Dr. David Hettinger

Podiatry
Wheaton
38 years experience male

Locations

Hettinger Podiatry Center, PC

Wheaton

Address

1275 Butterfield Road, Suite 110, Wheaton
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
EVERYWHERE...: These are also known as "growth plates" and are fould in a lot of the growing bones. Some have a single center of ossification, but the long bones ha... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Keep in mind...: The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is "managed" by a number of modalities, but it can al... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Very complex...: Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmunity, the causes of which are still not completely known. It is strongly associated with the inherited tissu... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Good Socks...: Thorlo socks are made for a great variety of athletic uses and specifically for some cold weather applications. Check out their web site and search "... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Possibly...: Trichloracetic acid (tca) is a potent acid for topical treatment of warts. Like any modality, there are success rate ranges, it's just a matter of t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Lots of ways: You can use the liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide (this is what i like to use), topical acids, dermal scraping. You can also try oral cimetadine (... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Better to use insole: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Bruising & swelling: Usually with a break, there is bleeding from the bone which leads to swelling and bruising to the toe and surrounding area. This is not always the ca... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Moisturizing lotions: I like water-based moisturizing lotions. My favorites are dml lotion and dml forte cream. These are water based, and don't have any fragrences or col... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Maybe Orthotics.: It sounds like you may have a biomechanical instability in your feet that is passing problems "up the kinetic chain." custom made prescription orthot... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Not my field, but...: It is theorized that some cold sores may be caused by a mutation of normal oral bacteria to their "L-form." Some will spontaneously mutate back, or t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Depends...: There are safe ways to treat fungal nails while pregnant, just not with oral antifungals. There are laser treatments as well as topical medications. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Not at all...: You can move an area with a broken bone. There will be increased pain, but it doesn't "self-splint" and stop moving.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Depends...: There are safe ways to treat fungal nails while pregnant, just not with oral antifungals. See a podiatrist for details.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Two different...: These are completely different problems that are treated in different ways. A lot depends on exactly what they are. See a dermatologist!
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
104 - 137 pounds: It depends on your "frame" size, but height and weight charts are all over the internet. These give recommendations, but differ for each person based... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Infection???: "sore and swollen" are not usual problems after a blister. See a podiatrist to check for an infection or other potential problems.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Many things...: You can use the liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide (this is what i like to use), topical acids, dermal scraping. You can also try oral cimetadine ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
YES: You "push-off" with your big toe and most sports will require you to do this over and over. You'll do better in the long run to rest and splint it un... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Could be a neuroma: If just 2 or 3 toes are "numb" this could be from a specific type of nerve irritation called a neuroma. If all the toes are numb, something else may b... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
SUPPORT!: The shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Many, but...: I'll assume you mean clubfoot. Treatments all depend on the age of the patient and the severity of the deformity. Treatments range from manipulation a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
See a podiatrist.: A 3mm punch biopsy to the spot will tell if there is any problem with the "birthmark" or not. If it is not a cancerous problem, leave it alone. Comp... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Possible...: But unlikely. She may have an allergy to the standard tetanus antitoxin, but many types of treatment are available. While anaphylactic reaction to t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
A PODIATRIST!: 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 ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Wait...: If you mean blisters on the roof of your mouth, they should be gone in a couple days.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Lots of ways: You can use the liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide (this is what i like to use), topical acids, dermal scraping. You can also try oral cimetadine (... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Core temperature: Normally is 98.6 degrees f. Or 37 degrees celsius.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Just ask!: Just call the office and ask them. Almost all md's and do's are board certified right out of, or shortly after residency. For specialists, that's a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
The severity.: Most people consider a "regular" fracture to mean a bone that is visably, obviously broken on x-ray. "greenstick" fractires are incomplete fractures ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
See a doctor...: The antibiotic may need to be switched, or the boil (abscess) may need to be drained to clear it up.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
To start with...: It may be athlete's foot. The best otc medication (in my opinion) is lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra. Socks should be a synthetic material like those ma... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Maybe hypoglycemia: The first thing i thought of when i read the question was hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Have good meals with the appropriate amount of calories. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
Possibly...: There are three bones in each toe (except the big toe which has two). If you saw a doctor for the problem originally, you would have been told if mor... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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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