Here are the answers to the questions we get asked the most about our practice and services.
Do you accept my insurance?
We participate in many different insurance plans. We can check your insurance card and let you know if we are in your plan. However, simply because we accept your insurance, does not guarantee coverage by your plan. Ultimately, your insurance carrier will decide what they want to cover and how much they want to cover. Even if we are not part of your insurance plan, we can see you on an out-of-network basis. Give us a call and let us know what plan you have.
Can I still see the doctor if I don't have insurance or you don't accept my plan?
Yes. We have discounted fees for patients that do not have insurance. Those patients that have insurance that we do not participate with can submit the claim to their insurance under their out-of-network benefits.
Is bunion surgery painful?
No. There is a great myth that bunion surgery is very painful. The truth is that it is NOT normal for it to be painful. Dr. Soomekh takes great care to treat the soft tissues appropriately in order to reduce post-operative pain. Most patients are very surprised to find they had little to no pain after surgery.
Does a bunion return after surgery?
Every patient is different and every bunion is different. As long as the correct procedure to repair the bunion is chosen, there is very little chance of a recurrence of the bunion. However, as with any surgery, there is a very small risk of recurrence, less than 8%.
I sprained my ankle, do I need to see the doctor?
Yes. A sprained ankle should always be evaluated by a doctor. "Just walk it off," is not the best remedy. An ankle sprain that is not treated appropriately and given the chance to heal well, can lead to delayed healing and chronic pain. Depending on the severity of the sprain, the torn ligaments may not heal and may stay loose if not treated. In some cases, a fracture of the ankle may be present with the sprain. Dr. Soomekh will fully evaluate and examine the ankle and the surrounding area. Imaging may be needed. In most cases an ankle brace or a walking boot will be recommended. It can take up to 3 months to fully heal a sprained ankle.
I have had Plantar Fasciitis for so long and it won't go away. What can I do?
Chronic heel pain from Plantar Fasciitis can be debilitating and frustrating. When conservative treatments for plantar fasciitis have failed, fortunately there are more aggressive options available. These modalities attempt to change the chronic old problem into an acute new problem. Now the body can recognize this new problem and try to heal it, while in a controlled environment. Dr. Soomekh performs treatments such as in-office injection therapies or minimally invasive procedures on an outpatient basis for plantar fasciitis.
Is there anything I need to do if I think I broke my toe?
Yes. An injury to a toe needs to be evaluated and treated. Even if the toe is only bruised or sprained, it needs to be splinted and braced while it heals. The swelling of the toe needs to be controlled in the early days and weeks of the injury to avoid permanent enlargement of the toe. If the toe is broken (fractured), it needs to be stabilized or sometimes relocated. Leaving a broken toe untreated can lead to chronic pain or malposition of the toe.