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Foot orthotics I Footwear  
Orthopedic shoe modifications

Ground Control Orthotics clinics are available in
Beaver Bank, Halifax, Windsor, Bridgewater and Chester Basin.
Our services include: custom foot orthotics and custom modified orthopedic footwear. 
Over 25 years of treating foot pain at your service.

Ground Control Orthotics 

2271 Beaver Bank Rd. Beaver Bank, NS. B4G 1E4.

902 802 0606

Home visits and satellite clinics are available throughout HRM and Nova Scotia


What are foot orthotics and custom orthopedic shoes?

What are foot orthotics?


Custom foot orthotics are orthopedic devices, similar to shoe inserts that are prescribed and designed to control and maintain proper foot alignment, alleviate pressure, and reduce pain of the foot and lower limb. 


What are custom modified orthopedic shoes?


In some cases, it is necessary to provide additional support or to accommodate irregular shaped feet and pressure points by way of modifying footwear.

Onsite lab and our comprehensive approach to treatment:

We manufacture your orthotics in our onsite lab to ensure minimal wait times and to provide you with the highest quality and attention to detail. To get the most out of your orthotics, they sometimes need to be optimized with your feedback. We include comprehensive follow ups, at no additional cost, with every pair of orthotics we make.

How long does it take to make orthotics?

We will have your orthotics ready in 3-7 business days.


Treatable conditions

Foot orthotics are effective in treating many foot injuries, pathologies and pain

Custom foot orthotics have been shown to be effective in treating the following conditions:

  •  Arthritis

  •  Diabetes

  •  Plantar fasciitis

  •  Achilles tendonitis

  •  Bunions and bunionettes

  •  Shin splints

  •  Claw toes or hammer toes

  •  Lower limb length discrepancies

  •  Sports injuries

  •  Metatarsalgia

  •  Other foot injuries due to accidents, and many       more


Foot casts made with the Vertical Foot Alignment System

Vertical Foot Alignment System


At Ground Control Orthotics we use a state-of-the-art foot casting system which allows us to capture the foot in its optimal position while weight bearing. We are the first to use the Vertical Foot Alignment System in Canada. Capturing the foot’s shape in weight bearing results in better patient outcomes, reduced pain and increased comfort.

foot casts

Footwear modifications

We can modify most athletic type shoes, work boots and leather shoes. 

Types of footwear modifications we do are:

  • Rocker soles for arthritis, drop foot and other conditions.

  • Lifts to accommodate for a leg length difference.

  • Lateral/medial wedges for feet that "roll" in or out

  • flares and buttresses for extra support

Custom sandals:

We make sandals with custom moulded insoles in several styles and colours. These sandals will fit your feet perfectly and essentially have an orthotic built into the footbed. 


Custom shoes:

We make custom shoes from custom lasts made for your feet. Custom shoes are made to accommodate irregular-shaped feet, extremely large feet, or individuals who need a significant amount of correction or support that would otherwise require bracing. 


Insurance coverage

Our services are covered by most private insurance policies.


Direct billing is available for eligible plans.

isurance coverage
about us

About Us

Get to know our team!

Ground Control Orthotics is an evidence based; patient centered pedorthic clinic. The clinic is owned and operated by Yotam Friedman Raz C. Ped (C) and Jennifer Saunders C. Ped Tech (C). Jen and Yotam have a combined 25 years of experience in custom foot orthotics, orthopedic shoe modification and custom shoemaking. 


Yotam graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) with honours. As part of his degree Yotam carried out two pilot studies on the application of foot orthotics obtained from weight bearing casts. Yotam apprenticed at Orthotics East under Jaime Nickerson and Freeman Churchill. Yotam used to be a full time shoemaker, and has been making shoes since the age of 19.


Jennifer attended Mount Saint Vincent University, and then purused a career in orthotic fabrication. Jennier is a Pedorthist, certified by the American Board for Certification In Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics and a Certified Pedorthic Technician from the College of Pedorthics of Canada. Jennifer is one of a handful of individuals in Nova Scotia who is proficient in orthopedic footwear modifications.



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Phone: 902 802 0606



2271 Beaver Bank Rd.

Beaver Bank, NS. B4G 1E4.

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