Healthy Steps Pedorthic Clinic: Two Services Under One Roof

Barrhaven Foot Care Pedorthic Clinic

Here in our Barrhaven clinic, we are offering two different services. Our goal is to achieve positive outcomes and provide our clients with the ability to improve their health and quality of life through pedorthic and nutrition services. Our team of certified experts offer everything from nutrition guidance and meal planning to custom orthotics created uniquely for each client.


Barrhaven Foot Care Pedorthic nutrition

There is a great deal of conflicting information out there – eat this, don’t eat that – and it changes regularly. Our on-staff registered dietitian and expert Ottawa nutritionist, Alia Khudhair-Gilmer can help alleviate the confusion.

Eating well does not have to be frustrating. We can help support a wide range of nutrition-related goals and conditions, including:

  • Weight management
  • Heart-healthy eating with a focus on lowering lipid levels
  • Diabetes management
  • Plant-based diets
  • Digestive issues
  • PCOS
  • Prenatal and postnatal nutrition
  • Child and toddler feeding

How does it work? Alia works with EatLove to customize a meal plan for you based on your medical condition, allergies, food preferences, cooking skills, and nutrition goals in Ottawa. EatLove will choose recipes for you from a database of 3,000 options. You can even schedule the date you want to start it and swap out recipes you don’t like.

Alia’s unique approach to nutrition counseling involves implementing simple, yet meaningful changes in your life that can realistically become healthy, everyday habits. She is also a mother to three children and understands the challenges that life throws your way that can make it difficult to eat well and exercise.

Concerned that working with a dietitian/nutritionist might be out of reach? Many workplace health and benefits plans reimburse for dietitian services, and these services are also both tax-deductible and HST exempt.

Pedorthic Services

Barrhaven walk in park outdoor with People Jogging exercise Healthy lifestyle

At Healthy Steps Pedorthic Clinic, we provide gentle and effective methods of treatment in regards to foot and lower limb conditions.

Some of the common conditions we treat include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis and other forms of heel pain
  • Metatarsalgia (pain at ball of foot)
  • Sports Injuries
  • Diabetes – Off-Loading
  • Osteoarthritis – Foot, Ankle, or Knee
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendon Disorders

These conditions can be effectively treated or managed with proper fitting footwear, stretching, and when necessary orthotic therapy with custom Ottawa orthotics.

Custom-made foot orthotics are prescribed by your physician when abnormal structures exist and are designed to treat the root of your symptoms. This type of orthotic can only be made from a 3D cast of the foot and is the most effective in providing long-term relief.

Our Team

Derek Gilmer

Derek is the founder and owner of Healthy Steps Pedorthic clinic, established in 2009. With over 15 years of experience, Derek is a certified pedorthist exclusively trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of custom-made orthoses (orthotics) and footwear with the goals of alleviating and managing pain, discomfort, and disabilities in both the legs and feet. 

Richard May

Richard is a certified pedorthist and joined Healthy Steps in 2010. With over 13 years of experience, he is exclusively trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit, and modification of custom orthoses (orthotics), as well as footwear. Richard’s goals are to help every patient manage their pain and discomfort while mitigating the impact of disabilities.

Alia Khudhair-Gilmer

Alia is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario with over 13 years of clinical nutrition experience. Her passion is to help others reach their health goals through evidence-based nutrition counseling and education.