Dr Ratcliff Gives Covid-19 Footcare Advice:

Dr. James Ratcliff, Chief of Podiatry Services at Stanford Hospital, has been the premiere Bay Area podiatrist treating foot and ankle injuries for over 30 years. Dr. Ratcliff is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. What sets Dr. Ratcliff apart from others are his top notch diagnostic skills. He is able to quickly diagnose your condition on the spot, thanks to years of expertise and his ability to ask the right questions.

Dr. Ratcliff is committed to providing state-of-the-art care, from simple to complex. Preventive medicine is a huge part of his practice. Dr. Ratcliff offers excellent advice on appropriate shoegear, as well as stretching exercises and icing techniques. His goal is to diagnose and treat lower extremity conditions effectively so you can get back " in the game " as soon as possible. His practice participates in most insurance plans. We accept cash, checks and medical insurance as payment. We currently participate only in Stanford HMO plans.


Dr. Jim Ratcliff crosses the finish line of the 2017 Santa Cruz Triathlon.


Surfing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


2009 Boston Marathon.

Swift Therapy Treatment for Warts

Have you experienced Plantar Warts?


Plantar warts on the sole of the foot are typically painful as the pressure from walking and standing forces them to grow into your skin. Underneath the skin, the wart can have finger-like roots, making them very difficult to treat effectively from the surface.

Why should you choose Swift?


Highly effective technology delivers low dose microwave energy through a specialized probe and treats the underlying HPV virus by stimulating a natural immune response in the body. In other words, we address the root cause; not the symptom.

What to expect from treatment:


Swift protocol involves between 3 and 4 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart aligning with the body’s natural immune cycle. Each treatment lasts only 5-10 minutes. Includes limited debridement, no breaking of the skin, no bandages.

Interested in learning more about this cutting-edge wart removal treatment? Click here!

Innovative Shockwave Treatment

Dr. Ratcliff is the one of the few podiatrists in the Bay Area to offer innovative Shockwave treatment for foot and ankle injuries, including plantar fasciitis. No injections, no surgery! Shockwave, or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®), is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method. This procedure is relatively painless and usually provides immediate relief for Achilles tendonitis and many other soft tissue injuries.

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What is Shockwave?

This cutting edge technology is based on a unique set of sound waves that enhances blood circulation and accelerates the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.

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Treatment Description and Frequency

This in-office procedure typically takes five to ten minutes. Proper treatment cycle usually requires three to six treatments, done on a weekly basis.

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Application of Shockwave Treatment

Shockwave is a well-tolerated repetitive pressure pulse. Benefits include increased blood circulation, allowing faster recovery time from injury. EPAT can be used to treat Plantar Faciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and general tendon/joint pain.

Get Started with Shockwave Therapy Today

Dr. Ratcliff works out of his Los Gatos location 8:00am-4:30pm Monday/Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm Thursday and Menlo Medical Clinic Tues/Weds 8:30am-4:30pm, and Thursday 1:30-4:30pm.

    Services Offered...

  • Corrective Surgery
  • Bunions, hammertoes, spurs, ingrown nails, ganglions, corns, and metatarsal disorders.

  • Non-Invasive Shockwave Treatment - More Info
  • Swift Therapy Wart Treatment - More Info
  • Sports Medicine
  • Plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, stress fractures, leg fatigue, and mechanical/structural imbalances.

  • Orthotics
  • Custom supports to fit your shoes. These inserts hold your feet in their neutral position to allow optimum function and comfort.

  • Alcohol Sclerosis Injections
  • Nonsurgical, injection treatment for neuromas and stump neuromas.

  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Sprains, fractures, and infections.

  • Platelet Enriched Plasma - More Info
  • For treatment of foot and ankle tendinopathies.

  • In-Office, Surgery Center, and Hospital-Based Surgery
  • Outpatient and ambulatory surgical care.

  • Second Opinions
  • Conservative, reconstruction.

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Client Testimonials

Dr. Ratcliff recently treated my plantar fasciitis with the Non-Evasive Shockwave Treatment. I've had 2 treatments so far and the pain has greatly decreased. I've been dealing with pain of fasciitis for months. I'm finally feeling a huge relief. Dr. Ratcliff is patient and kind. He's very knowledgeable. I'm so happy to have found relief from a great doctor and treatment!

- Kelly O.

My son saw Dr. Ratcliff for ingrown toenails, and he was compassionate and very helpful.  He wasn't in a hurry like most doctors to get in and out.  He explained the cause of the problem and how to prevent it.  His calm demeanor put my son at ease.  I highly recommend him.

- Brooke O.

First, instead of prescribing expensive orthotics (where he would be making money) Dr. Ratcliff told me to get Superfeet. Then he referred me to a physical therapist close to where I lived for the "graston" technique.

- Jenay K.