Two Clinical Trials for Plantar Fasciitis and Chronic Heel Pain now at UFAI

Advanced Treatments for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Applications currently accepted for UFAI patients and non-patients alike. No charge to participate and health insurance is not needed.

Plantar Fasciitis, or heel pain syndrome (as it is also known), is one of the most common foot problems in the United States today. Plantar fasciitis pain is usually located in the heel or arch of the foot and is often worse in those first steps in the morning or after a period of rest and inactivity. There is usually immediate pain with standing or walking which somewhat resolves with time.

Patients also report that the pain is not as bad after a short period of tender walking, however, after a short time of rest, they again feel pain with their first steps and standing.

Two common causes of plantar fasciitis:

  • Strain of the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes)
  • Tightness of the Achilles tendon and calf muscle (which results in strain of the arch)

Plantar fasciitis pain may be a result of one or both of these conditions.

Common treatments for plantar fasciitis and heel pain syndrome include:

  • Stretching
  • Taping
  • Insoles
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injection
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Surgery

One, many or a combination of these treatments may be attempted to relieve pain.

We are currently accepting applicants for two clinical trials for the treatment of chronic heel pain

Both studies are completely free for enrolled patients. The two studies address heel pain with injection of a botulinum toxin, which is very similar to Botox.

Here are how the two studies differ:

  • One study injects the heel region if the core issue is localized tightness of the plantar fascia in the bottom of the foot.
  • The other study injects the calf muscle which can be especially tight because it is compensating for heel pain.

Which study is best for you?

Which study would be best for you will depend on your initial evaluation by our foot and ankle specialists. It is not common that someone would be eligible for both studies. So picking the right one that offers the patient the best chances for success is our goal.

There will be no change for the examination or consultation.

If you are interested in participating in the trials, please complete this form. For more information, please reach out to our study coordinator Giuliana at Gliana@footankleinstitute.com.

Dr. Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS
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Dr. Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Bob Baravarian is a Board Certified Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist. He is currently a member of UCLA Medical Group, Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Santa Monica/UCLA medical center and Orthopedic Hospital and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He also serves as co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute. He is Editor Emeritus of the international medical journal, Foot and Ankle Specialist.

Dr. Baravarian has been involved in athletics his entire life and played competitive tennis in high school and college. He has an interest in sports medicine, arthritis therapy and trauma/reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. He servers as a consultant to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour, multiple running organizations and several shoe manufacturers. He is also fluent in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Farsi and Hebrew),

Podiatrist Dr. Bob Baravarian is available for consultation at the Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks and UCLA Westwood offices.
Dr. Bob Baravarian, DPM, FACFAS
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