Pedorthists

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 ensure fit and intended performance. Certified pedorthists represent a small percentage of individuals in the field of medical appliance technology.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Fit, fabricate, adjust, or modify pedorthic devices for the prevention or amelioration of painful and/or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle; provide follow-up patient management
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head of Pedorthic Research
  • Certified Pedorthist
  • Pedorthist
  • Apprentice

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