footwear in maintaining foot health for individuals with diabetes. His commitment extends to educating patients about the essential role of diabetic foot care in preventing complications and ensuring overall well-being.

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