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.

  • Our Patient-Centered Care

    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.

  • Our Expertise

    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 Dedication to Research

    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

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.

Highlighted Treatments

  • Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

    A bunion is a bony prominence located at the base of the big toe. This is generally accompanied by angulation or malalignment of the bones, which can lead to swelling, pain, blistering, redness, and difficulty with shoe wear. Although many bunions do not require surgery, sometimes surgery is necessary.

    Minimally invasive bunion surgery can be used in cases of mild to moderate bunion deformities. The procedure employs only a small incision, a single bone cut, and a single pin to keep the realigned bone in place. The pin remains in place for just four weeks, after which it is removed easily and without pain. When appropriate, this approach benefits from a smaller resulting scar, temporary fixation, and faster healing.

    This is performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients are seen in the office for routine postoperative care. The duration of healing is patient-specific and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Lapidus Arthrodesis for Severe Bunion Deformity

    A bunion is a bony prominence located at the base of the big toe. This is generally accompanied by angulation or malalignment of the bones, which can lead to swelling, pain, blistering, redness, and difficulty with shoe wear. Although many bunions do not require surgery, sometimes surgery is necessary.

    Lapidus arthrodesis is a surgical procedure designed for complex bunions in which minimally invasive correction is insufficient and more involved intervention is needed. It involves fusing the tarsal-metatarsal joint (composed of the medial cuneiform bone and the first metatarsal bone) to achieve stability and decrease pain. By using stronger cutting-edge implants, we can allow patients to resume activities like weight bearing and walking in less time.

    The duration of healing is patient-specific and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Tenex Procedure for Achilles Tendinopathy and Plantar Fasciitis

    The Tenex Health TX® procedure is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive technology designed to treat painful chronic conditions, such as tendinopathy or plantar fasciitis. Using ultrasound technology, damaged tissue is identified. Ultrasonic energy is then employed to treat the damaged tissue, thereby improving pain and helping patients resume their normal activities.

    This is performed as an outpatient procedure that often does not require general sedation. Recovery time is much shorter compared to similar procedures. Patients are usually back on their feet two to four weeks after surgery, and can return to activities at six to eight weeks post-operative.

  • Dislocated Toe Joint Surgery

    Dislocated toe joints often occur in patients who have unstable or overlapping hammer toes. This is often related to inflammation, partial tearing, or complete rupture of the plantar plate, which is the band of tissue supporting the undersurface of the toes. While some dislocations can be managed conservatively, there are other instances in which surgery offers the best results.

    Dislocated toe joint surgery employs innovative surgical techniques, cutting-edge hardware, and state-of-the-art FiberWire® suturing techniques, all of which help to reduce recovery time and get patients back to activities more quickly. We constantly aim to stay abreast of the latest emerging concepts, devices, and products to give our patients optimal results.

    The duration of healing is patient-specific and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Hammertoe Repair with Implants

    Hammertoes are contractions of the toes. Oftentimes, this condition can have a significant impact on the patient’s function and quality of life. While non-operative techniques like padding, strapping, and footwear modification are often helpful, sometimes surgery is required to realize more durable results.

    Operative treatment options include absorbable devices that eventually incorporate into surrounding bone, as well as state-of-the-art fixation systems, such as Smart Toe© or StayFuse™ implants. Surgical planning is tailored to each patient and their specific needs.

    Regardless of the technique used, our goal is to achieve a well-aligned toe, allowing for better functionality, pain relief, and early return to activity. The duration of healing is patient-specific and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.