Pacific Point Podiatry FAQs

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a foot doctor, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), who has specialized training to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the foot, ankle, and connecting parts of the lower leg. Some podiatrists are specially-trained foot and ankle surgeons who perform procedures from bunion correction to tendon repairs.

When should you see a podiatrist?

Podiatrists undergo years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making them uniquely qualified to treat all foot and ankle conditions, injuries, or trauma.

What to do before going to a podiatrist?

Here are a few things to keep in mind for your first podiatrist appointment:

  • Make a list of all your symptoms.
  • Make a list of all medications you are currently taking.
  • Bring a record of your medical history, including any surgeries you’ve had.
  • Bring your walking or exercise shoes if you have problems walking or exercising.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that gives the doctor easy access to examine your feet and lower limbs.

What conditions does Dr. Tea treat?

Dr. Tea treats the following foot and ankle conditions:

  • Amputation Prevention
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Callus, Corns, Warts
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Flat Feet in kids & adults
  • Foot Fractures
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Geriatric Foot Care
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel Pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Mole Removal
  • Neuropathy, Neuromas
  • Pediatric Foot Care
  • Plastic Surgery Techniques
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Scar Removal
  • Second Opinions
  • Soft Tissue Disorders
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Wounds

Can you help everyone?

No, we cannot help everyone. We can only help people who have a strong commitment to do what it takes to optimize their health. Complete and lasting results take time and commitment. An initial consultation can help you decide if we’re a good fit for your needs.

How much do appointments cost?

  • Consultations are based off of time which start at $450/hour. Everyone’s individual needs are different, so costs for procedures and treatments will be additional and discussed at the consultation. What makes us different is that you’ll never receive a surprise bill and will know the costs before treatment is rendered. 
  • If you have insurance, outside facilities such as pharmacies, labs and imaging centers will be billing to your insurance if it’s a covered service. You can learn more by contacting your insurance company. 

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. While we do offer a discount to those who can pay in full, we also have both in-house and outside financing options.

Do you accept insurance?

We are not contracted with any insurance companies. If you have a health savings account (HSA) or a flex spending account (FSA), you can utilize those funds for our services. Upon request, we are able to provide superbills for most office visits.

Do you work with people outside of Santa Cruz?

Yes! Telemedicine has made it possible to help more people. California residents are eligible to receive medical consulting services from Dr. Tea Nguyen but her medical license does not go beyond the state of California. Surgeries and procedures are performed on site at her office at 9500 Soquel Dr #A, Aptos, CA 95060 or at a local facility.

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