Pedorthists design, manufacture, fit, and modify shoes and other devices aimed at lessening pain or correcting foot problems. Pedorthists design and fit special therapeutic footwear for a patient as prescribed by a physician. This process involves making clay impressions of the patient's feet, modifying the mold to make special footwear, choosing the correct materials, and, finally, creating the custom footwear. Pedorthists must also evaluate current and future footwear to ensure fit and intended performance. Certified pedorthists r...
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Salaries depend on job duties, level of experience, and the type of facility and its geographic location, among other factors. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in May 2018 the annual median salary for medical appliance technicians, which included pedorthists, was $39,190. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,090 and the top 10 percent earned more than $63,130.
Pedorthists work in a variety of settings. Some work in hospitals and clinics, while others do research in labs or operate specialty shoe stores. Those working in labs and shoe stores usually have a set 40-hour week. Pedorthists in hospitals and clinics may be called on to work evening hours to meet the needs of patients.
Still other pedorthists may make home visits to people who are una...
Employment for medical appliance technicians is expected to grow by 11 percent or more through 2028, which is much faster than the average for all careers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Pedorthic associations report that employment opportunities for certified pedorthists will grow due to the increase in the elderly population, the growing availability of health insurance, and the i...