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Practice Analysis of Certified Pedorthists

January 2017


Knowledge and Skills Statements

The results in this section document the quantitative ratings of the respondents on the knowledge and skills statements delineated in association with each of the six domains. All survey respondents rated the knowledge and skill statements on two rating scales:

  • Criticality—How critical is this knowledge or skill to optimizing outcomes for patients?

The knowledge and skill statements were generally rated highly on the criticality scale, with 85 of the 88 statements achieving criticality ratings of 3.0 or higher with five statements rated at 3.9.

  • Point of Acquisition—At what point should this knowledge or skill be acquired by a Certified Pedorthist?

The Acquisition rating scale is used to determine the point at which a knowledge or skill is required for practice. To the degree that respondents support Acquisition primarily before passing the ABC examinations, a body of knowledge or a skill may be considered as validated for inclusion in a credentialing program such as ABC’s programs for Certified Pedorthists.

Seventy nine of the 88 statements were rated by more than 50% of respondents as a knowledge or skill that should be acquired before the point of certification as a pedorthist.

Table 18

Knowledge and Skills Statements
Knowledge of:
Musculoskeletal anatomy
Basic neuroanatomy
Basic neurophysiology
Anatomical landmarks (surface anatomy)
Basic kinesiology
Basic pathokinesiology
Normal human locomotion
Gait training
Pathological gait
Tissue characteristics/management
Volumetric control
Planes of motion
Basic pharmacology
Medical terminology
Pedorthic terminology
Referral documents
Radiological images and/or reports
Data recording procedures
Policies and procedures regarding privileged information
Roles and responsibilities associated with other healthcare professions
Reimbursement protocols
Material safety procedures and standards (for example, OSHA, MSDS)
Standard precautions, including sterile techniques and infection control
Ethical standards regarding proper patient management, including ABC Code of Professional Responsibility
Scope of practice related to pedorthic credentials
The extent and limitations of the scope of pedorthic practice (that is, when to refer a patient to other healthcare providers/caregivers)
Pedorthic design
Shoe anatomy and construction
Properties of various footwear styles, modifications and designs
Shoe fit
Normal and abnormal wear patterns of footwear and other pedorthic devices
Therapeutic and protective characteristics and features of various types of hosiery
Pedorthic fitting criteria
Clinical examination techniques (for example, range of motion (ROM), manual muscle tests, sensation, palpation)
Impression-taking techniques, materials, devices and equipment
Rectification/modification procedures as they relate to specific pedorthic designs
Pedorthic measurement tools and techniques
Pedorthic forms (for example, assessment, orthometry, measurement, evaluation, outcomes)
Properties of pedorthic materials
Alignment devices and techniques
Hand and power tools
Mechanics (for example, levers and force systems)
Theory and application of intrinsic and extrinsic posting
Internal and external shoe modifications and their purpose
Care and maintenance of pedorthic device(s)
Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
Item warranty and warranty limitations
Loss control (for example, risk management, inventory control)
Professional liability insurance requirements
Research methodology and literature
Human development and aging as they relate to pedorthic treatment
Patient compliance issues
The psychology of the disabled
Patient educational materials
Federal and state rules, regulations and guidelines (for example, FDA, ADA, HIPPA)
ABC Facility Accreditation Standards
ABC Code of Professional Responsibility
Skill in:
Interpreting referral documents (for example, prescriptions, orders)
Communicating with patient/family/caregiver
Communicating with referral sources and appropriately licensed healthcare providers
Performing physical examinations
Identifying gross surface anatomy
Interpretation of physical findings (for example, recognizing skin pressures, dermatological conditions, osseous deformity)
Analysis of normal gait/motion
Analysis of pathological gait/motion
Interpreting wear patterns
Managing patients relative to their diagnosis or condition
Impression-taking/measuring for pedorthic device(s)
Using mechanical measuring devices
Using electrical measuring devices
Using computer-based measuring devices
Patient delineation, rectification and/or modification of patient model
Pedorthic fabrication
Use of safety equipment
Using hand and power tools
Using materials and components
Using alignment devices
Aesthetic finishing
Evaluating fit and function of pedorthic device(s)
Adjusting and modifying pedorthic device(s)
Maintaining and repairing pedorthic device(s)
Restoring optimal fit and function of pedorthic device(s)
Solving patient’s problems related to ADL