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There IS a difference between a podiatrist and a pedorthist

A podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb problems. These may include skin and nail problems, foot and ankle injuries, foot complications related to diabetes and other medical conditions and problems with gait or walking.” From the APA website.

Pedorthics refers to “The professional field concerned with the provision of medical grade footwear, orthotic appliances and appropriate advice to a patient after assessment and analysis of the patient’s problem(s). Including the provision of prefabricated footwear, alteration of prefabricated footwear, custom designed and manufactured footwear/orthotic appliances and advice on the need and application of medical grade footwear and orthotic appliances.

A Pedorthist refers to “A person who provides medical grade footwear and/or orthotic appliances and appropriate advice to a patient after assessment and analysis of the patient’s problem(s). This includes the provision of prefabricated footwear and/or alteration of prefabricated footwear and/or custom designed and manufactured footwear/orthotic appliances and advice on the need and application of medical grade footwear, orthotic appliances and other footwear.

A pedorthist is an Allied Health care professional who specialises in the improvement of human movement, in particular gait and better foot function. A pedorthist conducts a comprehensive assessment which may lead to them manufacturing corrective footwear, orthoses or other supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and human mobility.” From the PAA website.

At Happy Feet Pedorthics, we assess, fit and modify and make footwear for people with health conditions including:

  • Amputations
  • Dwarfism
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Non-verbal communication skills
  • Back pain
  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Bunions
  • Ganglions
  • Oedema
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Gout
  • Paget’s disease
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Incontinence
  • Paraplegia
  • Charcot’s deformity
  • Leg length difference
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Club feet
  • Leg prosthesis
  • Pes cavus
  • Corns and calluses
  • Limited mobility
  • Pes planus
  • Diabetes
  • Lymphoedema
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Marfan’s syndrome
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Vascular disease
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Scleroderma
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Toe walking
  • Drop foot
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Ulcers
  • Dupuytren’s contracture/disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Difference between a podiatrist and a pedorthist
    Difference between a podiatrist and a pedorthist

    We help:

    • Aged care clients – falls prev¬ention, walking, incontinence and foot protection
    • Children
    • People who need shoes to fit orthotics (and other devices) either now or in the future
    • Rehabilitation clients – post trauma, post-surgery and return to work after injury.
    • We assess your feet; measuring both each time you visit and make a purchase. Over time, your feet can change.
    • It’s normal to have two different sized feet, so we fit the largest foot first and make any modifications needed to then fit the smaller one. We can also provide two different shoe sizes if required.
    • We select shoes that match your feet’s length and shape.
    • We show you how to wear your shoes comfortably.
    • If needed, we can fit orthotics and other inserts into your shoes.
    • Our experienced team helps you choose shoes that match your activity.

    Happy Feet Pedorthics is an approved provider for the following programs:

    • Case management
    • Department of Veteran Affairs
    • Government subsidies, SWEP (VIC) and ENABLE (NSW)
    • Health funds
    • TAC
    • WorkCover

    At Happy Feet Pedorthics, we can make a range of shoe modifications including:

    • Leg length difference (LLD) raises
    • Flares/buttresses
    • Metatarsal domes and bars
    • Rocker soles
    • Velcro conversions including conversion to long opening shoes
    • Relasting
    • Off-loading into the footwear’s sole
    • Remaking toplines

    Our priority is to offer clients sympathetic care by understanding their health and related footwear needs. We have

    • Knowledge of foot pathology and how it impacts footwear selection
    • Expertise in correctly fitting the most appropriate footwear
    • Commitment to working with Allied Health professionals for the best possible outcome.

    Clare Nelson
    Certified Pedothist