Podiatrist in Santa Barbara, California

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Align Foot & Ankle Center is a premier podiatry group serving Santa Barbara residents and the surrounding communities. Our certified podiatric medical care team provides comprehensive care for the feet and ankles. Our team understands that problems with the ankles and feet can put a damper on your life. We want you to get back to enjoying your life and being able to function normally.

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Podiatrist in Santa Barbara, CA

Conditions and Services We Offer in Santa Barbara, CA

Podiatric Medicine Customized Services

You’re more than just a patient when you come into our Santa Barbara Align Foot & Ankle Center. Our staff works hard to make each person who comes into the office feel like a valued family member. We understand that your time is valuable, so we strive to keep waiting times minimal, but we don’t try to rush through exams.

Each patient who entrusts our office with their care is given the time they need during the appointment. We’re here to answer all your questions and ensure you completely understand the options you have for treatments. You deserve to feel comfortable and empowered when it comes to your health and medical care.

Every member of our podiatry team knows that each patient has different needs and concerns. We develop a customized treatment plan based on your circumstances. You won’t find any one-size-fits-all plans here.

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Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Our experienced team of health professionals treat any condition that impacts the ankles, feet, or toes. Whether you have something obviously wrong or have pain that doesn’t have a clear-cut cause, we’re ready to help you.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Ankle Pain

Ankle pain comes from a variety of issues. We work to find out the underlying cause of the ankle pain so we can devise a treatment. Is your pain from a past or recent injury? Do you have a chronic condition like arthritis? We’ll work closely with you to diagnose the problem and treat it.

We are dedicated to providing quality foot and ankle care to patients of all ages. Our Santa Barbara podiatry office offers same-day appointments for new ankle injuries, including ankle sprains. A sprained ankle can occur when you’re playing sports or participating in high-impact activities. Typically, you’ll feel immediate pain when the ankle rolls. You might also have swelling and bruising. Treatment for a sprained ankle may include using an ankle boot or cast to immobilize it so it can heal. Lower leg and ankle X-rays might be necessary to ensure there isn’t a fracture in the bone.

Podiatrist applying a bandage to a patient who undergone ankle surgery in Santa Barbara California

Bunion Treatment

If you have a red bump at the base of your big toe, you may have a bunion. This condition causes pain, redness, swelling and limited movement of the affected area, making it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time. Our Santa Barbara podiatric surgeons are ready to help you eliminate bunion pain and return to your normal activities.

The first line of defense against bunions is to wear shoes that fit properly. If getting new shoes doesn’t solve the problem, our podiatrists in Santa Barbara can give you custom orthotics, which are molded to the shape of your foot to ensure they provide the right amount of support. A doctor may also recommend bunion splints, toe spacers or pain relievers. If these conservative treatments fail, our doctors will determine if you are a candidate for surgical correction.

Bunion Treatment

Flat Feet Treatment

Foot arches have an important function: making each foot stiff enough to transfer energy from the leg muscles. If the arches don’t develop correctly or collapse at some point (fallen arches), you’ll end up with flat feet. Because flat feet change the way you walk, they can cause foot pain, knee pain and back pain.

Many people who need podiatric medical care in Santa Barbara are looking for help managing the symptoms of flat feet. If you want to put off surgical therapies until you’ve tried less invasive treatments, the first step is to wear supportive shoes. Certain shoes have built-in arch support, taking some of the strain off your lower body and relieving the pain caused by flat feet. Stretching, physical therapy and pain relievers can also help people with achy feet caused by fallen arches. Custom arch supports are also available if first line treatments have not helped.

Flat Feet Treatment

Foot Arthritis

Arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, can affect any joint in the body, including the joints in your feet. Because joints are critical for movement, severe arthritis can result in reduced range of motion and difficulty performing your usual activities. Foot and ankle arthritis also causes pain, stiffness and swelling, forcing you to be less active.

Supportive shoes, physical therapy and pain relievers can help manage the symptoms of arthritis, but they don’t cure it completely. If arthritis is making it difficult to do the things you love, surgical therapies are available. Types of surgery used to treat arthritis include bone fusion, ankle replacement and replacement of the greater or lesser toe joint.

Foot Arthritis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia, causes chronic heel pain. If you have this condition, you may feel like your heel is bruised. Some people even report feeling like they’re stepping on a piece of glass when they first get out of bed in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists, so there are several treatment options.

If you prefer to start with conservative treatments, you can put ice on the bottom of your foot, wear supportive shoes or wear splints at night to position the foot so it doesn’t cause additional inflammation. A podiatrist in Santa Barbara may also recommend custom orthotics, which are designed to be compatible with the exact shape of your foot and the way you walk. If your symptoms persist, you may benefit from physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections. If those haven’t helped, you might be a candidate for MLS laser therapy.

Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Pain and Care

Your feet are put under considerable pressure each day. This means even problems that seem small can be extremely painful. Our office handles cases involving a full range of conditions that can cause foot pain, including:

  • Cysts
  • Hammertoes
  • Soft tissue masses
  • Bone spurs
  • Bunions
  • Fractures
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Tendonitis
  • Calluses
  • Warts
  • Neuroma

No one should ever think that pain in the foot is normal. Even something as seemingly minor as pain in the heel can signal something amiss. Our office doesn’t take any case lightly. We strive to find the best way to get you back to your normal activities without having to worry about suffering from foot pain.

 

Podiatrist examining his patient's foot and ankle - foot care in Santa Barbara California

Services and Treatment Options for Foot and Ankle Care

Our Santa Barbara office has a full range of treatment options for patients. We tailor these options to fit your case so you know you’re getting the very best care. Some of the options you can find here at Align Foot & Ankle Center include:

  • Diabetic Foot Care –  If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of nerve damage in your feet. Diabetes also affects your circulation, reducing blood flow to each foot. As a result, it’s important for diabetics in Santa Barbara to receive quality care from a skilled podiatrist.
  • Foot & Ankle Surgery – At our podiatric medicine practice in Santa Barbara, we offer a wide range of conservative treatments for foot and ankle conditions. If your symptoms persist, however, surgical treatment is an option. A podiatrist may recommend foot and ankle surgery to treat bunions, spurs, fractures and other problems.
  • Ingrown Toenail Procedures –  If it seems like you’re always dealing with an ingrown toenail, a Santa Barbara podiatrist can help. Depending on your needs, you may benefit from a matrixectomy or an avulsion, which are both procedures used to remove the sides of the affected nail. Doctors perform these procedures with a local anesthetic block.
  • Lapiplasty Treatment – Lapiplasty is a procedure used to treat bunions that don’t respond to more conservative measures. Instead of simply removing the bunion, the podiatrist performing the lapiplasty addresses the root of the problem, preventing new bunions from forming.
  • Phantom Nail Bunion Surgery – The Phantom procedure uses a similar corrective approach to fixing bunions but it uses a powerful nail to correct the bunion at the root of the problem. It’s another powerful technique that keeps bunions from reforming.
  • MLS Laser Therapy – MLS laser therapy uses the multi-wave locked system to speed up the healing process. When used on the foot and ankle, MLS laser therapy reduces pain, repairs damaged tissue, reduces scar tissue and promotes wound healing.
  • Orthotics – Orthotics are medical devices for your feet. Mass-produced orthotics are widely available, but they may not provide the right level of support for your feet. A podiatrist in Santa Barbara can design custom orthotics that conform to the shape of your feet and ensure you’re supported in all the right places.
  • Shockwave Therapy –  Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis are just a few of the conditions that can cause foot and ankle pain. Radio shockwave therapy treats podiatric pain by creating microtraumas in the target area. These microtraumas create inflammation, triggering the healing process.
  • Sports Medicine Podiatrist – A sports medicine podiatrist in Santa Barbara provides specialized care to athletes who need to keep their bodies in top condition. Podiatrists educate athletes on how to prevent injury, diagnose sports injuries of the feet and ankles, offer nonsurgical treatments for athletic injuries and perform surgery when necessary.
  • Wart Procedures – Plantar warts are growths that tend to appear on the areas of the foot where you put the most pressure when walking, standing and performing other activities. A podiatric medicine physician in Santa Barbara can treat plantar warts with a topical cream or perform an excision procedure if the warts don’t respond to medication.
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Podiatrists in Santa Barbara California examine an X-ray picture.
Feet undergoing a MLS Laser Therapy session

Recovery After Injuries and Procedures

Treating a condition that’s impacting the feet or ankles doesn’t end when it’s diagnosed and you’re given the plan. Our office provides comprehensive services that include helping you with recovery after an injury or a surgery procedure. We don’t discharge you as a patient until we know you’re completely healed.

There isn’t one single timeline we follow to determine when a patient should be released from our care. We carefully evaluate each patient at every visit to record the progress and determine what treatment adjustments need to be made. Each follow-up visit with us is important, so every patient should ensure they come to every appointment.

Our team takes the time to listen to what you have to say at each visit. This gives us an idea of how your treatment plan is progressing. It also enables our podiatrists to provide you with the personalized and quality care that we’re known for.

Visit Our Podiatrist Santa Barbara Location

Align Foot & Ankle Center specializes in complete foot care including general podiatry, injuries, sports medicine and more. We are here to serve Santa Barbara residents and the surrounding communities. You can reach us at 805-965-1515 to schedule your appointment. Our office is located at 14 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

"I've always believed in exhausting conservative treatment over surgery. Over the years in practice, I've kept many people out of the operating room. Even then, the patients who have been taken to surgery are extremely pleased with their results. I will do all I can to get you moving again...without pain or discomfort!"

Dr. Hai-En Peng