Canadian Certified Pedorthists are trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. They have specialized education and training in the design, manufacture, fit and modifications of foot orthotics and footwear.
Pedorthists help alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of lower limbs and feet that left untreated could result in limited mobility.
Certified Canadian Pedorthists must undergo a rigorous training process. Candidates must first have a university degree that includes courses in the area of anatomy, medical conditions and diseases, physical assessments and ethics. Post-graduate training and examination includes biomechanics, anatomy, pathomechanics, orthotic fabrication and modification and footwear modification and fitting. Two routes to Pedorthic certification exists, a post-graduate diploma or an apprenticeship training requiring up to 4000 hours or approximately three years of clinical, technical training in the areas of assessment, orthotic fabrication and dispensing skills, shoe fitting and shoe modification.
The College of Pedorthics has a duty to regulate and certify Pedorthists and to “protect the public by ensuring standards of practice.” Pedorthists must continually upgrade their education to maintain their certification.