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Apex Shoe Fitter Course

2015 Apex Pedorthic Education  
Therapeutic Shoe Fitting

For education questions, please contact Chandani Ribadia at cribadia@apexfoot.com or 1-800-252-2739, x391.   

For over 65 years Apex has been considered a leading sponsor & provider of pedorthic education.  We are offering a comprehensive educational program to help qualify participants in becoming an ABC Certified Fitter of Therapeutic shoes.

According to the specific scope of practice, the ABC Certified Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes is “An individual trained and qualified in the provision of non-custom therapeutic shoes and non-custom diabetic multi-density inserts. A certified fitter of therapeutic shoes is competent to practice within the scope of non-custom therapeutic footwear only.”

To become an ABC Certified Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes (CFts), individuals must prove their competency by submitting evidence of professional education and on the job experience including supervisory attestation confirming the candidate has completed two hundred fifty (250) hours patient contact performing duties and responsibilities associated with therapeutic footwear.  As of January 2008, a passing grade on a standardized ABC administered test will also be required. 

The ANO Therapeutic Shoe Fitter Course meets ABC professional education requirements to acquire the new credential.  There are two (2) portions to the program. A live (“hands on”) portion conducted by Apex and an online (“home study”) component accessed through the MedConcert web portal. Both portions MUST be successfully concluded to acquire a “Certificate of Course Completion” that can be submitted to ABC as evidence of professional competency. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT COURSE PARTICIPANTS COMPLETE THE “ONLINE” PORTION OF COURSE BEFORE REGISTERING TO COMPLETE THE “LIVE” PORTION.

Live Classroom Portion:

8:00am – 8:30am                     Breakfast / Registration

8:30am – 9:30am                     Pre-fitting Analysis, Patient Evaluation 

9:30am – 10:00am                   Diabetes – The Disease

10:00am –10:30am                  Orthotic Materials and Applications

10:30am – 10:45am                 Break

10:45am – 11:30am                 Footwear (Parts and Selection) Conventional and Athletic

11:30am - 12:30pm                 Documentation/Professional Ethics

12:30pm – 1:30pm                  Lunch

1:30pm – 2:50pm                    Workshop 1 – Patient Evaluation, Foot Scanning

2:50pm – 4:10pm                    Workshop 2 – Proper Techniques in Shoe Fitting

4:10pm – 5:30pm                    Workshop 3 – Molding Therapeutic Inserts


Jerome S. Klein, C.O., C.Ped.

Mr. Klein is a certified orthotist and a board certified pedorthist who has practiced since 1976. He has lectured at New York University, various PFA symposiums and continuing educational programs. He has given seminars on topics including Patient Evaluation, Diabetic Foot Disorders, Casting Techniques, and Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle. Mr. Klein is a faculty member for The Pre-Certification Course In Pedorthics offered by the Eneslow Pedorthic Institute.  He is on the advisory board of Foot.com, the Pedorthic Newswire and is the Director of Pedorthics at Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.

ANO Online Program:

This certificate program will provide the participant with extensive education and training to fit therapeutic shoes. Diabetes patients, in particular, are prime candidates for therapeutic shoes and foot orthotics. Program topics include: anatomy of the foot, identification and analysis of conditions of the foot (including rearfoot, forefoot, and sports-related injuries), diabetic foot overview, selection of therapeutic shoes and orthotics, pro forma P&L, and billing basics for therapeutic shoes. Participants will learn how to develop a therapeutic foot care niche in their pharmacy, as well as marketing techniques in their community.

ANO Online Course Portion

Module 1 - Anatomy and Terminology of the Lower Extremity

Planes of the body

        Body Positions
        Joint Movements
        Blood Vessels
        Medical Terminology

Module 2 – Gait

        Gait Overview
        Phases of Gait Cycle

Module 3 – Diabetes

        Diabetes Overview
        Complications of Diabetes
        Foot Complications
        Foot Exam

Module 4 - Common Foot Disorders

        Effect of Foot Deformities and Disorders on Gait
        Conservative Management Options

Module 5 - Sports Related Lower Extremity Injuries

        Overview of Sports-Related Injury Processes
        Common Sports Related Lower Extremity Injuries
        Prevention and Management Strategies for Sports-Related Lower Extremity Injuries

Module 6 - Pedorthic Management of Foot Disorders

        Forefoot and Rearfoot Conditions
            Biomechanical Strategies
            Footwear Findings

Module 7 – Documentation of Live Participation (Aetrex will provide you with the code for this once we receive your final exam from the live course)


Joan E. Edelstein, MA, PT, FISPO
Ms. Edelstein is Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, and Director of the Program in Physical Therapy at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Professor Edelstein has published many journal articles and book chapters on all phases of gait, orthotics and prosthetics. She serves on the editorial boards of several publications including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, and reviews books and manuscripts for Physical Therapy. She is a member of the Academy of Content Experts for the physical therapy national licenser examination, and is a Fellow of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Dr. Walter J. Pedowitz, M.D.
Dr. Pedowitz has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon since 1977. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He has been Course Chairman of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Northeast Resident Review Course. Dr. Pedowitz was contributing author in the textbook, Disorders of the Foot, and numerous other publications.

Robert S. Schwartz, C.Ped.
Mr. Schwartz is a board-certified pedorthist, in clinical practice since 1973. In 1986/87 he was President of PFA, after a five-year tenure on the national board of directors. Since 1983, Mr. Schwartz has been a member of New York University’s Pedorthic faculty. He also teaches at Northwestern University, Ball State University, and the Shoe Service Institute of America. Mr. Schwartz is President and owner of Eneslow “The Foot Comfort Center”, NY, NY, and founder of the Eneslow Pedorthic Institute (EPI).

Justin Wernick, D.P.M.
Dr. Wernick has been a podiatric physician since 1960.  He has received many prestigious awards including Podiatrist of the Year.  His numerous publications cover a wide variety of topics including, “Lower Extremity Function and Normal Mechanics” and “Understanding Biomechanics”.  He is recognized as a leader and innovator in the podiatric community and has been interviewed by David Brinkley.  Dr. Wernick is co-founder, and Executive V.P. of the Langer Biomechanics Group, Inc., and Medical Director of the Eneslow Pedorthic Institute (EPI).

To register for the ANO Online Course, please follow the instructions (PDF).  The online portion has a $195 registration fee.

It is important to remember your user name and password for use after completing the live portion.


Participants will be required to take and PASS a course final exam at  the conclusion of the live portion of the course. Participants  demonstrating competency through examination will then be provided an access code to enter and complete Module 7.

Upon receipt of your test we will send instructions to generate your  course certificate.

*When submitting your application to ABC, you will need to submit a $75.00 application fee and a $175.00 examination fee.

For education questions, please contact Chandani Ribadia at cribadia@apexfoot.com or 1-800-252-2739, x391.