What to Expect
As a certified Pedorthist, Bob is skilled at fitting footwear, shoe modifications, and choosing the right shoe for your needs. Dale’s Bootery can help with a variety of pedorthic modifications including build-ups, heel lifts, custom molded orthotics, partial toe fillers and over the counter orthotics.
• Rocker Bottom Soles
• Medial or Lateral Flares
• Leather covered Flares
• Heel Lifts (Internal and External)
• Pedorthic Adjustments to Orthotics
• Recover Orthotics
• Stretching Spot or Total Shoe
• Custom Molded Orthotics (To Patient’s Cast)
• Customizing over the counter orthotics with foot printing (Harris Mat)
• External Met Bar
• Scaphoid Pads
Does Dale's Bootery have an in-house Pedorthist?
In 2004 Robert Herold earned his certification to become a Pedorthist. Bob specializes in using footwear, foot orthoses, and other Pedorthic devices to solve problems in or related to the foot or lower limbs. You can think of a pedorthist as a “foot pharmacist.” Through this certification and years of experience, Bob is skilled at fitting footwear, shoe modifications, and choosing the right shoe for your needs.
What is a Certified Pedorthist and why should I see one?
A Certified Pedorthist, or C. Ped., is a specialist in using footwear which includes shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses and other Pedorthic devices to solve problems in, or related to, the foot or lower limb. People coming into pedorthics study foot and lower limb anatomy, pathology; biomechanics, which involve human locomotion; gait analysis; footwear fitting; lower extremity orthotic design, fabrication and materials; shoe construction and modification; and patient/practice management. After studying and being mentored, they attend specific pedorthics courses which are prerequisites for their certification examination. C. Peds maintain their certification by following Continuing Education and renewal requirements. It’s a team approach: while the Dr. treats your foot, the C. Ped. addresses your footwear needs.
How does the team approach work?
Doctors refer patients to specialists, and C. Peds. are specialists in using footwear. Certified Pedorthists understand the properties of footwear, and the interaction between the patient’s foot and shoe. C. Peds. are also skilled at evaluating feet and fitting footwear. After your physician has determined what kind of assistance your footwear should provide for you, a C. Ped. can fill the prescription.
What kind of problems does a footwear prescription address?
Pedorthics gives physicians a whole range of conservative or non-surgical treatment options. Increasingly, doctors and other qualified prescribers write footwear prescriptions to relieve pressure, redistribute weight, accommodate or support conditions, prevent injuries, compensate for imbalances or over-use, and preclude the worsening of damage to the foot. In addition to addressing lower limb problems, footwear prescriptions can address foot related problems, such as lower back pain, pelvic imbalances, or other limits to your physical ability to perform. Footwear prescriptions can even help athletes return to their sports faster from some minor injuries.
What do C. Peds actually do?
They select and modify footwear (or make it, if necessary) to help people maintain or regain as much mobility as possible. When your ability to walk is affected, everything that surrounds or touches your foot whether it’s foot orthoses, shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, socks,hosiery, night splints, bandages, braces, partial foot prosthetics or other devices interact with your foot. That makes footwear a crucial part of your recommended treatment plan. Footwear adjustments can be made inside or outside a shoe.
Foot orthoses, also called orthotics, are an important component of footwear that can accommodate, support or relieve specific conditions, as well as improve the foot’s function. In addition to designing and fabricating an appropriate orthotic, a C. Ped. can provide you personalized attention in selecting, fitting and modifying shoes so that you can wear the orthotic effectively. C. Peds follow up to make sure the footwear functions as your doctor prescribed. A footwear prescription, like any other prescription, takes into account your medical history, activities of daily living, and treatment goals.
My feet sometimes bother me, but I don’t need a doctor, I just need more comfort in my shoes. Can a C. Ped. help with that?
Yes. Many people can benefit from pedorthic devices or footwear modifications to make their shoes more comfortable. Sometimes they just need a shoe that has been properly fit. You can see a C.Ped without a footwear prescription. Keep in mind that if you have a medical condition, you will need a prescription before the C. Ped. can help you.