How are your steps attached?
I just bought a set of steps (great deal off Craigslist). I have an aluminum deck. I had a ladder with flanges set into the deck, but I pulled it out as I prefer the steps. The steps also came with flanges, but if I set it up using them, the flanges and the handrails protrude way into the deck (you put the bottom of the handrail in the first step and the top goes a couple of feet in to the deck; otherwise, the handrail top is in the first step and the bottom is in the 3rd step like the one in the link below). It also has braces that can be installed on the deck, but they're at least 18" long and I think a tripping hazard. I'd like to figure out a way to use some sort of coupling to go from the handrail to one of the ladder's flanges. My photo shows the braces just sitting on the deck while I figure out what to do with them (one is on top of the old ladder's flange).
This is the set of steps I bought, same manufacturer as the Wedding Cake steps (2nd step is removable, and you fill it with gravel)
ps- please excuse muddy paw prints from dog who just learned how to use steps to pool! Gotta power wash it again this weekend....