Podiatry FAQ'S

NS Foot Ankle FAQ

How long is the recovery from bunion surgery?

The recovery for bunion surgery varies depending on a number of factors which include: the procedure chosen to correct the bunion, patient's age and medical status. The procedure is out-patient and patients are advised to rest and elevate their foot most of the time the first few weeks following surgery. They will wear a surgical boot and transition to a gym shoe once adequate healing occurs.

How much pain is there after bunion surgery?

The doctors at North Shore Foot & Ankle make every effort to make your surgical experience comfortable. We use long acting local anesthetics along with safe twilight sedation for surgery. Our anesthesiologists also administer specialized long acting nerve blocks to patients undergoing more complex procedures. These blocks can eliminate pain for 1-2 days! When the patient leaves the hospital or surgery center, there is virtually no pain. This sets a positive tone for the recovery. Patients are sent home with medications to control any discomfort that might occur.

What is the treatment course for laser therapy for heel pain or Achilles tendon pain?

Treatments are performed twice a weekly in our office. The treatments are painless and affordable. Typically, 8-10 treatments are needed to resolve your pain.

Why are hammertoe implants better than traditional hammertoe surgery?

In traditional hammertoe surgery, a metal pin holds the toe straight while healing occurs. Although effective, the pin sticks out of the foot until it is removed 3-6 weeks later. Pins can be esthetically displeasing to patients, and they increases the risk of postoperative infection. The hammertoe implants used by the doctors of North Shore Foot & Ankle permanently maintain the toe in a normal position, making recurrence of the hammertoe unlikely. Not everyone is a candidate for hammertoe implant surgery. Ask your doctor about it.

How long does it take to get an appointment?

We have six doctors and two locations. We usually can offer an appointment the same day or within 24 hours.

Does North Shore Foot & Ankle take my insurance?

North Shore Foot & Ankle is affiliated with most insurance plans and Medicare. We do not accept Blue Choice Select or Medicaid. We always suggest that you call the number on the back of your insurance card to confirm benefits before your appointment.

What hospitals or Surgery Center are your practices affiliated with?

We are affiliated with Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital, Highland Park Hospital, and Illinois Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery Center.

Does your practice treat ankle pain or fractures?

Yes. North Shore Foot & Ankle's physicians are Board Certified in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle.

Does your office accept Medicare and Medicaid?

We are happy to see Medicare patients. We do not accept Medicaid.

Which doctors specialize in the care of children and infants?

All of our physicians treat pediatric patients but if you have a special need, please speak to our appointment secretary when making your appointment.

Does your office take walk-ins?

No. The individual time and attention that we provide to each patient requires an appointment.

Does your office take emergency appointments?

Yes, but please phone ahead so we can direct you to the office that will treat you most promptly.

Can you take x-rays in your office?

Yes. Our digital x-ray system makes images produced in one office instantly available at all three.

Do I need to bring in my written referral?

If you have HMO insurance that requires a referral, you must bring a written referral to each visit in order to be seen.