The Foot Lab

The Foot Lab - Tom Lemke, Custom Orthotics in Edmonton, AB

Custom Orthopedic Footwear in Edmonton, AB

The Foot Lab in Edmonton, AB specializes in custom orthopedic footwear, custom inserts, orthotics and footwear modifications. Visit Tom Lemke, our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman if you require custom-made shoes, custom insoles or other orthopedic footwear to improve posture, relieve pain or improve balance.

Custom Footwear, Custom Inserts, Custom Insoles, Orthotics, Footwear Modifications

Whatever the reason you need custom-made footwear, The Foot Lab can help.

Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.


Our Services

If you’ve had trouble finding properly-fitting shoes because you have hard-to-fit feet, get comfortable with a pair of made-to-measure, custom shoes. The Foot Lab in Edmonton makes sure your shoes fit exactly as they should, whether you have very large, small, narrow, or wide feet, and even in the presence of a bump or other non-typical foot shape.

Custom Orthopedic Footwear

Whatever the reason you need custom footwear or custom-made shoes, The Foot Lab can help.

We cast, measure, scan and photograph your feet to create a 3D computer model before sending it to our top-notch manufacturing facility. There, skilled craftsmen build your shoes to exact measurements, so you get the most accurate fit possible. Once your shoes are complete, we quality check each one to make sure everything came out exactly right. Your new custom-made orthopedic shoes can be ready in just 4-6 weeks.

If you have foot, leg, or back pain or discomfort, custom-made orthopedic shoes can make a world of difference in your daily life. A custom orthopedic shoe is built by hand for your specific needs, including the way you stand and walk, providing relief from chronic health conditions like cerebral palsy, diabetes or a partial foot amputation.

Hard-to-Fit Feet

Footwear plays a critical part in how we move. Poorly fitting shoes can even cause long-term pain problems. Imagine a pair of shoes or boots that fits you perfectly the moment you try them on. If you’ve had trouble finding properly-fitting shoes at traditional stores because you have hard-to-fit feet, make an investment in your comfort with a pair of made-to-measure, custom shoes. The Foot Lab makes sure your shoes fit exactly as they should, whether you have very large, small, narrow, or wide feet, and even in the presence of a bump or other non-typical foot shape.

Military Shoes and Boots

No career has you on your feet as often as one in the military. Protect your back and foot health with custom-made shoes or boots that meet dress code standards. If you need orthopedic shoes or have hard-to-fit feet, the military may even cover the costs of your custom shoes. (You’ll need prior approval from them before you start the custom footwear process in order to guarantee your coverage.)

Custom Inserts & Custom Insoles

Your shoes or boots fit much more comfortably with a custom-made insert or insole. A custom-fit insert or insole reduces strain on your body caused by walking or standing, improving your joint and muscle health.

At The Foot Lab, we start with a full analysis of your gait – the way you walk and move. From there, we make a cast of your feet and get to work creating the right foot orthotic for you. Made in-house by pedorthic master craftsman Tom Lemke, your inserts or insoles can be ready in just a week.

Footwear Modification

When your leg lengths or foot shapes don’t match, off-the-shelf footwear is uncomfortable and impractical. You might walk with a limp or have persistent pain in your feet, legs or back.

The Foot Lab can change your existing shoes to accommodate differently-sized legs or feet. For differently-sized feet, we gently stretch your off-the-shelf shoes to fit. If your legs are different lengths, we add a larger sole to your existing shoe on the shorter side, giving you a more natural walk with less impact with less strain on your body.
It all starts with a full assessment of the way you walk, stand and move. 


Insurance Coverage

The Foot Lab works with AADL, WCB, (F)NIHB, private medical insurance companies, doctors and specialists to make your custom orthopedic footwear, insoles, inserts and custom-made shoes.

  • AADL covers 75% or 100% dependent on your financial situation, A prescription from your doctor or podiatrist is required for coverage.
  • NIHB covers 100% if the footwear is approved. A prescription from a surgical specialist is required for coverage.
  • WCB covers 100% if you have prior approval from WCB.
  • Private health insurance covers custom made orthopedic footwear. In most cases the coverage is sufficient to cover the 25% not covered by AADL; be sure to check your policy. Like AADL, private health insurance requires a prescription from your doctor or podiatrist for coverage.

About The Foot Lab

Located in the Meadowlark Place Professional Centre, we have been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years. Our Pedorthist will cast, measure, scan and photograph your feet to create a 3D computer model from which we can build your custom-made shoes to exact measurements. Our custom orthopedic shoe is built by hand for your specific needs, including the way you stand and walk, providing relief from chronic health conditions like cerebral palsy, diabetes or a partial foot amputation.


Tom Lemke, CPedMC, CPedC

As one of only six Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in North America, Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

In addition to the coveted CPMC designation, Tom is also a Certified Orthopaedic Footwear Specialist and a Certified Pedorthist. As a Pedorthist,Tom is a specialist in manufacturing, fitting and modifying foot appliances such as braces, shoes, boots and all types of customer footwear.

In 2003, Tom founded his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab in Edmonton, AB. Tom has a passion for designing and making custom orthopedic footwear to help his customers walk more comfortably. He is especially proud of his work to serve the customer footwear needs of Canadian Military personnel.


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