Pedorthists are not licensed to diagnose acute issues. However, they are skilled at recommending the appropriate shoes to fit a particular foot type. They work with a variety of people, from athletes to diabetics.
Pedorthist is the title of a health care professional who specializes in the use of footwear and supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs. The pedorthists are trained in most of the common foot conditions including: flat feet, painful arches, painful heels, bunions, hammertoes, diabetes, arthritis, etc. The pedorthist is also trained and casting and molding custom inserts to better fit the patients/customers.
Pedorthists studied foot anatomy and pathology, biomechanics, shoe construction and modification, foot orthosis fabrication and materials, footwear fitting and patient/practice management. They specializes in the provision of custom foot orthoses, custom made footwear and footwear modifications.
Treatment options can include:
-appropriate footwear to support the foot, ensure that the movement pattern does not over stress the skeletal structure and muscular function,
-custom made footwear
-custom foot orthoses for clients that require accommodation of bony deformity of the foot or protection of the skin due to faulty biomechanics of the lower limb.
Pedorthists work in : Pedorthic practice/clinics, specialty clinic (wound care, diabetic clinic), an acute care hospital setting, a long-term-care facility (nursing home, assisted living facility), rehabilitation facility, patient’s home.
Pedorthists Salary: $28,403 – $52,954