Pedorthists: Who Are They and What Do They Do?

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
While other healthcare practitioners are equipped to prescribe and provide therapeutic footwear, there is one specialist devoted solely to that pursuit.

Pedorthists aim to improve overall function while reducing pain. 

 

When patients with diabetes or with other foot sensitivity issues require special shoes, inserts and/or modifications to provide extra accommodation and protection for insensitive feet, who exactly takes care of that?

While other healthcare practitioners are equipped to prescribe and provide therapeutic footwear, there is one specialist devoted solely to that pursuit. It’s all he/she does. We are talking about a pedorthist.

Pedorthics is the science and practice of evaluating, fabricating and delivering footwear and foot orthoses to prevent or improve painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle caused by disease, congenital defect, overuse or injury.

A credentialed pedorthist is a specialist in using footwear – shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses and other pedorthic devices – to solve problems in, or related to, the foot and lower limb. When a foot requires medical attention, footwear may well be a factor in the patient’s treatment, recovery or rehabilitation. It’s a team approach: While the doctor treats your foot, the credentialed pedorthist addresses your footwear needs.  For example, a when developing a therapeutic shoe a pedorthist could consider the following modifications:

  • For individuals with diabetes, shoes could include low heels, a spacious, rounded toe box, well-cushioned heel and sole, and soft uppers that can mold to the shape of the wearer’s foot.
  • To allow insertion of a molded foot (FO) or ankle-foot (AFO) orthosis or to accommodate minor deformities, shoes with extra depth throughout are commonly prescribed.
  • For advanced diabetes and gross deformities, custom-molded shoes or boots are generally necessary.
  • Therapeutic shoes are available in a wide variety of styles and colors.

At JP&O our Pedorthists are certified through the American Board of Certification for Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics and bear the C. Ped credentials. Certification is also available through the Board of Certification/Accreditation International and is distinguished by the BOCPD credentials.

At JP&O, our pedorthists aim to improve your function and reduce your overall pain.  To speak with a pedorthist, please contact JP&O today!

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