Canadian Certified Pedorthists are orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are healthcare professionals with extensive training in postural analysis, movement patterns, and musculoskeletal examination. More specifically, they focus on the assessment of lower limb anatomy, muscle and joint function, as well as the interaction of the foot and lower limb with the rest of the body. They are trained in the design and manufacture of orthoses, as well as the selection, fit, and modification of footwear.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain and enhance quality of life.
To become a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, one must first earn a university degree that includes courses in anatomy, biomechanics/gait analysis, medical conditions/diseases, physical assessment, and ethics.
After earning the degree, one must either: (a) complete the post-graduate program in Pedorthics at Western University; or (b) train as an apprentice for a minimum 3,500 hours in the areas of clinical practice, footwear (fit and modification), and the fabrication of custom orthoses. Upon completion, one must satisfy the rigours of an examination process, both written and practical. Examinations are administered by The College of Pedorthics of Canada.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists are governed by The College of Pedorthics of Canada. The College’s role is to protect the interests of the public, regulate the profession, and hold its practitioners to the highest standards of professional practice and ethical behaviour.
Pedorthists cooperate closely with physicians and allied health professionals in the provision of pedorthic solutions to lower limb and foot-related health problems. The College’s Code of Ethics allows a pedorthist to enter into professional affiliations with others only if it is possible to maintain his/her professional integrity.
As of May 2018, there were 596 Canadian Certified Pedorthists and interest in the profession continues to grow. Canadian Certified Pedorthists are committed to professional development and research reflecting a shared commitment to improve practice across Canada.
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