Scripps podiatrists diagnose and treat lower leg, ankle and foot problems that can result in chronic or acute pain and restrict mobility.
Known as a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a podiatrist may specialize in different areas such as surgery, sports medicine or wound care. Podiatrists can also make referrals for physical rehabilitation, as well as fit and prescribe custom orthotics or shoes to address foot and ankle issues.
Scripps offers patients the choice of more podiatrists than any other health care provider in San Diego. This selection of podiatric medical options — combined with expertise of multidisciplinary teams of orthopedists, endocrinologists and other clinicians at Scripps — ensures that patients receive the most appropriate treatment. Scripps Clinic foot doctors are also highly skilled in the latest treatments for foot, ankle and lower leg wounds that require specialized care and medical management.
Scripps podiatrists strive to help all patients stay in the game, whether they are elite athletes, weekend warriors or everyday people simply looking to eliminate painful foot and ankle conditions that can occur as we age.
Podiatric foot and ankle injuries and conditions treated at Scripps include:
- Achilles tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle above the heel of the foot.
- Arthritis of the foot and ankle, which is an inflammation of one or more of the multiple joints in the foot and ankle.
- Athlete’s foot is a skin infection of the feet caused by fungus.
- Bunions are the enlargement of the big toe joint and deviation of the great toe.
- Corns and callouses are a painful thickening of the skin related to the use of ill-fitting shoes.
- Flat feet are a foot condition characterized by the foot’s arch being flat due to loose tendons in the foot’s joints.
- Fractures include traumatic bone injuries that may require immobilization or reparative surgery, as well as less serious stress fractures.
- Fungal toenails are a condition in which there is discoloration and often thickening of the toenails due to fungal infection.
- Hallux rigidus is a condition in which painful arthritis of the big toe’s main joint and can result in joint pain when walking or standing.
- Hammertoes are a contracture of the lesser toes becoming rigid and painful in shoes.
- Ingrown toenails can occur when the edge of a nail grows downward into the skin of the toe.
- Metatarsalgia is a condition characterized by pain in the ball of the foot.
- Morton neuroma is an injury to the nerves between the toes, causing chronic pain.
- Peripheral neuropathy is a form of numbness in the lower extremities that can result in wounds and foot ulcers associated with diabetes and other conditions.
- Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in the bottom of the foot usually originating at the base of the heel.
- Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the feet and are most commonly seen in children.
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is a condition that can result in a flat foot due to insufficient support and stability for the foot’s arch.
- Sesamoiditis is an injury to the small bones under the big toe joint creating pain on the ball of the foot (often seen in dancers).
- Sprains, strains and bruises can affect the ligaments, tendons and muscles.
- Turf toe is a common sprain of the big toe’s main joint in athletes who play a variety of sports on different surfaces, including natural and artificial turf.
- Wounds and ulcerations can appear on the feet as a result of complications of neuropathy (nerve damage) often associated with diabetes.
Podiatric foot, ankle and lower leg treatments at Scripps include:
- Non-surgical treatments, including physical rehabilitation, anti-inflammatory therapies and use of custom-made insoles, orthotics or shoes
- Foot and ankle conditioning programs designed to strengthen muscles, stabilize joints and prevent future injury
- Outpatient and inpatient foot surgery and procedures, which can include reparative or reconstructive surgeries to correct many foot deformities
- Hammertoe repair
- Bunion surgery
Scripps offers several sports and physical therapy options in San Diego with facilities in North County, South Bay, Central San Diego and La Jolla. Sports and physical therapy services are provided at more than half a dozen locations by a team of experts using the latest techniques and technologies to help patients regain strength and mobility to get back in the game.