A board certified orthotist must obtain a masters degree in orthotics and prosthetics, pass the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC), and one year of residency for accreditation. An ABC certified orthotist is a healthcare professional who fabricates and custom fits braces and splints (orthoses) for patients who need added external support. Typically, an orthotist uses prescriptions and measurements from orthopedic doctors who have seen the patient to help design and fit the appropriate devices needed to straighten, support, or assist in the healing process. Some orthotic devices that can be seen in this industry may be for patients with neuromuscular or skeletal conditions such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, or sports related injuries. Other patients may require othotic devices for foot conditions such as diabetes, high or flat arches, or repetitive stress on one given area.
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