Our office staff compiled a list of questions that patients frequently ask us. This may save you some time as you are considering podiatric care. If you have any other questions, please call 610.489.2533 for Trappe, or 607.797.7121 for Endicott.
Will my treatment be covered by insurance?
We accept most insurance plans. Plans and limits of coverage do change frequently. We will assist you on checking the features of your plan, and also in the paperwork.
Are my shoes causing my foot disorders?
Usually a foot disorder is already present and shoes can aggravate it. Some examples are bunions, hammertoes, ingrown nails, and bony prominences (spurs).
How can I have better foot health?
Make sure your shoes fit properly and are of high quality. Clean and dry your feet thoroughly each day. Visit your podiatrist if you have aches or pains or you notice some changes in the skin.
Is exercise good for my feet?
In most cases exercise is great, but it is important to stretch and warm up first. Always "break in" new shoes slowly. If you are a diabetic, consult a podiatrist before doing any weight-bearing type exercise.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes can affect blood flow and nerves in the feet. If the tissues have been damaged, it is very difficult to heal a wound and fight infection. The nerve damage is called neuropathy (numbness) and you can "walk a hole (ulcer) in the foot" and not even know it. The most important thing a diabetic can do is check feet daily for changes.
How does arthritis affect my feet?
Arthritis is a disease of the joints and there are about 30 joints in each foot. If any joint is out of alignment or has abnormal motion, arthritis can set in. This kind of arthritis can wear the cartilage out and lead to pain. Supportive shoes, shoe inserts, and medication can help ease the painful arthritic foot.
If I have heel pain, will the treatment necessarily require surgery?
No, more than 90 percent of the time this type of problem can be cured by conservative measures. Sometimes fear of surgery prevents a person from getting needed care. You can call our office at 610.489.2533 (Trappe) or 607.797.7121 (Endicott) for a professional consultation.
Is Dr. Weber Board Certified?
Yes, Dr. Robert Weber is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. This involves a high level of surgical competence as demonstrated on written and oral examinations, acceptance by the Board on a wide range of completed surgical cases with excellent outcomes, and a minimum requirement for the number of years in surgical practice. Dr. Elizabeth Weber is also board certified.
Does it take a long time to get in to see the doctor?
Typically we can accommodate a new patient within days and we make every effort to see semi-emergencies, infections, and injuries the same day. We realize that your time is important and our office policy is to see you within a few minutes of your appointment time.
Are you taking new patients?
Yes, we are always accepting new patients to our practice. Please call for an appointment.