Human Performance Center Physical Therapy in Santa Barbara

Physical Therapy Services at HPC

We know you’d like quick relief from your pain so you can get moving again and get back to your healthy, active life. All physical therapy treatment here in HPC Santa Barbara is meant to prevent future problems so you’ll learn how to take charge of your pain.

Foot and Ankle

My Foot Pain Slows Me Down

Pain Relief…

Is within your control!

We seem to take our feet for granted until they start to hurt. We ask them to carry us an average of 70,000 miles in a lifetime, we often force them into ill-fitting shoes—80% of all foot problems occur in women. We run, dance, jump, work and play until our feet finally give in and stop us in our tracks. At the Human Performance Center, we’ve successfully treated the following conditions: Overuse conditions: tendonitis, shin splints, spurs, plantar fascitis, neuromas, metatarsalgia, bunions, and even hammertoes. Traumas: ankle sprains, fractures or foot surgery recovery. Lost Sensation (feeling) or Pain due to nerve damage or diabetes. We’ve helped everyone from high school athletes to seniors and these days, we even see some very athletic seniors. No matter what your foot or ankle problem, our physical therapists are ready to help.

How we can help…

Pinpoint the cause; regain function

Your care will be in the sure hands of physical therapists with special expertise who will use tools like video and other biomechanical procedures to evaluate your problem from the ground up. They’ll pay special attention to all the joints above your feet and ankles, on both sides of your body. Poor joint alignment (the way our bones and joints stack up on each other) often leads to problems either above or below the misaligned area. We’ll pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and put together a treatment plan designed to relieve your pain and get you moving forward again.

What to expect…

The right treatment combination

You’ll probably be treated with a combination of techniques designed to relieve pain, gain flexibility and motion where it’s needed, and strengthen any weak links in your chain. Since the feet are very important in any activity requiring balance, you may do exercises both with your physical therapist and at home to retrain your balance system. Orthotics (shoe inserts) may be used to better control abnormal or excessive motion. Your therapist will also be able to make shoe recommendations that will help you avoid future discomfort and better support and protect your feet, no matter where they take you.

How to get our help…

Ask your doctor or call us directly

Your physician, medical provider or specialist can refer you to the Human Performance Center or you or a family member can contact us directly for more information. In either case, we coordinate our care with your personal physician. Please contact us by phone at: 805 687-8553 Or, e-mail us at:

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