Meet Dr. David Gerst, Chicago, IL, Podiatrist

Over 200,000 happy patients have found relief for their foot pain, heel pain & ankle pain with our board certified podiatrists.

chicago il podiatrist dr david gerst

Dr. David A. Gerst has always had two interests: medicine and sports. As an athlete throughout his childhood and into his college years, the capabilities of the human body as well as maintaining a healthy body were both often on his mind. It was natural that his journey would lead him to combine those two passions by pursuing a career in podiatry. For 30 years, Dr. Gerst has been helping Chicagoans with their foot needs through his podiatry practice. Beyond routine office foot care, Dr. Gerst is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, which gives him the ability to offer his patients a wide range of treatment options.

  • Dr. Gerst earned his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dr. Gerst did Post Graduate work at Michael Reese Hospital located on Chicago’s south side, as well as with Chatham Foot Specialists in Chicago.
  • Dr. Gerst has been treating Chicagoland patients for their foot problems since 1990 and has 30 years of experience. Dr. Gerst is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
  • He is a member of the medical staff of Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago and currently serves as Medical Staff President.
  • Dr. Gerst served as the Medical Staff Secretary and Chairperson of the Credentials Committee of Advocate Trinity Hospital.
  • Dr. Gerst and staff have been serving the Chicago area since 1990 in the specialized field of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. The health of your feet can affect your overall health and well being. If you are experiencing foot problems, pain or discomfort, chances are that a course of treatment can help to alleviate your suffering.

Dr. Gerst never gave up his love of sports and athletic activities. He’s competed in a whopping 21 Ironman Triathlons, including one in Kona, HI in 2005. The doctor is also an avid runner, having completed nine marathons, including the prestigious 100th Boston Marathon in 1996. If he’s not running, swimming or biking, you might find Dr. Gerst enjoying the great outdoors.–he’s climbed the famous Mt. Rainier in Washington.

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  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

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  • “Dr. Weil demonstrated a level of expertise and professionalism that I had not found in previous interactions with podiatrists. Bottom line, he has dramatically reduced pain that I have been living with for more than 20 yrs. Hiking and working out will now be far more enjoyable, more effective and longer in duration. I highly recommend Dr. Weil. "

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    - Jill K.
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  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
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  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
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  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil demonstrated a level of expertise and professionalism that I had not found in previous interactions with podiatrists. Bottom line, he has dramatically reduced pain that I have been living with for more than 20 yrs. Hiking and working out will now be far more enjoyable, more effective and longer in duration. I highly recommend Dr. Weil. "

    - Steve M.
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  • “My kids have been patients here since my son was 3! He is now 17 and both be and my daughter see Dr. Benton-Weil! There are not enough stars to rate her excellence. Not only is she a smart and talented physician, she is a kind and compassionate human being. I would drive just about anywhere to be under her care!”

    - Jill K.
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  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil demonstrated a level of expertise and professionalism that I had not found in previous interactions with podiatrists. Bottom line, he has dramatically reduced pain that I have been living with for more than 20 yrs. Hiking and working out will now be far more enjoyable, more effective and longer in duration. I highly recommend Dr. Weil. "

    - Steve M.
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  • “My kids have been patients here since my son was 3! He is now 17 and both be and my daughter see Dr. Benton-Weil! There are not enough stars to rate her excellence. Not only is she a smart and talented physician, she is a kind and compassionate human being. I would drive just about anywhere to be under her care!”

    - Jill K.
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