Foot specialist located in San Francisco

Dr. Nicole Cates is a board-qualified, fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon with years of training dedicated to foot and ankle pathology. Prior to practicing in San Francisco, Dr. Cates completed her fellowship at University of Maryland. There she specialized in complex foot and ankle conditions including Charcot neuroarthropathy, pediatric clubfoot, limb lengthening and complex deformity correction under the direction of a highly regarded faculty of fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons.

Dr. Cates did her residency training at Georgetown University Hospital, where she trained with world renowned plastic surgeons and foot and ankle specialists. She received extensive training in diabetic limb salvage, sports medicine, trauma surgery, deformity correction. She is trained to treat any foot and ankle pathology while treating the entire patient with their specific needs.

Dr. Cates maintains an active involvement in research and has been published several times in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, advising on surgical outcomes in Charcot reconstruction and diabetic limb salvage, among other innovative surgical techniques.


Dr. Nicole Cates is a partner of Hand and Microsurgery Medical Group in San Francisco

Specializing in high quality and compassionate treatment

The feet and ankles bear an incredible amount of stress throughout our lives. No matter what your lifestyle or profession calls for, even the slightest problem with your feet or ankles can become magnified to the point of interference with quality of life. Dr. Nicole Cates specializes in delivering high quality individualized care, to a wide range of injuries, deformities and other problems related to the feet and ankles at any age and level of physical activity.

Delivering customized care for each patient, Dr. Cates will evaluate your condition and needs on an individual basis and will recommend surgical methods only when more conservative treatment options have been exhausted. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco foot and ankle specialist.


Expertise and focus are our only way

Dr. Cates uses her extensive training and experience to diagnose and treat foot and ankle deformities, ailments and sports related injuries. From arthroscopic joint surgery, minimally-invasive surgery, and advanced reconstructive surgery, Dr. Cates and her team will utilize only the most advanced techniques and effective treatments.

Her focus is on a comprehensive approach to diagnose and manage your condition, in all regards, with clinical and surgical treatment, ensuring you regain complete mobility in your ankle & foot as safely and quickly as possible. Dr. Cates has extensive training in foot and ankle surgical reconstruction, and you can trust her for highly customized treatments and timely care.

Dr. Cates and her team offer you the care you need to treat any of the following conditions:

  • Foot and ankle sprains and fractures
  • Tendon and ligament tears
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Deformity reconstruction
  • Arthritis care
  • Flatfoot/PTTD
  • High arch foot / Cavus Foot
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth
  • Charcot neuroarthropathy
  • Pediatrics: Clubfoot / Metadductus / Congenital vertical talus
  • Plantar fasciitis / heel pain
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Minimally invasive treatment: PRP injections / Arthroscopic surgery
  • Limb length discrepancy

Who Is Eligible for Foot Surgery?

Any person who experiences intense pain, limitations to daily activities, loss of mobility or function can seek advice about surgery. Dr. Nicole Cates will first consult with you to understand your unique medical requirements. They will analyze your medical history and decide whether surgery is the best option for you or not.

When should you consider foot surgery?

Surgery is considered once the provider and patient have decided together that the conservative and non-operative treatments have been exhausted. If non-operative treatments fail to provide relief of symptoms and allow for return to daily activities, surgery can be considered.

Schedule a consultation

Our medical group was created to foster an atmosphere of kindness and individual attention, where extraordinary skills are at the forefront of our surgical techniques to address podiatric ailments and deformities, to help you regain your ability to lead an active and pain-free existence.

Dr. Cates understands how stressful the experience can be and she works with you to help you understand how each treatment will be administered. She will focus on using non-surgical treatments first to limit risk and improve recovery.

Dr. Cates is characterized by her gentle and empathetic nature and her professionalism. You can trust your podiatric health to her hands.