So what is a C.Ped anyway?
The term Board Certified Pedorthist (C. Ped) describes an individual who has completed a period of internship and training, fulfilled academic requirements, demonstrated professional competency in filling physician’s prescriptions and fulfills continuing education requirements.
A Board Certified Pedorthist is an individual who has studied foot anatomy and pathology, biomechanics, shoe construction and modification. A C. Ped. has also studied foot orthoses fabrication and materials, footwear fitting, and patient/practice management. Furthermore, a Board Certified Pedorthist must abide by BCP’s (Board for Certification in Pedorthics) Code of Ethics which outlines responsibilities to the patient, the physician, the public and the profession.
BCP sets standards for certification and credentialing of pedorthists and pedorthic facilities. BCP’s certification program is approved and recognized by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is the highest endorsement awarded to pedorthic professionals.
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL
The Certified Pedorthist is an essential professional in foot health care. The Certified Pedorthist works in concert with physicians and other allied health professionals such as orthotists, prosthetists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and nurses, engaging in a team approach to foot health care.
Once a patient sees their physician to determine the issue or ailment, the doctor then provides the prescription. Now, the Certified Pedorthist designs and fits the prescribed therapeutic footwear. He or she advises patients in the proper use of prescribed footwear and related devices, and is an integral team member in a comprehensive, well-coordinated program of care.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Areas of expertise within the field of pedorthics include:
- Adult foot deformities
- Congenital deformities
- Rotational disorders
- Polio / Post-polio
- Sports-related injuries
- Or any type of foot deformity which requires pedorthic footwear modifications