Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. It can cause pain and stiffness in any joint in the body and is common in the small joints of the foot and ankle.
There are more than 100 forms of arthritis, many of which affect the foot and ankle. All types can make it difficult to walk and perform activities you enjoy.
Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many treatment options available to slow the progress of the disease and relieve symptoms. With proper treatment, many people with arthritis are able to manage their pain, remain active, and lead fulfilling lives.
Compression Socks are elastic garments worn around the leg, gently compressing the limb. By putting pressure on your legs, they make veins and blood vessels smaller, causing blood to flow through at a stronger pace and allowing valves to work better. Basically, it increases the blood pressure in your legs to allow it to get recirculated back up to your heart rather than pooling in your lower legs and feet.
Compression Socks are used to treat Venous disorders, a disorder that affects your body’s ability to circulate blood around your body and back to your heart. There are many different disorders that fall under this category.
Some common symptoms of venous disorders include:
Chronic venous disorders can also lead to blood clots or a venous leg ulcer.
Foot Orthoses (also known as “orthotics”) are custom foot supports. They are designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter (OTC) arch supports and correct any biomechanical imbalances between your feet and legs.
Custom orthotic foot braces are corrective devices made to assist a foot that fails to function normally. The orthotics are made to control abnormal foot function, re-establish proper weight distribution and improve overall biomechanics.
After doing a static Range of Motion Exam, we do a Gait Analysis – our system is quite advanced and logical- we insert digital insoles in YOUR SHOES so we know how Your Feet are Functioning in Your Shoes. The data collected is then explained and the visuals will allow you and us to understand what is going on with you bio-mechanically. This data will then be used again to compare during your follow ups to make sure that your management plan is being followed in the direction that is set out for you specifically. We will show you what your bio-mechanically optimized position is and cast you in that position. Your feet, Your shoes, Our Advanced System, Your Orthotics.
Following an evaluation, we create a foot mold and send it to our Professional Orthotic Lab where a special cast is produced. Modifications are made to accommodate the patient’s needs and treatment plan.
The first visit will take about thirty minutes, depending on your foot problem and treatment determined.
We perform a thorough assessment and exam, document a detailed medical history, and establish a diagnosis. We then discuss and determine the best treatment for you. Depending on the foot ailment, a return appointment may be scheduled.
Diabetes can cause nerve damage (also known as diabetes peripheral neuropathy) and poor blood flow or circulation to the legs and feet (also known as peripheral arterial disease). As a result, people withdiabetes are less likely to feel a foot injury, such as a blister or cut. Diabetes can make these injuries more difficult to heal. Unnoticed and untreated, even small foot injuries can quickly become infected, potentially leading to serious complications.
We offer specialized diabetic foot care with an emphasis on watching for potentially serious foot complications such as peripheral neuropathy. In addition to routine foot care, we are prepared to deal with foot ulcers, poor circulation in the feet, skin rash, loss of sensation, and weight-bearing imbalances.
Peripheral Neuropathy is nerve damage caused by chronically high blood sugar and diabetes. It leads to numbness, loss of sensation, and sometimes pain in your feet, legs, or hands. It is the most common complication of diabetes.
Using our NeuroMetrix DPN device we can assess the velocity/amplitude of the nerve function which gives us a printed read out to help set protocols for each patient and their plan of care. This helps us detect the earliest signs and stages of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy which is the start to provide relief of the symptoms.
Flatfoot is often a complex disorder, with diverse symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which have one characteristic in common: partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch. Other characteristics shared by most types of flatfoot include toe drift, in which the toes and front part of the foot point outward. The heel tilts toward the outside and the ankle appears to turn in. A tight Achilles tendon, which causes the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking and may make the problem worse, bunions and hammertoes may develop as a result of a flatfoot.
High-Arched Foot (Cavus Foot) is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot when walking or standing. Cavus foot can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms, such as pain and instability. It can develop at any age and can occur in one or both feet.
Step by Step Professional Family Foot Care is extremely proud to be the only clinic in the surrounding areas offering a full range of modern, high-tech light-weight leg braces, ankle braces and foot braces manufactured from space-age materials by leading edge companies like Allard and Fillauer.
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There is gradual development during the growth of your child from rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and standing up with support, baby step to finally walking and running.
Each stage of progression is dependant upon the development of the musculoskeletal system. The bone in the foot starts off as cartilage (soft bone) then develops into hard bony structures. The architecture and strength of the developing bone is directly related to the forces the bone experiences.
This is why it is very important to provide proper foot protection during the growth phase. This will ensure optimum biomechanical function for your child’s future.
Children are sometimes bothered with foot problems that are fairly common and respond to treatment quite well.
Cutera GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064nm laser that has been cleared by the FDA, Health Canada, and CE Marked to be both a safe and effective treatment for scar reduction and warts.
The laser light heats up the blood in the tiny vessels inside the wart and destroys the vessels. Without blood, the wart dies and falls off. The laser’s heat may also attack the virus that causes the wart.
The laser may feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. You won’t feel much pain after the procedure is done. You should heal fully in 2-4 weeks.
At Step by Step, we are dedicated to improving your quality of life with care and compassion. We love what we do and are determined to help!