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Pedorthist Test Content Outline

January 2019


Domain 1 - Patient Evaluation

The Pedorthic Exam Test Content Outline below is broken down by domain; each domain section indicates the percentage of emphasis that the elements of practice in that domain receives on the exams. For each Practice Domain listed on the Test Content Outline, you should plan on familiarizing yourself with clinical, technical or general practice information related to that domain.

Patient Evaluation— 32%

  • Review patient’s prescription/referral in order to develop an appropriate diagnosis-specific assessment.
  • Take a comprehensive patient history, including chief complaint, diagnosis, medical history (including allergies to materials),results of diagnostic evaluations, work history, vocational activities, demographics characteristics, family and/or caregiver dynamics, patient compliance, patient expectations.
  • Assess patient’s previous and current use of pedorthic devices and/or footwear and other devices (e.g. lower limb orthoses/ prostheses) using systematic assessment procedures to determine current status and the efficacy of previous pedorthic intervention.
  • Assess the patient’s feet for deformities and pedal disorders by performing a biomechanical evaluation; and assessing range of motion, alignment, muscle functioning/strength, and gait to assist in the development of the pedorthic treatment plan.
  • Evaluate the patient’s skin integrity and temperature, level of protective sensation, and circulation to establish the patient’s limitations for footwear.
  • Consult with primary and other healthcare providers, and caregivers, when appropriate, about patient’s condition in order to formulate a treatment plan.
  • Verify patient care by documenting history, ongoing care, and follow-up, using established record-keeping techniques.
  • Refer patient, if appropriate, to other healthcare providers for intervention beyond pedorthic scope of practice.