When to see a Podiatrist

A podiatrist’s practice is consumed by a variety of problems from patients of all ages and backgrounds. Podiatrists see simple problems such as painful, deformed, ingrown, or fungal toenails; as well as warts, calluses, corns, and other problems involving the skin. A significant amount of their time is given to the remedy of pain from inflamed tendons, joints, and ligaments. Heel pain is a very common ailment seen in the podiatric office (see Heel Pain on this website). Foot specialists treat all forms of arthritis as well as chronic pain from old injuries.

In Dr. Santoro’s office Mondays are particularly busy because of dealing with the injuries of the weekend warriors. The doctor sees everything from broken bones in the foot or ankle to sprains, lacerations, contusions, or just the unexplainable sudden onset of pain and swelling; falls from ladders, twisted ankles, motocross catastrophes, and folks who’ve just had too much fun fill his office at times.

Dr. Santoro sees a wide variety of foot and ankle deformities including common problems such as bunions and hammertoes, lumps and bumps, nerve pain and swollen joints. Because of his extensive training he also sees patients with deformities of varying degrees such as flatfeet, clubfeet, and deformities from neuromuscular conditions. Dr. Santoro takes a special interest in patients with difficult and complex problems.

Diabetics make up a large portion of most podiatric practices. Diabetics are particularly at risk because of the nature of the disease and should be evaluated by a podiatrist regularly. The foot specialist is trained to recognize potential problems in the diabetic and curtail them. Dr. Santoro is also interested in limb salvage and the prevention of amputation. He is the Temecula Valley chairman for the Save A Leg Save A Life Society (see link to the right of the page).