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How Long Should You Wear an Ankle Brace?

By Derek Gilmer | November 11, 2022

Having strong ankles is vital because they are crucial to bearing our body’s weight, and help protect us from lower leg injuries. Not everyone has strong ankles though and many people use an ankle brace to provide extra support to this region of the body. Of course, a common question from ankle brace users is…

How to Choose and Use Compression Stockings

By Derek Gilmer | March 22, 2022

Compression stockings are designed to reduce swelling and prevent discomfort. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to choose the right compression stockings and offer some tips to get the best results. How to choose compression stockings There is a diverse range of compression stockings available. Compression socks can be beneficial for people with a broad…

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How do I know if I need custom foot orthotics?

By Derek Gilmer | March 7, 2022

You don’t need to resign yourself to live with foot and ankle pain. Even if you spend most of your time on your feet, suffering should not be a way of life. Whether you have a foot condition like hammertoes, bunions, corns, calluses or tense muscles, custom orthotics can help reduce the pain and discomfort…

How to find a great pedorthist

By Derek Gilmer | January 12, 2022

Your feet are the foundation for your body. They offer essential support that can impact the rest of your alignment. It’s easy to understand how problems with your feet can have an adverse effect on the rest of your body, including pains and muscle aches. While some people may get used to the aches and…

When to Consult a Podiatrist vs. a Pedorthist

By Derek Gilmer | December 14, 2021

Foot pain is not fun, and it can make your life difficult. Depending on your occupation, most people spend at least four hours or more standing. When it becomes painful to even spend a few minutes on your feet, it can cause major problems. But you may not know who to see to get your…

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The benefits of compression therapy

By Derek Gilmer | November 28, 2021

Our bodies are well-built machines. We often take for granted how easily they function. Until we experience some pain or discomfort. And when your feet or legs ache, it can be unbearable. You’re no longer able to do the things you did before. Your blood circulation plays a crucial role in your overall health. Did…

Vitamin D, are we getting enough?

By Alia Khudhair-Gilmer | October 4, 2021

As we head into the fall and winter months with less sunshine it’s important to make sure you are meeting your vitamin D requirements.  As a dietitian at Healthy Steps assessing a client’s supplement needs is part of what I do.  Too little vitamin D can lead to calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood…

Back To School Healthy Steps Shoe Shopping Tips For Kids

By Richard May | September 2, 2021

It’s back to school time for your children and now that it’s a return to in-class new shoes could be top of mind. I’d like to introduce myself. I am Richard May, one of three Canadian certified pedorthists at Healthy Steps Pedorthic Clinic in Barrhaven. Here are some of my shoe shopping tips and tricks…

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Custom Orthotics for Hockey Players

By Derek Gilmer | December 17, 2020

If you are a hockey player, the most important piece of equipment is no doubt going to be your skates. You spent time at the pro shop with a fitting specialist trying on various styles of skate boots to achieve the best fit possible. One area of the fit that is often missed is support…

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The Food-Foot Connection

By Alia Khudhair-Gilmer | April 6, 2020

With March being Nutrition Month across Canada, we decided to dig a little deeper and interview a Dietitian to explore how healthy eating can improve our overall health and more specifically, the health of our feet. Dietitians are the trusted professional when it comes to reliable evidence-based food and nutrition advise as Pedorthists are for…