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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

Why is the top of my left foot swollen?

There are many reasons for swelling, including injury, infection, stress fractures, and circulatory problems. The most common circulatory problem causing that type of swelling READ MORE
There are many reasons for swelling, including injury, infection, stress fractures, and circulatory problems. The most common circulatory problem causing that type of swelling is Venous Insufficiency (commonly thought of as 'fluid retention'). There is no way to tell what is wrong without an examination

What is the best way to eliminate foot odor?

Foot odor is caused by bacteria and fungus. These problems are exacerbated by sweat. Spray your shoes with Lysol at least once a week and allow them to dry before wearing again. READ MORE
Foot odor is caused by bacteria and fungus. These problems are exacerbated by sweat. Spray your shoes with Lysol at least once a week and allow them to dry before wearing again. Treat any athlete's foot or fungal infections. Change your socks twice a day to eliminate sweat. Treat toenail fungus, if present. There are also over the counter treatments for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), like Certain Dry that you can use to try to decrease the amount of sweating that increases these bacterial and fungal counts

Can you treat heel spurs at home?

It depends on what you mean by a 'heel spur.' It sounds like you are talking about a deformity at the posterior heel where the Achilles Tendon inserts, based on your comment that READ MORE
It depends on what you mean by a 'heel spur.' It sounds like you are talking about a deformity at the posterior heel where the Achilles Tendon inserts, based on your comment that it hurts in tight pumps. If that is the case, there are 2 possible problems (An Enthesis of your Achilles insertion or a Haglund's deformity (a 'Pump Bump)). You must stop wearing shoes that are too tight around the Achilles and alleviate the aggravating factors that are causing the pain. Oral and topical anti-inflammatories may help with the pain. Surgical treatment is sometimes necessary. If you are referencing a plantar heel spur (Plantar Fasciitis), there are other treatments necessary for that problem.

What can I do about my nail infection?

Removing your toenail will NOT actually eliminate the infection if you are referring to a toenail fungus. If you are talking about an ingrowing nail with an infected nail fold READ MORE
Removing your toenail will NOT actually eliminate the infection if you are referring to a toenail fungus. If you are talking about an ingrowing nail with an infected nail fold (a paronychia), you must have the offending portion of the nail removed. If it is a fungal nail infection, the best remedy is an oral medication called Lamisil.

How are plantar warts caused?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus (the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They are difficult to get rid of, as the virus lives in the deepest layer of your dermis. But sometimes patients READ MORE
Plantar warts are caused by a virus (the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They are difficult to get rid of, as the virus lives in the deepest layer of your dermis. But sometimes patients come into the office thinking they have a wart, but it is another type of lesion. You should have it checked out. Viruses can live outside the human body for very long periods of time and can sit on floors, pool decks, or gym floors, and anywhere that people have walked barefoot. They do not become active until they enter a host cell.

How can I reduce the growth of hammer toe?

You can slow the progression of a hammer toe with appropriate shoe gear and orthotics, but it will likely continue to get worse over time. The only way to 'fix' a hammer toe is READ MORE
You can slow the progression of a hammer toe with appropriate shoe gear and orthotics, but it will likely continue to get worse over time. The only way to 'fix' a hammer toe is with surgical intervention. There are ways to make you comfortable with a hammer toe, even if you do not opt for surgery. But if the hammer toe is in its early stages, wearing appropriate shoes and orthotics (arch supports) may restore muscle balance to the point that the deformity resolves-but this would be rare.

Can tight shoes cause corns on my feet?

Shoes that are tight in the toe box cause corns, bunions and hammer toes. Hammer toes cause corns. Mechanical issues cause corns. Lee Wittenberg, DPM Apache Foot & Ankle READ MORE
Shoes that are tight in the toe box cause corns, bunions and hammer toes. Hammer toes cause corns. Mechanical issues cause corns.

Lee Wittenberg, DPM

Apache Foot & Ankle Specialists
4840 S. Fort Apache Rd, Ste 101
Las Vegas, NV 89147
702-362-2622

2980 St. Rose Pkwy, Ste 140
Henderson, NV 89052
702-722-6633

Why do shoes give me a rash?

It could only be the material or the dyes that you’re reacting to. It’s an allergic dermatitis. Figure out what the shoes are made and colored with. You can go to an allergist. READ MORE
It could only be the material or the dyes that you’re reacting to. It’s an allergic dermatitis. Figure out what the shoes are made and colored with. You can go to an allergist. Stop wearing that pair of shoes

Why is my toe bleeding randomly?

You most likely have an ingrown toenail or it may even be infected. See a podiatrist to havevit taken care of ASAP.

What can I do for dry and cracked feet?

The most common cause of fissures is hyperhidrosis and/or mechanical issues (the way your feet are moving in your shoes). There is an over-the-counter cream called ‘Amlactin’ READ MORE
The most common cause of fissures is hyperhidrosis and/or mechanical issues (the way your feet are moving in your shoes). There is an over-the-counter cream called ‘Amlactin’ that has a light acid that softens the skin. If the cracks are bad, I have my patients put the cream on at night and wrap their feet overnight in Saran Wrap for a week or 2. Then when you shower in the morning, g over the areas gently with a callus file or pumice stone. Once the problem calms down, you just put the cream on at night and don’t have to use Saran Wrap unless the problem flares up again. (there’s also a prescription version called ‘Ammonium Lactate’ and another with Urea). Also, you should have your shoes and gait evaluated by a Podiatrist. You may need orthotics to change the mechanics of your feet

Why does my big toe hurt when I apply too much pressure?

There are several common reasons your toe may hurt with pressure. Yes, an ingrown toenail may cause this type of pain. But so might a fungal infection of the nail that causes READ MORE
There are several common reasons your toe may hurt with pressure. Yes, an ingrown toenail may cause this type of pain. But so might a fungal infection of the nail that causes the nail to thicken and causes pressure on the underlying toe. Also, you could have a boney prominence forming under the nail which might cause pain in the area. There are other pathologies, also, which could cause this kind of pain. Without an examination, it is difficult to say what is causing your pain.

Are there home remedies for foot fungus?

This is a difficult question to answer. Is the fungus in your toenails? Or is the fungus on your skin (Athlete's Foot)? If the fungus is on your skin, you can try over the counter READ MORE
This is a difficult question to answer. Is the fungus in your toenails? Or is the fungus on your skin (Athlete's Foot)? If the fungus is on your skin, you can try over the counter anti-fungal creams twice a day to the affected areas. If the fungus is in your toenails, it is a much more difficult problem to rid yourself of. The best treatment for toenail fungus is an oral medication called 'Lamisil.' This must be prescribed by a doctor, and you must have your liver function tested prior to use of the medication. There are over the counter medications and home remedies that you can try, but in my 20 years of experience, they do not work well. Anything you use topically to try to treat the fungus you must use consistently for a minimum of 9 months and for most people, they have to take it for 2-3 years without any resolution or improvement of the problem. If you are female, you can not wear any nail polish if you are using topical treatments, as the medication can not penetrate the nail polish.

How can I get rid of a fungal infection?

Though toenail fungus is very difficult to get rid of in some people, and some people simply can not seem to get rid of it, there are several cures. The most effective treatment READ MORE
Though toenail fungus is very difficult to get rid of in some people, and some people simply can not seem to get rid of it, there are several cures. The most effective treatment I have found in my patients is oral medication called Lamisil. Many patients and doctors are afraid of prescribing or taking Lamisil because it is processed by the liver (but so are MANY medications-including all NSAIDS). As long as the liver functions are checked and within normal limits, I have NEVER had a patient have any sort of liver problem from taking Lamisil. You can not take Lamisil or other antifungals if you are taking certain other medications. Alternatively, there are several topical treatments (you need to apply these 1-2 times per day, depending on the medication, for a minimum of 9 months, and often up to 2-3 years). Lastly, there are Laser treatments (these are not covered by insurance, are costly, and usually does not work, or the problem recurs quickly after therapy). No matter what treatment you have, they all take about 9 months to fully cure the problem (even though the oral medication is only taken for 3 months, it takes 9 months to fully clear the nail of the fungus). You should bleach your shower and spray your shoes with Lysol to kill any spores in the environment that may re-infect you.

How can I get rid of athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of your skin. There are several brands of over-the-counter treatments/creams that you can try (I would stay away from the powders), and you READ MORE
Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of your skin. There are several brands of over-the-counter treatments/creams that you can try (I would stay away from the powders), and you will have to use the cream twice a day for successful treatments. If the problem does not resolve within a month of using such treatments, see a Podiatrist in your area and get a stronger, topical anti-fungal medication. Should this not resolve the problem, there are some oral medications that can be used, but they must be monitored through blood work to insure that your liver is functioning properly. Usually Athlete's Foot is easy to cure through topical therapies.

How do you repair an ingrown toenail?

Signs of infection include swelling, pain, redness, and drainage (usually a thick yellow to brown colored drainage). An ingrown toenail may hurt and cause swelling and redness READ MORE
Signs of infection include swelling, pain, redness, and drainage (usually a thick yellow to brown colored drainage). An ingrown toenail may hurt and cause swelling and redness without an overt infection, but it is probably on its way to getting infected if it looks like that. Treating ingrowing toenails on your own is tricky, and usually patients end up worsening their problem if they try to take care of it themselves. Urgent Care, Primary Care, and Emergency Room doctors also often worsen the situation with their attempt to treat the problem. A Podiatrist is, by far, your best choice of doctors for treatment. If it is infected, you need antibiotics to treat the infection. (The bones on your feet are very close to the skin. So if the skin is infected, and the infection gets into the bone, it can end up with an amputation of the toe.) The doctor will also likely numb up your toe and remove the offending nail border with special instrumentation. If you are going to attempt to treat this on your own, start by soaking twice a day in warm water with Epsom Salts and keep the toe covered with a bandage and antibiotic ointment at all times. "Airing the area out" is the wrong course of action. Even if this treatment makes you more comfortable for a little while, but more than likely the symptoms will worsen and you will likely need to seek professional help. (Look up Onychia; Paronychia; ingrown toenail.) There is also a permanent solution to the problem called a Matricectomy, in which the offending border is removed under anesthesia, and a chemical is applied to the growth cells to inhibit regrowth of that side of the nail. This is usually not done in the face of infection, but sometimes we will put a patient on antibiotics for a week to clear the infection, and then do the permanent procedure.

Is there a cure for toenail fungus?

Though toenail fungus is very difficult to get rid of in some people, and some people simply can not seem to get rid of it, there are several cures. The most effective treatment READ MORE
Though toenail fungus is very difficult to get rid of in some people, and some people simply can not seem to get rid of it, there are several cures. The most effective treatment I have found in my patients is oral medication called Lamisil. Many patients and doctors are afraid of prescribing or taking Lamisil because it is processed by the liver (but so are MANY medications-including all NSAIDS). As long as the liver functions are checked and within normal limits, I have NEVER had a patient have any sort of liver problem from taking Lamisil. You can not take Lamisil or other antifungals if you are taking certain other medications. Alternatively, there are several topical treatments (you need to apply these 1-2 times per day, depending on the medication, for a minimum of 9 months, and often up to 2-3 years). Lastly, there are Laser treatments (these are not covered by insurance, are costly, and usually does not work, or the problem recurs quickly after therapy). No matter what treatment you have, they all take about 9 months to fully cure the problem (even though the oral medication is only taken for 3 months, it takes 9 months to fully clear the nail of the fungus). You should bleach your shower and spray your shoes with Lysol to kill any spores in the environment that may re-infect you.

How can I get rid of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is very difficulty to get rid of. There are many 'home remedies,' including Vick's VopoRub, Tea tree oil, soaking your feet in bleach and other chemicals, but I READ MORE
Toenail fungus is very difficulty to get rid of. There are many 'home remedies,' including Vick's VopoRub, Tea tree oil, soaking your feet in bleach and other chemicals, but I have never seen any of these get rid of the problem. The best way to get rid of toenail fungus is with an oral medication. The medication is safe, but is processed by your liver, so your liver functions need to be evaluated prior to starting the medication. It will take 9 months to clear the infection with oral medication, but the treatment is only 1 pill per day for 3 months. There are many topical medications, as well. If you use topical medications, be prepared to spend 9 months to 3-4 years of treatment once or twice a day, depending on the medication. Many times, the topical therapy does not work. Finally, there are laser treatments. They are costly, not covered by insurance, and there is no actual study showing that this treatment is effective at curing the fungus. Even if the fungus clears for a while using the laser, 90% of the time, there is a recurrence of the problem within 1 year of treatment.

Why are my feet dry and cracked?

This is a problem that can arise secondary to Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), fungal infections, and abnormal biomechanics. You can try over-the-counter Amlactin cream, and READ MORE
This is a problem that can arise secondary to Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), fungal infections, and abnormal biomechanics. You can try over-the-counter Amlactin cream, and if the problem is bad, you can apply the cream, then wrap your feet in saran wrap for the night. In the morning, you can use a callus file or pumice stone to lightly go over the callused areas, and they should resolve in a few weeks. If it is a fungal infection, this remedy will not help, and you should seek medical attention.

Would I need surgery for my heel spur?

In my practice, it is very rare for me to have to do surgery for heel spurs. And, the spur is actually not the problem-the problem is actually with a ligament, the Plantar Fascia, READ MORE
In my practice, it is very rare for me to have to do surgery for heel spurs. And, the spur is actually not the problem-the problem is actually with a ligament, the Plantar Fascia, and the problem is really called Plantar Fasciitis. I am usually (99%) able to relieve a patient's Plantar Fasciitis with cortisone injections, foot strappings, orthotics, and a program of stretching and icing. There are also Shock Wave and Miracle Wave therapy and other physical therapy modalities that can be used to treat this problem. Read up on Plantar Fasciitis. If you are not getting better, seek a second opinion.

Is there any way to prevent plantar warts?

A plantar wart is actually caused by a Virus (HPV), so it is an infection. There are 7 layers to your Dermis, and the Virus resides in the 7th (deepest) layer. So warts are difficult READ MORE
A plantar wart is actually caused by a Virus (HPV), so it is an infection. There are 7 layers to your Dermis, and the Virus resides in the 7th (deepest) layer. So warts are difficult to get rid of because you have to eradicate the Virus, and they generally have a 60-70% recurrence rate. In my practice, there are many things that I can do to treat them, but they often require multiple treatments. As far as prevention goes, try not to walk barefoot in high traffic areas where a lot of people might have spread the virus onto the floor or area you're walking on (such as public pools, bathrooms, and gyms). Keep your feet clean. DO NOT pick at your warts-you can transfer them to your hands or to other parts of your body. Also, many people confuse some corns and calluses as warts. As far as over the counter treatments, you can try acid plasters and Duofilm (also an acid), but be careful not to create an open wound on your skin by using too much acid-this could lead to infection.