What is a Certified Pedorthist?

Helen Russell

Helen Russell is the owner of Metro Run and Walk with her husband Mark. She is a certified pedorthist and has completed several marathons!

Certified Pedorthists work with a variety of people from runners to walkers and diabetics

A Certified Pedorthist, or C.Ped. is a medical professional who specializes in the use of footwear and supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs. Pedorthists work with a variety of people, from athletes to diabetics, promoting foot health, maximum mobility, and comfort.

Primarily, a C.Ped. 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. Their scope of practice is typically defined in layperson’s terms as the ankle and below.   The services of a pedorthist can be valuable in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Using proper footwear can be vital for people with conditions like diabetes, for example, to ensure that the feet are supported and comfortable. Pedorthic devices can also be used to increase mobility for people with disabilities, and to handle specific circumstances like partial foot amputations. Many professional athletes also use the services of a pedorthist to help them select the most efficient and suitable footwear for their sports and body types.   Often, a pedorthist works with a podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of conditions of the feet. The podiatrist may recommend a pedorthist to a patient, sending information about the patient to the pedorthist so that the specialist can assist the patient with his or her needs. Pedorthists can also work with physical therapists and other support staff to help patients live active, healthy lives.

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

Metro Run and Walk is the only running specialty store in Northern Virginia with a C.Ped. on staff and allows us to better serve all people, but especially those with more complicated foot issues!

For more information about the scope of practice for a Certified Pedorthist, visit Helen’s web page.

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