Meet The Doctors

M. Joel Morse, DPM

Dr. Morse is a native of the Maryland area. He went to Paint Branch High School and on to Vassar College for a degree in Liberal Arts (Biology). He attended the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University and graduated in 1989. Dr. Morse pursued post-graduate training in podiatric surgery and diabetic foot care by attending the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Residency program in New Jersey.

Board Certified

Dr. Morse is Board certified in Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has practiced in Washington DC since 1991. He is on staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital 0 a Hopkins Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He is actively involved with the Podiatric Surgical Residency at that hospital. He is also on staff at Providence Hospital in Northeast Washington as well as the Burkland Surgery Center in Wheaton, Maryland for most elective surgery.

Dr. Morse is the president of the American Society Foot and Ankle Dermatology ( ( which strives to educate students, residents, and physicians on all skin and nail related diseases of the foot. He has published widely on many topics to include: diabetic foot care, sports medicine, vascular disease, and skin diseases. He maintains his close association with academic and professional communities to keep abreast of the latest advances in the field. He belongs to the following professional organizations:

  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedists
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Morse specializes in diabetic foot care and wounds of the lower extremity. He pursued additional training at Joslin Center for Diabetes.

Dr. Morse can see patients for a wide range of problems including bunions and hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown nails, mycotic nails, ulcers, infections, and foot trauma. Oh, and he will also see you for plain old tired feet!

He is on many insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid of DC, BCBSNCA, Capital Care, PHCS, MAMSI, Optimum Choice, and others. If there are any questions, please call the main office at 202-966-4811.


What are Bunions? A bunion—also called Hallux Valgus—is a bump that appears inside the foot, around the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint (near the big toe). This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the big foot. Left untreated, bunions can cause sever pain and even hinder walking abilities. Bunions are a common problem … Read more

Diabetic Foot Care

People with diabetes are much more likely to suffer nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections—all problems that directly affect the feet. The lack of feeling and poor blood flow caused by poor diabetes management can allow a small blister or wound to progress into a serious infection that could lead to amputation. Nerve damage—also called … Read more

Heel Spurs

What is a Heel Spur? A heel spur is calcium deposit located underneath the heel that causes small pieces of bone to protrude. Pain associated with heel spurs is often confused with another condition called plantar fasciitis—which refers to inflammation in plantar fascia ligament. A heel spur, on the other hand, is a piece of … Read more

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail—also referred to as onychocryptosis—is a common problem that occurs when the edges or corners of the nail grow into the skin next to the nail. When this happens, the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, which causes inflammation. This inflammation initially presents itself as a minor discomfort, but it could … Read more