Katia is a Certified Pedorthist specifically trained and focused on the evaluation of the biomechanics of the lower limb and the manufacturing, and modification of custom foot orthotics and footwear, to treat biomechanical problems with extensive training in postural analysis, movement patterns, and musculoskeletal examination. Katia's focus is on the assessment of lower limb anatomy, muscle and joint function, as well as the interaction of the foot and lower limb with the rest of the body. Katia also specializes in Diabetic foot care, prevention & treatment to help keep her clients healthy, active and mobile.
Katia Langton, C. Ped (C)
Katia Langton is the owner and operator of Oceanwalk Pedorthic Footcare and is also the Secretary of the Diabetic Foot Stream Committee of the International Diabetes Federation and co-authored the latest IDF guidelines to protect The Diabetic foot from breakdown.
Katia Langton started her career trained as a Doctor of Chiropractic, and practiced for 20 years.
When she treated patients, she noticed they often had painful foot conditions, pronation problems and alignment issues – which would give them back problems.
Katia decided to retrain, so she could better understand the base of her patients' issues.
That's when the Vancouver, British Columbia native discovered the Pedorthic field and became a certified Pedorthist in the United States, and later, Canada.
She received her education at Simon Fraser University, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, International School of Pedorthics, and Western States Pedorthic program.
"In the U.S. there is a lot of focus on the Diabetic foot since they have ten times the Diabetic population we have," says Katia, adding that this piqued her interest in the Diabetic foot care area. "Prior to this, I did not know anything about diabetes affecting the feet and I started researching, learning, and going to conferences with a focus on Diabetic Foot Disease."
When she returned from the United States, she practiced at Island Pedorthic Foot Care on Vancouver Island. During her time there, she would see and treat many Diabetic patients.
She also received her C Ped (C) designation and opened up the Central Vancouver Island Foot and Ulcer Protection Clinic with a wound care physician. Here, they help patients from all risk categories of the Diabetic foot and prevent progressive foot complications.
What she loves most about her work – and what she finds most rewarding – is catching the Charcot foot early in her patients, diagnosing the untreated early Phase 1 Charcot foot, and protecting and preventing collapse of the Charcot foot.
"When we catch the Charcot foot early, and prevent the patient from progressing down that very deleterious pathway of Diabetic foot complications, that is a true reward," she says. "When the active Charcot phase becomes inactive, we know we have done our job well if we have met two goals; that the foot still looks like a foot and it is a shoe-able foot. Patients often return many months later to thank us."
On April 27, 2016 Katia was honored to be appointed onto the Diabetic Foot Stream Committee of the International Diabetes Federation. In this role, she helps prevent Diabetic foot complications on a global level by creating international guidelines to protect the Diabetic foot that all health care practitioners can use. She also leads presentations on Diabetic foot ulcers and amputations for healthcare professionals, and attends multiple conferences internationally to spread the word.