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What is a Pedorthist?

 

Canadian Certified Pedorthists are custom foot 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.


 

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What Formal Education do Pedorthists Possess?


 

 

Canadian 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.  Most Pedorthists will complete a post graduate diploma program in Pedorthics through the University of Western Ontario, with detailed training and education in all aspects of assessment, manufacture, and fit of custom foot orthotics.