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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

What is the home remedy for ankle pain?

It depends. Is it actually your ankle joint that hurts? Is it one of the many surrounding tendons? Is it the joint below the ankle-the Subtalar Joint? Is it your Tarsal Tunnel READ MORE
It depends. Is it actually your ankle joint that hurts? Is it one of the many surrounding tendons? Is it the joint below the ankle-the Subtalar Joint? Is it your Tarsal Tunnel and possibly nerve irritation? There are many things that it COULD be, so designating a treatment protocol is difficult in this situation. However, the basic rule of thumb for an acute injury is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). You may supplement this with 600mg of Ibuprofen 3x per day, or 500mg of Naproxen twice a day to assist with ridding your body of pain and inflammation.

Why does my foot randomly ache sometimes?

Most occasional aches and pains are usually related to dysfunction of the foot/joints/tendons. Fatigue from your feet working to hard to function properly. I would start by supplementing READ MORE
Most occasional aches and pains are usually related to dysfunction of the foot/joints/tendons. Fatigue from your feet working to hard to function properly. I would start by supplementing my shoes with a good pre-fabricated orthotic/arch support, or to see if your insurance covers you for custom made orthotics. Simply wearing these and having your feet start to function better and more properly, this may solve your issues completely.

How long does it take for nerves to heal after foot surgery?

Nerves are not usually cut during surgery, but if a nerve is lacerated, the sensation and function from that nerve may never come back. Most people's nerves are stretched during READ MORE
Nerves are not usually cut during surgery, but if a nerve is lacerated, the sensation and function from that nerve may never come back. Most people's nerves are stretched during the process of surgery, and this may result in temporary numbness. This temporary numbness may last for 2-6 months after surgery-sometimes longer, and many people have no numbness, whatsoever

When should I see a doctor for heel pain?

You should see a doctor for your heel pain if the pain is interfering with your daily activity level or other activities.

Why does the bone under my big toe hurt?

It is difficult to discern the cause of your pain without an examination. You could have arthritic changes of your first metatarsophalangeal joint, you could have a functional READ MORE
It is difficult to discern the cause of your pain without an examination. You could have arthritic changes of your first metatarsophalangeal joint, you could have a functional issue, you could have tendinitis, or you could even have distal plantar fasciitis. You may have sesamoiditis. You may have a combination of issues. It would be my suggestion to get your problem evaluated by a specialist.

Are you awake for foot surgery?

It depends on your insurance, your surgeon, and your anesthesiologist. It also depends on your comorbidities and other health issues. You will need to have clearance for surgery, READ MORE
It depends on your insurance, your surgeon, and your anesthesiologist. It also depends on your comorbidities and other health issues. You will need to have clearance for surgery, and you can discuss anesthesia with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist prior to surgery.

When do you see a doctor for a sore ankle?

You can not 'sprain' an ankle from walking in tall heels. You can irritate tendons, ligaments and joints. But a sprain is a specific injury, and requires a trauma in order to READ MORE
You can not 'sprain' an ankle from walking in tall heels. You can irritate tendons, ligaments and joints. But a sprain is a specific injury, and requires a trauma in order to stretch or rupture a ligament or other structure. You should see a physician if your pain persists for more than 1-2 weeks

What can I do with my chronic foot pain?

There are 28 bones and over 50 joints in the foot and ankle. There are multiple tendons, ligaments, and nerves. There are too many structures to give you a fair analysis of your READ MORE
There are 28 bones and over 50 joints in the foot and ankle. There are multiple tendons, ligaments, and nerves. There are too many structures to give you a fair analysis of your foot pain without an examination or further, more detailed information.

What to do right after twisting your ankle?

RICE therapy is the best first-course of action for a sprain or injury to the foot or ankle. R= rest to allow the injury to rest and heal. I=ice to decrease inflammation and READ MORE
RICE therapy is the best first-course of action for a sprain or injury to the foot or ankle. R= rest to allow the injury to rest and heal. I=ice to decrease inflammation and pain. C=compression (ACE wrap or ankle brace) to reduce swelling and pain and give support to the area. E=Elevation to decrease swelling and to allow rest.

How long does it take to recover from a broken ankle?

A non-displaced ankle fracture, like any non-displaced fracture, should be casted/immobilized for 6 weeks. That is normal physiologic time for healing a fracture/broken bone. READ MORE
A non-displaced ankle fracture, like any non-displaced fracture, should be casted/immobilized for 6 weeks. That is normal physiologic time for healing a fracture/broken bone. But an ankle fracture needs careful evaluation. Many ankle fractures require surgical repair, and care needs to be take to evaluate the syndesmosis (the ligament that holds the Tibia and Fibula together) for proper stability. Failure to do so can lead to sever instability of the ankle after healing and can lead to more significant issues in the future. The fibular length and ankle mortice must be intact, also for proper stability. And your son should not bear weight on the affected foot/ankle for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.

How to ease pain in my right ankle?

It is difficult to discern what is wrong with you without more detail and without an examination. You could have ankle arthritis. You could have tendonitis. You could be pronating READ MORE
It is difficult to discern what is wrong with you without more detail and without an examination. You could have ankle arthritis. You could have tendonitis. You could be pronating (a certain motion of the foot which usually looks like a flat foot) and the pain may not be related to the actual ankle joint, at all. Without seeking professional help to discern what your actual pathology is, it is impossible to give you advice on this issue.

How do I know if my ankle injury is serious?

If an ankle injury is very serious, you usually can not walk immediately on the foot/ankle associated with the injury. This could mean you fractured your ankle. However, sprains READ MORE
If an ankle injury is very serious, you usually can not walk immediately on the foot/ankle associated with the injury. This could mean you fractured your ankle. However, sprains and ligament tears/ruptures are common with a simple ankle sprain or injury. Sometimes, soft tissue injuries actually take longer to heal than an actual fracture. If a patient comes to our clinic and the sprain was many months ago, but they are experiencing a great deal of pain, we may try conservative care to start (injections, ankle braces, compression, rest, etc), but if the problem persists, we send our patients for an MRI to rule out an osteochondral defect, ligament sprains or ruptures, or tendon pathologies that may result from such injuries. Depending on the pathology, the treatment may vary from conservative care to surgical intervention.

The arch in my foot has lessened over time?

It can be a sign of a tendon problem called "Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction." This is a progressive problem that moves through 4 stages. Are you having pain in your foot? READ MORE
It can be a sign of a tendon problem called "Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction." This is a progressive problem that moves through 4 stages. Are you having pain in your foot? Particularly the medial arch or along your medial ankle? If so, this may be a significant problem. Even if you do not have pain, arch supports will probably help with the problem, and stop it from progressing over time.

Do they numb you for ingrown toenail surgery?

The ingrown toenail "Surgery" is a minor procedure we do in the office. You can simply have the ingrown removed, or you can have the ingrown more permanently removed with a procedure READ MORE
The ingrown toenail "Surgery" is a minor procedure we do in the office. You can simply have the ingrown removed, or you can have the ingrown more permanently removed with a procedure called a Matricectomy-where we chemically destroy the growth cells on the side of the nail that is ingrowing. Either way, yes, we numb the toe. It would truly be barbaric not to.

My heels are in pain all the time?

It depends on what the pathology/diagnosis is. But there are several treatments for heel pain. Most commonly, the diagnosis is plantar fasciitis. The treatments include Cortisone READ MORE
It depends on what the pathology/diagnosis is. But there are several treatments for heel pain. Most commonly, the diagnosis is plantar fasciitis. The treatments include Cortisone injections, foot strappings, home PT programs, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. Other pathologies require different types of treatments.

Why does my ankle pop when I walk?

In my experience, the 'popping' sensation or sound that can happen around a joint is usually a tendon sliding over a bone and clicking. If it is not painful, it is not something READ MORE
In my experience, the 'popping' sensation or sound that can happen around a joint is usually a tendon sliding over a bone and clicking. If it is not painful, it is not something to be concerned about. But you might want to consider Orthotics for your shoes to help promote better alignment and function of your foot and ankle so that you are at less risk of injury in the future.

Will I need surgery for a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprains and soft tissue injury (like ligament sprains or ruptures) can take longer to heal than a fracture sometimes. If your ankle sprain involved an ankle FRACTURE, then READ MORE
Ankle sprains and soft tissue injury (like ligament sprains or ruptures) can take longer to heal than a fracture sometimes. If your ankle sprain involved an ankle FRACTURE, then you have about a 40-60% chance of needing surgery. If it is just ligament strain or rupture, you should have conservative treatment for at least 3 months, and if the pain has not resolved after a couple months, then have an MRI to evaluate the extent of the damage from the injury. But, no, most ankle 'sprains' do not need surgery

Can a podiatrist perform surgery?

Many Podiatrists are surgeons, but some are not. And, that being said, you should seek out a Well-Trained surgeon to evaluate and perform your surgery. Look for a 3-year residency READ MORE
Many Podiatrists are surgeons, but some are not. And, that being said, you should seek out a Well-Trained surgeon to evaluate and perform your surgery. Look for a 3-year residency trained Podiatrist or a 2-year trained Podiatrist with a 3rd year as a Fellowship, and look for a Podiatrist BOARD CERTIFIED in one of the 2 following boards: ABFAS (American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons) or ABLES (American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery). There will be other 'board certified' Podiatrists that are certified by a Non-Surgical board, and those doctors you want to stay far away from. Evaluate your doctors by patient evaluations on websites like this, or even through reasonably written Yelp reviews.

What's wrong with the bottom of my feet?

That is really a difficult question to answer without either examining you or having more detail about the location of your pain. There are 33 joints, 28 bones, and tons of muscles READ MORE
That is really a difficult question to answer without either examining you or having more detail about the location of your pain. There are 33 joints, 28 bones, and tons of muscles and tendons in the foot and that cross the ankle and enter the foot. There are nerves everywhere. There are numerous ligaments. You will need to be more specific, or you may need to see a Podiatrist in your area

I have twisted my ankle on a walk and don't know how to fix it?

You should see a doctor. About 50-60% of ankle sprains have a fracture associated with it, and you must be evaluated ASAP to make sure the fracture is stable, and you don't create READ MORE
You should see a doctor. About 50-60% of ankle sprains have a fracture associated with it, and you must be evaluated ASAP to make sure the fracture is stable, and you don't create worse issues.