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Dr. Lee A Wittenberg, DPM

Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist)

Dr. Lee Wittenberg is a 3 year surgically trained Podiatrist. Dr. Wittenberg is trained in all elements of foot and ankle surgery, wound care and limb salvage, and general Podiatric medicine. Dr. Lee Wittenberg is Board Certified by the American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery, as well as the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Whether you need clinical treatment with orthotics, Diabetic shoes and insoles, or bracing of the foot and ankle for pathologies such as Drop Foot, Flat Foot reconstructions, care of an injury or fracture, or an ankle sprain, you can find the care you need at Apache Foot & Ankle Specialists. Dr. Wittenberg is also a wound care and limb salvage expert. If you have a long-standing or non-healing wound, Diabetes, or other Dermatologic issues, Apache Foot & Ankle Specialists can help you in those areas. Dr. Wittenberg is kind, compassionate, and ethical, and will always be looking out for the patients' best interests.
21 years Experience
Dr. Lee A. Wittenberg, DPM
Specializes in:
  • Foot Injuries and Disorders
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medcine
  • Accepting new patients

How can my daughter manage a broken toe without surgery?

Most digital fractures and many other fractures do not require surgery to heal. Immobilization in a walking boot or cast (not for a digital fracture) is often all that is necessary, READ MORE
Most digital fractures and many other fractures do not require surgery to heal. Immobilization in a walking boot or cast (not for a digital fracture) is often all that is necessary, with rest and time away from athletics or heavy activity. There are several determining factors in deciding whether a fracture requires surgery, including the amount of gap between fracture fragments (should not exceed more than 2mm), rotation/angulation/or displacement of the fracture, which may cause the bone to heal in an abnormal position, or fractures in areas of low blood flow, or the healing potential may be lower than normal for other reasons. But digital fractures are usually just splinted to the toe(s) that they are next to, limit activity/rest, ice it when it is painful, take anti-inflammatories for pain, and it should heal fine if it is not displaced much.

How do you know a child's foot is broken?

You can not tell if a person has a fracture without x-rays. Signs that it may be broken are the inability to bear weight, but sometimes patients can still bear weight and walk READ MORE
You can not tell if a person has a fracture without x-rays. Signs that it may be broken are the inability to bear weight, but sometimes patients can still bear weight and walk with a fracture. You should take him in for evaluation by a specialist

Can nerve damage be repaired in the foot?

Nerve damage and nerve pain are difficult things to evaluate, to treat, and it really depends what the cause of your never 'damage' is. If a nerve is lacerated, it can not be READ MORE
Nerve damage and nerve pain are difficult things to evaluate, to treat, and it really depends what the cause of your never 'damage' is. If a nerve is lacerated, it can not be repaired unless it is done very quickly after an injury. But there are many other kinds of 'damage' and nerve injuries. Your question is not specific enough to give a clear answer

How do you test for ankle instability?

Ankle instability is tested clinically by putting the ankle through 2 different tests: 1) Anterior Drawer test 2) Talar Tilt test. These can also be done under fluoroscopy or READ MORE
Ankle instability is tested clinically by putting the ankle through 2 different tests: 1) Anterior Drawer test 2) Talar Tilt test. These can also be done under fluoroscopy or under plain film radiology. Further testing is done by performing an MRI to see if ligaments are sprained (stretched out) or ruptured (torn completely or partially). It is also decided based on frequency of patient ankle sprains and a 'feeling' by the patient of instability and that they are frequently feeling as if they are going to sprain the ankle, or they are afraid to do things because they frequently sprain their ankles

When should you see a doctor for foot pain?

You should see a physician for your pain if the pain lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, if the pain came after a trauma or contusion, or if pain is worsening and not improving. There READ MORE
You should see a physician for your pain if the pain lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, if the pain came after a trauma or contusion, or if pain is worsening and not improving. There is not a real definitive answer to this question because different pathologies present differently. Gout or an infection, for example, is something that you should see a doctor for immediately.

Should you wear a walking boot for a sprained ankle?

It really depends on how severe the sprain is and what your symptoms are like after the sprain. But you should at least have it evaluated as at least 30% of ankle sprains are READ MORE
It really depends on how severe the sprain is and what your symptoms are like after the sprain. But you should at least have it evaluated as at least 30% of ankle sprains are associated with ankle fracture

How long does it take for heel pain to heal?

It is dependent on what type of heel pain/what the pathology is that is causing the heel pain. A stress fracture, for example, will take 6-8 weeks to heal with protected weight READ MORE
It is dependent on what type of heel pain/what the pathology is that is causing the heel pain. A stress fracture, for example, will take 6-8 weeks to heal with protected weight bearing (a walking boot or cast with non-weight bearing). Plantar fasciitis, the most common type of heel pain, may become pain-free very quickly with injections or oral anti-inflammatory medication, but may recur if you don't treat the condition properly. Achilles tendonitis can be painful for many months. And some of these conditions may not improve without surgery. So there are many types/causes of heel pain, and there are many variables to consider.

How successful is plantar fasciitis surgery?

Plantar fascia surgery is usually not necessary if you and your physician are doing the correct things to conservatively treat the problem. There are many physicians who do the READ MORE
Plantar fascia surgery is usually not necessary if you and your physician are doing the correct things to conservatively treat the problem. There are many physicians who do the surgery, which consists of cutting the ligament near the heel (the plantar fascia). In 20 years of practice, I have only had to perform plantar fasciotomy on about 4-5 patients. So I actually don't think it is usually necessary. Cutting the ligament permanently destabilizes your arch and mechanically disrupts the proper function of the foot, leading to other problems down the road.

How long does it take for a broken fibula to heal after surgery?

All fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal after surgery (6 weeks is 'normal' healing time). BUT, there will likely be swelling, stiffness, and possible need for physical therapy READ MORE
All fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal after surgery (6 weeks is 'normal' healing time). BUT, there will likely be swelling, stiffness, and possible need for physical therapy after surgery. Swelling may last for 6-12 months after surgery, but decreases steadily as you get further out from the date of surgical intervention

Can you walk after ankle surgery?

It depends on what type of ankle surgery you are having. But, generally, if you are having any kind of boney work done, you need to stay completely off the ankle for 4-8 weeks. READ MORE
It depends on what type of ankle surgery you are having. But, generally, if you are having any kind of boney work done, you need to stay completely off the ankle for 4-8 weeks. If it is a simple arthroscopy, you may be allowed to walk in a walking boot right away or after 2-3 weeks. All of this is dependent on the type of surgery you are having and on your surgeon. You should seek advice directly from your surgeon about his expectations and requirements for his post-surgical care

How to ice and heat a broken ankle?

If the ankle is in a cast, the most effective way to cool the blood going to the area is to ice behind his knee. If there is no cast, ice directly over the area. Icing should READ MORE
If the ankle is in a cast, the most effective way to cool the blood going to the area is to ice behind his knee. If there is no cast, ice directly over the area. Icing should be performed every 2 hours or so for 15-30 minutes. He should also elevated the leg and not put pressure on the foot or ankle-limit activity.

Do acupressure slippers work for relieving pain?

You need to have the cause of your pain looked into. Numbness can be caused by local neurologic problems to issues with your lumbosacral spine. Pain and inflammation may be caused READ MORE
You need to have the cause of your pain looked into. Numbness can be caused by local neurologic problems to issues with your lumbosacral spine. Pain and inflammation may be caused by mechanical and positional issues with your foot and ankle. Accupressure slippers are a 'scam.' My suggestion: Go to a foot and ankle specialist and be evaluated by someone with medical and anatomic/physiologic training. That doctor will either order testing on you, or will attempt to help with his diagnosis after examination of your feet and ankles.

What foot exercises can be done at home?

As I have said before, unless you specify what the problem/pathology is, it is difficult to explain what exercises you can do at home for the problem. But most problems do have READ MORE
As I have said before, unless you specify what the problem/pathology is, it is difficult to explain what exercises you can do at home for the problem. But most problems do have home physical therapy/exercises that can be performed at home. Calf raises, stretches, strengthening exercises, etc.

How can I relieve foot pain?

There are many causes of foot pain. From tendonitis to ligament problems to other soft tissue injuries, and from bone contusions to fractures and sprains, and from nerve problems READ MORE
There are many causes of foot pain. From tendonitis to ligament problems to other soft tissue injuries, and from bone contusions to fractures and sprains, and from nerve problems to low back and spine issues. It is impossible for me to tell you how to get relief if we are unsure what is wrong with you. Go and be evaluated by a specialist.

Is it ok to massage plantar fasciitis?

It is actually good to massage the plantar fascia when you have plantar fasciitis, as it will help to stretch the ligament and alleviate the tension from the ligament. However, READ MORE
It is actually good to massage the plantar fascia when you have plantar fasciitis, as it will help to stretch the ligament and alleviate the tension from the ligament. However, I have had many patients present to my office AFTER have an aggressive massage by a massage therapist or other type of therapist. So be careful about how deep or aggressive the massage is.

Do you need to bring your child to the doctor if they fell off their bike?

If the child has pain after an injury, or if the child's function has changed, you should absolutely have the child checked out. That is simply good parenting-making sure your READ MORE
If the child has pain after an injury, or if the child's function has changed, you should absolutely have the child checked out. That is simply good parenting-making sure your child is ok after an injury.

Can I walk a week after ankle surgery?

You must consult with your surgeon to see if it is OK for you to bear weight and walk after surgery. It would be completely out of line for me to recommend activity level to any READ MORE
You must consult with your surgeon to see if it is OK for you to bear weight and walk after surgery. It would be completely out of line for me to recommend activity level to any patient who is not my own surgical patient

Does a torn ligament in the ankle require surgery?

Sometimes a torn ligament requires surgery, and sometimes it does not. It depends on your symptoms and the stability of your ankle. If you feel stable, and you are not experiencing READ MORE
Sometimes a torn ligament requires surgery, and sometimes it does not. It depends on your symptoms and the stability of your ankle. If you feel stable, and you are not experiencing frequent sprains and are not in much pain, the ligament does not usually need to be surgically repaired. But if you feel like you are always going to sprain your ankle, and/or your are having a lot of pain in the ankle, you may need surgery. The only way to diagnostically diagnose a torn ligament is to have an MRI. You must have a positive MRI finding of torn ligaments before even considering such surgery. Look up lateral ankle instability, lateral ankle instability, Brostrom procedure/modified Brostrom procedure.

Can being overweight cause ankle pain?

Yes. Being overweight causes a great deal of stress to the joints, tendons, bones and ligaments. Being overweight also causes a wider stance of gait and weight bearing to accommodate READ MORE
Yes. Being overweight causes a great deal of stress to the joints, tendons, bones and ligaments. Being overweight also causes a wider stance of gait and weight bearing to accommodate a different center of gravity. This also may cause flat feet, knee and ankle pain, hip pain and low back pain.

What is the best pain relief for plantar fasciitis?

When you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, you are dealing with inflammation which is the cause of the pain. So, getting rid of inflammation is key to treating this problem. READ MORE
When you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, you are dealing with inflammation which is the cause of the pain. So, getting rid of inflammation is key to treating this problem. Cortisone injections, oral anti-inflammatories, and topical anti-inflammatories may assist in getting rid of your pain. But the problem is more complicated than that.