What is pedorthics? Pedorthics is the practice of addressing medical conditions related to the lower extremities (i.e., below the knee). Pedorthic devices are splints and braces that can be worn with or without footwear, and footwear that is pedorthically modified. These devices, created by trained and certified pedorthists, aid patients in daily living by preventing or relieving painful and/or disabling conditions.
What does a pedorthist do? Pursuant to a written order/prescription, a pedorthist evaluates a patient’s condition, takes measurements and impressions, and creates and properly fits the appropriate pedorthic device(s). Pedorthists are integral to the physical and emotional well-being of patients, providing instruction and training on how to properly use and maintain pedorthic devices.
BOC Pedorthists (BOCPD) are qualified to provide and/or supervise the assessment, treatment plan development and implementation, follow-up and practice management of people using prescribed pedorthic devices and therapeutic footwear. BOCPDs are recognized professionally as having completed a rigorous education and training program that satisfies industry standards. The BOCPD Scope of Practice provides greater details about the role of a Pedorthist, BOC-Certified.
To become a BOCPD, you will need to:
Meet eligibility prerequisites. Be sure to apply for the BOC Pedorthist certification before July 31, 2016; BOC will be sunsetting the acceptance of new applications for this certification after that date.
Successfully complete the pedorthist candidate exam.
Attest to upholding the ethical standards in the Code of Ethics, honored by all BOC certificants.
If you are interested in becoming a BOCPD, please consult the BOCPD Certification Process for full details on how to become certified.
Once you have earned BOCPD credentials, you will need to demonstrate your commitment to professional growth by earning continuing education units. The pedorthic field is dynamic and evolving. Ongoing learning throughout your career is essential to keeping up with the latest technology and process improvements in your profession. You can submit your CEUs online and view your CEU record immediately at MyBOC, your personal web portal.
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