Dr. Natasha Mandula, DPM

Dr. Mandula is a native of Northwest Indiana were she was born and raised in Crown Point, Indiana. She attended Loyola University in Chicago, IL where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.

Dr. Mandula continued her education and received her medical training at the renowned William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind University located in North Chicago, IL.

Dr. Mandula has completed an extensive three year surgical residency at the Level One Trauma Center in Mount Sinai Medical Center in Chicago, IL. It was during her three years residency that Dr. Mandula became proficient and experienced in a wide variety of foot and ankle disorders and their underlying causes and learned the latest treatment procedures to properly treat and care for each patient that she served.

Dr. Mandula is grateful to have the opportunity to return to Crown Point to provide Podiatric care to the community that she grew up in as well as to serve the greater Northwest Indiana area.

Doctor Resources

  • Don’t ignore foot pain, it isn’t normal. If pain persists, see a physician.

  • Inspect your feet regularly. Note changes in color and temperature, thickness or discoloration of nails, and cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles could indicate athlete’s foot.  Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.

  • Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes. Be sure to dry them completely.

  • Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. People with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems are more prone to infection and should not treat their own feet.

  • Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Replace worn-out shoes as soon as possible, and try on new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest.

  • Select and wear the right shoe for your activity, in other words, running shoes for running.

  • Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day, but rather alternate them.

  • Avoid walking barefoot. Your feet are more prone to injury and infection when walking barefoot. When at the beach or wearing sandals, remember to use sunscreen on your feet as well as the rest of your body.

  • Use home remedies cautiously. Self-treatment often turns a minor injury into a major foot problem. If you have diabetes, it is essential that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a thorough check-up.

The average person walks more than 145,000 miles in their lifetime. Walking this distance over the course of a lifetime requires a person’s feet and ankles to be strong and stable.

With the constant impact of walking and running, it’s not surprising that the feet and ankles are some of the most frequently injured areas of the human body. Ankle and foot pain and injuries are very common.

The foot and ankle are two of the most versatile and complex areas of your body. One foot alone contains 26 bones supported by a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

When everything is working well, you hardly give them a thought. But when a problem arises, it’s often impossible to ignore.

At some time in life, you may experience heel, ankle or foot pain.

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