O&P fitters do rewarding work and are in great demand throughout the country. They play a crucial role in O&P care by providing pre-fabricated or off-the-shelf devices that fit comfortably and effectively treat their patients’ conditions. These conditions may include cancer-related amputation or weakness in the body as a result of injuries, back strain, or conditions triggered by diabetes, high or flat arches, or repetitive stress.
Fitters can come from any educational or occupational background. Some come from other O&P roles or elect to pursue a career in O&P after finishing high school or earning a GED. Others have a background in other healthcare professions. Still others start as servers, woodworkers, massage therapists, teachers, chiropractors, or craftsmen.
Individuals may decide to make a career as a fitter, or they may opt to further their education and training to transition into other O&P roles as technicians, pedorthists, assistants, practitioners, or a combination of any of these.