Welcome! A Step Up Podiatry, LLC was formed by Dr. Sanjay Gandhi to provide patients the best podiatric care. And that philosophy is upheld from the moment you contact our office. Dr. Gandhi's goals are to address your foot and ankle concerns and to maintain the best in podiatric health. In addition, you will also be treated with respect, experience a clean, well-kept office, and feel better about choosing us to improve your overall health. Here at A Step Up Podiatry, you'll walk on higher ground!
Both running and walking are great exercises, but should a person wear the same shoes for running and for walking? The answer is no, because there is a difference between the way that a person’s feet hit the ground when they are walking and when they are running. Therefore, the shoes for each activity are designed totally different. Before you begin any exercise program it is always recommended that you speak with your doctor.
Walking is a low impact exercise that is often recommended by doctors to their patients. Walking is the simplest exercise there is, but it still requires some degree of preparation. If you think about walking and how your feet strike the ground as you walk along, you will notice that your heel hits the ground first and then your foot continues to roll forward until your next step begins. Because of this rolling motion, walking shoes are designed to be more flexible than running shoes. The flexibility helps the walker to push off with each step taken.
Another thing about walking shoes is that your heel hits the ground first; therefore it absorbs most of the shock. This is why walking shoes need to have a beveled or angled heel. The angle of the heel helps to absorb some of the shock instead of putting all of the pressure on the ankles. This is especially important for speed walkers as their feet will hit the ground twice as often as the normal walker.
When people decide to run as a hobby or for their health, they must first realize that running is a high impact exercise that if not done with the proper equipment, could cause damage to their feet and legs. Running shoes are designed to be more light weight and to have thicker soles. The thicker soles act as shock absorbers for the rest of the body. For this reason alone it is never recommended that a person wear walking shoe to run in. However, it's fine if you want to walk in running shoes. Walking shoes most often do not have the proper arch support that runners do.
One very important thing to remember is that a proper fit can make or break a runner or a walker. If a runner or walker’s shoes are too big, their feet will slide back and forth inside the shoe and cause blisters. What ever your sport, running or walking, the right equipment can make all of the difference in the world.
Children and adolescents experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. From congenital disorders, such as severe flatfoot, to sports injuries, to ingrown nails. It’s essential that your children get diagnosed early to prevent problems later in adult life.
X-rays are available in Office
Shoes are an essential part of treating foot and ankle complaints and they’re often the cause. We know that all feet are not the same, and the same is true with footwear. Click here for more info
Custom molded orthotics are removable inserts for your shoes that are used for a variety of foot and ankle ailments. If you are a candidate for custom foot orthotics, Dr.Gandhi can make your orthotics based on a Dynamic scan of your gait. Click here for more info..