Could Custom Orthotics Help Me?
By Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, P.C.
February 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Find out if getting custom shoe inserts could keep foot problems at bay.orthotics

Have you ever walked by the foot care aisle of a drugstore or supermarket and wondered the purpose behind by those foot-shaped inserts? These inserts, better known as orthotics, offer a variety of benefits for the wearer. Of course, if you have foot problems or want to prevent certain foot issues, then over-the-counter orthotics might do more harm than good. Don’t worry; our Kalispell, MT, podiatrists Dr. Esther Barnes and Dr. Brent Haverstock are here to determine how orthotics could help.

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many people walking around out there that have normal feet. If you have normal feet then you don’t require any special care or attention in order to protect your feet from issues now or down the road. Luckily, custom orthotics are a great way for many people to support the foot’s overall structure to improve function and prevent problems.

So, who specifically can benefit from getting custom orthotics in Kalispell, MT?

Those dealing with foot pain

If you are someone who suffers from foot, knee or even back pain, and you aren’t sure what’s going on or how to relieve it then you should turn to us for a diagnosis. Many issues such as a biomechanical imbalance can bring on foot pain; fortunately, custom orthotics can often correct the imbalance and improve how the feet function to reduce and even eliminate pain.


Whether you are up early pounding the pavement or you love playing team sports, many athletes can benefit from wearing custom shoe inserts. Our Kalispell, MT, foot doctors treat sports-related foot and ankle injuries, and you would be surprised how one wrong turn could lead to injury. Luckily, custom orthotics for athletes can provide support, stability and shock absorption to protect against these issues.


Those with diabetes are often at risk for foot-related complications. In order to prevent serious foot problems, it’s important that you take precautionary measures to keep feet feeling their best. One way to do this is through custom orthotics. Since a lot of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, this means that they have little or sometimes no feeling in their feet. This can leave you prone to injury.

To prevent this, make sure that you not only wear shoes each and every day but that you also consider getting custom orthotics to provide additional support and cushioning for your delicate feet.

Most people can benefit from custom orthotics. Could you? If you are interested in getting custom orthotics than call Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic in Kalispell, MT, today to learn more.


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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."