Dr. Payam Rafat

Podiatry
Lancaster, TX
24 years experience male

Locations

A Step Ahead Foot Care, P.C.

Lancaster, TX

Address

2600 W Pleasant Run Rd,, Lancaster, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 12pm
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Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

Cigna

Medicare

Aetna

Beale Wound Care Center

Mount Vernon, NY

About

Bio

Dr. Payam Rafat is a podiatric surgeon who is in private practice in Lancaster, TX. Dr. Rafat is certified in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology, and Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. He has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally and has presented several scientific posters. For his achievements, Healthtap has recognized him as "Top Podiatrist" nationally in 2013 and 2014.

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.

Podiatry

Aesthetic Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Sports Medicine

Wound care

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English, Persian, Spanish

Doctor Q&A

3.5K Answers
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Location: A bone spur is usually located at an area of soft tissue insertion onto the bone. A bone callus may develop at a site of bone fracture as it is heali... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many types of rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal inf... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Be prepared: Be sure to wear properly measured and fitted shoes. Do not forget to bring along your medication. Control you blood sugar. Get up occasionally and w... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Yes, it is possible: Have it re-evaluated. You may need another x-ray.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Not usually: What you are hearing is commonly due to the pressure and motion within those joints.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin blisters or rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes b... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Not effective.: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) in an antibiotic. You need an antifungal.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, vi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it looked at.: Could be many things, but there is a probable nerve involvement. Have it looked at.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it evaluated.: Ingrown toenails can be temporarily remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying a... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it evaluated: Numbness resulting from trauma needs to be evaluated right away. Do not delay as you may develop irreparable damage.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the extremities can include systemic problems such as hypertension, gout, and problems with the kidneys and localized issue... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bact... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many factors: Thin people may not have as much external cushion. It also depends on the quality of the bone, due to factors such as nutrition, age, and general hea... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Possible neuropathy: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, a... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Different braces: Each brace is indicated for a different purpose. Each has their strengths and limitations. You will need to be evaluated by a professional to get th... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, an... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are nee... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilites: Trauma and fungal nail infections are common reasons that nails may fall off.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Get re-evaluated: Pain could be as a result of many different things. One would need to do a thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiolo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Nail care...: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, vi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Get it treated.: Have it evaluated as an infection can be due to many possible reasons. If untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlyi... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
It can be.: Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Surgical intervention may be of benefit in cases of spinal disc herniation. In case of trauma, others ma... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it evaluated: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. One would need to do a thorough history and physical exam and possibly some radiology exams t... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are nee... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it evaluated: Your pain could be due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, poor circulation, musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and different neurologic ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are many causes of redness of the eyes. Several types of inflammatory conditions, allergic reactions, detergents, chemicals, and sometimes bact... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things including infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Many otions: Treatment options include bracing, injection, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and surgery.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have them evaluated.: There are topical and oral antifungal medications available for the treatment of nail fungus. Specialized lasers are also now available for treatment... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
It is a possibility.: Melanoma can appear on the foot. Have the condition evaluated as soon as possible. If it is a melanoma it needs to be addressed appropriately and i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: Many things can cause calluses. Some reasons that one may develop a callus include: viral infections (warts), friction, pressure, repedetive trauma,... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain ma... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
It depends.: There are always risks associated with any surgery, but sometime the benefits may outweigh the risks. Discuss the procedure and risks with your docto... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Yes... varies: That is true. There are different types of bunion procedures, and all people are not the same. Some may have a better pain tolerance than others.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligamentous injuries which may lead to ankle swelling, pain, and p... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
See a proffessional: You do not want to do it yourself without having been guided as to how to do it properly.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Can develop quickly: Diabetics are at a higher risk for foot problems due to possibly having diminished, sensation and circulation in the feet which may lead to diabetic f... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
May complicate it: May not be the direct cause but could cause complications if you have one develop at the time you are on the medication.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain ma... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Possible neuropathy: Neuropathy can happen as a result of trauma, or nerve damage due to the consumption of alcohol or certain medications. Symptoms can range from a numbn... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Various factors: Diabetic patients often times will have poor circulation and a diminished healing ability which makes them more susceptible to developing infections. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
See a professional: Successful treatment of diabetic foot ulcers consists of addressing these three basic issues: debridement, offloading, and infection control. Seek pro... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Localized: It is due to an ingrown nail. Usually when the involved nail border is removed the infection will clear within a couple of days.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Symtoms vary: Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range anywhere from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
It is possible.: Diabetic shoes may be of benefit to you in order to help protect your feet.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Could cause problems: Diseased nail could mean infection due to bacterial or a fungus. Abnormal nail growth may lead to ingrown nails. Leaving an ingrown nail untreated c... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Try to avoid it: It is best not to consume alcohol while taking most medications.
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Mar 29, 2014
Very thoughtful. Extremely knowledgeable. A great doctor. A great human being. It is my pleasure to be able to write this recommendation.
Mar 23, 2014
Dr. Rafat provides excellent information on Podiatry to the public via Healthtap.
Dr. Dave Burns
Mar 29, 2014
Dr. Raft enjoys his practice and wants to share his knowledge-Dave
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This was a good thing to read on in regards to actions I should take myself. I'm having a similar case and now I have a better understanding
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I use the following daily 1- format 500 three times 2-Amaryl 3mg three dai.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

ST BARNABAS HOSPITAL

Residency

MOUNT VERNON HOSPITAL

Awards

American Society of Podiatric Dermatology / MEDICS/ORTHO PHARMACEUTICAL Gold Award (2003)
Dermik Laboratories Award for Outstanding PPMR, (2002-2003)
Orthopedics Award – St. Barnabas Hospital, (2001)

Affiliations

Crescent Regional Hospital
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital

Publications

“The Relationship of Synostosis of the Middle and Distal Phalanx of the Fifth Digit with Symptomatology of the Fourth Interspace (Presented at the Ame...
“An Alternative Dispersion Pad for the Reduction of High Pressure Areas Beneath Diabetic Neuropathic Sub-metatarsal Ulcers” (Presented at the American...
“Basal Cell Carcinoma: A Review and Report of a Rare Advanced Case Presenting in the Sole of the Foot”- Maria A. Rokkas, DPM, Payam Rafat, DPM, and En...
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