ped-OR-thics: the design, manufacture, modification, and fit of footwear & orthoses
What is a Pedorthist?
A Pedorthist is trained in the biomechanical assessment of the lower limb, the fitting and modification of foot orthoses, and the fitting and modifying of footwear, all for the purpose of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions and providing assistance for abnormalities or limited action of the lower limb.
What is a Certified Pedorthist trained to do?
- Assess walking patterns and lower limb alignment
- Design and make custom orthotics
- Fit orthopedic and therapeutic footwear
- Modify footwear
- Cast and measure for custom footwear
- sports injuries
- balance problems
- plantar fasciitis
- bunions and calluses
- circulation problems
(Some evening appointments available.)
Foot Health Services Offered at VP
An assessment of the lower limb alignment, movement pattern, general function of the foot and the interaction of the foot with the rest of the body.
The observation of the lower extremity in motion, to determine deviations in alignment, movement pattern and symmetry.
Custom Foot Orthoses (Orthotics)
Foot appliances placed within shoes which are manufactured from three-dimensional images of the foot.
Custom Made Footwear
Footwear that is manufactured from a three-dimensional image of the foot and lower leg. Footwear can be functional or accommodative. Footwear Modification/Customized Footwear The adaptation of footwear to accommodate deformity and/or improve function of the foot and lower limb.
Over the Counter (OTC) Footbed (Insole)
Prefabricated commercial insoles that the Certified Pedorthist can modify with the addition of posting, padding and/or metatarsal support.
Provides a stable base for an orthoses to sit on. Appropriate footwear is crucial, and an orthosis is rendered less effective by placing it within inferior footwear.
Post-op shoes and forefoot and rearfoot relief shoes.
Pedorthic AssociationsCertified Pedorthists are associated with and regulated by:
American Board for Certification in
Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) The national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic and prosthetic professions.
Pedorthic Footwear Association (PFA)
The not-for-profit professional association which represents the interests of the certified and/or licensed pedorthist and supports the pedorthic profession at large.
Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC)
An independent agency that certifies orthotists, prosthetists,orthotic and mastectomy fitters and their facilities.