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Feel Pain En Pointe? Hurts Terribly on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

Feel Pain En Pointe? Hurts Terribly on Tippy Toes? Blame Os Trigonum Syndrome!

What’s an Os Trigonum? An os trigonum is a non-utilitarian piece of bone that usually rests peacefully at the back of some peoples’ feet. Ordinarily, an os trigonum is a harmless anomaly. However, if you punt a football, kick a soccer ball, swim using a butterfly kick, or go en pointe as a ballet dancer, that little hunk of bone read more »

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Want a Successful Ankle Surgery Recovery? Don’t Race Back to Training!

Want a Successful Ankle Surgery Recovery? Don’t Race Back to Training!

It’s sad but true, you can’t rush your recovery after having ankle surgery Ankle surgery recovery isn’t a walk in the park (pun intended), but getting back into your regular workout routine doesn’t have to be like a grueling marathon either. It’s a big change to your lifestyle when you’re recovering from a broken ankle, but the time you invest read more »

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A Closer Look At Imaging Options for Complicated Heel Pain

A Closer Look At Imaging Options for Complicated Heel Pain

Heel pain is one of the most common problems foot and ankle physicians encounter on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it is also a problem that plantar fasciitis is so common because many physicians do not consider that heel pain can be due to a multitude of problems, of which plantar fasciitis is only one. Radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound read more »

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UFAI Now Enrolling Patients for a Unique Bunion Clinical Trial in Los Angeles

UFAI Now Enrolling Patients for a Unique Bunion Clinical Trial in Los Angeles

We’re seeking patients with bunions for a non-surgical research study. You do not need to be a patient of UFAI to participate. There is no cost to participate in the study. Persons who participate in this clinical trial will be helping evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a study medication compared with placebo (no active ingredients). The medicine is given read more »

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How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

How to Avoid Winter Foot Woes, Tips From our Doctors

It’s November. Daylight decreases and nights become longer. The weather begins to cool (even in California) and we see the change of seasons. Leaves change color, clothing stores trot out sweaters, jackets and boots, and orange pumpkins crop up around the neighborhood. It’s a season marked with change. Your body also takes notice of the changing weather. Especially your feet, read more »

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Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

Ankle Replacement Surgery Improves Range of Motion and Quality of Life

No doubt about it, end-stage ankle arthritis sounds scary. But the reality is even worse than it sounds. When the protective cartilage that cushions the ankle joint is lost, bone grinds on bone. The results? Debilitating pain, major disruption of ordinary activities, and a steep decline in ones quality of life. 50,000 new cases of ankle arthritis occur every year, read more »

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This foot condition is the new back pain — it’s everywhere. UFAI in the News.

This foot condition is the new back pain — it’s everywhere. UFAI in the News.

There was a wonderful article in the Boston Globe recently about plantar fasciitis, which seems to be everywhere these days. Beth Teitel, the author and Boston Globe Features Writer did a great job and also featured Dr. Bob Baravarian, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute. A spokesman for the read more »

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