Why Choose a Pedorthist?

Why Choose a Pedorthist?

Canadian Certified Pedorthists are orthotic and footwear experts. Pedorthists (C Ped (C)) are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. With specialized education and training in the design, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotics and footwear, Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet that if left untreated could result in limited mobility. Pedorthists work alongside other healthcare professionals to help maintain foot health and mobility, and consult with patients based on a referral from a prescribing healthcare professional such as a family physician. We proud members of the Canadian Healthcare team in Canada focused on helping patients achieve and maintain proper foot care and health.

What services do Pedorthists provide?

To help their patients, Canadian Certified Pedorthists provide a wide range of services. They will assess your feet and lower legs and provide a gait assessment (evaluate how you walk or run). They provide education about your condition and the treatment that is recommended. They can provide custom made foot orthoses (commonly known as a foot orthotic) or over-the-counter devices. They can professionally fit you with footwear that is appropriate for your foot type and problems. Footwear can also be modified to accommodate problem areas.

How is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist different from other foot health professionals?

A Canadian Certified Pedorthist is one of very few healthcare professionals who are educated and tested in how to assess, modify, design and fit both custom-made orthoses and footwear. Additionally, Pedorthists are unique from other orthotic experts because they do not both prescribe the treatment and provide the treatment for their clients – similar to the relationship between a physician and pharmacist. This helps eliminate potential conflict of interest, as a patient can choose who will provide the treatment recommended by their physician. Even more importantly, the collaboration of healthcare professionals from different disciplines (e.g. general practitioner and Pedorthists) ensures a high-level of quality in patient care.

What type of training do Pedorthists undergo?

Pedorthists undergo a rigorous training process in order to be certified by The College of Pedorthics of Canada. To become a Canadian Certified Pedorthist a candidate must first complete a University degree that includes courses in the area of anatomy, biomechanics/gait analysis, medical conditions/diseases physical assessment and ethics. In addition, candidates must complete a minimum of 4,000 hours, or approximately two to three years, of training in the areas of clinical practice, footwear (fit and modification) and fabrication of custom orthoses.

*Source: Pedorthic Association of Canada, Why Choose a Pedorthist Brochure, 2009