For Healthcare Providers
Working Together: Healthcare Providers and Pedorthists
As part of the Canadian healthcare team, Pedorthists consult with patients based on referrals from physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.
A Canadian Certified Pedorthist – C. Ped (C) – is one of the very few healthcare professionals educated and trained in how to assess, modify, design, and fit custom-made foot orthotics, footwear modifications, and footwear.
Including a Canadian Certified Pedorthist in a patient’s healthcare team adds specialist expertise in the treatment of mechanical foot pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet. Canadian Certified Pedorthists spend up to one hour in their initial patient assessment to look at the whole ‘mechanical foot’ picture and then provide the correct treatment in collaboration with the patient’s referring healthcare provider.
Once a referral is received, a pedorthist:
To determine the need and design of custom-made foot orthotics, orthopaedic footwear, footwear modifications, and custom-made footwear, a very thorough clinical assessment, biomechanical examination, and gait analysis must be performed to determine if one of these products is an appropriate treatment for the presenting medical condition. Only qualified foot care professionals have the expertise, training, and education required to assess, develop a treatment plan, design, manufacture, deliver, and modify these orthopaedic products.
When to Refer to a Pedorthist:
Pedorthists can help your patients when:
Canadian Certified Pedorthists help patients with a wide range of foot and lower limb problems, including:
Successful outcomes are highly dependent on the collaboration of healthcare professionals from many disciplines to ensure a high-level of quality in patient care.