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Highlighting ESC’s Wellness Partners: Pro Active Podiatry

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According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems ranging from arthritis, muscle and tendon problems or joint and nerve disorders can be lessened or prevented. Dr. Kay Vaikayee and Dr. Eric Steen, the husband-and-wife team of Pro Active Podiatry, graduated from podiatry school in 2002 and 2003 respectively and have been serving the residents of Eaton Senior Communities since November 2014.

Both Dr. Vaikayee and Dr. Steen served in the military, partly for residency training, which is where they met. Dr. Steen earned his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University and returned to Active Duty for residency training. In 2006, he continued his service as a Podiatric Surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl Germany. Dr. Vaikayee earned her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Barry University. In 2008, she left Active Duty to join her husband and was able to continue her service with the Department of the Army as a civilian employee at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, treating wounded service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the soldiers and family members stationed in Europe.

In September 2014, Dr. Vaikayee and Dr. Steen moved to Denver from Dallas to be closer to family and relocated their podiatric practice. With an emphasis on providing home services as well as services in assisted living and independent living facilities, Pro Active Podiatry developed their first local facility relationship with Eaton Senior Communities. According to Dr. Steen, “Our patients often have limited mobility or challenges in trying to get out of the house. I would like to think we are making some positive impacts on people’s comfort and mobility.” Pro Active Podiatry has 10 long term care facilities that they visit on a regular basis in addition to the individual house calls, independent living facilities and office patients.

On average, Pro Active Podiatry treats an average of 23 patients per month, which includes ESC residents, staff and family members. “Eaton was one of the first facilities to invite us in, and we have Sarah, Eaton’s Wellness Director, to thank for that,” states Dr. Vaikayee. “It has been and continues to be a friendly, comfortable environment to work in, with pleasant and appreciative patients. For us there have been no negatives. I think it would be fair to say that we enjoy a visit to Eaton more than any of the other communities we work in.”

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