BENNINGTON >> Family Footwear Center has announced the addition of Gretchen Lima, American Board Certified Pedorthist to their Manchester store location.

As a Certified Pedorthist, Lima is trained and educated in the biomechanical functions of the foot and how this relates to footwear and orthotics. She specializes in proper shoe fitting of both children and adults as well as diabetics and those suffering with temporary or chronic foot pain and ailments.

Pedorthic treatment is routinely prescribed by medical professionals to restore function, ease pain, prevent further pain or damage, and/or improve mobility and comfort. As Lima explains, "Our feet are the foundation of our body and also have an impact on our knees, back and neck. Wearing the proper footwear can significantly improve our comfort and quality of life."

Lima received her Pedorthic certification in February 2010 from the Eneslow Pedorthic Institute in New York, N.Y. She has additional training through Aetrex and Orthofeet Pedorthic courses, Masterfit biomechanics and lab techniques and Quadro Step functional gait analysis.

Lima is now scheduling free consultations and analyses at Family Footwear Center, 4578 Main Street, Manchester Center, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 802-362-4378.