Have your say on a newly published professional guideline: Custom Orthotics

The College has published a new Custom Orthotics professional guideline outlining its expectations of registrants who wish to sell custom orthotics to patients. The guideline is based on the College of Podiatric Surgeons of BC’s recently archived Orthotics Prescribing Guidelines.

In addition to the new Custom Orthotics guideline, the current Promotion and Sale of Medical Supplies and Devices practice standard has been revised to clarify the College’s expectations of registrants who choose to sell prefabricated (non-custom) orthotics. Distinguishing requirements for custom and non-custom orthotics will help protect patients from being exploited while preserving a key component of podiatric care.

The draft Custom Orthotics guideline was reviewed by the College Standards and Guidelines Working Group (inclusive of two practising podiatric surgeons) then endorsed by the College Board for publication on November 27, 2020.

To assess the guideline’s clarity, comprehensiveness, and operability in practice, the College is now inviting feedback from registrants. Registrants can share their feedback through a short survey. The deadline to complete the survey is December 31, 2020.