01 Sep What is a Pedorthist?
Pedorthist in Sterling VA
At Shuman Podiatry and Sports Medicine, Dr. Shuman is proud to provide her Loudoun County patients with the services of certified pedorthist.
Simply put, a pedorthist is a healthcare professional who specializes in analyzing problems with walking. The pedorthist examines how you walk and analyzes your medical history, then develops a plan to correct these problems by modifying your footwear, socks and orthotic devices.
Pedorthists must be certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, signifying that they’ve completed a rigorous course of study and are qualified to diagnose and treat various foot, leg and ankle problems.
What’s the Difference between Podiatrists and Pedorthists?
A podiatrist is a foot care doctor who can diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems. Podiatrists treat everything from common conditions like corns and fungal nail to Achilles tendonitis, arthritis of the foot and other serious conditions.
Pedorthists, on the other hand, focus specifically on footwear, socks, and orthotics. Think about the last time you had foot pain or difficulty walking. You were probably told that you needed to wear more supportive shoes or a custom orthotic. A pedorthist can make sure these items are modified to treat your problem and fit you comfortably.
Why Do You Need a Pedorthist?
How many times have you heard that good foot health begins with good, healthy shoes? With a pedorthist’s help, you can be certain that your feet are getting the most comfortable, supportive footwear and orthotics possible.
Pedorthists specialize in modifying or creating footwear and orthotics for a variety of conditions, including:
- Ingrown nail
- Foot deformities
- Problems with proprioception and balance
- Difficulty walking caused by accident or illness
What Do Pedorthists Do?
As part of our professional practice, a pedorthist will add specialized skills, allowing us to form a truly individual, custom plan for each of our patients.
At Shuman Podiatry, count on our professional, certified pedorthist to:
- analyze your gait and range of motion;
- assess your footwear;
- prescribe custom orthotics;
- fit orthopedic footwear;
- create custom footwear;
- create a plan to track your prognosis.
Many foot problems are caused or exacerbated by the wrong footwear. Once your doctor has set out a treatment plan, the pedorthist will make sure that your condition improves and that the problem doesn’t recur. He or she will take a look at everything you put on your feet, including slippers, boots, running shoes and other sports gear.
Holistic Foot Care
At Shuman Podiatry and Sports Medicine, we’re always on the lookout for ways to offer the finest quality of care to our Loudoun County clients. With the addition of a pedorthist to our professional team, we’re able to provide a complete, holistic solution to all your foot care problems.
Whether it’s a fungal nail, an ingrown nail or any other foot or ankle problem, give us a call today and get on the path to happy, healthy feet.