Dr. Justin Franson’s idyllic childhood, growing up in New England, hiking the Appalachian Trail, fishing rivers and streams and eating wild berries all summer long instilled a joy of life that he maintains to this day.
It was during this time in Maine that Dr. Franson began a lifelong love of sports, running cross-country and playing basketball. He grew up with enough people to form a basketball team, with eight siblings and his parents. Medicine certainly runs in his family, as half his siblings are involved in various aspects of healthcare.
After studying accounting and then leaning toward a physical therapy at Brigham Young University, Dr. Franson decided to pursue podiatry as his career. He then attended the School College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago and supported himself by toiling at a number of part-time jobs until he got his degree. It was during this time he learned how to balance hard work and a busy life. When not working or attending school, the future doctor enjoyed “a lot of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza.”
Upon graduation in 2001, Franson accepted a three-year residency program at the Greater Los Angeles VA and UCLA County Hospital. His residency-training program included a lot of time in the hospital, emergency room, clinics, and operating room.
Dr. Franson specializes in several areas including total ankle replacement and sports medicine. Treating athletes and weekend warriors like himself brings him a lot of joy. “I love being able to provide true relief to the physical problems that people come see me about. I am one of those people who truly enjoy the personal interactions with my patients.”
His family, complete with four children, keeps him and his wife busy with numerous sports and activities. Dr. Franson, a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, is also an active member of the community, donating time and resources to a number of local organizations, clubs and teams.
Like his kids, Dr. Franson is active too, running marathons, triathlons, hiking, basketball, and golf. He says, “These activities continue to give me new and valuable insights into different sports injuries and the mindset of those of us who love to participate in them.”
Podiatrist Dr. Franson is available for patient consultations at University Foot and Ankle Institute in Valencia California.
Angela and her daughter are both patients of Dr. Franson. In this video she discusses their experience at University Foot and Ankle Institute.
I had my first experience with this office earlier this week. Dr. Franson spent ample time with me, and was very attentive to my concerns and questions. I especially appreciated his relaxed, but thorough, way of deali...
Dr. Franson and Dr. Yau are GREAT. I've referred my daughter and will continue to refer patients. I called Dr. Franson on Labor Day evening and he answered, took the time to talk to me and gave me direction as to seei...
Enjoyed getting the left foot bunion done so much (LOL), I went back and had the bunion on my right foot removed on Sept.28 ! This recovery has been even faster than on the left foot as we religiously (thanks to my w...
After years of chronic plantar fasciitis I'd given up running, stopped going to the park with my kids and couldn't dance with my wife. Grocery shopping meant icing my feet afterwards. I had been to 3 other podiatrists...
I found Dr. Franson for a second opinion, after seeing an orthopedic specialist who misdiagnosed me and was about to cut my foot and ankle open. Dr. Franson put me at ease and ordered the appropriate MRI, which the ot...
Dr. Justin Franson, Suzanne and Jasmine are awesome!!
I am 4 weeks post surgery now and just got my cast off today. Dr. Franson is the BEST foot specialist I have ever been to. He is extremely kind, he's caring and compassionate. He truly cares about his patients and has...
Dr Franson took me right in. I asked for an emergency appt, and he got me right in. I fractured my ankle, and he took good care me. I've been a regular patient.
I had a bad break on my 5th metatarsal when I was out of state. I called Dr. Franson's office as soon as I came back home. The office staff was great and got me right in. Dr Franson was amazing and took great care of...