Irvine - California Foot & Ankle Institute
18952 MacArthur Blvd. Suite 102
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 833-3406

Welcome to the Irvine resource and hub for information on ankle, toe, heel, and foot pain and treatment alternatives.

Did you know...
Podiatrists are four times less likely to resort to costly inpatient services than other doctors.

Whether you just like taking long strolls, participate in a competitive sport, or play with your kids, healthy feet are essential to pain free lifestyle.

Although activity levels depend on the individual a typical person can make more than 3,000 steps a day. This is a statistic many people find surprising. Without question pain free and healthy feet are of pivotal importance to a fulfilling life.

Foot Fact...
About fifty seven percent of podiatrists are affiliated with preferred provider organizations,forty seven percent with health maintenance organizations, 21% with academic institutions, 52% with nursing homes,and 12% with peer review organizations, insurance companies, or utilization review firms.

Treating your ankle condition early with assistance from a Irvine foot doctor or a doctor specialized in treatment of foot and ankle problems is the best first step to prevention of more serious complications.

On the pages of you will find general information on popular foot problems from heel pain, flat feet, hammer toes, bunions and toe deformities, to heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, corns, calluses, gout, nail fungus and ankle pain related to ankle injury like a sprain or ankle fracture. While we hope you will find this information useful please note that the nature of your foot or ankle problem or condition is unique and cannot and does not provide medical treatment, advice, or diagnosis. We encourage you to reach out to a Irvine foot doctor for assistance with your problem.

Common Foot Problems
Mallet Toe Ankle Pain Ingrown toenails Plantar Fasciitis
Claw Foot / Claw Toes Bunionette Ankle Fracture Heel Pain
Athlete's Foot Bunions Gout Nail fungus / Onychomycosis
Fungus Achilles Tendinitis Nerve Entrapment Diabetes
Flat Feet Corn Morton's Neuroma Neuromas
Foot arthritis Warts Ulcers Diabetic Ulcer
Calluses Hammer Toes Heel Spur Ankle Sprain

Foot wart


Hammer toe

Hammer toe is the bending of one or both joints of the toe, that results in a deformity that makes a toe have a shape similar to that of a hammer. Although second, third, fourth, or fifth (small) toe can be affected by this condition, the second toe is most often the one that's affected. Hammertoe can be inherited, result from muscle/tendon imbalance, or be caused by an earlier trauma to the toe.Hammertoes can be progressive, and will frequently get worse with time. Without proper attention they may cause sores, and become more rigid and painful.more...

Athletes foot


Mallet toes

There is a lot of similarity between a mallet toe and hammertoe. In hammer toe it is the middle joint that is bend, in mallet toe the bent joint is the upper joint. Shoes that are poorly fitted can also cause both conditions. Mallet toe and hammertoe can also develop from wearing high heels. Ability to walk properly and to have unrestricted movement of your foot can be adversely affected when mallet toe or hammertoe are left untreated.more...

Arthritis and feet

Your ankle or foot can be affected by 3 types of arthritis, which include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Fortunately numerous treatment approaches are available. more...



Nerve entrapment

Acute trauma or repeated microtrauma can cause nerve entrapment. Things like poorly fitted shoes, structural foot defects, or sports-related activity can lead to repetitive damage. Nerve injury develops as a result of either compression caused by scar tissue or other growths exerting pressure on the nerve. more...

Ingrown toenail

To a podiatric physician an ingrown toenail is a common problem. It frequently occurs as the nail protrudes down and into the skin at the tip of the toe. If you have diabetes, poor blood circulation to your foot, an infection around the nail, or nerve damage in the leg or foot, you should see a professional as soon as possible. Do not attempt to treat this problem at home.more...



Heel spur

Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis. A heel spur is a hook of bone that may form on the calcaneus (heel bone). This is also a point of attachment for plantar fascia. Left untreated heel spur can potentially become very debilitating and painful. Correctly diagnosing the reason behind excessive stretching of the plantar fascia is the first key step for the proper treatment of the heel spur.more...

Mortons neuroma

Morton's neuroma develops as a consequence of tissue thickening around one of the nerves that leads to the toes. This frequently occurs in the area between your third and fourth toes. Things like irritation, injury or pressure can lead to development of Morton's neuroma. This condition affects the ball of the foot. It can be accompanied by severe pain or a feeling similar to standing on a foreign object like a rock or a twig.more...


These develop in response to friction or pressure as the skin attempts to protect itself. If you have a health problem that causes poor circulation to your feet, you have higher risk of complications arising from calluses.more...

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis (also known as Achilles tendonitis or Achilles tendinopathy) is tendinitis of the Achilles tendon. It is often a running injury resulting from overuse, jumping, intense exercise, or similar activities that can aggravate the tendon and calf muscles. more...

Ulcers and diabetes

Patients with diabetes are prone to foot ulcerations because of vascular and neurologic conditions. Peripheral arterial occlusive disease, diabetic neuropathy, and structural foot deformity are common risk factors for formation of foot ulcers. It is critical to note that diabetic ulcers are the most common foot condition that can lead to amputation.more...

Foot fungus


Sprained ankle

Annually, an estimated 1 million people visit a doctor about injury to the ankle, according to the American Academy of Family Practice. And ankle sprains are one of the most common reasons. The most common site of sprains is the ankle. Ankle sprains frequently occur when you suddenly twist your ankle too far, when you force the joint out of its regular position, when you fall, or when you walk or run on an uneven surface.more...


Often found on top of the ankle or foot, a ganglion is a fluid filled swelling. Ganglions can increase in size over time but are typically slow to develop. more...

Diabetes and foot health

If you are diabetic it may be difficult to notice sores, cuts or blisters, because damage to the nerves caused by diabetes can lead to loss of sensation in the foot. These at first trivial injuries can lead to ulcers and infections. In more serious cases amputation may be necesary.more...




A bunion can be characterized as a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. For many people bunions run in the family. more...


Gout results from uric acid build-up in the joint or tissues. Increased levels of uric acid in the body can exist due to several reasons. For example it can be the case that your body is making too much uric acid. Alternatively it may be the case that your body is just not eliminating uric acid. This condition is often accompanied by a red, tender, and swollen joint and often involves the big toe. more...

Claw toes

Claw foot is a deformity of toes that arises when the toe joint nearest to the foot is curved up and the other toe joints are bent downward. This causes the toe to resemble a claw. Claw foot can develop because of other disorders or can be congenital. Higher risk individuals include those with conditions such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. more...

Fracture of the ankle

Ankle fractures can range from avulsion injuries to more serious breaks of the fibula, tibia, or both. Since no two ankle fractures are the same, every ankle fracture must be treated individually. You must see a foot specialist and go over treatment approach. more...

Ankle pain

Ankle injuries are some of the most frequent injuries of the human body. Due to the ankle's pivotal role in walking and standing, ankle problems should be taken seriously and treated properly. more...

Toe nail fungus


Pain in the heel

Heel pain is a common problem in adults that can lead to pronounced discomfort and disability. Most often pain in the heel is not a result of any single injury, such as a fall or a twist, but rather the consequence of recurrent heel stress. more...

Foot ulcer

Foot ulcers are wounds that do not heal or keep coming back. They can be categorized as venous statis, neurotrophic or arterial. Foot ulcers are frequently seen in individuals with health problems that include atherosclerosis, Raynaud'sphenomenon, peripheral neuropathy,circulatory problems and foot bone or muscle abnormalities. Patients with diabetes should pay special attention to foot ulceration and seek professional help sooner rather than later.more...


Foot corns are very similar to calluses, because they form as the skin becomes thicker in response to unwelcome irritation. Foot corns are a natural way for the body to protect itself against sustained irritation on the skin. If left untreated corns can potentially become painful.more...

Flat feet

A small segment of the population has a hereditary flat foot, and this condition is usually developed, not inherited. Few individuals are born with "fallen arches" or "pes planus", as this foot condition is commonly known. With flat feet the sole of the foot can come into complete or near-complete contact with the floor surface.more...
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(760) 951-2000


Office Locations:
Irvine Foot Doctor or Podiatrist to Treat Toe, Heel, and Ankle Pain(Irvine)


18952 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 102
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 833-3406  Directions
Irvine Foot Doctor or Podiatrist to Treat Toe, Heel, and Ankle Pain(Victorville)


14400 Bear Valley Road, Suite 201
Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 951-2000  Directions
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"My aunt recommended the clinic to me and I’m grateful she did. The care I received was great. They told me I needed surgery to correct my bunions and also flat feet. It was very hard for me to walk and I knew I needed help. The surgery was smooth and painless. I only had to take very little time off work. After three years, my feet have never felt better. I can do everything now without having pain. I am very happy and satisfied with the treatment I received and would recommend them again and again. Thank you!"
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