What is the difference between a Pedorthist and a Podiatrist?

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

A Pedorthist is an individual who is trained in the assessment, manufacture, fit and modification of foot orthotics and footwear for the purpose of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions.


If a podiatrist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist want to specialize in orthotics, they can further their education in that field by studying to become a pedorthist. In Canada, a Pedorthic designation is the “gold standard” for assessing and distributing orthotics with footwear.



Podiatry is a field of medicine devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle.


It is practiced by podiatrists and chiropodists. Podiatrists address a range of medical issues depending on the scope of practice permitted in the relevant jurisdiction. Such issues include ingrown toenails, corns and warts.

A podiatrist is not a medical physician but some insurance companies accept prescriptions for orthotics from a podiatrist. A podiatrist can continue their education to receive their pedorthic designation if they chose to specialize in orthotics.


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