Illinois Foot Health Education Foundation

Originally established in 1983, the Illinois Foot Health Education Foundation (IFHEF), a 501(c)3  foundation, was revitalized in 2009 to encourage a heightened level of podiatric health awareness by alerting and informing the public of foot and ankle conditions through the development, promotion, and delivery of programs and materials related to the recognition, prevention, and treatment of foot and ankle disorders.

Mission: The Illinois Foot Health Education Foundation exists to provide information on foot and ankle health, public education programs on health and wellness, conduct research on current medical issues in the podiatric field, and form partnerships with organizations with a similar mission.

The ILAPPS, the parent organization for the IFHEF, has a history of successful public education programs that will spin off to the IFHEF.  These programs and partnerships include: Talk to a Podiatrist Call-In Day, American Diabetes Association Diabetes Expo, and a special program with Chicago Public Schools – the Keep Your Feet Moving walking program.

In addition, the Foundation is currently planning to develop continuing medical educational programs and research to further the knowledge and resources of the podiatric community.


Sole Fit - $5,000 Grant

An organization that promotes the importance of podiatric care and provides new, athletic shoes to underprivileged children in the community.  Our mission is “To promote the importance of podiatric care and provide fitting shoes for the children in our community so they can have a healthy today and an even healthier tomorrow”.

On Monday, February 11, 2019, 30 children at the Neal Math & Science Academy in North Chicago received new athletic shoes and socks.