Orthotics Change Your Walk and Your Foot Health
By Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC
February 20, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Foot  

Foot orthotics are shoe inserts that a doctor custom-makes for you to address your podiatric concerns. Here at Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic Kalispell, MT, your podiatrist, Dr. Esther Barnes, offers full-service, state-of-the-art podiatric care to patients so they can enjoy a fuller, happier life. Read on to explore some of the benefits of this treatment option:

1. They will change the way you walk: Orthotics work to improve your body's posture and alignment, thus changing both the position of your joints, as well as your muscle balance and stability.

2. They can prevent serious foot problems: Sometimes, diabetics can lose sensation in their feet, a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. When this occurs, orthotic devices can help to reduce pressure and excess stress that can lead to foot problems.

3. They can help people with high arches: High arches can stress muscles in your feet and lead to a range of problems, such as plantar fasciitis, foot pain, knee pain, and shin splints. Custom orthotic devices provide support for high arches and help prevent foot problems.

4. They can help you heal from an injury: Orthotic devices are often used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. People who’ve experienced trauma to their ankles and feet ankles may require extra support during the healing process with orthotic devices.

5. They can alleviate your discomfort: Your feet are not supposed to hurt. Custom foot orthotics can prevent injuries and improve foot function, all of which mean less foot pain. Orthotic devices prescribed by a podiatrist address the cause of your discomfort so that you can feel comfortable. Schedlue a consultation at our Kalispell, MT, office to find out if custom foot orthotics are right for you.

Foot orthotics will keep your feet healthy and happy for years to come. Call Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic in Kalispell, MT, at 406-755-2818 right now to schedule a consultation. You deserve healthy, happy feet!

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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."