Established in 1948, the American Board for Certification (ABC) is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions. ABC has become the quality standard in O, P & P certification and today has more than 13,000 certified individuals. ABC grants the C.Ped. designation to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and have successfully passed the Pedorthic Examination. This examination is taken after an individual learns about fitting footwear, shoe construction and modification, and patient management.
From the ABC, a pedorthist (peh-DOR-thist) “is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive pedorthic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.” After your doctor has determined what support your footwear should provide, a pedorthist can fill that prescription. Most of the time, pedorthic interventions can prevent invasive surgeries.
It’s a team approach: your doctor treats your foot, and the pedorthist addresses your footwear needs. Maintaining or regaining mobility, resolving injuries, and preventing further issues are some of the goals of a pedorthist. In such a fast paced world, the proper footwear and modifications can keep you on your feet. Gait analysis, checking your range of motion, and analyzing reactions to weight bearing vs non weight bearing are all ways pedorthists choose the proper items for you.