Podiatrists are the professionals you count on for problems with your feet, but many patients may not realize that podiatrists can specialize in foot and ankle surgery. At New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM, you receive the full scope of foot care, from conservative and noninvasive treatments to foot surgery and ankle surgery. If you have questions, contact one of the offices in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Financial District. Same-day appointments are available, as well as Saturday and evening hours, so just call or click to schedule.
The structure of your foot is so complex — and it supports such a significant amount of weight, pressure, and motion — that any type of foot or ankle problem can progressively deteriorate if it’s not properly treated, causing damage that could require surgery. That’s why it’s important to get early treatment even when your foot problem seems mild.
It’s wise to seek care if you have signs of an ankle sprain or fractures, such as pain, swelling, discoloration, or the inability to bear weight. Please schedule an appointment to see Dr. Drapacz if you experience other foot and ankle symptoms, such as:
Although fractured bones and torn ligaments may require immediate surgery, the first line of treatment for most foot and ankle problems consists of conservative measures such as immobilization, customized orthotics, trimming, and wound cleaning.
If you’re still in pain or don’t have adequate mobility after conservative treatment, Dr. Drapacz may recommend surgery. A few of the most common foot and ankle conditions treated with surgery include:
Dr. Drapacz has experience performing many different procedures to treat foot conditions, so surgical intervention is always based on your individual needs and the type, location, and severity of your problem.
Dr. Drapacz is dedicated to using advanced technology and offering state-of-the-art procedures, including laser surgery. Lasers are safe and highly effective for various types of foot surgeries, from removing pieces of bone, straightening toes, and repairing joints damaged by arthritis or trauma, to lengthening or repairing tendons and ligaments.
Laser surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, which means Dr. Drapacz only makes a few very small incisions. As a result, you’ll heal more quickly and have minimal scarring or an invisible scar -- one of Dr. Drapacz’s specialties.
Laser procedures often eliminate the need for devices like pins and staples, which are customarily used when the same procedure is done using conventional open surgery. With a surgical shoe, most patients walk out of the office without needing crutches after laser surgery.