PEDORTHICS - (PE-DOOR-THICKS)
(n): the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear
and orthoses to help deal with pain, discomfort and disabilities
in the legs and feet.
and their Designations
pedorthist is an individual who is trained in the manufacturing,
modification of foot appliances and footwear to assist in:
painful or debilitating conditions of the lower limb;
of foot deformities;
of anatomical structures;
of external and internal forces;
of biomechanical function;
of circulatory special requirements; and,
of the actions of limbs compromised as a result of accident,
congenital deformity, neural condition, or disease.
Ped (C) - Certified Pedorthist Canada
through observation of surface anatomy and palpation of the
gait analyses, range-of-motion testing, footwear analysis and
review of potentially complicated health factors;
manufacturing, fitting and adjusting orthoses;
and modifying standard and orthopaedic footwear;
complementary assistive devices; and,
and measuring for custom footwear.
See a Pedorthist?
you, or a member of your family are dealing with foot pain, are
suffering from a disease process which can affect your feet, circulation
or sensation, or have noticed an abnormal wear pattern to your footwear,
you may want to visit your local Pedorthic Practitioner. They may
be able to help you deal with your foot and lower limb discomfort.
one of the few medical professionals educated in the design, fit,
manufacture, and modification of footwear and foot orthoses (Orthotics),
Certified Members of the Pedorthic
Association of Canada (PAC) are regularly called upon to fill
prescriptions and make recommendations.
foot requires special attention. Variables such as overall length,
heel to ball length, and width are assessed in both a seated and
standing position. Other variables may include bony deformities
of the greater and lesser toes, instep height, amputations, ulceration,
and biomechanical anomalies such as over-pronation or over-supination,
in-toeing or out-toeing.
Pedorthists are trained to deal with these and many more complicated
situations of the human foot. In many cases, internal or external
modifications may be indicated to treat these deformities, and can
come in the form of sole lifts, rocker soles, balloon patches, and
changes to the profile of a shoe's upper. A custom made foot orthosis
(Orthotic) may also be required to deal with specific biomechanical
(movement) problems, pressure distribution, or impact. Your Pedorthic
Practitioner is qualified to treat these and many other conditions
of the foot and lower leg.