For people with lower limb ailments, pedorthics can be the difference between being able to watch, and being able to do. Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions that prescribing healthcare providers receive from their patients about pedorthics:

What is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist?

Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) – are foot orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics. Canadian Certified Pedorthists undergo a rigorous education and training process in order to become certified by The College of Pedorthics of Canada.

They work alongside physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet. The goal of every Canadian Certified Pedorthists is to help patients achieve and maintain proper foot care and lower limb health so they can live healthy, active lives.

How can a Canadian Certified Pedorthist help me?

If you are experiencing foot pain or lower limb discomfort, you should talk to your doctor or book an appointment with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for treatment which may include: custom orthotics, orthopaedic footwear, shoe selection guidance. Canadian Certified Pedorthists help patients with a wide rage of foot and lower limb problems including:
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bunions and bunionettes
  • Shin splints
  • Claw toes/ Hammer toes
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Sports injuries
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Other foot injuries due to accidents

Will this be covered by my insurance benefits?

Many insurance plans have coverage for the services and products provided by Canadian Certified Pedorthists. The amount of coverage is dependent upon your specific insurance policy. Please review your insurance plan or speak to your insurance provider to determine the amount of coverage you have for products or services provided by a Canadian Certified Pedorthist. Your pedorthist will provide you with all of the paperwork required by your insurance provider including a detailed invoice for services rendered, gait analysis and biomechanical report.

Individual provinces also have programs in place through WCB/Work Safe and social assistance for patients that qualify. Check with your individual provincial regulations for more information.

What can I expect from my first appointment with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist?

Your first appointment with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist will include:
  • Review of pertinent medical and athletic history
  • Postural analysis
  • Biomechanical evaluation
  • Flexibility, range of motion and strength testing
  • Video gait analysis – we will watch and record the way you walk and/or run
  • Footwear education and recommendation
  • 3D casting of feet

What do I need to bring with me?

For your first appointment you should bring the shoes that you wear most frequently. Many Canadian Certified Pedorthists will request that you also bring shorts or wear pants that you can roll up to your knees. Wearing skirts to consultations is not recommended.

How many times will I need to see a Canadian Certified Pedorthist?

Every patient is unique so there is no hard-and-fast rule for length of treatment. After your initial consultation, your Canadian Certified Pedorthist will be able to provide you with an estimated length and course of treatment.*