A Certified Pedorthist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the comprehensive patient foot care using therapeutic foot wear and supportive orthotic devices (arch supports) for the foot. The Pedorthist helps the
patient prevent or reduce painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle. The foot is “literally” the foundation of your body and treatment by a Pedorthist can positively affect the entire musculoskeletal system. A Pedorthist works in collaboration with a physician’s office to address a patient’s pathology and provides their own patient evaluations and recommendations for treatment options. The Pedorthist designs and/or creates therapeutic shoes, foot orthoses, custom shoes, ankle-foot orthotics, fillers for partial foot amputations and more.
The Pedorthist Certificate Program is designed to ensure competency with the primary Pedorthic Learning Domains of:
- Patient Assessment
- Formulation of Treatment Plans
- Implementation Of Treatment Plans
- Follow up Treatment Plans
- Practice Management
- Pedorthic Professional Ethics and Compliance
You will begin with a thorough review of human anatomy with a focus on the anatomy of the feet. Human anatomy includes muscles, nerves, bones and skin. Theory and actual practice of orthotics, therapeutic shoes, modifications and custom design will follow. The student will learn on actual CAD/CAM technology and conduct their practice labs in a working orthotics/fitting/technology production facility. A Pedorthist is required to adhere to all laws, statutes and regulations as a medical professional. HIPAA, Medicare, Federal and State laws are covered.
A Certificate is required to sit for either the BOC or ABC Pedorthist Examination. Successful completion of the program will require a final grade of 70% or higher, which includes the evaluations of your practice laboratories, you will not receive a certificate. To re-take the program requires reenrollment and payment of tuition and materials fees.
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