About Summit Pedorthics
About Summit Pedorthics
This is what Summit Pedorthics wants to do for you! We want to help you achieve optimum foot health!
- Advise you how to exercise and stretch your and manipulate your feet and lower legs.
- Have available or link to products that will help you obtain your goals.
- Provide over- the-counter, customized over-the-counter, and custom made foot orthotics.
- Advice on appropriate shoes, sizing and shoe modifications for your feet.
- Eventually having a store front where I can personally assist you.
- To offer footwear.
- All at affordable cost to allow being comfortable well affordable.
Cash, Checks or Debit/Credit cards accepted. *We are working on insurance billing!* Thank you for your patience!
Summit Pedorthics ©2015
My Experience & History
I started working in 1972 at the age of fifteen in a mom and pop shoe store called Wilkinsons Shoeland. Kay Wilkinson’s` father started Greens Foot-So-Port during the Great Depression and was a success, Kay learned the business from her father and taught her husband Wilkie (Evan) how to fit shoes. Wilkie went to classes to become a Pedorthist and this was my first exposure to orthopedic shoes. I was taught how to fit and sell shoes as well as some Pedorthic technology as well. In 1977 I married my high school sweetheart and wanted to expand my repertoire and sought out a managerial position with Stride Rite a children’s shoe retailer in Glenbrook mall. For two years I was the assistant manager then manager. During the two years that I was manager I doubled the stores sales, earning a local and national reputation. Wanting to challenge myself even more I left Stride Rite and eventually was hired by Fred Toenges in 1983. By 1985 I became the stores assistant manager and watched Fred practice Pedorthics, I was very interested. Fred taught me everything I could absorb and he was a tough task master but I learned. I became very instrumental in increasing the Pedorthic business. In 1987 I attended classes at Northwestern University, Chicago and became a Nationally Board Certified Pedorthist. Learning about human propulsion, bio-mechanic, kinematics and physiology. As we grew we added more Pedorthists, technicians and shoe repair. I had a knack for listening to and evaluating customers foot problems, quickly gaining respect from customers and physicians as a go to guy. Leaving Toenges, I was presented with some challenges and took time to determine what I wanted to do. I missed the Pedorthic business so I decided to create a blog to help people help themselves. Eventually I hope to be back in business fitting, modifying, manufacturing shoes and orthotics.
Steve Bumgardner C. Ped, Summit Pedorthics Owner