Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) – are one of very few healthcare professionals who are trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. They are experts in designing, fitting and modifying custom made orthotics and orthopaedic footwear.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists undergo a rigorous training process in order to be certified by The College of Pedorthics of Canada. To become a Canadian Certified Pedorthist a candidate must first complete a university degree that includes courses in the area of anatomy, biomechanics/gait analysis, medical conditions/diseases, physical assessment and ethics. In addition, candidates must complete a minimum of 3,500 hours, or approximately two to three years, of training in the areas of clinical practice, footwear (fit and modification) and fabrication of custom foot orthotics. More details on pedorthic training and certifications can be found here.
The College of Pedorthics of Canada regulates and certifies Canadian Certified Pedorthists to protect the public by ensuring strict standards of practice. In Canada, Canadian Certified Pedorthists must follow a strict Code of Ethics that is upheld by the College and they must continually upgrade their education to maintain their certification. Canadian Certified Pedorthists must also belong to the Pedorthic Association of Canada – a professional association whose purpose is to develop and promote the study, practice and knowledge of pedorthics. Uncertified Pedorthists are not governed by the College and they are not members of the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
Many third party insurance plans have coverage for custom foot orthotics, orthopaedic footwear, modified footwear and custom footwear from Canadian Certified Pedorthists. All plans across Canada differ so it’s important to look into the specifics in your own plan to confirm your specific coverage. Specifically, you’ll want to review who can refer for foot orthotics and the price range covered. If your insurance plan covers pedorthic services you will need to visit your healthcare provider and ask for a prescription.
Individual provinces also have programs in place through WCB/Work Safe and social assistance for patients that qualify. Check with your individual provincial regulations for more information.