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I saw Dr. Stern after the office of my original podiatrist said they had no availability and were double booked. It turns out it was a good thing they were since it necessitated having tp find another one. Upon entering, I am happy to say that the secretary at the desk was super nice and friendly! I was seen with literally 0 wait time right away. Dr. Stern took the time to get a whole picture of my chief and secondary complaints. He conducted a thorough intake, history and exam. I was struck by the attention to detail he placed on reviewing the medical records and in the exam. By far, I would say Dr Stern has the best bedside manner I have ever come across in a medical provider. I never once felt rushed. He addressed all my concerns and questions. I found Dr. Stern to be extremely profession and courteous with multiple drcades worth experience and expertise. He got right to the source of the contributing factors causing my condition and the treatment to help it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED without reservation! Thank you Dr. Stern!!!
Fantastic! Dr. Stern was friendly, patient and professional. I would highly recommend.
Dr. Stern is great! Very helpful and very flexible in appointment times. Strongly recommended
Been seeing him for years. Great doctor with tons of experience.
He's the best in every way. Very expert, caring, and let's you know exactly what's needed for a full recovery. I have gone to him for 8 years now when I have had foot pain or ankle sprains. Not his fault I'm a klutz!
if you desire being lectured to as if you are an errant grade school student/juvenile delinquent for having problems booking appointments with Dr. Stern, then have at it with him. He will turn on you like Dr.Jekyll becoming Mr. Hyde no matter who's present when he goes off. He will ever so gladly off the cuff denigrate you before strangers in defense of a website that has its occasional glitches, but for which Dr. Stern seems to have more empathy than a returning patient standing in front of him and others suffering from excruciating foot pain. OF COURSE, I am THE ONLY PATIENT ever to have had difficulties navigating the Zocdoc.com website, especially with Dr. Stern's office that has one foot firmly planted in the 20th century with his receptionist booking appointments through hard copy pen on paper, and its other foot precariously finding its footing in a medical booking website that has (like ALL other websites heretofore known to humankind) its occasional hiccups. So, if you masochistically seek a foot doctor who will ever so spontaneously degrade and berate you in front of strangers, Dr. Stern is your kind of proximate full-fledged doctor (from the ankle down). I think that maybe podiatrists are not required to take the Hippocratic Oath after my latest experience with Dr. Stern.
knowledgeable about foot problem, explained cause and cure well
Awesome. Amazing doctor, great people skills, made me feel comfortable even though I was ashamed and anxious about my injury. Feel much better now physically and mentally.
Dr Stern was an ideal experience for seeing a specialist. All the forms I filled out before allowed me to be seen immediately after showing up. Dr Stern was very knowledgable and knew exactly what the issue I had with my toe was. He took the time to explain the situation and give me a few options for addressing the issue. Having been practicing in San Francisco for nearly 30 years, I always felt as though I was in good hands. Left feeling great that I knew what my toe injury was, and Dr Stern gave me his contact info encouraging me to stay in touch if any further issues arises. Highly recommended
He's super knowledgeable and makes you feel comfortable. He seriously healed my foot in a couple visits! I would recommend.
I was very impressed by Dr. Stern. He explained my problem in detail, cast orthotics to fix it, and also taped up my foot so I could function in the meantime. He took the time to explain everything. I found my new podiatrist.
Dr. Stern is perfect. Knowledgeable, and takes the time to help you. Sure the office is out dated and needs a makeover, but we are dealing with feet, so who cares? I just want a doctor that cares and knows what they are doing, that's Dr. Stern.
He is very straight forward and no nonsense, but get the job done!
Very professional and knowlegeable
Knowledgeable and down to earth. He was able to offer a diagnosis and treatment with future options if needed. I will definitely return if needed.
Dr.Stern is very skilled and compassionate. He also has a great sense of humor and can put you at ease immediately. I highly recommend him!
Office was messy and disorganized. Doctor made me extremely uncomfortable with several borderline inappropriate remarks
Doctor Stern was great and very helpful with my injury.
Dr. Stern is amazing! He spent over an hour with me taping my foot and creating a temporary orthotic insert to help my injury heal. Great guy with an great sense of humor.
Extremely knowledgeable. You can tell he loves his work and goes beyond in terms of helpfulness and explanation. Wonderful bedside manner, kind demeanor with dry sense of humor. Would recommend!
Dr. Stern is an adept podiatrist who's also great at communicating and hearing exactly what your concerns may be. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a caring, more than merely competent, and also a humorous doctor who has your best health interests at heart.
Dr. Stern is a GREAT podiatrist and just plain good guy! I feel very fortunate to have been treated by him, and HIGHLY recommend him for being very skilled as well as possessing an intelligently witty sense of humor. In addition to Dr. Stern's great attributes, his receptionist, Pinky, at his Hyde Street office is friendly and helpful in a very professionally effective manner. Indeed, I recommend without reservation seeking treatment with Dr. Stern for all of foot problems!
Hes very understanding and has a good bedside or patient understanding for patients
Dr. Stern is the best. He totally fixed my problem.
Great attitude and a master in the art of foot care.
Spent a lot of time with me to make sure that I knew what to do to make my foot pain go away, and scheduled follow up appointment to check in. Very quick diagnosis of what was wrong and quick identification of what to do to make it better! See a foot doctor!! Dr. Stern was awesome!
The doctor seems knowledgeable and passionate about ensuring positive outcomes for his patients. However, his office is very poor with time management. I decided to find another doctor because I made to wait for so long both times I came for an appointment here.
Excellent ! Unexpectedly pleasant encounter with normal human being with nice sense of humor. I ll see you again!
He's a very eccentric personality. I would not say that his practice broadcasts "medical professional" so much as "Hey! I have a story for you."
Dr. Stern had great bedside manner and was super friendly and had some good suggestions for managing my foot pain. I am heading back to him to get fitted for custom orthodics, which I hope will really be helpful.
Awesome doc. Wish his expertise was in all areas aloft medicine so I didn't have to use others. The man and his assistant are very professional. Generous and kindness. Older building which he practices in is warm and cozy. Thank doc, I appreciate everything you do for
Dr Stern is very thorough - no stone was left unturned in examining my foot, physiology and structure.
Dr stern has resolved most of my foot issue so now I'm expanding my physical activity and back in 6 weeks to see how that goes. I am very pleased.
Dr. Joseph Stern is a very great doctor. Very personal doctor who knows what he is doing. He listened to my problems with a solution. He explains throughly on what's going on and dumbs it down for you if needed. I definitely recommend him and I will be coming back in the future.
Extremely friendly doctor and patient at explaining all the details of his diagnosis.
I did not like that he called my situation boring. As a professional, you have to take every case serious and show that you care about why the person came in to see you. He has no idea what psychological associations one might have with the current issue they are seeking help for. So, he shouldn't take anything lightly or dismiss it as an important case. If my case does not excite him, he should not offer services for such cases. I did joke with him during the session because I did not want to come off confrontational with him during my time there, but I was not amused by his lack of interest.
Great! Great communication and bedside manner and solved my issues
Great appointment. I like Dr Stern and my foot is feeling good after I received my orthotic. Waited only 10 mins but I was late. Able to use wifi so could work.
Real bright guy -- was a pleasure being served by him and I was back on my feet running again in no time. Adam
So thankful for Dr Stern and his quick service -- very personable and knowledgable. He knew right away what was bothering me and how to fix it, and he immediately started treatment as opposed to making me schedule another appointment. Left his office feeling much better than when I entered!
Approachable and cheerful, on time, and spends a good amount of time with patient. Dr.Stern remembered my name even after meeting me the first time.
Dr. Stern was very friendly and very professional. I felt very at easy talking to him and asking questions. He was a pleasure to work with.
Wonderful doctor. A privilege to be treated by him.
I was quite pleased. He really knows how to treat the problem
If you have any foot problem or even think you do-don't bother looking for any other doctors/comparing any other doctors. I did that, and Dr. Stern was the best and still is the best. In fact, he cured my foot pain! He's very attentive and is an expert in his field. Go see him and you won't regret it, in fact you'll be on your way to recovery.
Best appt I've had in a long time .
Dr. Stern is unusual. I have never had a doctor spend that much time. He is very old school but he seems to know what he is doing. My foot felt much better after the taping. I am going to see him again but I will plan for more time given it took almost 90 minutes of face to face time
Dr Stern is my favorite doctor I have ever had out of all the different types of doctors there are. He is friendly, cares, listens, and is pretty funny. He has helped my ankle, feet, and beyond - plantar fasciitis was like a piece of cake for him. I am now wearing super amazing orthotics that I cant even feel. Highly recommend!
Dr. Stern was prompt, personal and professional. He made my son feel at ease while undergoing minor surgery. He was very patient and used lots of humor. He also made sure that my son's toe was fully anesthetized before performing the surgery. And he gave us all the supplies needed for care of his wound for the next few days, saving us a trip to the pharmacy. He's a kind, gentle and thorough doctor. His secretary is also very kind and there was plenty of parking near Dr. Stern's office. As a physician, myself, I am very pleased and grateful of his care of my son.
I took my son there for treatment but he treated my leg as well once I told him that I have the same problem. What I nice doctor!
I just had another follow-up with Dr. Stern to tweak the custom orthotics he made for me. His attention to detail is amazing and I never thought walking would ever be this comfortable again.
Very knowledgeable and friendly, and took the time to ask me a lot of questions in order to understand the source of the issue. Explained in detail what my issue was and gave me a good idea of what I need to do to cure the problem and avoid having it in the future.
Very very good doctor! Strongly recommend.
Very good natured, and knowledgeable. Made me feel comfortable with a rather uncomfortable procedure, and even gave me a follow-up call afterwards to personally ask how I was feeling.
I always learn what's going on in my foot when I visit Dr. Stern. He spends the time to explain every possibility and how he plans to deal with it. He has made me pain free and helped restore my function. And he cares about my progress. I strongly recommend him.
Dr Stern is one of the nicest doctors I have ever met! He was very funny, warm, and thorough. I felt like he really cared about making me get better, and offered a bunch of different options for contacting him to get feedback on shoes I am considering buying etc. He was running late, so I did wait about 40 min for my appointment. But, once my appointment started I could see that it was because of how much time and care he gives to each patient. Ever feel like your doctor is rushing you through a 15 minute appointment so fast that you don't even have time to explain what is wrong? This is the first time in a long time that I have NOT felt like that, and it was great! He spent plenty of time talking with me and even having me walk up and down the hall to observe my gait. Overall great experience - worth the wait!
Ankle feels 100% better! Thanks Dr Stern
All these five stars can't be wrong...and they're not. An amazing doctor with 30 years of solving the toughest of foot problems and a genuinely nice guy. Class act and highly endorsed.
Way too sarcastic and too familiar, and condescending.
Dr. Stern is absolutely wonderful. He spent close to two hours with me evaluating my feet and gait. He really took the time to explain to me so much of the why my body was doing what it was doing and the treatment is amazingly simple. I can't believe how much of a difference he has made for me at my first visit.
He is amazing...He was comical, informative, and patient. ..I would recommend him to anyone :)
Wonderful doctor and visit!!
I do not think a better doctor exists in San Francisco. Dr. Stern listens and he responds to questions. You want to get technical? He will oblige. Just want the basics? He'll tell you what's going on and how he's going to treat you. I always feel as though he has my undivided attention and he certainly has mine! I am glad I found him.
Dr. Stern was very friendly and took the time to understand my issue. He talked me through what is happening in terms that were easy for me to understand and made me feel comfortable that while it would take time to heal, I'll be back on my feet soon. He also answered all my questions in great detail. Really was a relief to find such a good doctor!
I was very happy with the service Dr Stern provided.
Always a pleasure! He took the time to find the right ankle support/taping for my pain after a few tries. Highly recommend!
The doctor was very thorough and answered all my questions.
We went to see him for my 12 year old daughter's ingrown toenail. He was very friendly and made her feel comfortable right away. Her toenail was treated and he was kind enough to bring us to the hospital pharmacy across the street to purchase a gel cap for her toe. Overall he was very kind, personable and professional with a great sense of humor. Thank you Dr. Stern.
Funny guy. Kept things light and entertaining. Oh and he knows a little something about foot pains too.
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Stern. He is quite possibly my favorite Dr. ever. I feel so at ease when I am in his office and he was very careful and considerate during what could have been a pretty painful procedure. He took time to make sure I was comfortable and also made me laugh multiple times which helped calm my nerves. I would definitely recommend him.
Knows his stuff! I've had all sorts of issues, from tendonistis, stress fractures, and even an ingrown toenail, and Dr. Stern got it all solved. Seriously, stop looking, go here.
Dr Stern was incredibly helpful and has helped get me on the road to recovery quickly for an injury over a year old. He spent time listening to the whole story, and explained how one injury led to a change in biomechanics that triggered other pain, all while making sure to explain any jargon clearly. He is incredibly friendly and thorough, not rushing you out the door before he really understands the problem and sets you up with the right treatment -- to the point that he sat on the hallway floor and watched me walk around to make sure that my "boot" was set up properly and then checked in through email that evening to make sure my pain had subsided. I'll definitely be sending anyone I know his way!
Dr. Stern is really one of the best podiatrist that I have seen. I am a diabetic and I do need help . He was professional and understanding. This website is a lifesaver.
It was quite possibly the best doctors visit I have had in quite some time. He was talkative, we chatted for a bunch and in the end my pain was resolved. A+, I would definitely recommend him to others.
Dr. Stern is wonderful! He takes time to really understand and fix whatever foot problem you have going on. He thinks outside the box and comes up with creative and helpful solutions! Thanks, Dr. Stern!
Dr. Stern is amazing. Before seeing Dr. Stern, I went through two years (and two different orthotics) of dealing with plantar fasciitis. After seeing Dr. Stern, he pretty much cured me within a week!
Awesome!!Very personable and really knows his stuff!!
Great Dr. very efficient visit
I was blown away by Dr. Stern's knowledge and passion for the work he does! I left my appointment feeling cared for not only as a patient but as a human being. Would highly recommend!!
Highly recommend. Passionate and knowledgable, Dr. Stern will take the time to make sure he treats you comprehensively and effectively, and is more than happy to explain what's going on every step of the way
Best foot Doctor in San Franciso
Doctor Stern knows how to do his job well. Having said that, I was highly offended by his bedside manner. He is EXTREMELY racist. Makes lewd remarks about foreign cultures all the time. Does not keep patient records and information confidential. To top it all he made a sexually colored remark at me at one of his appointments, which was not just awkward but highly offensive. On being told the same he did not apologize. I am not sure how he can afford to do any of the above. I wish a doctor of his talent had better bedside manners. If I could I would totally sue him for all of the above offenses.
Dr Stern was great! Very thoughtful, careful - took his time with my case and was very patient and totally focused.
Dr. Stern was great! Friendly, funny, and knowledgable, he made me feel very at ease during my appointment. You can tell he genuinely cares about his patients!
Good knowledge. Good care - with personal attention. Will be going back for all my podiatric needs.
He was great. Funny and took care of business. left there very satisfied with his work.
I've been having foot problems for 18 months. A doctor last year suggested surgery. Dr Stern described my problem to me in very clear terms, then demonstrated (with tape) how a orthotic would relieve my chronic pain. I couldn't be happier. Dr Stern is eccentric enough to spend time with his patients and enjoy helping them. Then he fixes the problem. What a refreshing approach!
Dr Stern is fantastic! He is very personable, explains everything very well, and has given me great service over the past 4 years.
Covered my fungus issue from A-Z. Good guy. Bob Patterson
Funny and engaging gentleman and he also was very helpful with a diagnosis about my foot. He takes his time to explain the symptoms and I left feeling confident that he had my best interets in mind. Very pleased with the visit.
Dr. Stern is a bit quirky (in a funny / good way), but he really cares about his patients and is extremely thorough. I highly recommend him.
I was very impressed with the doctor's level of expertise and my overall experience in the office. I am happy I have found him at a short notice and am looking forward to healing my foot and getting back to my normal activities.
He's a little quirky but definitely doesn't BS around and do things that will only result in further appointments. Good doctor.
Best doctor visit ever!
Very attentive, explained things well. Took time with me.
Friendly and knowledgable!
he was very caring and thorough. he took his time and was very gentle, concerned with my pain level. he gave me a more than fair price for the procedure, especially once he saw that i was paying out of pocket- not with insurance.
Very personable and helpful!
Dr. Stern has helped me so much with my foot pain and is fun to chat with as well. He really puts an effort into making you feel better.
So good, I rcommended him to my wife.
Great stuff. Very pleasant and knowledgable.
He was very helpful and informative- but took a little long explaining concepts and we swayed a little off of the main point why of why I was there.
I really enjoyed my visit with Dr. Stern! He's very knowledgeable, professional, and really spent a lot of time with me. Very different from the doctors I've seen in the past! I would highly recommend him!
He was very personable and treated me with care. Also made me feel confident that he will have me healed in no time!