About Us

Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. (CODG)

About Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. (CODG)

Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. (CODG) opened in 1996 with the goal of helping people to function at their personal best.  We believe that when people have pain, weakness, or other challenges, mobility is impaired. Our purpose is to facilitate more efficient movement by reducing pain, supporting or correcting areas of the body to help you participate in life the way that you want to.  Orthoses, orthotics, bracing and splinting may be an option for you; we can help you find the way.

Everyone has a personal best;
Let us help you find yours!

Our Certified Orthotists and Registered Orthotic Technicians are credentialed by Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC) that sets the standard of practice in Canada. To become Certified a person must complete an undergraduate degree in Science or Engineering, a two year post graduate program in orthotics and prosthetics and then a two year Residency before writing board exams.

Being our best helps you be your best!
Various orthoses, braces and splints

How We Work


Based on your diagnosis and goals we will find the best plan of action for you. Customized for your needs. 


We want to make sure we have all the details about you. For example: past injuries, past surgeries, what activities you do, employment, and medical history. 


You will receive a physical assessment, where we will inspect, check range of motion, strength, sensation and complete other tests to help us understand what is happening with your body that leads to your complaint.  The information that we gather helps us to design a treatment plan that meets your needs. 

Gait analysis & biomechanical assessment

If you are seeing us for something to do with your legs/hips or back, we perform a gait analysis and biomechanical assessment to aid in developing our treatment plan.  This really means we watch how you walk and what forces and movement occur when you are walking.

Technical work

Build &

We are here with you every step of the way. Our OPC Registered Orthotic Technicians make your brace or orthosis in our lab based on the design that the Certified Orthotist determines during the assessment.

Delivery of your orthotic treatment

Orthoses and braces are meant to support, align, correct or prevent deformity, and improve the function of a body part. Our treatment plan will be customized for your needs. 

At the delivery, we try on the brace and make sure that it fits properly, is comfortable and does what it is supposed to do.  The delivery appointment sometimes takes a while as we fine tune the brace for you.

Lower leg assessment for AFO (leg brace)


Once you receive your custom orthosis, you will be re-evaluated in 2 week’s time. We want to make sure that it is comfortable and is doing what it is supposed to do.  Often we make minor adjustments to optimize the fit and function.

Regular follow-ups

Our team of kind, experienced professionals are here for you when you need us most. No need to worry.

Whenever you have changes, book back in to see us so that we can make sure that everything is fitting and working as it should.

Supportive holding hands

Constant Support

We aim to provide great customer service. You have our full support, no matter what the problem – we want to see you again. 

What people are saying...

Client Feedback

"I just wanted to let you know - for the first time in months and months - I am able to go for a long, long walk - because my feet are not killing me anymore!!! I am not limping at work anymore either!!! Thanks so much - I feel great! Even walking 8 blocks back to the car after the last appointment with them in my shoes - I could have done a tap dance all the way - the change was so drastic!"

    MS. J.D

    "The whole process was very positive, Custom Orthotic Design Group answered all of my questions and responded to my concerns in a professional pleasant manner. I highly recommend that anyone requiring any form of custom-made orthotic from a simple shoe insert to a sophisticated support such as my CROW walker consider Custom Orthotic Design Group."

      MR. M.B

      Our Team

      Experts that make it happen

      James Amesbury

      Certified Orthotist - BSc, CO(c)

      Jim has been a Canadian Board (CBCPO) Certified Orthotist since 1996. He is a graduate of the Clinical Methods In Prosthetics and Orthotics Program at George Brown College and also has a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.

      Jim’s orthotic interests include management of poliomyelitis, sports medicine bracing and custom foot orthoses.  In addition to his clinical practice, Jim is working to advance knowledge in the area of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing in the field of orthotics. 

      In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing hockey.

      Ronda Badger

      Certified Orthotist - BSc, CO(c)

      Ronda has been a Canadian Board (CBCPO) Certified Orthotist since 2001. Ronda holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Biomedical Sciences, from the University of Guelph, as well as a Diploma in Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics from George Brown College. Ronda is a member of provincial and national professional organizations, where she has served as a board and committee member. In her spare time, Ronda enjoys being active with her family, exploring the great outdoors.

      Melanie Chan

      Certified Orthotist - BASc, CO(c)

      Melanie became a Canadian Board (CBCPO) Certified Orthotist in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering.

      Linda Laakso

      Certified Orthotist - MSc, CO(c), FCBC

      Linda has been a Canadian Board (CBCPO) Certified Orthotist since 1995. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Minor in Biomedical Sciences.  Linda graduated with a Master of Science (Rehabilitation) from McMaster University in June 2013 and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University in Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Science.

      Linda’s special orthotic interests include management of the diabetic foot and diabetic foot ulcers.  She completed the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) Institute Levels 1-3 for advanced knowledge in wound care and continues to provide care on a daily basis to help people protect and keep their feet from the complications due to diabetes and neuropathy.

      Xiaodong Liu

      Registered Orthotic Technician RTO(c)

      Xiaodong Liu has been working as a orthotic technician since 1999. He graduated from Orthotic/Prosthetic technical program of George Brown College. He also obtained Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences (now affiliated to Jilin University) in China.

      Bran Luu

      Orthotic Intern

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