What is Pedorthics?
Pedorthics is a health care profession that is specific to the management of comprehensive pedorthic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. A pedorthist fits, fabricates, adjusts or modifies pedorthic devices. Pedorthics encompasses shoes, shoe modifications and foot orthoses that prevent or alleviate foot problems caused by disease, overuse, injury or congenital defect. Certified Pedorthists work with patients and their footwear to conform to a doctor's footwear prescription as part of the patient's treatment.
How do I become a Certified Pedorthist?
To become a Certified Pedorthist, you must have a high school diploma, GED or college degree, complete a three level pedorthic education course approved by the National Commission for Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of patient care experience in pedorthics and pass a certifying examination administered by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) or the Board for Certification/Accreditation Intl. (BOC). Both ABC and BOC are independent certification boards that set standards for the profession and administer certification examinations.
What exactly are the course requirements?
Each NCOPE (link to www.ncope.org/pedorthic_education) course covers the basic knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for the certification exam. Contact the schools directly for specific course requirements, dates and fees.
Finally, you must take and pass the certification exam.
Can my facility receive accreditation?
Yes, facility accreditation recognizes that your facility has the necessary staff, records and resources (such as inventory, equipment, fitting rooms and workshops) to perform pedorthic work on the premises in a timely fashion.
How can I contact the ABC to get started?
Download a copy of the ABC Pedorthist Candidate Guide and Rule Book by clicking here or contact ABC and they will send you a copy.
American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc.
330 John Carlyle St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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