Dr. Nick Argerakis, known to his patients as “Dr. Nick,” is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and is fellowship trained in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. He specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery with a focus on revision surgery, as well as the reconstruction of deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet. His primary goals when helping patients are to improve your quality of life, provide aesthetic and attractive results, and help you quickly return to your regular daily routine. Currently, Dr. Argerakis lectures both nationally and internationally on advanced surgical techniques in the treatment of various foot and ankle deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes (specifically 2nd toe hammertoe and plantar plate repair). He also publishes on his outcomes in foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Argerakis holds a medical staff position in the Department of Orthopedic/Podiatric Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital where he is extensively involved in the education and training of students and residents.
Lenox Hill Hospital
American Board of Podiatric Medicine
New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery
Every patient I see has their own unique vision of their condition and desired outcome. Far too often, foot surgeons ignore the aesthetic and cosmetic requirements as well as the shoe wear needs of many patients. I like to take a consultative approach to treating my patients. This means that my patient's opinions, concerns and input are important in order to determine the best treatment option and achieve the best results.
“Expand always in all ways”
Podiatry or podiatric medicine is devoted to the study, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.
A Podiatrist is neither a Medical Doctor (MD), nor an Osteopath (DO). Podiatrists are DPMs, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists may go on to complete fellowship training following their residency.
While both orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists both are trained to treat foot and ankle problems, an orthopedic surgeon who has specialized in foot and ankle surgery is qualified to address a more complex level of problems. Podiatrists may specialize in surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.
The scope of a Podiatrist’s areas of practice is regulated at the state level. In some states a Podiatrist is allowed to treat hand conditions. Some states mandate the supervision of an MD or DO when anesthesia is required for a procedure.
In your initial visit be prepared to provide your Podiatrist with a list of your symptoms, all medications you are taking and discuss with him/her any previous surgeries. He/she will want to review all relevant medical records, Doctor and hospital reports, and prior diagnostic testing (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results). You should know in advance if a procedure will be performed, you may need someone to drive you home. You may be asked to bring your walking or exercise shoes with you to the appointment.
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