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San Luis Podiatry Group

Patient Education

 
 

Overview

A Certified Pedorthist (Cped) is a non-physician healthcare specialist that is trained to help treat upon prescription, foot and lower leg problems with the use of prescription footwear, orthotics or braces.

Becoming a pedorthist requires completing the educational requirements approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) and passing a written credentialing exam.

A pedorthist will select, make and/or modify footwear and foot control devices to help people maintain or regain as much mobility as possible or to optimize their lower extremity biomechanics.

A pedorthist often times works very closely with a prescribing physician and is a valuable team player when it comes using the shoe to protect at risk feet including patients with arthritis and diabetes mellitus. Patients who have Diabetes Mellitus run an increased risk of developing limb threatening infections. Pedorthists are able to design customized orthotics devices and supply specialized shoes to reduce abnormal foot pressures that lead to the development of foot ulcerations.

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