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Podiatrist - Erie, Pennsylvania

DiFranco Family Foot Care, LLC

Welcome! Since 2006, Dr Joseph M. DiFranco, DPM has been caring for the foot care needs of the Erie community.  He currently is the Podiatric Physician and Surgeon at DiFranco Family Foot Care. Our doctor's experience in Podiatry is coupled with genuine concern for his patients. All of our staff is dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well. Our goal is to help you maintain healthy feet.

This website provides you with an overview of our practice and the field of podiatry. As you navigate the site, you'll find information about DiFranco Family Foot Care's practice philosophy, our physician, our office location, insurance policies, and appointment scheduling procedures. Please browse the site at your convenience and feel free to contact us with any questions. You can also request an appointment by clicking here.

You will find valuable information on the web site about foot problems, diagnoses, and treatments. We believe informed patients are better prepared to make decisions about their health and well-being. We encourage you to review this information to help you understand any health concerns you or your family may face.


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Meet Your Doctor

  • Joseph M. DiFranco, DPM, FACFAS, CWS-P

    Dr. DiFranco is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He relocated to Erie to join the Erie Physicians’ Network as a podiatric physician and surgeon in July of 2006.  He has practiced in Erie, PA since that time.  Dr. DiFranco calls Erie home and resides here with his wife and daughter. Dr. DiFranco welcomes you and your family to DiFranco Family Foot Care, LLC.

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  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)

    What Is PTTD?The posterior tibial tendon serves as one of the major supporting structures of the foot, helping it to function while walking. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is a condition caused by changes in the tendon, impairing its ability to support the arch. This results in flattening ...

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  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

    Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst. Because there are several potential ...

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  • Flexible Flatfoot

    What Is Flatfoot? Flatfoot is often a complex disorder, with diverse symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which have one characteristic in common: partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch.   Other characteristics shared by most ...

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  • Ganglion Cyst

    What Is a Ganglion Cyst? A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jellylike fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. The word “ganglion” means “knot” and is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that forms below the surface of the skin.   Ganglion cysts are among ...

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  • Webbed Toes

    Webbed toes (also known as syndactyly) is a rare condition seen in approximately one in 2,000 births. Those with this condition have two or more toes that are partially or fully joined by a flexible skin bridge.  Syndactyly most commonly affects the second and third toes, but it can occur between ...

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  • Weak Ankles

    Weak ankles may be a result of previous ankle injuries, but in some cases they are a congenital (at birth) condition. The ankles are sore, and “give way” easily while standing, walking, or doing other activities. When an ankle is injured, it may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Often, ...

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  • Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are usually due to improperly functioning valves within the veins. The veins typically appear prominent or look "raised."  The condition can cause swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet. The skin may become discolored due to leakage of blood into the surrounding tissues, and ulcers may ...

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  • Turf Toe

    What is Turf Toe? Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint resulting from injury during sports activities. The injury usually results from excessive upward bending of the big toe joint. The condition can be caused from either jamming the toe, or repetitive injury when pushing off repeatedly when running ...

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  • Toe Walking

    Toe walking, a condition in which a person walks on the toes or ball of the foot, is most often seen in young children learning to walk. A child who does not outgrow toe walking in early childhood should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon. Toe walking may be idiopathic (habitual) or it can be caused ...

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  • Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken Toes)

    The structure of the foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Of the 26 bones in the foot, 19 are toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones (the long bones in the midfoot). Fractures of the toe and metatarsal bones are common and require evaluation by a specialist. ...

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Located in the West Ridge Commons

Just East of Colonial Ave at 3939 W Ridge Rd

Business Office Hours

Office is closed for lunch 12-1 pm

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed