Practitioner: Amanda Bushby
How is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist Different from other Foot Health Care Professionals?
Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) – are foot orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of the lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. With specialized education and training in foot orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities, and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet. They are experts in designing, fitting, and modifying custom made foot orthotics and orthopaedic footwear.
As proud members of patients' healthcare team, Canadian Certified Pedorthists work closely with physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers. The goal of every Canadian Certified Pedorthist is to help patients achieve and maintain proper foot care and lower limb health so they can live healthy, active lives.
What Services are Provided by Canadian Certified Pedorthists?
Foot orthotics are devices that are inserted into shoes to support and align the feet and help correct any foot abnormalities and improve how the foot functions. Used in conjunction with appropriate footwear, foot orthotics can be effective in helping to treat a number of foot and lower limb problems.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists help patients with a wide range of foot and lower limb problems including:
What Type of Training do Canadian Certified Pedorthists Undergo?
Canadian Certified Pedorthists undergo a rigorous training process in order to be certified by The College of Pedorthics of Canada. To become a Canadian Certified Pedorthist a candidate must first complete an university degree that includes courses in the area of anatomy, biomechanics/gait analysis, medical conditions/diseases, physical assessment, and ethics. In addition, candidates must complete a minimum of 3,500 hours, or approximately two to three years of training in the areas of clinical practice, footwear (fit and modification) and fabrication of custom made foot orthotics.
Is There a Difference Between a “Pedorthist” and a “Canadian Certified Pedorthist”?
The College of Pedorthics of Canada regulates and certified Canadian Certified Pedorthist to protect the public by ensuring strict standards of practice. In Canada, Canadian Certified Pedorthists must follow a strict Code of Ethics that is upheld by the College and they must continually upgrade their education to maintain their certification. Canadian Certified Pedorthists must also belong to the Pedorthic Association of Canada, a professional association whose purpose is to develop and promote the study, practice, and knowledge of pedorthics. Uncertified Pedorthists are not governed by the College and they are not members of the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
Are Pedorthic Services or Custom Made Foot Orthotics Covered by Insurance Benefits?
Most extended health care insurance benefit plans have coverage for custom made foot orthotics, orthopaedic footwear, modified footwear, and custom footwear from Canadian Certified Pedorthists. All plans across Canada differ so it’s important to look into the specifics in your own plan to confirm your specific coverage. If your insurance plan covers pedorthic services and custom made foot orthotics, you will need to visit your healthcare provider and ask for a prescription.
What to Expect on Your First Visit?
Fees for This Service
Custom Made Foot Orthotics $460 per pair
Pedorthic Assessment $70 (30-45 minute appointment)