2022 Top Doctor: Todd Haddon, D.P.M.

Editorial StaffMarch 3, 2022
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Podiatry

Med School/Year Graduated: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, 1998

Years in Practice: 21

What’s the most common surgical procedure you perform as a podiatrist?

I do quite a bit of fracture care, fixing broken bones [because] people are increasingly active, leading to more injuries. I also treat chronic conditions and sports injuries such as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

You go on annual medical missions to El Salvador. Can you talk a bit about those experiences?

Since 2003 we have treated over 600 children in El Salvador, working with my partner, Dr. Todd Gunzy, who first introduced me to mission work in 2000. It’s an amazing opportunity to give back and help children in underserved parts of the world. We treat pediatric deformities such as clubfoot that would remain untreated without our involvement.

What are some traumatic injuries you’ve treated over the years? Any surprisingly common ones? Any jaw-dropping ones?

We’ve seen it all – especially over the past few years during the pandemic with people working out at home. The most common traumatic injuries I see are probably sprained and broken ankles. People can slip awkwardly and have surprisingly bad breaks. I [also] had a patient once show up to the ER after his dog had eaten off two of his toes. That was probably the most bizarre one!

What do you do to maintain your own foot and ankle health?

I try to wear good socks and shoes along with foot orthotics. Not everyone needs them, but good support can go a long way.

What kind of hobbies and interests do you have outside medicine?

My family and friends have called me a bit of a daredevil. I have been an avid snowboarder for 35-plus years and enjoy backcountry terrain as well as helicopter skiing. I also love the intersection of robotics and cars. I enjoy building radio-controlled cars and even working on actual cars.

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

I am an avid viewer of all the streaming platforms and am an admitted nerd for science-fiction and superhero content. I just finished the second season of The Witcher and Altered Carbon. I also grew up as a comic book enthusiast, and I am a diehard fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

Working in Silicon Valley, involved with product development or computer engineering at a place like Tesla. What a thrill it would be to invent and reimagine the future of automobiles.

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