Philadelphia Tri-state Area Podiatrists Answer Foot Health Questions

We believe that every question deserves a good answer. Healthmark Foot and Ankle provides you the best up-to date information for your concerns.
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  • What is a bunion?

    A bunion is a genetic deformity in the front of the foot whee the first metatarsal bone drifts away from the second metatarsal, resulting in a boney protuberance which can be painful in closed-toe shoes. Pointed dress shoes and flat feet can also contribute to the formation of a bunion. Wider shoes, bunion pads, anti-inflamatories and orthotics are a few examples of conservative treatment options for painful bunions. If conservative measures fail to relieve pain surgical connection may be necessary.

  • Does my insurance cover my care?

    We participate with most major insurance companies. Each insurance company is different as well as each plan, not all benefits are inclusive. Please contact you insurance company prior to your arrival and inquire your specific benefits. It is important to know what is required of you for your appointment, ie: referral, co-pay, etc.

    Patients are responsible or all medical bills. The amount your insurance company will pay is determined by the terms of your policy. Each insurance company handles surgery and coverage differently. Some require referrals and pre-certification, some require one but not the other and some require nothing at all. It is important that you obtain a referral before your office visit if your insurance requires one.

    If this is a workman's compensation case or a motor vehicle accident, we require you to give us back up insurance (your regular medical insurance) information on the day of your visit. This is to protect you from unnecessary charges should these insurances deny coverage in the future. This includes obtaining referrals for HMO patients.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office:

    The Media office location at 610-565-3668
    The Phoenixville office location at 610-933-8644

  • Do I need to make an appointment to see your doctors? (If yes, how do I make an appointment?)

    How to schedule an appointment:

    If you are interested in being evaluated by one of our three physicians in either office please see the contact information below. To make this process go as smooth as possible have your insurance card available when calling

    Media
    610-565-3668

    101 North Monroe Street
    Media, PA 19063


    Phoenixville
    60-933-8644

    824 Main Street
    Suite 303
    Phonixville, PA 19460

  • How do I make an appointment?

    If you are interested in being evaluated by one of our three physicians in either office please see the contact information below. To make this process go as smooth as possible have your insurance card available when calling

    Media
    610-565-3668

    101 North Monroe Street
    Media, PA 19063


    Phoenixville
    60-933-8644

    824 Main Street
    Suite 303
    Phonixville, PA 19460

  • How long does it take to heal from surgery?

    It can take from a few weeks to several months to heal from surgery. The time can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure to the age and nutritional status of the patient. Also, a patient's past medical history and unexpected post-operation complication will help determine the length of time for healing.

  • Do I have to have the screws/hardware removed after surgery?

    Most surgeries that require screws, plates, pins, staples and other types of hardware do not require removal of this hardware at a later date. The most common need for the removal of hardware is pain associated with the loosening of the hardware or the development of an infection around the hardware. If hardware removal is necessary at a later date, your doctor will typically inform you of this before surgery.

  • I have first step pain in the morning and when getting up from a sitting position in the afternoon, why?

    First step pain in the foot or ankle can indicate the presence of a variety of acute or chronic pathologies, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, ligament sprains and stress fractures. A common example of first step pain in the morning on getting up from a seated position in the bottom of the heel is called planter pareitis.

  • What is a podiatrist?

    The doctors at Healthmark Foot and Ankle all perform surgery on those patients who require it. All of our doctors have undergone extensive training and have had years of experience in the area of foot and ankle reconstruction and limb salvage surgery. All of our doctors are board certified in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery.

  • Why do I feel like I'm walking on stone?

    This is a very common question. The origin may be a skin related problem, nerve entrapment or necroma, loss of fat pad, stress fracture metatarsal head prominence, wart formation or skin cyst formation. The doctors at Healthmark will determine the exact diagnosis after examination and tests to keep you waling comfortably again.

  • Why do I have numbness in my toes?

    Numbness is common to many local and systemic problems. Our office will determine the origin of your numbness. Extensive questioning will occur to properly diagnose and potentially treat your numbness, Referral to other healthcare professionals including appropriate tests will be ordered. Healthmark will find the cause and then treat your symptoms. Potential causes of numbness may include loss of fat on the bottom of your foot, neuroma formation, diabetes, lumbosacrol spine origin, low vitamin B, hypothyroidism, or tarsal tunnel syndrome, to name a few.