Frequently Asked Questions
What are your business hours?
What insurance plans do you accept?
- Most PPO insurance plans
- Some HMO’s including MHAP (Mission Hospital Associated Physicians), Mission Heritage Medical Group, CHOC health alliance (Children’s Hospital of Orange County), and Regal Medical Group
- Workers Compensation cases
- We also accept cash patients
Do you accept new patients?
Yes. We try to accommodate urgent appointments (same day) as best as possible during business hours especially for fractures or trauma of the foot & ankle.
What is a QME?
The practical purpose of the California QME system is to offer timely evaluations of workers’ compensation claims that are being disputed by the injured worker or the insurance carrier.
What are common problems that SCFAS treat?
- Achilles tendon ruptures/tendonitis
- Ankle sprain
- Ankle & foot fractures
- Ankle & foot pain
- Arthritic & Rheumatoid feet
- Arthroscopy of the ankle
- Bunions & hammertoes
- Calcaneal apophysitis
- Calcaneal valgus
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- Ingrown toenails
- Injuries of the foot & ankle
- In-toeing/Met Adductus
- Pediatric foot deformities
- Plantar fasciitis
- Reconstructive surgery
- Second opinions
- Pediatric and Adult Sports related injuries
- Trauma of the foot & ankle
- Work-related injuries (Workers Comp)
Do you need a referral?
It depends on your insurance. If you have a PPO or medicare, you do not need a referral. However, if you have an HMO (such as MHAP, CHOC, or Regal) then you will need to ask your primary care physician/pediatrician to submit a referral specifically for Dr. Spencer, Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Nguyen for you to be able to be seen.
What Should I bring with me to my appointment?
- Driver’s License or a valid ID
- Insurance information/card
- Referral letter (if applicable)
- Please bring x-ray images, CT or MRI scans on disk or printed films with the radiologist report and any other relevant information
- List of medications
In order to treat you and provide the best possible care, SCFAS doctors ask that you fill out the pre-registration forms prior to your appointment.
When do you start clubfoot treatment?
Sometimes prenatal diagnosis of clubfoot is made through ultrasound. SCFAS recommends pregnant women with prenatal clubfoot diagnosis to schedule a consultation before delivery. At this appointment the mother and family can meet Dr. Rodriguez and be educated and prepared for what to expect as well as discuss the treatment plan.
If the diagnosis is made after birth the family can call to schedule an appointment as soon as the child is born to start casting as soon as possible.
We also specialize in dealing with neglected clubfoot and adoptions. We welcome future parents who will adopt children with clubfoot to make a consultation before arrival of their child to also learn what to expect and be educated on the treatment plan. If this is not possible, a consultation can be made after the child is adopted and settled.
No matter how the diagnosis is made we are here to support you and let you know that congenital clubfoot is a treatable deformity. We take pride in offering a very personal approach treating all of our patients as family. Click here to learn more about clubfoot.