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Often, footwear simply does not fit properly right off the shelf.


While many health care professionals offer orthotic services, Certified Pedorthists are the most qualified to do so. At soléa Pedorthic Services, we are proud to offer the services of Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech.
A Certified Pedorthist, C. Ped. (C) is specially trained to provide footwear modifications. Certified Pedorthists can stretch footwear, apply cushioning or lifts, or modify footwear in various ways to meet your exact fitting needs. This unique service differentiates soléa from most shoe retailers.




What is a Certified Pedorthist?


A Certified Pedorthist is trained in the manufacturing, fitting, and modification of foot appliances and footwear for the purpose of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions.


A Certified Pedorthist can recommend both footwear modifications and devices to assist in:
– accommodation of foot deformities and realignment of anatomical structures
– improvement of balance, control of biomechanical function, and accommodation of special circulatory requirements


How Can a Certified Pedorthist at soléa help me?


As a health care provider, a Certified Pedorthist is trained to provide clear, unbiased, and professional advice to our customers and fitting staff on modifications to footwear. Most footwear retailers don’t have this expertise on site.


If you are prescribed custom-made orthotics, a Certified Pedorthist is trained to cast, manufacture, and fit them into your existing footwear.


This expertise is offered at soléa for your convenience to help you make the best choices for footwear devices and modifications under the guidance of a Certified Pedorthist. At soléa, you’ll be fitted with the most appropriate, the healthiest, and the most comfortable footwear and orthotics possible to best suit your individual needs.


What is a custom-made foot orthotic?


A custom-made foot orthotic is a molded footwear insert designed to provide foot support and to improve posture and gait. An orthotic is prescribed by a physician and the prescription is then filled by a Certified Pedorthist.


How do I benefit from soléa Pedorthic Services?


At soléa, you’ll be fitted with the most appropriate footwear possible to best match your foot type and lifestyle. That’s because our team of dedicated fitting professionals receive training and work in association with Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech.


Simply put, we have the best footwear fitting professionals at soléa. No one is on commission, so you’ll never feel pressured to buy from us; and with us, you’ll benefit from the largest selection of fine comfort footwear in Ottawa.


Should you require custom orthotics, book an appointment with soléa Pedorthic Services.  Please call 613.728.6905 or book your own appointment with soléa on-line.


Clinic Hours
  • Monday: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Wednesday: 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Friday: 9 am -2 pm


For more information on Certified Pedorthists, visit the Pedorthic Association of Canada’s website at www.pedorthic.ca .

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Clinic Hours

Monday: 9 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday: 1 PM – 6 PM

Friday: 9 AM – 2 PM


Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech.

As a team member of
soléa Pedorthic Services, Derek can provide effective treatment methods for most foot and lower limb conditions, offering expertise in proper footwear, stretching exercises and orthotic therapy.

Derek is one of the select few Ottawa Pedorthists who holds both designations of Canadian Certified Pedorthist and Certified Pedorthic Technician. As a client, this means you’ll benefit from Derek’s professional training and technical expertise because you’ll be assessed by the same professional who will also be making your own orthotics. This helps ensure unmatched quality control and an enhanced quality of product.

Derek is a certified member of the College of Pedorthics of Canada, has an honours degree in Kinesiology and is one of the few Ottawa Pedorthists who has completed the University of Western Ontario’s graduate program in Pedorthics. Derek is the owner of Healthy Steps Pedorthic Clinic.

Visit www.healthystepspedorthic.com for more information.

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soléa Pedorthic Services

our Certified Pedorthist provides:
  • custom foot orthotics
  • clear, unbiased advice on the proper choice and fitting of footwear


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