Foot & Ankle Care for Victoria & Vancouver Island
Dr. Doug Lamb and James Bay Podiatry offer a full range of professional foot care and podiatric services to help you maintain healthy feet and ankles, including custom prescription foot orthotics, over-the-counter foot products and laser treatment of fungal toenails, as well as foot surgeries and surgical consults. Other services we offer include:
What is a Podiatrist?
A certified podiatrist is the medical professional best qualified to provide non-surgical and surgical treatments of foot problems for patients of all ages. Attention is given to improving dysfunction of the feet by non-surgical means. Many painful conditions of the feet can be managed and treated non-surgically.
What Is an Orthotic?
Orthotics are devices made from a plaster cast of the foot. They are custom fitted to the foot so they may be worn comfortably in most types of shoes. Their purpose is to prevent abnormal motion of the foot while allowing for normal motion.
Imbalances of the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion, which besides playing havoc with foot function can also result in rotation of the legs and sometimes affect the knees, hips and back. An orthosis is designed to control the mechanics of the foot to a precise degree, from the heel contact phase of walking through mid-stance and toe-off phases. Most orthotic devices prescribed by a podiatrist should be expected to last from around two to four years. Very often foot structure will readjust with orthoses and improve so that a change in prescription may be needed after this time.
By the age of thirty a person typically has over 45,000 miles on their feet; in a lifetime this increases to about 120,000 miles. Remember, you can't trade them in; your feet must last a lifetime!
For more information about orthotics and the foot care and treatments we offer, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.