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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

Whether you are a high-performance athlete or a recreational skater, a pedorthist can help make your skates more comfortable, increase your skating performance and prevent injuries from occurring. 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…

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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…

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New Year’s Resolution tips from Registered Dietitian Alia Khudhair-Gilmer at Healthy Steps

By Alia Khudhair-Gilmer | January 7, 2020

So often the start of a new year brings about self reflection and thoughts of positive changes for the rest of the year.  New Years resolutions for many people include diet and exercise goals.  Here are my 6 tips to start the New Year off right. Be realistic with yourself and set 1 or 2…

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Get Inspired to Eat Healthy This Fall

By Alia Khudhair-Gilmer | September 11, 2019

It’s fall harvest time of year, back to making school lunches and back to the activities. It’s also time to change up your weekly meal plan with warmer, heartier recipes. As a Dietitian at Healthy Steps, meal planning is a frequent issue I work on with clients. It is one of the essentials to being…

Don’t get stuck with sore feet this summer!

Don’t Get Stuck With Sore Feet This Summer!

By Derek Gilmer | July 17, 2019

Summer is the time to get out your sandals and give your feet some fresh air, this can often contribute to many foot problems including overuse injuries and nasty blisters. Finding the right sandals that fit and function well can be a daunting task. Here are some helpful tips to make sandal season more enjoyable…

The Benefits of Using Rock Tape

The Benefits of Using Rock Tape

By Richard May | May 23, 2019

Getting back into a sport or activity after the long winter? Training for a charity run or walk? Rock tape can provide the relief you are looking for to stay in the game. Convenient to carry, easy to apply and powerfully effective in its results, kinesiology tape is commonly used for plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis,…

What Diabetes means for your feet

By Derek Gilmer | March 23, 2019

Diabetes is a complicated disease that implicates the whole body and that could lead to severe complications if left untreated. As it is becoming more prevalent amongst Canadians, it is important to be educated on the subject, which will help prevent progression of any of its possible complications. The estimated Canadian pre-diabetes prevalence (age 20+)…

Bunions? How to avoid pain and surgery

By Derek Gilmer | March 23, 2019

A bunion refers to a bump or enlarged thickening located on the large joint of your big toe. Bunions are a common foot problem affecting more women than men and can develop at an early age or later in life. Depending on how they develop some bunions may not be painful. They usually grow in…