Guelph Pedorthics & Orthotics | Health & Performance Centre
Pedorthists & Orthotics Guelph
Our Certified Pedorthists help our clients by using computerized gait analysis to assess and treat biomechanical conditions of the feet and legs, with custom-made orthotics and footwear. By analyzing the motion of the foot during walking, underlying biomechanical problems of the feet can be identified and the foot can be placed into correct footwear and/or shoe inserts (orthotics) to avoid future injury. Our Certified Pedorthists also provides gait assessments and running shoe consultations. HPC is the Official Sports Medicine Clinic to the Guelph Gryphons, our Certified Pedorthists work with a variety of Gryphon teams and athletes.
Pedorthists & Orthotics FAQ
Training: 4-year Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (or related field such as Human Kinetics) plus a Diploma in Pedorthics (12 month post-graduate program). Certification/Credentials: Canadian Certified Pedorthist (C Ped (C) )
• When did you first noticed foot pain symptoms?
• What makes your pain or discomfort symptoms worse and what makes them better?
Next, a Pedorthist will conduct a physical exam of your feet which will look for deformities and areas that are causing foot pain and discomfort. We will then observe you walking and/or performing other activities to determine how the feet and ankles are positioned during certain exercises.
We may also refer you back to our physician and recommend traditional imaging of your feet (X-ray, bone scan, or MRI) which can help identify areas of arthritis, damage, or injury.
A Pedorthist will suggest treatment recommendations, including to potentially prescribe orthotics using these diagnostic methods.
Orthotics can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address various symptoms, usually having to do with pain and discomfort of the feet and legs.
Goals for orthotic treatment may include:
• correcting foot deformities
• helping the foot or ankle function better
• providing support to the ankle
• reducing the risks for further injuries
Your doctor may recommend an orthotic insert if other treatments haven’t proven effective.
Soft orthotics, or "accommodative orthotics," are made from soft compression materials. They provide cushioning to take the pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots from conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or diabetic foot ulcers. Because of their bulk, you might need to wear soft orthotics with prescription footwear.
We also provide foot care to athletes. Ask about our special orthotics designed for sporting equipment such as ski boots, running shoes, and skates.
• shin splints
• knee pain
• back pain
• plantar fasciitis
• general aches and pain from prolonged standing or movement in the foot, hips, back and legs
• diabetes related foot problems
• arthritis in the feet
• flat feet
• high arches
• foot deformities like bunions