Job Description: Pedorthist
Reports To: Store Manager
Status: Contract Part-Time
Healthy Body Center of Virginia is seeking a Pedorthist to services patient who has injury to the foot, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal foot disorder, pedal deformity, recurrent foot ulceration, osteoarthropathy, arthropathy, neuropathy or similar condition, or partial or total absence of a foot due to a congenital condition or amputation and needs orthotic footwear, a prosthesis, orthosis or associated items to correct, support or compensate for the disorder or acquired condition, and in acute cases to mitigate against potential limb loss.
- Collaborate with physicians in the evaluation and analysis of a patient’s need for pedorthic services; recommend treatment options to physicians when necessary.
- Examine and evaluate patient’s needs in relation to disease and functional loss.
- Formulates design of orthotic devices.
- Selects materials, makes cast measurements, model modifications, and layouts, taking into account new techniques and materials.
- Performs fitting, including static and dynamic alignments.
- Evaluate orthotic device and any collateral prosthetic or orthotic devices on patient, adjust to assure fit, function, medical efficacy, and quality of work.
- Instructs patient in the use of orthotic or prosthetic devices utilized in fulfilling the patient’s needs.
- Identify and reconcile issues/problems to ensure patient satisfaction with provided devices.
- Provide follow-up with patients and physicians.
- Provide in-service training to physicians and allied health care professionals.
- Utilize effective materials management, quality and performance processes to maximize device quality and medical efficacy, maintaining a proper balance with costs and operational/financial performance.
- Meet with physicians, case managers and other referral sources to review orthotic services and capabilities; develop and enhance business relationships to identify and secure ongoing and future sources or referrals.
- Responsible with manager to plan and implement strategies to meet and exceed revenue targets.
- Provide detailed clinical notes to patient records.
- Provide assistance to store staff.
- Adhere to all safety regulations; compliance with Medicare and other governmental regulations; compliance with bloodborne and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
- Perform other duties or special projects as assigned.
Required Skills & Abilities:
- Thorough understanding of the principles of biomechanics, pathomechanics, gait analysis, kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of functional and accommodative devices, braces and orthoses for offloading the foot.
- Thorough understanding of componentry and its suitability and reliability for specific uses.
- Thorough understanding of medical terminology.
- Effective communication skills for accurate, concise, and organized oral and written presentation and reports to patients and staff.
- Ability to instruct clinical and non-clinical personnel and customers on objectives of patient care services.
- Active listening, reading and comprehension skills for analyzing reports, charts and correspondence.
- Ability to assess patient condition and advise physician on treatment options.
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to build professional relationships with physicians, therapists and patients.
- Ability to work effectively as a team member.
- Effective organizational, time management and planning skills.
- Ability to lift patients using biomedical techniques frequently throughout the course of a workday/shift; must be capable of easily lifting fifty (50) pounds of weight alone.
- Ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during a workday.
- Visual acuity (near and distant) sufficient to understand and give directions.
- Ability to push wheeled equipment throughout facility.
- Fine motor skills adequate for scheduling and preparing patients, equipment and supplies for treatment.
- A baccalaureate degree in orthotics and prosthetics or
- A baccalaureate degree in any major and a pedorthic certificate form a CAAHEP accredited program and a 12-month National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) accredited residency program.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience to meet board eligibility
- Current board certification or board eligible in Pedorthics (i.e. American Board Certified (ABC).