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Is surgery needed for foot problems?
Although surgery can correct many deformities, often conservative measures can be an option. We will often try different ways to solve your problem without surgery, if a medically sound treatment is an option.

Does Westland Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C. take my insurance?
We are participating physicians with most Blue Cross, Medicare and Medicaid plans and many commercial insurance companies. If you have any questions regarding services being covered with your insurance, please contact your insurance carrier or call us at 734-525-2555.

How long does it take to get an appointment?
We have four doctors working in one office and can offer an appointment the same day or within 24 hours.

Does your office take walk-ins?
An appointment is recommended to avoid a long wait time and provide attention to each patient.

Can you take X-rays in your office?
Yes, our digital X-ray system produces images quickly. This helps us diagnose a foot or ankle injury promptly.

Does your practice treat ankle pain or fractures?
Yes, Westland Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C. physicians are all qualified in the care of foot and ankle traumas.

Which doctors specialize in the care of infants?
All our physicians are able to treat pediatric patients for their foot ailments through all of their growth stages.

What are foot orthotics?
Orthotics are custom insoles made from an actual mold of your feet. This ensures the fit perfectly and provides the support, stability and alignment necessary to eliminate pain and discomfort of many common foot abnormalities.

Why are my toenails thick and discolored?
Thick, discolored toenails are often caused by a fungus that invades the nail. This is similar to the fungus that causes athletes foot. Sometimes, thick and discolored nails are caused from trauma or shoes that are too tight. Appropriate treatment may be rendered after obtaining a sample of your nail to ascertain the cause.

How long is recovery from bunion surgery?
The recovery time for bunion surgery varies depending on the patient's age, medical status and the procedure chosen to correct the condition but generally is six weeks.

Is your practice affiliated with any hospitals?
We are on staff at:
St. Mary Mercy Hospital – Livonia
Garden City Hospital – Garden City
Beaumont Center – Wayne

How do I know whether I should see a podiatrist or an orthopedist for my foot problem?
Podiatrists specialize only in the foot and ankle, while orthopedists have a wider focus including knees, hips, shoulders, arms, etc. When it comes to foot and ankle problems, a podiatrist is the best physician to find the care you need.

Do you make house calls or have another office?
At this time we do not make house calls. We do know podiatrists who make house calls, which we can recommend if needed.
Our only office is located in Westland in an office complex behind Bed, Bath and Beyond on Nankin Boulevard.

How painful is it to fix an ingrown nail?
Correcting an ingrown toenail is a small procedure we can do in our office. For you to be comfortable, we numb up the area with an anesthetic at the base of the toe. The toe will be tender for the next day or two, but the pain is usually less than what was present with the nail digging into your toe. You can wear regular shoes as long as they are not too tight around the toes.

How do we treat warts?
Warts are a virus that invades the skin and then multiplies. If very small, we can treat them with medicine on the wart and with liquid nitrogen directed on the wart. If larger in size or if they have been on the foot for a long time, then the best and quickest treatment is to remove the wart and cauterize the base area. This is done after numbing that part of the foot so you are comfortable during the procedure. Laser can be used in the same manner if needed.

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