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Dr. Richard Blake

Podiatry
San Francisco, CA
46 years experience male

Locations

Center For Sports Medicine

San Francisco, CA

Address

900 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(415) 353-6401

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross of California

Richard L Blake, DPM

About

Bio

I am a Podiatrist and have practiced sports medicine and biomechanics for 32 years. I have a podiatry blog that goes over my treatment philosophy at www.drblakeshealingsole.com. I love to educate and have taught sports medicine at the local podiatry school for 14 years total. I will accept inbox consults only for HealthTap patients. Please feel free to email me to start a relationship. Dr Rich Blake

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Podiatry

Sports Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

165 Answers
13 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Ignore: Heel Pain can be a variety of sources with only one being plantar fasciitis so look at other options.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
The: The first phase of any sports injury is the immobilization/anti-inflammatory phase. Listen to it!
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Achilles Tendon Surg: It can be. Too many factors involved, but the goal in rehab is 110% strength. The opposite side is what it is compared to and functionally accomplishi... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Bunion and Pronation: Definitely sneakers have a higher heel than regular shoes shifting the weight onto the bunion easier. However, sneakers in general limit the overprona... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Ankle Imaging: If your ankle hurts, and not responsive to treatment, mri, ct, or bone scans are common ways to look at the tissues involved. Many subtle injuries can... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Nervous Overload: It is hard to know if the foot is connected to the chest symptoms. The lower extremity nervous overload sounds like you have back issues with radiculo... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Timing Cardio: Every body is different i found in when to do cardio. I am best in the am physically, although it takes me much long to warm up. Others are much bette... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Post Achilles Surg: After you injure your achilles tendon, with all the time leading up to surgery, and then the surgery, you have tremendous weakness that settles into t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Big Toe Pain: There are so many causes. You first check if the pain is coming from the big toe joint or the lesser joint by the toenail by moving these joints. Then... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Burning Legs: Burning in the legs can be from sciatic nerve radiation pain (from a back problem) or DVT (blood clot). Both of these should be worked up and you shou... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Inside Ankle Pain: You must make a diagnosis first. Please see a podiatrist or orthopedist to place a label on it, then the correct treatment can be started. You can exp... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Fitness Program: When designing a fitness program, you have to look at the overall health of the patient and find a safe starting point. The program should have some c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Ankle Trauma: When exactly did the problem come on with the Ankle Trauma? Was there any pulmonary function testing done? This is not something to ignore.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Foot Swelling: Foot swelling could be from inadequate venous return, kidney issues, inactivity, and many other mechanical foot issues. Definitely work on the kidney... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Shin Bruise: These bruises to the shin are normally not bone, but dried fluid, scar, and blood. It is important to massage them with an ice cube for 5-10 minutes t... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Quantity of Push Ups: As a podiatrist, I emphasize a 3 time a week gradual progressive strengthening program for the feet, ankles, and lower extremity. I assume that this w... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Tarsal Tunnel : As a podiatrist, when treating a patient with tarsal tunnel syndrome, i need the help of a pain management specialist for 2 reasons while I am working... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Feet and Basketball: With the start of a new sport can come the pain of adjusting muscles and joints to the activity. Definitely, if you have played basketball before with... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Foot Pain: It could be about anything. The first part of any examination is the history. How did this come on? Gradual or sudden. Is there swelling or other diff... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Marathon Training: If you are between seasons, you should only run 3 days per week. Make the two shorter runs during the week and a longer run on the weekend. Make the s... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Indentation Painless: Noticing an indentation in your leg that was not here before should be evaluated by an orthopedist or podiatrist. They will see if it has any serious ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
No easy answer: There are both positive and negative aspects of running in minimalist shoes. I have attached the link to my blog on this topic which i hope will help.... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Metatarsal Cushion: Some of our patients need that extra room in their shoes because the big toe sticks up too much. Try a spenco insert for that extra cushion but cut ou... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Gout Inflammation: There is no one perfect anti-inflammatory for him. See what has worked with his body chemistry in the past. If it is advil, (ibuprofen) great, if not,... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Drop Foot and Tennis: Yes, but it takes a good drop foot brace, marked changes in technique, and patience. You will naturally substitute for the weak muscles, potentially c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Headaches and Toes: I would definitely see a neurologist to see if there is some problem affecting the motor area of your brain. Dr rich blake.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Pulled Muscle Leg: When you "pull" a muscle in your leg, you have either a grade i, ii, or iii strain of that muscle. Grade i is an overstretch of the muscle and needs i... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Knees and Feet: The foot bones connected to the ankle bone, etc etc. When you land on the ground, what you are wearing influences the stresses going up your leg. I sp... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Multiple Joints: Typically with multiple joint involvement we have our patients start with a rheumatologist to check if there is systemic arthritic involvement. Your p... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Low Back with Foot : Arthritis is a rare cause of numbness. The numbness/pain you describe in your right big toe is normally related to an L4 nerve root irritation. Seek a... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Mass Unknown Foot: You definitely want to have someone check any masses of unknown origin (like dropping something on your foot). Sometimes these are ganglions, but they... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Muscle vs Joint Pain: It can be very difficult at times to differentiate these two sources of pain since joint pain can produce surrounding muscle pain, but muscle pain doe... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is a stress on the ligament under the arch that attaches at the heel. The treatment should consist of arch support (transfer on weig... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Optimize Health: I work in the world of sports medicine, but find only 1/4 of my patients who work out have an athletic personality. Athletes really honor their body f... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Sore after Exercise: It is very common as we push ourselves to have soreness after exercise. One of the earliest lessons athletes need to learn is what is good pain and wh... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Ankle Sprain: Of course you can take an aleve (naproxen). Alcohol and narcotics do not match up well, but aleve (naproxen) or advil are fine. Dr Rich Blake
A male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Bottom Foot Holes: There is a condition you may have called Pitted Keratolysis that matches your description. Here is a link. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/105... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Big Toe Joint Pain: I am assuming that it is pressure from the shoe. Try to skip the front eyelet over the big toe area. Also try to get some padding material that you ca... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Rocker Bottom Feet: Rocker Bottom Feet are feet that bend abnormally in the middle of their feet . Once the heel lifts off the ground, the weight should go forward to the... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
In: In rehabilitating achilles tendon injuries, the athlete must be able to do 50 one sided toe raises.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Bleeding Uncontrol: You definitely need to go to an er where they will clean up the wound, assess for deeper problems (?Mri), and put a coagulant on it like prothrombin p... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Thorn in Heel: Definitely you want to have that removed if possible. Make an appointment as soon as possible for thorns can harbor bacteria, plus the bacteria on you... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Meaning of Warmth?: Warm is always associated with inflammation. If she is not experiencing pain, she is staying below the level of tissue injury. Her body is getting hea... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Spider Veins: What you are describing is called telangiectasias or spider veins. I have attached the link to wikipedia for you. Typically benign, but a visit to a v... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Lymph Nodes Feet: Good question!! I believe the closest lymph node to the feet is the popliteal nodes at the back of the knee. Dr Rich Blake
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Cold and Foot Pain: I wish i knew. What are the possibilities for cold body temperature to foot pain? I can think of some vascular variation like raynaud's which could af... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Calf Strain: Standing is perhaps the worse activity for our bodies. It takes constant work of our calf muscles to hold up upright and prevent falling, or at least,... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Toe Numbness: Numbness is a symptom of the nervous system. The numbness means that there is abnormal pressure on the nerve somewhere along the track from the low ba... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Sore on Foot: See if you can take a photo to send to a podiatrist in the Concierge program here at health tap. Is it growing? What does it look like? Have you tried... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
Podiatry 46 years experience
Training for a Tri: So, you have to do 3 sports. For most swimming is the hardest challenge. What is yours? Start of course with the sprint level Tri and 3 times per week... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Blake is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Blake is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you so much, but I have not injured my toe in any way. I was just walking down my hallway. Even now, almost two weeks later, I still feel something flapping around inside my toe.
HealthTap member
No the cramp was just once then the swollen vain appeared and the swallen started to disappear now..and no no no so i guess i have nothing to fear thank you viry much doctor :D
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! TY for answering my ?.. It looks like I have Fred Frinston feet. COPD?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

California College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

California Podiatric Hospital
Completed 1981

Awards

Top Podiatrist, Second Place, California - Summer
2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, San Francisco Region - Spring
2016
Top Podiatrist, First Place, California - Spring
2016

Affiliations

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
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