Orthotics and Prosthetics:
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Therapeutic Shoe Fitters

Therapeutic shoe fitter

Provides patients with non-custom therapeutic shoes and multidensity shoe inserts.


A therapeutic shoe fitter provides non-custom therapeutic shoes and non-custom multi-density shoe inserts for patients diagnosed with diabetes. The therapeutic shoe fitter works directly with patients to evaluate their needs, formulate a treatment plan, and provide follow-up care to assure the overall welfare of the patient. Therapeutic shoe fitters may work in specialty shoe stores, O&P patient care facilities, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities.

A career as a therapeutic shoe fitter

To become a therapeutic shoe fitter, you must have a high school diploma, GED, or college degree. You must complete both a therapeutic shoe fitter pre-certification education course and 250 hours of therapeutic shoe fitting patient care. You can decide which of these requirements you would like to fulfill first.

To obtain certification as a therapeutic shoe fitter, you will have to pass an exam administered by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC). To learn more about the requirements for certification, please visit the ABC website.

View a list of therapeutic shoe fitter education programs.