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What is the Pedorthic Association?
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Pedorthics is the professional field concerned with the provision of medical grade footwear, orthotic appliances and appropriate advice to a patient after assessment and analysis of the patient’s problem(s). This includes the provision of prefabricated footwear, alteration of prefabricated footwear, custom designed and manufactured footwear/orthotic appliances and advice on the need and application of medical grade footwear and orthotic appliances. The Pedorthic Association of Australia is a key stakeholder in this profession and seeks to become a strong organisation by
- Educating its members in relation to their current issues
- Encouraging and facilitating high level uniform practice through the development of standards
- Collaborating with other professionals in advances in the area of foot and lower limb health. Providing opportunities for the exchange of information throughout the membership through conferences and publications
- Representing its members when it sees the opportunity to improve and advance the foot and lower limb health field.
The skills and knowledge of a pedorthist have always played a key role in solving people’s feet and lower limb problems. Worldwide this profession continues to play an increasingly vital role and the Pedorthic Association of Australia is proud to be a solid body of members committed to keeping high standards of care and skill level in this field of treatment. PAA welcomes as members, professionals in Medical Grade Footwear including custom made, extra depth and orthoses including those involved in assessment, manufacture, dispensing, modification and repair. We also welcome other practitioners, patients and special interest groups who are genuinely interested and respectful of stakeholders in the field of foot and lower limb health and well-being. The Pedorthic Association of Australia (PAA) recognises the need to represent people who provide services and products to patients with mobility difficulties, due to medical problems with their feet.
Formed several decades ago it has grown in size so that it now regularly communicates with the key representatives from government and medical health funds. Through its programs, the PAA is encouraging its members to improve their qualifications and recognition. Programs include CPedorthist, Quality Assurance and Competency Standards.
The names and organisations of the people who earn the Certified Pedorthist and become registered will be published on the Pedorthic Register website. The medical profession will be encouraged to recommend Certified Pedorthist’s to their patients for the provision of expert advice and product. The other sections of the certification system recognise the specialised Pedorthic Retail and Footwear Modification components of our profession.
The PAA has also been a major contributor to the development of the national competency standards for medical grade footwear which have been published.
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The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. When these bones are out of kilter, it is likely that so is the rest of your body.Foot orthoses or orthotic devices are specially designed shoe inserts that help support the feet, improve foot posture and correct any imbalances.
Foot orthoses or orthotic devices are specially designed shoe inserts that help support the feet, improve foot posture and correct any imbalances.
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