8 Questions a New York Podiatrist Hears: Hammertoes & Toenail Fungus

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

questions_about_foot_problemsPeople don’t talk about their foot problems because they are afraid and uninformed. Many people fear that if they go to a podiatrist they will receive painful injections, large scars from surgery, or will be laid up for long periods of time. It’s really a battle of ignorance because treating foot problems is just not that way anymore. People need to start getting educated. It’s important to keep moving in life, and if your feet aren’t working you aren’t going to be working well either.

Dr. Adler was recently featured on the April 6th radio talk show “Living Better with Laura Smith” on WABC. Below are some common questions that callers called in to ask Dr. Adler. Maybe one of yours will be answered.


1. Are hammertoes hereditary?

Yes, however it’s the muscle strengths and weaknesses that lead to hammertoes that are inherited from genetics, not the actual hammertoes themselves.  

2. Can hammertoes be prevented in an earlier stage of life?

Since there are hereditary factors involved, hammertoes can’t always be prevented, but if you avoid putting extra stress on toes that will help. For example, wearing high heel shoes that push your toes forward into the toe box should be done sparingly.

3. What can be done to help someone with hammertoes?

There is a minimally invasive technique called HyProCure that can help. It’s like “Lasik surgery for podiatry.” It’s done in the office as an outpatient procedure. A stent is placed between the ankle and heel bone that stabilizes the ankle bone allowing for normal motion to occur. It helps control the joint of the foot and over time corrects the way you’re bearing weight. The HyProCure procedure has been effective on all ages from 3 to 94 years old.

Toenail Fungus

4. Does Adler Footcare deal with athletes, runners and exercisers who have toenail fungus?

All the time! Toenail fungus is more common than people think, especially among athletes whose feet are trapped in a sweaty, humid environment for long periods of time. This is a prime environment for fungus to thrive. There is a toenail fungus laser treatment available that uses a laser light beam to break through the barrier of the nail and kill the pathogens causing the fungus. It’s effective because it’s able to eliminate the fungus completely.

5. Many podiatrists seem to have given up on the idea of toenail fungus laser treatment. Is there hope and does it work?

Adler Footcare uses the Nd Yag laser that gets through the nail and destroys the fungus completely. If your nail is thick due to any other problems, there are other ways to treat it. Adler Footcare does a lab test first to make sure you actually have fungus. The reason many people haven’t benefited from the use of the laser is because they were trying to treat a different problem. If a culture test wasn’t taken then you wouldn’t know for sure that fungus was the problem.

6. Is the laser treatment painful?

The podiatrists at Adler Footcare New York have never hurt anyone when treating a fungal nail with the laser. It can get hot, but a specialized device to chill the feet is used so you won’t feel it. 

7. Does Medicare pay for toenail fungus laser treatment?

Unfortunately, the laser treatment is not paid for by any insurance. The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare will work with patients to come up with a payment plan.

8. What is the cost of the laser treatment?

The treatment itself is $1,200, but we can quote a full amount including the culture test once you come into the office to be evaluated.

If you’re experiencing foot problems like hammertoes or toenail fungus causing you pain, schedule a free consultation below with a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should there treatment.

Contact Us

Topics: foot problems