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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.