What is a Pedorthist
A pedorthist is a medical provider who has taken specialized training in the design, manufacturing, and modification of footwear to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs. Pedorthists perform a variety of services, including fitting athletes with custom orthotics for sports, providing diabetes with supportive footwear to prevent diabetic neuropathy, and modifying footwear for people who have had partial foot amputations.
Mike Neugebauer, C.Ped (C), discusses how Making Foot Orthotics
Custom Orthotics Compared to Over-the-Counter Orthotics
Well three methods of creating a foot orthotic is we have one method which is a two-dimensional image process that takes the pressure analysis of the bottom of the foot.
The second would be the foam impression technique, which the foot is pressed into a foam box to create that mold of the foot.
Well the gold standard casting technique is with a plaster cast. With the plaster cast we’re able to achieve a three-dimensional image of the foot structure, which allows us to then create a three-dimensional mold of the foot.
When we take the impression of the foot, we can mark bony landmarks and we can position the foot in such a way that it’s in a neutral position, so we can capture that to then provide the cast to produce a quality custom foot orthotic.
If you think you need a custom foot orthotic, you would want to go to your family physician, your physiotherapist or your chiropractor, who can then refer you to a pedorthist.
Presenter: Mr. Mike Neugebauer, Pedorthist, Langley, BC
Local Practitioners: Pedorthist