ABC News

Dr. Bob Baravarian on ABC News discussing the revolutionary treatment that offers joint flexibility for those suffering from toe arthritis.

The most common type of foot arthritis is at the base of the big toe. Traditional treatments involve replacing worn out cartilage with a metal implant or fusing bones together. These treatments don't always allow patients to regain full range of motion and can lead to a long recovery, but the FDA has approved a new way to keep the joint flexible.

 

Dr. Baravarian said, “toe arthritis can be caused by an injury or improper foot mechanics. When you step, your big toe handles up to about 50 percent of a person's body weight. After jamming the joint for years, overtime, you can develop arthritis of the joint."

 

But now, Dr. Baravarian can offer a new option: a synthetic cartilage implant that is very similar to cartilage in density and stiffness.

 

"We make a small drill hole in the bone, and then the implant is fitted into the bone," said Dr. Baravarian.

 

Patients have to wear a protective boot for about two weeks post surgery. But once the incision heals (usually about three weeks), they can go back to wearing regular shoes.

 

In recent FDA clinical trials, researchers reported an 80 percent success rate.

  • Yelp
    I visited Dr. Baravarian based on my primary doctors recommendation.   My primary said he is the best in the business for my situation.  I ruptured my Achilles Tendon on October 6th and had surgery by Dr. "Bob" on Oct...
    Dean H.
  • CustomerSure
    The staff up front, especially Michelle, was great with scheduling and billing issues. The therapy team, especially Suzanne and Kristel, were incredible (as usual). Everyone is always friendly and professional, and I ...
    Kevin D.
  • Yelp
    "Dr. Bob" is amazing.  I destroyed my tibia in a Pilon fracture a year ago and was having serious difficulty recovering.  No amount of PT would help, so I ended up seeing a sports medicine doc, who referred me to Dr. ...
    Dave F.
  • ZocDoc
    Very kind and warm. Spent time explaining procedure and recommendations.
    Debbie A.
  • Yelp
    I recently tore my CFL, got an MRI and was recommended surgery by my doctor in Northern California. After doing some of my own research, I came across this article - A Guide to Treating Ankle Sprains from Start to Fin...
    Wudan D.
  • CustomerSure
    I encountered very nice and supportive staff, and a doctor with a very welcoming attitude.
    Diego C.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Gary was terrific and numbed my toe before he did the procedure. It was absolute pleasure, with minimal pain and anxiety.
    Marcia C.
  • Yelp
    I used to suffer from bunions for as long as i can remember. I danced ballet for 17 years, love wearing heels, and both my parents have bunions, so my bunions were REALLY painful. I researched the best podiatrist and ...
    B.E.
  • Angies List
    I would not go anywhere else! They are terrific! Dr. Bob Baravarian is an expert in his profession. No pain, and great care. The best!
    Diane M.
  • CustomerSure
    Doctor Franson and the whole staff have been awesome every step of the way! I recommend them to all my family, friends and co-workers every chance I get! Thanks Dr. Franson and UFAI staff!!!!
    Robert B.
Same day appointments now available!
or call 24/7:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center