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Dr. David Hettinger

Podiatry
Wheaton
37 years experience male

Locations

Hettinger Podiatry Center, PC

Wheaton

Address

1275 Butterfield Road, Suite 110, Wheaton
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Humana Insurance Company

UnitedHealth Group

Cigna

Other

About

Bio

Dr. David Hettinger of Hettinger Podiatry Center in Wheaton has been practicing podiatric medicine in a private practice setting since 1986. In 1992, he opened his Wheaton office and has been in the Danada area of south Wheaton ever since.

Specialties
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Podiatry

Palliative Care

Sports Medicine

Surgery

Wound care

Doctor Q&A

1.3K Answers
608 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
MANY things.: Generally when someone describes their pain the way you did, it's some type of nerve irritation. A small nerve may be running over a bony prominence ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Many possibilities: Topical solutions, oral medications, laser treatments, surgical removal, homeopathic remedies, etc. The most used treatment is oral Lamisil (terbinaf... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
MANY things.: Generally when someone describes their pain the way you did, it's some type of nerve irritation. Many differrent things can cause small fiber neuropa... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
MAINLY podiatrists!: Podiatrists are specifically trained in the medical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle diseases.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't that bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you m... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Sounds like sciatica: Is it on both sides? If you are taking metformin, you will develop neuropathy eventually. That can be treated with the right supplement (a medical fo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
It's possible...: The accident may have jammed the big toe joint causing damage to the cartilage (or even a fracture into the joint) which could eventually lead to spur... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
NEED FOR SUPPORT!: There are many possible reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Not a good idea...: It sounds to me like you will just keep re-injuring it if you don't give it a chance to heal properly. The only thing to do is give it time - probabl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Not directly: The pain may be related to circulation, but there probably is no direct foot-to-cardiac relationship.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Absolutely...: There are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http:... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes...: It's more of a deformity than an injury. There are many surgical procedures for it's correction. See a podiatrist, have x-rays taken and evaluated, ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Protocol...: I'd say 98% of my plantar fascitis patients respond to non-surgical treatments... Rest, supportive insoles, rx orthotics, otc anti-inflammatories (lik... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't that bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possibe reasons (posterior tibial tendon dysfunction leaps ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
See doctor again: There may have been more to the injury than the doctor originally thought. Have it re-evaluated and get another x-ray... Sometimes things are more obv... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Why BEFORE?: If you mean, right before the procedure... Maybe. If you are having it done in a surgery center or hospital, they will give you a lot better meds tha... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Nerve impingement: Something is irritating the nerve travelling to this area. Often it is a bunion bump that is rubbing against the shoe. There is a small nerve that is ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
A sprain or strain: It could be a fracture (broken bone) a sprain (torn ligaments) or a strain (strecthed out ligaments). Have a physical exam by a podiatrist to make su... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Many things...: You can use the liquid nitrogen again, liquid nitrous oxide (this is what i like to use), topical acids, dermal scraping. You can also try oral cimet... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Wait...: If you mean blisters on the roof of your mouth, they should be gone in a couple days.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Core temperature: Normally is 98.6 degrees f. Or 37 degrees celsius.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Capillary Refill...: Brisk - the process whereby blood returns to a portion of the capillary system after its blood supply has been interrupted briefly. Capillary refillin... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Varies...: It really depends on what you mean by "heal." most of the process will occur in 5-8 weeks and allow you to get back to normal activities. But the bo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons that you may have pain in the in... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
A sprain or strain: It could be a fracture (broken bone) a sprain (torn ligaments) or a strain (strecthed out ligaments). Have a physical exam by a podiatrist to make su... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
A sprain or strain: It could be a fracture (broken bone) a sprain (torn ligaments) or a strain (strecthed out ligaments). Have a physical exam by a podiatrist to make su... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
As risky as what?: Fusion of the joint may be a good answer.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
From injury???: You can just leave it alone and sooner or later it will just come off on it's own. A new nail will grow in. If it hurts, have it removed by a podiatri... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometime... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
149 - 188 pounds: It depends on your "frame" size, but height and weight charts are all over the internet. These give recommendations, but if i saw a 6 foot tall guy t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
To start with...: The best otc medication (in my opinion) is lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra. Socks should be a synthetic material (i know i'll take heat for this) like t... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
For the foot...: You may have had some sort of injury which caused the bruise. If there was some damage to a joint or tendon sheath, this could have led to the format... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
YouTube: The most common cause of shin splints is overload on the front of the tibia (shin bone), which inflames the connective tissues that attach the lower l... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Get an antibiotic: There are antibiotics made just for sinus infections. Surprisingly, not all types of antibiotics work for all parts of the body in the same way. See... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
A lot depends...: On where the break is at. If it is not into a joint, there should be some degree of worry about displacement as well. Rest, ice, compression, elevati... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
See a doctor: There still may be a lot that can be done for you by strappings, bracing, custom made shoes, surgery, etc. Don't give up!
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Many ways...: Oral medications, padded and supportive insoles, topical medicines, homeopathic medicines, physical therapy, warming pads, etc. See a doctor for what... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Not exactly...: A bone scan will be "hot" when there is inflammation in the area. An MRI will be more detailed, but plain good old x-rays may tell enough of the stor... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't that bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Exposure to cold...: Even milder bouts of frostbite can leave you with more of a chance of having it happen again. You will need to take extra precautions when you are ou... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Work on....: Really stretching out your achilles tendons! if you don't know how to do this already, visit youtube and do a search for these types of exercises. T... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
It's easier to find: A larger variety of shoes in different colors and styles. Aside from that, there aren't really "benefits" to having small feet.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Simply...: Using the smallest possible incision to perform a surgical procedure. Often times such incisions are 1/8 inch in length and do not even require stitc... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Ringworm....: Is actually just a skin fungal infection - there is no actual worm! it is best to use lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra for a couple weeks. Many other t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Better to stay away: Alcohol should be avoided with gout since drinking can often bring on an attack or make it worse.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Not likely...: A concussion is usually caused by direct head trauma. Maybe take it easy in the sack for a while.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
I would...: An ultrasound test or MRI will tell if you have done any real damage to the vascular system - especially when Coumadin (warfarin) use is involved.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
NEED FOR CUSHION!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons that you may have painful feet,... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
See a podiatrist: Corns are callouses on the toes and are caused mainly by shoe irritation over a period of time. They can just be trimmed by a podiatrist, but will us... Read More

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Mar 23, 2015
Hi Doc: Good advice!! I've added your to my network and recommended you. I would appreciate a return of the favor. I'm on OMFS in Sacramento, CA Special interest TMJ disorders. Thanks. Louis Ga...Read More
Dr. Philip Miller
Oct 6, 2014
I highly endorse and recommend Dr. Hettinger as an outstanding expert in the HealthTap Prime community. His expertise in podiatry is most certainly appreciated and educational.
Oct 6, 2014
Knowledgeable expert in Podiatry. Gives clear, accurate answers. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank you. My husband used the vingar and I did too. May I add that very hot socks after the vingar soaks helped rid us of it. Fresh socks out of the dryer.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I have tride that. But the docter sys that i need to see a therapist and what therapist i have contacted tell me that i need see a expert.
HealthTap member
Thank you. A dermatologist I saw mentioned this and I was worried he may have been fibbing. All treatments for this have been ineffective for me so I will try it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dr. Wm. M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Chicago

Residency

Type in hospital or program
Completed 1985

Awards

HealthTap Top Doctor, Winter 2013
Healthtap Top Doctor, Summer 2013
Top Doctor, First Place, Melrose Park, IL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Associated Foot & Ankle Specialists
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