What is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist

Certified Pedorthist” is a title used by ”The College of Pedorthics of Canada” The professional designation of Certified Pedorthist is assigned to individuals who have completed the required training through education and clinic experience, and have passed the Pedorthic Certification exam. An individual who has met the above requirements must comply with a mandatory continuing education program in order to maintain this certification. A certified pedorthist is obligated to support and conform to professional responsibilities that promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession. Pedorthists consult with patients based on a referral from a prescribing health care professional such as a family physician and are integrated members of health care teams. Certified Pedorthists work within a specific capacity detailed in their respective scope of practice documents.  The College of Pedorthics of Canada enforces its professional code of ethics for all members.

A Certified Pedorthist assists in:

  • Alleviating painful or debilitating conditions of the lower limb;
  • Accommodation of foot deformities;
  • Re-alignment of anatomical structures;
  • Redistribution of external and internal forces;
  • Improvement of balance;
  • Control of biomechanical function;
  • Accommodation of circulatory special requirements; and,
  • Enhancement of the actions or limbs compromised as a result of an accident, congenital deformityneural condition, or disease.

A Certified Pedorthist – C.Ped., or C.Ped (C) is a health professional who is trained to assess patients, formulate and implement a treatment plan and follow-up with patients. The services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • The evaluation and documentation of: Biomechanics;
  • Gait analysis including temporal and spatial assessment;
  • Range of motion;
  • Footwear analysis;
  • Review of potentially complicated health factors;
  • Circulation;
  • Skin integrity;
  • Pedorthic requirements;
  • Proprioception and environmental barriers including social, home and work integration.
  • Verification of prescription/documentation;
  • Evaluation of the prescription rationale;
  • A needs assessment based on patient and/or caregiver input;
  • Development of functional goals;
  • Analysis of structural and design requirements;
  • Consultation with and/or referral to other health care professionals as required.
  • Acquisition of / modification and/or rectification of anthropometric data;
  • Casting and measuring for custom footwear and/or orthotics;
  • Material selection and fabrication;
  • Fitting and adjusting orthoses (sometimes called orthotics);
  • Fitting and modifying standard and orthopedic footwear;
  • Accommodating/incorporating complementary assistive devices;
  • Fabrication of pedorthic devices;
  • Device structural evaluation;
  • Patient education and instruction.
  • Documentation of functional changes;
  • Formulation of modifications to ensure successful outcomes;
  • Reassessment of patient expectations;
  • Reassessment of treatment objectives;
  • Development of long-term treatment plan;
  • Confirmation of patient education and instruction