What is a Pedorthist?
Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) - are orthotic and footwear experts. Specialized education and training gives Pedorthists the expertise to assess the lower limb anatomy and biomechanics, as well as cast, manufacture, adjust, and dispense foot orthotics and shoes. This is a skill set unique to the C Ped (C) designation.
What they do and how they help
Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) - are one of the few health care professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy, muscle and joint function. They have specialized education and training in foot orthotics and footwear to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet.
What to expect
A full technical assessment should take 45-60 minutes and includes an in depth biomechanical exam and gait analysis to determine what is causing the problem for the patient. Information will be given on the appropriate solutions to get rid of the pain, discomfort, of inefficiencies about the way the patient is walking or running.
If custom foot orthotics are required, a 3 dimensional cast of the foot will be taken and footwear education and home exercise routines will be discussed to start things on the road to recovery. Generally, the patient will return in 2-3 weeks to pick up their orthotics. They must bring shoes to this appointment so the orthotics can be properly fit and the pedorthist can assess how the orthotic is controlling the patient’s gait pattern. This appointment normally takes about 30 minutes and footwear choices will be discussed if they have not already been addressed.
Why choose a Pedorthist
Canadian Certified Pedorthists are University educated in the areas of anatomy, biomechanics, medical conditions/diseases, physical assessment and ethics.
Their post-graduate training is completed at The College of Pedorthics where they must fulfill a minimum of 3,500 hours (approximately two to three years),of training in the areas of clinical practice, footwear (fit and modification) and fabrication of custom orthotics.
Based on stringent levels of pedorthic experience and training, Pedorthists may achieve one of three levels of certification to offer services in an active practice:
- C. Ped (C) - Certified Pedorthist Canada
- C. Ped MC - Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman
- C. Ped Tech (C) - Certified Pedorthic Technician Canada
More details on these certifications can be found on the website of The College of Pedorthics of Canada at www.cpedcs.ca.
How to see one
To see a Canadian Certified Pedorthists consult your physician for a referral. With that referral you can locate a Canadian Certified Pedorthist.