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Dr. Daniel Farber

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
25 years experience male

Locations

PennMedicine Orthopaedics

Philadelphia, PA

Address

230 West Washington Square, 5th floor, Farm Journal Building, Philadelphia, PA, US
Directions

Fax

215-829-5002

Insurances accepted

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

United healthcare

CareFirst BlueChoice HMO

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

140 Answers
74 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Stress fracture: It sounds like a stress fracture and that you may have a right achilles. This is putting to much force on the forefoot and causing gradual injury to t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Yes : People commonly complain of achy joints when the weather is cold. If its mild and goes away quickly with activity then it is probably nothing to worry... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Possibly: Talk to your doctor. If it's an adjustable boot it should he ok to have a little angle to it. If it's not adjustable then sometimes there are some spe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Taryn rose: If you have the $$, loon at taryn rose shoes and others. They are designed by an orthopaedic surgeon and are kinder to your feet but still stylish. Ho... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Many things: Foot pain can have many sources from systemic illness to spine or nerve problems to issue specific to the feet. A thorough evaluation is key to sortin... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Rheumatology : You should see a rheumatologist to be evaluated. Your symptoms and lab results suggest a systemic arthritis and treatment is very important to prevent... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Yes. The pressure on the sides of the foot can pinch the digital nerves and cause numbness.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Arthritis: Most likely the infection in your ankle has led to arthritis of the ankle joint and that may be what is causing your pain. The other potential could ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Pain, burning: Many people with morton's neuroma complain of pain that shoots into the toes and sometimes up the foot. It often feels like walking with a stone in th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Stay off ladders!: Falls from a height are the most common cause of heel fractures. So be careful on roofs, ladders, and similar situations.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Better socks: You may also want to try wool blend or synthetic material socks that will wick away moisture instead of cotton socks that will absorb that perspiratio... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Achilles / arthritis: Either your fracture involved where the Achilles attaches to the heel bone and it hasn't fully healed or you have developed arthritis of the joint bet... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
X-ray : I agree with dr buford. Most fractures of the toes require minimal treatment as long as there is no clinical deformity. What you want to avoid however... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Varies by severity: Ankle sprains can be minor and resolve in a week or so or severe that may require surgery to repair the ligaments. The majority are somewhere inbetwe... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Hallux rigidus: You likely have hallux rigidus, arthritis of the big toe. You may have done something to exacerbate it over the past few months. You don't mention any... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Nerve irritation: There is a nerve that runs over the top outside part of the big toe joint. It can stretched over the bump of the bunion and shoes that put pressure on... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Local treatment: Long term success does rely on diagnosing the reason from the corn. However, in the short term, debriding or shaving down te callus ( or using otc cor... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
No: Gout is usually severely painful, red and swollen and hurts at rest and with activity. Pain with walking may be due to arthritis or other joint irrita... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Calcaneal stress rxn: This could be plantar fasciitis but it is not so common to have pain on the sides of the heel bone (calcaneus). So i suspect this may be a stress reac... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Visible prominences.: Bone spurs around a joint may show a visible bump and have less motion. A heel spur us only visible on an x-ray but really isn't very important.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Ganglion cyst: It is possible that is a ganglion cyst which is a benign cyst arising from a joint or tendon sheath. The cyst itself is rarely painful but it can push... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: New balance are one of the most recommended shoes by orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists. However, make sure they fit your feet properly and don't ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Can be normal: A certain amount of flatfoot is normal. Most flat feet, if they need any treatment at all, do well with off shelf orthotic inserts. Some require custo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Multiple sites: Foot arthritis can happen and multiple sites between the 28 bones of the foot. Hindfoot arthritis (below the ankle) can cause a lot of pain and walkin... Read More
A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Non relief of pain: Why are u having debridement? Hardware removal may be helpful if the screws cause irritation. Cleaning out the joint (commonly with a scope) may take ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Pads, injection, OR: Metatarsal or neuroma pads (see hapad.Com) help to offload the neuroma and are effective and cheap. A cortisone injection may help long term, but usua... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
No: There are no official guidelines. Conservative treatments include splinting and shoes that accomodate the deformity. More severe or painful deformitie... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Herniated disk: A herniated disk is a common cause of numbness and pain. Other causes can be direct injury to a nerve, systemic illness that affects the nerves (ie di... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Not always. : Hallux rigidity is usually painful because it is really arthritis of the great toe joint. However, just because the x-rays look ugly doesn't mean it i... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
In part. : Hallux rigidus is not clearly hereditary but there is probably some component that predisposes some to this problem. However, the major determinants a... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Can be hereditary. : Club feet often run in families but it can also be due to random events during development.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Have it looked at: Since you can still walk on it, the likelihood of a break is small but not zero. If a sprain, the rest, ice, compression, and elevation will help foll... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Ortho foot/ankle MD: My bias is obviously an orthopaedic foot and ankle doctor (an md or do). But there are good podiatrists that may able to help you as well.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Aofas.org: Go to aofas.Org to find an orthopaedic surgeon near you with expertise in foot and ankle problems. You may not even need custom orthotics depending on... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: If you broke the skin at the level of the fracture and the bone was exposed to air then infection is a possibility. The fracture needs to be thoroughl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Healed?: I suspect if you still can't bear weight that the bones have not healed or have shifted in a way that causes pain. You need to see your orthopaedic su... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Progressive flatfoot: Soinds like you may be developing a flatfoot. This can occur as one of the main supporting tendons starts to fail. See a foot and ankle orthopaedic su... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Activity modificatio: This may be either exertion all compartment syndrome, a bone stress reaction, or a tendon irritation. Aggressive pre-stretching of the area before act... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
6 weeks +: It takes 6 weeks for the bone to heal usually. However, swelling and some pain may last 3-6 months. It should be gradually getting better during that... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Nerve irritation. : All the nerves in your body pass by the C2 vertebra. So any injury tere can affect a passing nerve. More importantly is how you ended up with a C2 fra... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Rest: 1. Run 17k 2. Wear proper shoes, replace shoes if necessary 3. Over the counter high quality orthotic inserts may help. 4. Stretch appropriately befor... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Not necessarily: Many people have heel slurs visible on x-ray but only a tiny fraction of those actually have any pain. It is felt that while a heel spur may contribut... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Nerve and/or diabete: If she has diabetes, this could be due to neuropathy. If its just one foot and it comes and goes then i would suspect a spine problem. Have her seen b... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, if done well. : Orthotics will help if the underlying reason is flat feet. Proper running mechanics play a large role as well. Sometimes silicone heel cups and a stre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Stretch!: After a period of rest and perhaps anti inflammatories (ibuprofen, aleve, (naproxen) ..) then start a regular achilles stretching regimen. For some a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Just work on motion: The main thing to work on after bunion surgery (once your surgeon says it's ok) is to work on stretching the toe up and down to help regain motion. I... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Bump at the big toe: A bunion refers to the bump on the inside of the big toe joint. This usually results from hallux valgus, a deformity of the big toe joint where the mi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
It is painful : Sever's disease affects children and is painful altho it usually is more of a pain that comes with activity. It may limit how aggressive a child can p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Proper nail care: The ingrown toenail is unlikely to be related to the neuromas. Proper nail care consists of not cutting the nail too short, keeping the soft tissue cl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Ortho Foot and Ankle: Find an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. Try aofas.Org where they have a doc finder to help you.

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Nov 15, 2012
Dr. Farber is a gifted orthopaedic surgeon who uses cutting edge technology to educate and treat his patients.
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Feb 4, 2012
Thanks for giving me an honest answer about the recovery time from sesamoidectomy. The three opinions I received prior to surgery gave me an unrealistic opinion of recovery time, so I've been anxious ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Farber is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks, Dr. Farber. I wish I my doctor told me this upfront, so my expectations would have been more realistic (he originally the healing time was 6 weeks, later said 3 months). I sure hope I will be ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Neurosurgeons, pain specialists and family doctor, and no one could give me an answer. I appreciate your time. That makes sense. Thank you
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Thanks for your quick reply! OK they removed my ankle joint and cute the smaller bone half way up the thigh my foot loosen color and is cold all the time .and pain cons

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1997MD

Awards

Top Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, First Place, Maryland - Winter
2013

Affiliations

University of md medical system
University Maryland Medical Ctr
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