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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.

The medical care (at UFAI) is the best of the best. Douglas C.

University Foot & Ankle Institute, always forward thinking


When we opened the doors to our practice over a decade ago, 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.

  • Yelp
    Went to another podiatrist for months before seeing Dr. Bob Baravarian.  The Foot & Ankle Institute is run like a well oiled machine.  I got an appointment quickly, he identified my issue in 2 minutes, treated me, and...
    Sean W.
  • CustomerSure
    I always receive outstanding care in a efficient, timely manner with no waiting.
    Susan S.
  • Yelp
    Two years ago I went to Dr. Bob looking for expert advice on what to do about my feet!  It was the best thing I could have ever done.  Now, two years later, after Lapidus Bunionectomies on both feet, I am feeling extr...
    Barbara P.
  • CustomerSure
    The entire staff and Dr. Franson are exceptional. Everyone is professional, courteous, and provide excellent care. Great office. :)
    Violet R.
  • Yelp
    I recently saw Dr. Baravarian for an issue I was having with my tibia.  I was referred to him by my primary physician.  I am SO happy that I met him.  After a few office visits with him, and a very successful surgery,...
    Yesenia B.
  • CustomerSure
    It is wonderful to have the Manhattan Beach office -- so much more convenient for those of us who live in the South Bay.
    Frances B.
  • Yelp
    It's been five months since my surgery, performed by Dr. Sydney Yau, and I've been walking with no pain. Dr. Yau tried to fix my problem with no surgery, and when that was unsuccessful, we decided on surgery and he wa...
    Sandie E.
  • 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.
  • CustomerSure
    I have had an outstanding experiences every time I come to the office.
    John B.
  • Yelp
    My right foot had been very tender and very painful for about two months, when I went to see Dr. Breskin. He was able to diagnose it right away and start treatment. I have Plantar Fasciitis. He answers all questions ...
    Penny L.
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