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Dr. Jeffery Deacon, Surgical Podiatrist, specializes in treating problems of the feet and ankles, including hereditary issues, injuries, and problems that can result from chronic conditions, such as diabetes. We begin with a conservative treatment approach to improve flexibility and provide pain relief. If conservative treatment is not effective, we can provide advanced surgical repair.

Meet Dr. Deacon

Jeffery Deacon, D.P.M.

Member of the Medical Staff of Union County Hospital.


Jeffery Deacon, D.P.M.

Dr. Deacon is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois. He graduated from Marion High School in 1985. Following graduation, he attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate studies.

Dr. Deacon graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) Summa Cum Laude from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed residency in foot and ankle surgery in the St. John Healthcare System in Detroit, Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Following his residency, Dr. Deacon returned to Southern Illinois to open his current private practice in Marion. Additionally, Dr. Deacon has joined the practice of the Union County Podiatry Clinic in Anna, where he is accepting new patients. Areas of podiatric specialty include his focus on medical and surgical management of musculoskeletal conditions and foot deformities.

Now accepting new patients!

Call 618-833-2872 to make an appointment.

Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm

Friday, 8 am – Noon

We accept almost all major insurance plans including Medicare. Please bring your insurance card with you so that we can make a copy for your medical record. If you have a change in insurance, address or phone number, be sure to notify the receptionist so that the change can be entered into our system. We accept all major credit cards for payment, such as Visa and Mastercard.

How can we help you?


We offer a wide range of services

We care for patients of all ages, stressing preventative care and early medical intervention. And, wee treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Heel spurs and arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe and other toe problems
  • Flat feet
  • Sports injuries/shin splints
  • Fractures and sprains of the foot/ankle
  • Arthritis of the foot/ankle
  • Wound care
  • Cuts and infections
  • Diabetic complaints
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Ingrown nails, corns and calluses
  • Children’s problems such as toeing in or out
  • Warts/other skin conditions of the foot
  • Neuromas/ganglions
  • "Burning feet" sensations

Foot Surgery

We strive to provide methods of treatment that will allow for the greatest patient satisfaction. In some cases this may require surgery.

Dr. Deacon is on the medical staff at Union County hospital and has privileges to perform surgical procedures including:

  • Bunion surgery
  • Correction of hammertoe
  • Joint replacement
  • Reconstructive and functional surgery
  • Removal of bone spurs
  • Removal of tumors of the foot
  • Neuroma surgery


Sports Medicine

When you run - which is common in most sports - your body weight pressure on your feet can multiply up to 45 times, depending on speed. When athletes' and even weekend warriors' feet bear this extra weight, they need to pay special attention. Remember the old saying "Feet don't fail me now." We want to keep your feet in top condition so our Sports Medicine services include:

  • Treatment of sprains and fractures
  • Care of shin splints and other sports injuries
  • Training advice and shoe recommendation
  • Orthotic therapy

Diabetic Foot Care

Patients with diabetes are at greater risk of vascular disease which can cause serious problems with your feet.

Regular checkups with a podiatrist are recommended for those living with diabetes. Even when you are feeling well, Dr. Deacon can provide you with important information so you're able to better manage the effects of diabetes on your feet, monitor your condition and hopefully, prevent complications.



A bunion is a lump that usually forms at the base of your big toe. It gets progressively larger, sometimes so much that it forces the big toe inward and on top of the next toe. The skin over the bunion may become swollen and sore, while the protrusion can cause intense pain and restrict movement in your toes.

Most bunions form in women, primarily because women may be more likely to wear tight or pointed shoes that cramp the toes. Bunions are also thought to be hereditary and more common as you age.

Without the right treatment, bunions can eventually cause debilitating pain and severely damage the toe joint.



Flexible Hammertoe

  • If your toe can still be moved and straightened, a tendon transfer may be used. This procedure reroutes the tendons from the bottom of the toe to the top where it is sticking up, pulling the bent joint flat.

Fixed Hammertoe

  • If your hammertoe has become stiff and rigid, there are two options: joint resection or fusion. During these procedures, incisions are made in the ligaments, tendons and bones to relieve pain and straighten the joint. Pins and screws are often used for a few weeks to keep the toe in position.

Wound Debridement

People with diabetes are more susceptible to developing sores on the bottom of their feet, including non-healing wounds which may lead to ulcers. Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as poor circulation, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or ill-fitting shoes, as well as lifestyle factors like alcohol and tobacco use.

Symptoms may go unnoticed until the ulcer has become infected, because many diabetics have lost the ability to feel pain in their feet due to nerve damage (neuropathy). One of the first signs you may see is drainage on your socks, as well as swelling, red or black discoloration and odors.


We value the time we spend with you. To help us schedule the proper amount of time for your visit, we request that you call for an appointment. As every appointment is tailored to the individual patient’s needs, we ask that you notify our office in advance if you need to reschedule your appointment. After-hours emergencies should go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Fees and Insurance

We care about your health and we also care about you financially. Prompt payments allow us to keep costs down while maintaining quality care. We can usually make payment arrangements to fit any budget; please discuss this with the registration staff at the time of your visit.

  • Private Insurance: as a courtesy, we will submit insurance claims forms for you.
  • HMO/PPO: Our clinic participates in most plans in the area.
    Please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.
  • Medicare: accepted for office visits and hospital care

All co-payments and deductibles are due at the time service is provided, unless other arrangements are made in advance.

For billing questions, please call 618-833-2872.

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a physician and/or surgeon who has been specially trained to care for feet and ankles. Your feet support the weight of your body, so it is important to keep them in excellent health.

A podiatrist can help you achieve and maintain healthy feet and an active lifestyle through routine care and evaluation, medical intervention and traditional surgery.

Patient Referrals

We can think of no grater compliment than being asked to care for a member of your family or one of your friends. We sincerely appreciate the referrals you send.

Physician Referrals

Area physicians often refer patients to us who are experiencing health problems in our area of expertise. In these cases, we frequently communicate with the patient's primary care physician throughout diagnosis and treatment. This way, we can help ensure you receive the care you need.