The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.
- Podiatrists licensed by the Medical Board of California
- Physical therapists
- Certified podiatric medical assistants
- Friendly, accommodating office staff provides:
- Prompt scheduling, even same day appointments for urgent cases
- Fully computerized & electronic insurance claim submissions for patient convenience
What is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist also called a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle, and heel. In addition to undergraduate school medical training, podiatrists also attend graduate medical schools for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are more than 17,800 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.
- Consult with the patient and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
- Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
- Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, claw toes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
- Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
- Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
- Treat conditions such as bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.
Jittima Jirasetpatana, D.P.M.
Charles A. Blaine, D.P.M.
Leonard Wagner, D.P.M.
Andrew La, D.P.M.