Podiatry

Podiatry

The Montefiore Approach

The Division of Podiatric Surgery and Medicine at Montefiore is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the region. With a team of nationally recognized podiatric surgeons, our knowledge and expertise ensures the highest quality of care for even the most complicated cases.

Our board-certified surgeons are dedicated to the diagnosis and management of foot-related disorders. Using innovative treatments and cutting-edge surgical solutions, our podiatrists provide specialized care for a wide array of conditions relating to the feet, from common ailments to complex deformities.

As an academic medical center, we are committed to the treatment and study of conditions impacting the foot. We are constantly striving to develop novel and cutting-edge techniques for the advancement of care within our own health system and beyond.

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The experience of our patients and their loved ones—not simply their ailments—demands our full attention. Your dedicated care team will be there to discuss your condition, answer questions, assess treatment options and develop a treatment strategy that is best for you.

Though widely common, disorders of the foot can be the cause of discomfort and disability, interfering with normal ambulatory function, the activities of daily living, and even employment. At Montefiore, we believe that optimal outcomes are achieved through thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis and a carefully considered patient-specific treatment strategy. Our goal is to provide our patients with innovative treatments, cutting-edge surgical solutions and high-quality care in an empathetic and caring environment.

Our status as an academic medical center puts us at the forefront of our field. Together with our Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the highest NIH-funded institutions in the country, we are continually conducting research with the goal of discovering better treatment options for our patients. We routinely present our research findings and publish our study results in peer-reviewed publications.

Conditions We Treat

Montefiore treats a vast spectrum of conditions, a selection of which you will find listed below. In addition to these, we have experience treating many other conditions. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation so that we can review and discuss your specific healthcare needs.

Some Common Conditions
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Ankle pain and ankle sprains
  • Arch pain
  • Arthritis of the foot
  • Athlete's foot
  • Bunions
  • Claw and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Flat feet
  • Fractures of the foot
  • Fungus of the toenails
  • Heel pain and spurs
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Neuroma
  • Plantar warts
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Stiff big toe
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
You may break (fracture) one of your toes by stubbing it, dropping something on it, or bending it. A hairline crack (stress fracture) may occur after a sudden increase in activity, such as increased running or walking. Symptoms of a broken toe may include: Read More
A fungal nail infection is an infection that occurs when a fungus attacks your fingernail, toenail, or nail bed. Fungi can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around the nail or through the opening between the nail and nail bed. If you're healthy, the infection probably won't cause serious problems. Fungal nail infections can be caused by yeasts, molds, and other kinds of fungus. Read More
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a rash on the skin of the foot. It's the most common skin infection caused by a fungus. Athlete's foot can cause itching, peeling, and cracking on the bottoms of the feet and between the toes. You can get athlete's foot by touching the foot of a person who has it. Most often, people get it by walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces near swimming pools or in locker rooms. The fungi then grow in your shoes, especially if your shoes are tight and air can't move around your feet. Read More
A heel spur is a type of bone spur (osteophyte) that develops on the heel bone (calcaneus). Most people think of something sharp when they think of a "spur," but a bone spur is just extra bone. It's usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body. In addition to the heel, other common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, and knees. Read More
Calluses and corns are areas of thick skin caused by pressure or friction. They may cause pain when you walk or wear shoes. Calluses usually form on your hands or feet. They usually don't need treatment. Read More
An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown into the skin instead of over it. This usually happens to the big toe, but it can also happen to other toes. An ingrown toenail can get infected. It may be painful, red, and swollen, and it may drain pus. Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but adults get them more than children do. People who have curved or thick nails are more likely to get an ingrown toenail. This is more common in older adults. Read More
Warts are skin growths caused by a virus. Warts can grow anywhere on the body. There are different kinds. Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet. Most warts go away on their own within months or years. Warts are spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus (HPV). You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then touching another part of your body. You can infect another person by sharing towels, razors, or other items. After contact with HPV, it can take months before you notice a wart. Read More
The heel and ankle joints are common sites of tendon injuries. For more information about tendon injuries in these areas, see the topic Achilles Tendon Problems as well.  This topic does not address severe tendon tears or ruptures. To help you assess a tendon injury, please see the topic Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries. Read More
Everyone has had a minor problem with a toe, foot, or ankle. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear or overuse. Toe, foot, or ankle problems can also occur from injuries or the natural process of aging.Your toes, feet, or ankles may burn, sting, hurt, feel tired, sore, stiff, numb, tingly, hot, or cold. You may have had a "charley horse" (muscle cramp) in your foot while lying in bed at night. Your feet or ankles may change color or swell. You may have noticed an embarrassing odor from your feet. Some changes in your feet and ankles are normal as a person ages or during pregnancy. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your symptoms, but if you have ongoing problems or concerns, we are glad to evaluate you and recommend treatment. Read More
Avascular necrosis is bone death that occurs when the blood supply to the bones is decreased or stopped. Without an adequate blood supply, the bone breaks down and dies and collapses. If the bone affected is near a joint, the joint may also collapse. Although any bone can be affected, avascular necrosis most often affects ends of the long bones, such as the upper leg bone at the hip. Avascular necrosis is also called osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis, or ischemic bone necrosis. Read More
Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are toes that are bent into an odd position. They may look strange or may hurt, or both. These toe problems almost always happen in the four smaller toes, not the big toe. If you notice that your toe looks odd or hurts, talk to your doctor. You may be able to fix your toe with home treatment. If you don't treat the problem right away, you are more likely to need surgery. Read More
Morton's neuroma is a swollen or thickened nerve in the ball of your foot. When your toes are squeezed together too often and for too long, the nerve that runs between your toes can swell and get thicker. This swelling can make it painful when you walk on that foot. High-heeled, tight, or narrow shoes can make pain worse. Sometimes, changing to shoes that give your toes more room can help. Read More
A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe. The big toe may turn toward the second toe. The tissues around the joint may be swollen and tender. A bony bump at the base of the little toe is called a bunionette or tailor's bunion. The little toe also bends inward, and the joint swells or enlarges. Read More
Foot problems in people with diabetes are usually treated by keeping blood sugar levels in a target blood sugar range and by using medicine, surgery, and other types of treatment.When foot problems develop, those problems need prompt treatment so that serious complications don't develop. Even problems that seem minor—like calluses, blisters, cracked or peeling skin, and athlete's foot—need to be checked by a doctor. These problems frequently occur as a result of reduced sensitivity in the feet and may precede more serious infections or foot ulcers if the cause (poorly fitted shoes, excessive weight-bearing, or dry skin) isn't identified and corrected. Read More
At one time or another, everyone has had a minor toe, foot, or ankle injury that caused pain or swelling. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.Toe, foot, or ankle injuries most commonly occur during: Read More
Flatfoot (pes planus) is a condition in which the longitudinal arch in the foot, which runs lengthwise along the sole of the foot, has not developed normally and is lowered or flattened out. One foot or both feet may be affected. Children as well as adults may be flat-footed. Most children are flat-footed until they are between the ages of 3 and 5 when their longitudinal arch develops normally. Read More

Our Treatments

While the majority of conditions affecting the foot can be treated routinely and non-operatively, in cases requiring more specialized care, surgery can offer reproducible and robust results. Our team offers patients a wide spectrum of techniques designed to decrease pain, improve function, minimize surgical discomfort and shorten recovery time. For those seeking further information, we have included a few examples of common procedures that we perform at Montefiore.

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