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Podiatry is a branch of medicine that studies, diagnoses and treats disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. A podiatrist (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM) is a specialist who is qualified by education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists can further specialize in areas of podiatry such as: surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, primary care or biomechanics (the study of the way the muscles, bones and joints in the foot, ankle and lower leg work together in the actions of impact absorption and propulsion).


  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Nail disorders
  • Painful progressive flatfoot
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Plantar warts
  • Stiff big toe (hallux rigidus)
  • Toe and forefoot fractures


Our foot care services include the following:

  • Cartiva synthetic cartilage implant
  • Corns and calluses
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Heel spurs
Education & training
The podiatric medicine and surgery residency program at Lenox Hill Hospital is a 36-month program offering additional credentialing in reconstructive rear-foot and ankle surgery. This program is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medicine Education for two residents each year.


Program director

William D. Spielfogel, DPM

Chief of Division - Orthopaedic Surgery.Division Podiatry of Orthopaedic Surgery - Podiatric Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Podiatric Medicine and Surgery