What is a Certified Pedorthist and why should I see one?
A certified pedorthist, or C.Ped. (Pronounced SEE-ped), is a specialist in using footwear—which includes shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses and other pedorthic devices—to solve problems in, or related to, the foot and lower limb.
As a C.Ped, Bill designs, manufactures, modifies and even custom fits footwear, to alleviate problems caused by disease, overuse, congenital defect or injury. Footwear is carefully fitted to relieve or accommodate temporary or permanent foot problems. It can look so “mainstream” that others don’t even realize a foot problem exists. It costs less than a lot of people expect. And it can help people stay healthy.
Orthosis (or orthotic) is an apparatus that supports, aligns, prevents or corrects deformities, or improves function for a section of the body. A foot orthosis can only achieve its goal in conjunction with a shoe. With an appropriate foot orthotic, the foot can get the treatment the doctor prescribes. It’s a team approach: While the doctor treats your foot, the C.Ped. addresses your footwear needs. You can see a C.Ped. without a footwear prescription. Keep in mind that if you have a medical condition, you will need a footwear prescription before the C.Ped can help you.