Dr. Daniel Farber

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
26 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
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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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Can be hereditary. : Club feet often run in families but it can also be due to random events during development.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Yes. The pressure on the sides of the foot can pinch the digital nerves and cause numbness.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
NO: A hairline fracture rarely requires surgery but likely requires a cast. If untreated it may do ok. However, if it shifts out of position because it w... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Orthopaedist: My bias is to see an orthopaedists but there are many capable podiatrists that can often help with heel pain. Usually this is plantar fasciitis and tr... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
RICE, rehab: A week after what may likely have been an ankle sprain, it is not unusual to have some persistent pain. Make sure you rest appropriately and then star... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Nerve irritation: If it is both ankles then i would be suspicious for nerve irritation in the low back as the cause. If it is just one side then it could be the back or... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Insertional or not: Achilles tendonitis comes in two major flavors; insertional (where the tendon connects to the bone) or non-insertional ( in the mid-substance of the t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Flexion of the toe : Claw toes are usually due to neurologic causes. They consistent of abnormal flexion of the toe at the first two joints and extension ( bending up) at ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 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
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Unknown : There is an association between the quinolone medications (most commonly ciprofloxacin) and Achilles rupture but it is not understood why this happens... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Ganglion cyst: Most lumps around the ankle and foot are ganglion cysts. These are painless masses that can vary in size and cause problems because of their size and ... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Spine problem: The involvement of both legs and tingling and weakness sounds like a problem with the spinal nerve roots. I would see your doc or an orthopaedic spine... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Taping and protect: Buddy taping is often sufficient. Sometimes a stiff soled shoe or at least one with a stiff toe can be helpful. If there is obvious deformity then see... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
Visco heels: High quality silicone heel cups are best to decrease the trauma to the heels (bauerfeind, blue-dot, ...). Regular heel and plantar fascia stretches ar... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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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