Meet Dr. Justin Franson: Achilles Doctor Serving Valencia

Dr. Justin Franson, Achilles Doctor

Dr. Franson is a board-certified podiatric foot, ankle, and Achilles doctor as well as a clinical instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine.  He is an attending surgeon who teaches residents and students each week at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.  He is very active in sports, including triathlons, marathons, basketball, golf, skiing, boating and wakeboarding.  His personal interest in athletics feeds naturally into his focus in sports medicine. He is a sponsor of the Santa Clarita Marathon and the Santa Clarita Tri Club. He primarily serves our Valencia Achilles Center.

Dr. Justin Franson's Qualifications


  • Brigham Young University
  • Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center (Residency)
  • Olive View / UCLA Medical Center (Residency)
  • Century City Hospital (Residency)


  • Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery, American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • Santa Monica - University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
  • Providence Summit Surgery Center
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
  • Beverly Hills Surgery Center
  • Motion Pictures Hospital

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Association


  • Podiatrist – University Foot and Ankle Institute


  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

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I am so grateful to have found you. I was dealing with so much pain and frustration for a lack of diagnosis. You have been very patient with me and all my questions and concerns. I appreciate how you take the time to sit down and talk. You are very good at what you do and I think it is important for you to know.

Thanks again,
Brittania ....


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