Lawrence Silverbergthe Internet home of Drs. Emanuel Sergi and Lawrence Silverberg, the most compassionate and skilled foot doctors in the New York City Metro area and the country.

Dr. Silverberg is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Our office is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station.

We take great pride in providing excellent medical care along with great bedside manner and take the extra time to explain your problems and the treatment options in detail.

At City Footcare we treat all problems related to the foot and ankle. We use state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.

The doctors believe in patient education, and patient participation in their care. We take pride in spending time with our patients and listening to them. Our patients never feel rushed. We also take the time to explain patients’ problems in detail and spell out explicit treatment plans.

When your problem requires surgery, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of competent and highly trained surgeons. Drs. Sergi and Silverberg have been called the best foot surgeons in NYC and the best bunion surgeons in NYC. The doctors perform all foot and ankle surgery including traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, laser surgery, radio frequency surgery and extra-corporeal shock wave therapy. Drs. Sergi and Silverberg are experts in all aspects of foot surgery. They are very detail oriented from start to finish. A good surgical outcome starts prior to entering the operating room. After expertly diagnosing patients’ conditions, they plan out the procedures with great skill. In the operating room they are skillful and precise. They also take into consideration aesthetics with incision planning and plastic surgery type suturing techniques.

They are hospital and surgery center affiliated.

To resolve all of your foot and ankle problems, simply look around this site and make an appointment with Drs. Sergi and Silverberg today. Your feet will be glad you did!

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What are Hammertoes? Prevention and Hammertoe Surgery.

Allow me to share some information in layman’s terms on hammertoes and  Hammertoe surgery. The four small toes on the foot are similar in composition to the fingers. Each of the small toes has three bones with joints in between. The toes form a joint,image meeting in what is called the ball of the foot. These bones in imagethe small toes are normally straight, but when they become bent (at the first joint), it results in hammertoe. Hammertoe can occur in any of these small toes. Usually, the bend also causes a growth similar to a deep blister, called a bursa. This bursa can become inflamed and eventually, hard callusing and corns can occur.

At the beginning of the deformity, the toe can be straightened. With time, however, the joints become rigid. This can then affect the joint at the ball of the foot and, sometimes causing the joint capsule to tear. The joint is then dislocated and the toe points upward. Painful hammertoes require attention before the condition worsens.


What are the causes of hammertoe?

  • Improper footwear, especially in women who wear high heels or ill-fitting shoes521049
  • Improper function of the foot itself during walking
  • Trauma or injury to the foot either from a direct blow or overuse
  • Diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis can predispose a person to hammertoe

What are the some symptoms of hammertoe?

  • Prominence or deformity of a toe accompanied by pain
  • Redness around the painful joints
  • Swelling around the afflicted joints
  • Corns on toes 
  • Calluses on toes
  • Difficulty wearing shoes, from painful toes which may also be deformed image
  • Difficulty walking
  • Stiffness in the toe joints

An examination by a qualified podiatrist, a medical history and X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and arthritis in the joint are usually required to make the proper diagnosis. Simply having ugly toes isn’t a reason to naturally assume that you have hammertoe unless the “ugliness” is accompanied by the symptoms listed above.

Is there anything you can do to help alleviate the pain?

  • You can wear proper fitting shoes with a large toe area
  • You should avoid wearing high heels
  • You can wear a protective pad over the toe(s) that cause the problem
  • You can visit a qualified podiatrist for an assessment and imagetreatment. The podiatrist can imagerecommend the proper footwear, suggest some exercises if you can still move your toes, teach you how to strap your toe in the correct position, supply you with a splint or padding, assess whether you should consider wearing orthotics or advise you whether you should have surgery.

Without proper treatment, the hammertoe deformity will become worse and eventually the afflicted toe(s) will become completely stiff and cause severe problems with footwear. Because of the toes being displaced, the ball of the foot will get undue stress, building up corns and calluses, causing a great deal of pain. So, you may be asking yourself what you can do if you begin to develop hammertoe. In the short-term, you can do things to alleviate the pain and discomfort, but in the long-run the only way to rectify the situation is with hammertoe surgery.


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Lawrence Silverberg, DPM
City Footcare, PC
20 E 46th Street New York, NY 10017
Specializing in foot surgery, bunion surgery, hammertoe surgery, cosmetic foot surgery, general podiatric surgery.
2 Responses to What are Hammertoes? Prevention and Hammertoe Surgery.
  1. hershellivi
    August 2, 2012 | 1:26 am

    I thank you heartly for helping me to undrestand my related health,s issue/s as you provided in a lay man’s term. I believe that I have a hammertoe issues & require your kind help . Please try to be in touch with me so that I can have an appointment with you and procced with the problem’s with the help from the Divine intervention . Thank you and looking forward to hear from you soon .

    • drsilver
      August 5, 2012 | 2:43 pm


      The best thing to do is to call my office to schedule a new patient consultation to discuss your hammertoes and evaluate if hammertoe surgery or other treatment will help.

      Dr. S.

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