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Experience the University Foot and Ankle Institute Difference

UFAI's co-directors discuss what makes their care and outcomes different than other treatment centers.

How's University Foot and Ankle Institute different than other podiatrists and orthopedic specialists?

 

Our friendly professionals never take a “cookie-cutter approach” to treatment — we carefully craft individual treatment plans that embrace each patients specific lifestyle. We are nationally recognized as one most technologically advanced providers of foot and ankle care and our success rate is among the very highest in the nation.

 

Our medical team is driven to get their patients back to their normal activities with the highest level of function, in the least amount of time, using the least invasive treatments possible.

Was very impressed with the professionalism of the entire office. Very courteous and knowledgeable nurses - prompt and gentle too. Ronald B.

University Foot & Ankle Institute, always forward thinking

 

When we opened the doors to our practice in 2003, our goal was to provide true leading edge care, from start to finish. Many of the forward-looking measures we installed 10 years ago, such as electronic medical records and low radiation digital x-rays, are only now becoming the norm. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and the latest diagnostic techniques, many of which we helped develop,  we also teach other doctors in our field how to use them

 

We have been a leader in the field of regenerative medicine for over 10 years. There is no foot and ankle practice that has more experience or success in the development and  use of human regenerative medicine. From platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy to cartilage replacement, we are the leaders in the field.

 

 

Patients gain from our experience

 

While other practices advertise “the latest and greatest,” we’ve been researching and performing these techniques for years. As a result, we have superior experience in evaluating what procedures will give you the outcome that matches your individual lifestyle.

 

Our physicians are sought after to participate in leading-edge research throughout North America and Europe. This experience, combined with UFAI’s personalized approach to care, will help you select your best medical option.

 

We take great pride in furthering the quality of foot and ankle care for everyone. Our doctors have trained more Southern California podiatrists on the latest procedures and modalities than anyone else.

 

Being at the leading edge of foot and ankle treatment, we are continually participating in studies designed to improve patient procedures, techniques, and products. As a recognized leader, our group has lectured in almost every state in the country, as well as around the world. We’ve written the book, literally, on foot and ankle surgery, as well as authoring over 300 journal publications. Other doctors visit our offices to learn from our physicians. We also provide free lectures to the public through UCLA Health System.

 

 

Timely, efficient and patient care

 

When you call us, our friendly staff picks up on the first or second ring, and in most cases you will not have to wait more than a day or two for an appointment.  For the convenience of our patients, we have our own digital x-ray, MRI, and ultrasound equipment at many of our locations. We even have our own top-rated physical therapy practice.

 

As our patient, your well-being is always foremost in our mind. For example, with MRIs of the foot and ankle, insurance companies reimburse us a flat rate based on four views or “images.” But because we have our own equipment, we can afford to take six to ten images (which is what we consider a full study) so you receive more images than your insurance pays for, and we get better diagnostic information to improve your outcome.

 

Our nine locations are affiliated with the most modern surgical centers in Southern California. It is vital that you have the right equipment and support staff in conjunction with the best medical skill. Health care is a team effort and having a direct partnership with a surgery center puts us in a position to ensure you get the best care, period.

 

Please call 877-989-9110, or click here to request a consultation online so that we can discuss your situation.

  • CustomerSure
    Thank you for taking such good care of me.
    Catherine C.
  • ZocDoc
    Great podiatrist and great staff.
    MIchele M.
  • CustomerSure
    My experience with UFAI has been nothing but positive! Your staff is truly responsive and very customer-oriented. My surgery experience was equally positive! Wonderful nurses and staff! I have actually recommended UF...
    Barbara S.
  • CustomerSure
    This was my first operation and everything was managed really well. Dr. Baravarian is someone I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
    Diane M.
  • I hesitated to see a doctor because I thought I would be told to stop running... when I saw Dr. Franson, I got encouragement instead of discouragement. Suzanne at Physical Therapy not only got rid of the pain, but sh...
    Kerri
  • Yelp
    I'm an R.A patient and I was 24 yrs old when I was diagnosed, so I developed feet deformities due to my illness. The joint damage was so severe that I could no longer wear normal  shoes. All I was able to wear was a ...
    Sandra T.
  • Yelp
    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...
    Chuck S.
  • CustomerSure
    The therapists are very knowledgeable. It was nice to see how they all helped out where needed. If someone started something, but was busy when a treatment ended, then someone else would finish up. A nice team effort.
    Hunter M.
  • Yelp
    Saw Doctor Franson for some pain that was shooting down from my hip area to ankle/foot. The doctor seemed very knowledgeable and professional. Front office staff is very friendly as well. I would recommend!
    O. P.
  • CustomerSure
    So far everything is going well. I really like Dr. Baravarian and his staff, they did a wonderful job. They are very compassionate and professional at the same time. My family and I are very happy and thankful we fou...
    Jeanette D.
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