An Orthotist, as defined by The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc., is a person who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services a orthosis as prescribed by a licensed physician, and who assists in the formulation of the orthosis prescription for the support and to aid function of external parts of the human body whose function is impaired due to congenital deformities or injury or disease.
An Orthotist is a person that has been certified to fit orthoses to any part of the body including limbs of the upper and lower extremities. The fitting of lower extremity orthoses, for example, involves making a device that fits the whole or part of the thigh or lower ankle-foot complex. The orthoses can be manufactured by glass or carbon fibre infused with acrylic resin or from thermoplastics over a positive model of the body part and may include foot orthotic and bespoke or modular footwear. The connecting components are usually made of aluminium, Stainless steel or titanium modular ankle, knee and anatomical exoskeletal joints. These allow the foot to be placed in the proper position to support the persons’ weight with the least possible lateral forces acting through the system. Orthoses are aligned with the client walking if possible, while the prosthetistOrthotist
In the United States, a Certified Orthotist (CO) is an Orthotist who has passed the psychometrically validated certification standards and met the established educational criteria of The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. and maintains certification through mandatory continuing education program and adherence to the Code of Professional Responsibility. The Board for Orthotic Certification also has a designation (boco) for people who have passed their test.
SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthotist and with the aid of your Vice President as at 15th October 2019