Dr. Brian McDowell, DPM

Dr. Brian McDowell, DPM

Podiatry  ·  
Male  ·  
76 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Brian McDowell, DPM is a podiatry specialist in Carmichael, CA and has been practicing for 47 years. He specializes in podiatry, sports medicine orthopedic joint reconstruction, and more.Read his story

McDowell Orthopedics and Podiatry Group

6620 Coyle Ave Ste 202

Carmichael, CA 95608
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Postal Workers Union Health Plan
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Hill Physicians Medical Group
  • Humana
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • MVP Health Care

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. McDowell performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Diabetic Polyneuropathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Limb Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

Dr. McDowell's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. McDowell's bio

This content was provided by Dr. McDowell "I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and educated at the College of Idaho. Following premed I went to the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. I knew in the eighth grade that I wanted to be a physician and podiatry seemed to fulfill that desire. I took a two-year surgical residency in San Francisco at the California Podiatry Hospital with rotations at Highland Alameda Hospital in Oakland. I graduated with honors and in the top five of my class. I moved to Sacramento in 1975 and became the first podiatrist admitted to Mercy San Juan Hospital. I have served on numerous committees during my time at my location on Coyle Avenue. Fortunately I have been able to stay in the same location for all of my practice years. I became board-certified in several prestigious areas of podiatry and have maintained those certifications. Recently I have become very involved in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. This has been incredibly satisfying and today is a large part of my practice. Fortunately I am also in practice with Dr. Gavin Ripp and Dr. Steven Medawar and they are both highly skilled in Foot and Ankle Surgery. They also specialize in podopediatrics otherwise known as pediatric foot care, trauma, sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery. My wife and I have three wonderful children and now are blessed with five grandsons. Our time is consumed with family and friends."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. McDowell "When patient's arrive at our office they are escorted to the treatment rooms by a licensed medical assistant.  She in turn will take a complete history and physical and listen very carefully to the reason the patient's are there. It is very important for us to not only look at the foot, but the whole body as well. We believe in total health care when you come to our office. The medical assistant will then provide this information to the Dr. via the computer before the Dr. enters the room.

Each room is provided with a computer for medical education and handouts. We try to make sure that all of our patients are not only taken care of, but educated as well to their respective problem.  We find the more the patient knows about their own problems the more accountable they are in taking care of their problems in conjunction with the doctors diagnosis.  Education is of supreme importance in our office.

We also provide 24 hour emergency care as we have a doctor on call at all times. We have in office x-rays for those trauma patient's so that we can initiate care immediately. For our many diabetic patients we encourage them to call at any time because we find the earlier a diabetic is taken care of the better the results will be. We try to get all of these patients in the same day or within 24 hours. We also provide for our diabetics nutritional counseling via in house dietitians.  It is very important that we not only take care of the foot of our diabetics but their nutritional needs as well.

We have the most modern equipment available which includes complete electronic medical records that are available to the patient's at any time. We encourage our patient's to use our patient portal with any question they might have at any time and we strive to get back to them within 24 hours. We have ultrasonic visualization equipment along with digitalized x-ray made available in every treatment room. Four different types of lasers that are utilized in surgery, wound healing, treatment of fungus toenails and treatment of chronic injuries. We also have lasers available for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, pain and inflammatory injuries.  Electro/analgesia is a new computerized program specifically for peripheral neuropathy and has been very successful in the treatment and relief of this particular medical problem."

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25  Specialties

  • Podiatry
  • Adolescent Neurology
  • Adult & Pediatric Neurology
  • Adult Neurology
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Rehabilitation Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Metabolic Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Podiatry
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • Podiatry Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
  • Sports Neurology

2  Board Certifications

  • Foot Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Podiatric Medicine

47  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bunion
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Fractures
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Spur
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Inflammatory Neuropathies
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Neuromas
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Traumatic Injuries
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19  Procedures

  • Bunion Surgery
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Nail Avulsion and Excision
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Decompression and Repair
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthotic Treatment
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Ultrasound

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • College of Idaho
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1965
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Highland Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Highland Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Fellow Of The American Board Of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
    Other Education | Completed 1976
  • Fellow Of The Association Of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Fellow Of The American Board Of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, Fellow Of The American Board O
    Other Education | Completed 2010
  • Fellow Of The College Of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
    Other Education | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. McDowell has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. McDowell's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McDowell to family and friends
12 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (12)

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Dr. McDowell's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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