Foot Surgery

Introducing… “Virtually Pain-Free Bunion Removal Surgery”

Dr. Jay Berenter relieves bunion pain and offers enhanced quality of life for patients.

Why should I choose Dr. Berenter for my bunion surgery?

Dr. Berenter is the Chief of Podiatric Division, Department of Orthopedics at Scripps Memorial Hospital. He is a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon and has performed thousands of bunion surgeries over the years. He strives to provide the most effective, safe, and compassionate care for all of his many patients. To learn more about Dr. Berenter, his support staff, and the office itself, please see About Us.

Looking for Relief from Bunion Pain?
Bunions and discomfort go hand in hand and can truly affect the quality of life for those who suffer from the progressive disorder. Dr. Jay Berenter is pleased to treat and eliminate bunions for his patients with a virtually pain-free bunion removal out-patient surgery. Without treatment, bunions can limit normal foot function and often continue to grow more painful over time. Visiting Dr. Berenter at the first sign of bunion formation can minimize and prevent future problems.

What is the Surgical Procedure?
Using the most advanced techniques, Dr. Berenter is able to restore natural foot function for those who suffer from bunions. Using a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthetic, portions of the protruding bone are removed. The join is realigned and the bone is then secured with a screw that can harmlessly remain in your foot. Finally, the tendons are repositioned to maximize mechanical function and the incision is then closed using techniques that minimize scarring.

How long does the surgery take?
Dr. Berenter operates on one foot per surgery. The surgery itself takes about half an hour. Including pre-operative and post-operative procedures, a patient can expect to be at the hospital for about three hours.

How long will it take to recover from surgery?
On the day of the surgery, patients must arrange for a ride home from their procedure. Because of the local anesthesia, the foot will remain numb for about 12 to 24 hours. The following directives will help ensure the most comfortable recovery process:

  • Patients will receive a “Velcro Shoe”, of which they will be able to walk in as soon as they return home. Patients must wait one day before driving, and can choose to return to work or daily activities within one day‚ at six weeks post-operative. The range is due in large part to the physical demands of your job.
  • Patients must keep their bandage dry for two weeks following surgery. Dr. Berenter and staff are happy to provide a “Shower Shoe” for patients.
  • Stitches are removed two weeks after surgery. At this point, Dr. Berenter recommends that patients avoid prolonged immersion of the foot in water, such as swimming. Short showers are acceptable.
  • Light exercise is acceptable once the stitches are removed. Rigorous physical activity, like running, can be resumed about six week out.

Dr. Berenter recommends that patients wear the Velcro walking boot for four weeks post-operative. Dress shoes can be worn after another three weeks.

How can I ensure a speedy recover?
Following the post-operative instructions is imperative. Dr. Berenter’s guidelines will allow for appropriate healing of the foot ‘a other factors that impact recovery time are age, general health, severity of bunion, and foot structure.

Will my insurance over the procedure?
In most cases, insurance covers podiatric surgeries. Dr. Berenter’s support staff is happy to work with you to determine approximate out-of-pocket expenses both with insurance coverage, and without. Our goal is to make the process and seamless as possible!

How much does surgery cost?
Cost is determined on a case-to-case basis. Dr. Berenter’s support staff can check with your insurance to determine approximate patient expenses. Costs can be discussed in further detail at your consultation with Dr. Berenter.

Introducing Hammertoe Surgeries – virtually free yourself from all pain.

Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. Early symptoms ‘a such as pain or irritation, corns, calluses, inflammation, or redness can typically be managed, but left untreated, over time the hammertoe becomes less flexible and more rigid and worse; less likely to respond to non-surgical treatment.


  • Pain or irritation of the affected toe when wearing shoes
  • Corns and calluses on the toe, between two toes, or on the ball of the foot
  • Inflammation, redness, or a burning sensation
  • Contracture of the toe
  • In severe cases, open sores may form

When should I seek treatment?
Hammertoes are a progressive disorder and unfortunately will not go away by themselves. The imbalance that causes hammertoes leads to actual mechanical changes in the structure of the foot overtime, therefore the sooner you seek treatment the better. Dr. Berenter will evaluate your foot and depending on the degree of deformity, develop a treatment plan best suited for your individual needs.

What are my treatment options?
Dr. Berenter offers a number of solutions for patients suffering with painful hammertoes. In ideal scenarios, the first treatment options would be non-surgical procedures:


  • Padding corns and calluses: Dr. Berenter will prescribe pads uniquely designed to shield corns from further irritation.
  • Orthotics: Dr. Berenter will custom-design an orthotic device to be placed in your shoe to help control the muscle/tendon imbalance causing the hammertoe.
  • Injection Therapy: Corticosteroid injections can be used to ease inflammation and discomfort caused by the hammertoe
  • Medications: Oral anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofin may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Splinting/strapping: Dr. Berenter may apply splints or small straps to realign the bent hammertoe

In some cases, the hammertoe has advanced to the point that surgery is necessary to relieve the pain and discomfort being experienced.

As the Chief of the Podiatric Division, Department of Orthopedics at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Dr. Berenter has vast experience in performing hammertoe surgeries.