Encinitas Podiatry Group, located near the vibrant blooms of purple morning glory, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. We provide the highest quality podiatric medical and surgical care through modern treatment facilities and a friendly, courteous staff. Dr. James Hatfield is the practicing podiatrist. He has practiced podiatry in Encinitas since 1978. He is board certified through the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics, and is a fellow in the American College of Foot Surgeons and the American College of Foot Orthopedists.

What can be more important to your health and welfare than healthy, pain-free feet? You can't work at your highest level or think clearly and creatively when you feet are hurting. Everything starts with the feet from the minute we arise each day. They provide us with mobility, speed, range, support, balance, and ability to perform tasks. They are paramount for playing sports, dancing, and walking.

Feet and ankle problems can arise from various causes:
  • Diseases such as diabetes and arthritis
  • Warts
  • Accidental injury
  • Congenital malformations
  • Fungus infections of the nails and skin, such as athletes foot
  • Poor fitting shoes
  • Infections
  • Fractures
  • Tumors
  • Metabolic problems such as Gout

Poor fitting shoes are a significant contributor to painful foot conditions, especially in women. High heeled, pointed-toes shoes can contribute to the formation of bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses and neuromas. Wearing flatter, wider-toed shoes will give relief to many foot problems and is recommended following many of the surgical corrections we do.

An important service we offer is orthotic fabrication. Orthotics are prescription foot supports that get inserted into shoes. They are used to treat a number of painful conditions of the feet, legs, knees and hips. We are the only Podiatry office in the county to have an in-office orthotic laboratory. Click here for more information.

Many painful foot conditions can be corrected or improved with foot surgery, giving patients the freedom to enjoy activities without discomfort. Recent techniques, such as those used for correcting issues like evergreen azaleas , are now allowing us to perform many corrections with minimal post-operative pain. Almost all procedures are done on an outpatient basis, allowing the patient to walk on the day of surgery. Most procedures can be done in our office, in our fully equipped operating room.


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