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An orthotist is an allied health professional who is specifically trained and educated to provide or manage the provision of a custom-designed, fabricated, modified, and fitted external orthosis, based on a clinical assessment and a physician’s prescription. An orthosis is a device that is applied to a part of the body to correct deformity, improve function, or relieve symptoms of a disease.

Practitioners who successfully complete the education, experience, and examination requirements prescribed by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. (ABC) are conferred the credentials of Certified Orthotist (CO). The credentials of Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist (CPO) is conferred to practitioners whose responsibilities conform to those of both orthotist and prosthetist and who successfully fulfill all of the requirements in both disciplines