FAQ's

We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.

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  • Do You Have Evening Hours?

    evening and weekend appointments available

    Yes! We offer convenient evening and weekend hours at both of our office locations. We have appointments available as late as 8pm during the week and Saturday appointments. We understand it can be difficult to maintain doctor appointments when you work during regular daytime hours or you have to tend to children. We offer these appointments as a service to our patients so they don't have to be inconvenienced due to limited office hours.

    Also, we offer 24/7 emergency appointments. We always have a doctor on call who will meet you in our office, day or night, so you don't have to wait in the emergency room. 

    Stop putting off your foot pain or concerns, it won't "just go away". Call our office and make an appointment at your convenience!

  • Can a Podiatrist Perform Surgery?

    Yes. A podiatrist is highly trained and specialized to perform foot and ankle surgeries. Podiatrists complete a four year undergraduate degree, then go on to complete a 4 year doctoral degree at podiatric colleges. After schooling, podiatrists move on to 3 year residency programs where they get hands on experience with patients and surgery. Podiatrists must also pass their states required tests.

    Before any type of surgery is considered, our podiatrists will try all non surgical treatments. If you are still having pain, our podiatrists will take x-rays and will perform a thorough clinical exam.  Our doctors will know the best procedure for you and will be there for you every step of the way.


    Call our podiatrists today to find out the best treatment option for you!

  • What are the Benefits of Genetic Testing?

    Genetic testing is a huge step in medicine. Genetic testing is allowing doctors to prescribe medicine in a whole new way. With the information gained from the genetic test, your doctor's will know exactly which prescriptions are beneficial to your body, and those which might actually be harmful.

    Everybody is different, so everyone's body reacts differently to every medication. While one medicine might be great for the person next to you, if might actually be useless, even harmful to you. The genetic test allows your doctors to see which medicines your body metabolizes, breaks down, best and those it doesn't metabolize at all.

    This information can:

    • Save you wasted money on prescriptions that don't work
    • Reduce risk on side effects or overdose
    • Get you on the right medication faster

    Family Foot & Ankle Specialists offers genetic testing at their office for both patients and non-patients. The test, a simple swabbing of your cheek, is painless and takes only seconds!

  • When is the Candy Buy Back this year?

    Every year, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists hosts their annual Candy Buy back program the day after Halloween. We are hosting the 2013 Candy Buy back on November 1st from 2-4pm in BOTH of our opffice locations. Bring in your leftover candy, the candy your child can't eat (due to allergies) or all the candy you got this year....we'll pay $1 per pound for whatever the reason!

    Don't forget, the Candy Buy Back program is November 1st from  2-4pm in BOTH OFFICES!!

     

  • Should I See a Podiatrist or Orthopedist?

    A podiatrist is the expert in foot and ankle care. While orthopedists are educated on the musculoskeletal system within the entire body, the education and schooling of a podiatrist is solely focused on the feet and ankles. From this you can expect precision and dedicated service to the feet and ankles from podiatrists.

    Another common difference between an orthopedist and podiatrist is that podiatrists tend to treat foot and ankle problems conservatively before they opt for surgery and more invasive treatments. Podiatrists may have more conservative treatments available such as footwear, orthotic devises, laser therapies, cryotherapies and more.

    In addition, podiatrists are trained in skin and nail issues of the foot and ankles. Orthopedists may only be educated on the inner workings of the feet and ankles. Podiatrists treat common skin problems such as fungus, warts, and calluses.

    If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and would like to explore conservative treatment, possibly avoiding invasive surgery, take advantage of our free exam and make your appointment today!

     

  • Where Are You Located?

    We have podiatry offices in Hillsborough and Piscataway, New Jersey. We have convenient evening and Saturday appointments available in our Hillsboroughn & Piscataway offices. The normal state of your feet is pain free so if you are experiencing pain, that means something is wrong and that problem will usually get worse...not better! Our doctors are all specialized in foot and ankle care and would be happy to see you and treat you right away. We have laser therapy, shockwave therapy, custom orthotics and much more available in our office.

    Take advantage of our free exam to have your feet checked and explore your treatment options.

  • Who Won the Good Deed Essay Contest?

    David Hallam, of Flemington, NJ won the Good Deed Essay Contest.. Mayor Brian Wahler of Piscataway and Peter Wishnie, owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists awarded David his prize, a Banres & Noble Nook Tablet. David's inspiring deeds included helping neighbors after the flood, leading the soccer outreach program for the mentally handicapped, and CROP walks for hunger. David is an inspiration to all and truly deserves the title as the Good Deed Essay Winner!!

  • What is the Difference between Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery?

    The difference between aesthetic and cosmetic surgery is the reason for the surgery although the results are the same. For a cosmetic surgery the reason for the surgery is to make the foot look better.

    Cosmetic Foot Surgeries Can Include:

    • Making the foot more narrow to fit into shoes
    • Botox injections to decarease foot sweating
    • Toe lengthening/shortening to adjust the size of a toe

    For aesthetic surgery the reason for the surgery is to change the foot to make the person feel more comfortable or to relieve pain, although the foot may look better as a result. For example, someone who gets their painful bunion surgically removed is an aesthetic surgery even though the foot may look better after.

    Aesthetic Surgeries:

    • Bunion Surgery
    • Hammertoe Surgery

     

  • What Should I Look for in a Good Podiatrist?

    When you are experiencing foot pain or a foot complication, it can seem overwhelming finding  a good podiatrist. There are some qualifications you should look for in a good podiatrist. Always do your research. These simple standards should help to make your decision a little easier.
     

    1. They should be licensed
    2. They should be board certified
    3. They should have ample experience in the field
    4. They should stay current with latest services and technologies
    5. They should be a respected part of the community
    6. They should make you feel comfortable and safe
    7. They should be honest, caring, and compassionate

    We have four doctors who are trained and experienced in all areas of foot and ankle care. Our office has weekend and evening appointments available, as well as 24/7 emergency appointments. If you are experiencing pain, start researching and find the perfect doctor for you.

  • Do Podiatrists Accept Health Insurance?

    Yes, most podiatrists participate with health insurance plans and most their services are usually covered by health insurance.Our office will do a complimentary benefits check so you know exactly what services your insurance will cover. Understanding your health insurance can be confusing so our financial team has created a series of videos to help you understand your benefits, deductible, co insurance and other common terms. To learn more about your health insurance click here.

  • How Do I Know if I Need a Referral From My Insurance Company?

    Most often, you will need a referral from your primary care physician(PCP) if you have an HMO insurance plan to see a specialist. You will need to contact your family doctor a few days before your scheduled appointment because many primary care doctors require 24 or 48 hours of notification. The referral may have an expiration date or only allow for a certain number of visits. You can check with your insurance company or family care doctor to clarify, or you can always speak to one of our financial advisors.

  • Which Insurances Does the Office Accept?

    We accept most insurance plans and workers compensation, however, you need to check with your insurance provider or speak to one of our financial advisors to be sure. We offer everyone without insurance a FREE first exam to meet our doctors and foot care team and discuss treatment options. If you would like the free exam, please be sure to tell the receptionist at the time you schedule your appointment.

  • Why Has My Copay Changed Without Receiving a New Insurance Card?

    Your insurance can be very confusing. We strive to help you understand your benefits and all that you are entitles to at our office. There are many reasons why your copay may have changed when you never received a new insurance card. Your insurance is entitled to make changes without much notice to the insured. In addition, your qualifications may have changed. Your copay for a specialist may have changed.

     

    Our office will do our best to help you with your insurance coverage. We always offer complimentary benefit checks to help our patients. If you have any questions regarding your coverage, call your insurance and get the answers you need.

  • What is a Deductible?

    A deductible refers to the amount of money that the insured would need to pay before any benefits from the health insurance policy can be used. The deductible is a yearly amount, based on either a calendar or plan year.  A patient may also have more than one deductible on their policy. Example: An in-network deductible, an out of network deductible, a DME deductible, a hospitalization deductible, etc. 

    We will do our best to help you understand your insurance benefits and get you the most your plan has to offer. Our office will verify your benefits and make claims on your behalf. If you have any problems with your insurance, you can reach our finance department by calling the office.

  • What is durable medical equipment or DME?

    DME is durable medical equipment and refers to any medical equipment that will be used outside of the office. This means braces, orthotics, crutches etc. Each insurance plan has their own coverage standards for DME. While we will help to verify your benefits, you should check with your insurance plan to see what their coverage benfits include.
     

     

  • Why Do I Still Have a Balance?

    Many plans have co-insurances on either all or some procedures performed or durable medical equipment given. This may be in addition to your office visit copay. For Example: if a patient receives a durable medical equipment product, the patients insurance may cover it at 80% making them responsible for 20% of the allowable amount. To find out detailed information about your plan you can check your benefits coverage handbook supplied to by your employer.

  • Can I Get Free Copies of the Books the Doctors of Family Foot & Ankle Have Written?

    Of course, we always offer our friends in the community free copies of all three of the books they have written.  

         * The Truth About Diabetes and Your Feet
         * Stop Foot Pain Fast
         * You Do Not Have To Suffer With Heel Pain

    You are always welcome to copies of these books at absolutely no cost to you.

     Please click here to receive your free copy.

  • When should I call a doctor?

    When To Call a Doctor
     

    • You have persistent pain in your feet or ankles.
       
    • You have noticeable change to your nails or skin.
       
    • Your feet are severely cracking, scaling, or peeling.
       
    • There are blisters on your feet.
       
    • There are signs of bacterial infection, including:
       
      • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
         
      • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
         
      • Discharge of pus.
         
      • Fever of 100°F(37.78°C) or higher with no other cause.
         
      • Symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a non-prescription product.
         
      • Spreading of the infection to other areas, such as the nail bed, or skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
         
    • Your toenail is getting thicker and causing you discomfort.
       
    • You have heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth) or numbness or tingling in your heel, or persistent pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel, or the pain is not alleviated by ice, aspirin, (or ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
       
    • You have diabetes or certain diseases associated with poor circulation and you develop athlete's foot. People with diabetes are at increased risk for a severe bacterial infection of the foot and leg if they have athlete's foot.

  • What is a Podiatrist?

    A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.
     

    • Many podiatrists are surgeons and are skilled and experienced to surgically correct the foot or ankle.
    • Podiatrists can treat children, adults, seniors, athletes and anyone else with feet and ankles.
    • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
    • Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
    • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.

    To learn more about our Podiatrists and what they have to offer click here.