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The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois is continually striving to perfect current-generation practices and staying in the forefront of technology and medical advancements. We are not afraid to explore new advancements and incorporate them into our practice. We are avid supporters of medical research and have been involved in active clinical research for over five years. Our surgeons are always at the leading edge and often play a part in fostering new medical products and procedures. Our primary goals for research are to improve patient outcomes, speed up recovery, and enhance physical performance.

FACI Clinical Research has an outstanding team of principal investigators and experienced research coordinators that perform each clinical trial. The team collects valuable data from eligible participants on disease progression after they are assigned to a specific treatment group.  Data gets submitted to medical teams for review and analysis of safety and efficacy of the medication/therapy that are intended to treat a specific medical condition. Through observation and testing, these new medicines/therapies can create new and more effective ways to treat diseases.

Currently, our clinical research team is involved in five clinical trials studying different pathologies. 

If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions and meet certain eligibility criteria, you may participate in a clinical trial either at our Springfield or Decatur clinics.


This Phase III Trial assesses the safety and efficacy of a new drug in the treatment of Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.


This Phase IV Trial assesses the efficacy of nerve caps in the treatment of painful Morton's Neuroma.


This Phase II Trial assesses the safety and efficacy of a new drug in the treatment of Plantar Fibromatosis (painful nodules in the foot).


This Phase III Trial assesses the safety and efficacy of a new drug to treat patients with Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers.


This Phase IV Trial assesses the efficacy of donor skin grafts in the treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers.

Research plays a vital role to uncover new information about medical conditions and treatments. These advancements cannot be possible without volunteers like you who desire to participate in the development and advancement of future medications and therapies. Research has made it possible for medications and devices to be used throughout the world.

Participation in the studies is totally voluntary and you may choose to end your participation at any time for any reason. Your participation will not cost you anything except time! You will not pay for the study drug, supplies, travel, medical tests, or procedures. For further information, call Dr. Matthew Shirani at 217-679-2373. Become a pioneer and help us in our efforts to advance medical science. Join the FACI Clinical Research Team today!

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