Welcome to Our Practice
It is the mission of Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC to provide quality foot and ankle medical and surgical care to residents of the greater Kalispell area and Flathead County, and in doing so, help people be able to walk, and partake in the activities they enjoy, more pain-free
When you choose Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC, you are partnering with a respected, well-trained compassionate and cutting-edge Board-Certified podiatrist in Northwest Montana! Whether you’re suffering from a mild sprain, chronic heel pain, a broken foot bone, painful calluses, ingrown nails, or painful bunions, Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC is committed to helping you return to a pain-free, active life through expert treatment of the foot and ankle.
As you browse our website, be sure to review our complete list of services. The Staff and Office pages (tabs on the left) introduce you to the practice, it's location, and the team of skilled and caring professionals who may be involved in helping you return to a more pain-free active lifestyle, or reach any other goals you may have.
The TeleHealth tab on the left introduces you to the new service we provide at Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, initiated in attempt to keep patients, employees, and the community safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The conditions listed and described in detail in the What We Treat section help you to know what Dr. Barnes is trained to treat and the conditions you may wish to seek our expertise to help you with. The Services page introduces you to the number of service we offer, from foot orthotics, to foot surgery, to diabetic foot care, to sports medicine. We offer in house digital x-ray imaging, utilize Electronic Health Records, and have the ability to manufacturer, or modify, custom foot orthotics on site, when appropriate (depending on foot structure and needs). We verify insurance details ahead of time and make it a priority to educate you on the cost, and insurance benefit information, of our services in advance, so you can make the best decision for yourself with all the information you need. We have a state-of-the art kiosk check-in service that makes checking in more efficient, as we know your time is important, also minimizing the chances for errors by streamlining the entry of your medical history. Utilizing a research-quality Gait Analysis System, Dr. Barnes is able to apply her background in Biomechanics to address biomechanical factors playing a role in a multitude of foot ailments. These practices as well as Drs. Barnes's backgrounds in both preventive medicine & surgical podiatry allow us to offer you and your family the highest standards in care.
Educational Videos and other Educational Resourcecs are available, as well, as we feel being educated about your body, your health, and your feet is the first step to healing.
We welcome new patients of any age for one time consults or the treatment of ongoing podiatry health care.
Your feet are the foundation of your body, taking you where you need to go. Don’t take foot pain lightly. Allow us to give your feet and ankles the attention they deserve. Contact Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC to make an appointment today.
UPDATE 3/23/20: In attempt to maintain the safety of our patients, employees, and the community, the office is physically closed, other than for the care of patients with urgent concerns / emergenices only. Attempts will be made to return phone calls Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 1PM. Please use the "Request an Appointment" resource above to request an appointment. If an established patient, we encourage you to log into the Patient Portal and send a message to Dr. Barnes or the office with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
TeleHealth and Tele-Visits in the time of COVID-19
Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC has initiated a TeleHealth Service during the COVID-19 Pandemic for a number of reasons:
1.) Our top priority has always been, and continues to be, Patient, Employee, Community Health and Safety.
2.) With the primary goal of triaging, or prioritizing what's urgent and what's not, Dr. Barnes seeks to help patients with the foot concerns over the phone or computer. Caring for patients in this way, and arranging for visits in clinic if necessary (infections, ulcerations, injuries) and in a controlled environment, she hopes to do her part in allowing to the Urgent Cares and Emergencies Rooms help those with needs related to the virus.
3.) Although Dr. Barnes obviously cannot physicially treat you or other patients over the phone or computer, she can hopefully see if your concern would be best treated physically, and arrange for this to be done. If she can help give you direction and advice over the computer or phone, she will do so. This particularly applies to you if you have foot pain, as many treatment options can be relayed in this way (stretches, shoe recommendations, orthotic recommendations).
4.) During this time of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, Dr. Barnes wants to do her part in helping you do the things you need to do (caring for a loved one, running outside for stress relief, or walking on a treadmill at home, for example) without foot pain interfering. She does't want you to have to wait months or an indefinite period of time for you to get back on your feet! "CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A TELEVISIT."