The Differences Between Foot Care Specialists
One of the most common questions we receive from new patients is “What is a Pedorthist?” This question is usually followed by another – “Would that not be the same thing as a Podiatrist or a Chiropodist?”
The answer is no. Pedorthists, Podiatrists and Chiropodists are very different. Although we do have some common elements to our practices, one being all professions are foot care specialists; the defining differences are as follows:
- A Chiropodist is qualified to perform foot assessment, skin and nail care procedures on the subcutaneous tissues of the foot.
- A Podiatrists is qualified to perform all similar treatments as a Chiropodist and are able to perform surgical procedures involving bone.
- A Pedorthist focuses on the biomechanics of the lower limbs and feet, while providing a comprehensive foot assessment in order to develop a treatment plan which may include custom foot orthotics, modifications or recommendations for footwear and foot rehabilitation recommendations.
Here is a simplified chart and description created by Sole Science (https://www.solescience.ca/pedorthist-vs-podiatrist/) to outline the differences:
When it comes to choosing which foot care professional will be providing you with custom foot orthotics or any device to alleviate, treat or heal discomforts, ailments or injuries, a Pedorthist is the leading health care professional.
With the specific training and knowledge of applying the biomechanical findings to the design, manufacture and fit of custom foot orthotic therapy; Pedorthic treatment is a highly valued non-invasive approach to health, wellness and comfort.