Pedorthists design, manufacture, fit, and modify shoes and other devices aimed at lessening pain or correcting foot problems. Pedorthists design and fit special therapeutic footwear for a patient as prescribed by a physician. This process involves making clay impressions of the patient's feet, modifying the mold to make special footwear, choosing the correct materials, and, finally, creating the custom footwear.

Pedorthists must also evaluate current and future footwear to find out if it fits properly and performs as intended.

The Ortho Supersite, an industry Web site, reports that there are more than 1,500 certified pedorthists practicing in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required



Health Service Administrator

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Yearly Salary Range (US$ Thousands)