Monday, February 25, 2013

What is a Pedorthist?

We've often been asked what the difference is between Pedorthist and a Podiatrist. 

At Kintec, we carry the best selection of performance and comfort footwear at fair prices, delivered by highly-trained and passionate Fitting Experts, and offered to you with a ‘fit guarantee’. Our team consists of "Fitting Experts", usually a university-trained Kinesology or Human Kinetics graduate, and also Certified Pedorthists.

Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) - are orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics.

What does this mean? With specialized education and training (including thousands of hours of practical experience and multiple exams to become "certified") in custom foot orthotics and footwear/footwear modifications, our Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet.We work closely with the medical community, including your family physician, physiotherapist, massage therapists, to keep you active and enjoying the activities that you do for years to come!

The goal of every Canadian Certified Pedorthist is to help patients achieve and maintain proper foot care and lower limb health, and live healthy, active lives.

Here are a couple of great videos by the Pedorthic Association of Canada that further describe how a Pedorthist can help you with any lower body pain!

Conversely, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. If someone has an ingrown toe nail, acute injury, swelling, bruising, or sudden pain, a podiatrist can be consulted.

A podiatrist will be able to diagnose the problem with x-ray, ultrasound, and other modalities and get the patient on the road to recovery. A podiatrist can also prescribe medication, administer injections, perform bunion and ingrown toe nail surgery, whereas pedorthists do not specialize in such palliative care nor can they prescribe medication or perform surgery.

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