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Welcome to the foot care section of this website.  I am a certified pedorthist practicing in Ottawa and I hope you will find the information that will help you make an informed decision regarding orthotic therapy.

About Dr. Jean-Francois Gauthier

Dr. Gauthier is passionate about feet and how they impact the locomotor system.  The locomotor system consists of your feet, legs, pelvis and spine.  Together they allow you to walk, run, move and live!  Dr. Gauthier believes that your ability to move is paramount in achieving and maintaining optimal health. 

Dr. Gauthier graduated from the University of Ottawa with an honours bachelor of science degree in human kinetics.  He went on to the C.M.C.C. where he graduated with academic and clinic Honours as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Dr. Gauthier is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist and is a member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada.  He is certified by the College of Pedorthics of Canada.

Dr. Gauthier is able to assess everyone from young children to seniors.  Whether you have a foot, ankle, leg or low back pain, his goal is to educate patients on their condition after performing a gait analysis and biomechanical assessment.  Recommendations are then made in order to help patients in their recovery.

What Is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist

Pedorthists are trained foot health specialists who assess, design, manufacture, fit and modify foot orthoses and footwear for the purpose of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions.  To certify as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist C Ped (C), a person must have a University degree in the health care field and meet the certification standards of the College of Pedorthics of Canada.

Pedorthic services are currently available in three locations in the Ottawa area.

Centre de sante RIDEAU Wellness Centre
418 rue Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 5Z1
Near the University of Ottawa and the Rideau Centre
Près de l’Université d’Ottawa et le Centre Rideau
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Orthèses Orléans Orthoses
2543 boul St. Joseph Blvd.
Orléans, Ontario  K1C 1G2
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Orthèses Filosofi Orthoses – (Centerpointe)
Filosofi Holistic Health Centre
117 Centrepointe Drive, Suite 255
Ottawa, Ontario  K2G 5X3

Common Conditions Treated by Pedorthists with Custom Foot Orthoses

Heel Conditions

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis
  • Sever's disease

Forefoot Conditions

  • Bunions (Hallux abducto valgus)
  • Morton's neuroma
  • March fracture
  • Big toe stiffness (Hallux Limitus / Rigidus)
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Lisfranc joint conditions (osteoarthritis)

Sports Injuries

  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFS)
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBS)
  • Tibialis posterior tendonitis
  • Medial knee (TIBIAL) stress syndrome

Lower Back

  • Leg length discrepancy (LLD)
  • Low back pain (discogenic or facet dysfunction)
  • Excessive heel strike shock
  • Pelvic imbalances caused by short leg or hyperpronation

Systemic Conditions

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, gout)


Interesting Foot Facts

  • 70% of the Canadian population will experience foot health problems to varying degrees.
  • Walking is an excellent exercise for your feet.  It also helps your general health by improving circulation and contributes to weight control!
  • The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.  It's a complexe structure requiring specialized knowledge when things go wrong!
  • Women have about four times as many foot problems as men.  High heels, poor footwear and neglect are partly to blame.
  • Appropriate footwear is extremely important in order to keep your feet happy!

The effectiveness of your custom made foot orthotic devices is directly related to the quality of your footwear!



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