Diabetes can increase a person’s risk of having foot problems. Since the extreme consequence is amputation,
foot care for someone with diabetes becomes a daily priority.
That’s where pedorthics comes in. Pedorthics (peh-DOR-thiks) is the management and treatment of conditions
of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities requiring fitting, fabricating, and adjusting of pedorthic devices.
It’s an inherently conservative approach to foot health: using footwear to help alleviate foot problems.
As the footwear specialist on the health care team, a credentialed pedorthist works toward long-term maintenance
of healthy feet and prevention of foot damage. Measuring a patient’s feet, evaluating footwear, and making sure
new footwear – including orthoses – fits properly allows the credentialed pedorthist to help prevent diabetic
complications by educating the patient and communicating potential problems to the doctor.