Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4779 and the Board were established by legislation enacted in the year 2000. The Ohio Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Practice Act was born out of an initiative spearheaded by the leadership of the state’s O&P trade association, and supported by the orthopedic clinician community with a focus on patient protection.
Licensure is far from universal across states, and Ohio can be considered on the leading edge of the movement toward licensure as a standard for these professions. Only about a half-dozen states provided for licensure when Ohio’s law passed. By 2006, eleven (11) states had licensing provisions. In 2017, seventeen (17) states address O&P licensure or certification in their statutory structures.
Orthotists are medical bracing professionals with advanced education, training and expertise in fitting, adjusting and customizing prefabricated bracing devices and creating entirely custom fabricated devices;
Prosthetists provide assistive mobility and activity devices for persons challenged by limb or extremity loss. Prosthetic care may include prosthesis design, fabrication, fitting and modification for purposes of restoring physiological function and/or cosmesis.
Pedorthists practice a specialized “ankle and below” subset of orthotic interventions, providing, fitting and customizing medically-indicated therapeutic footwear, including orthopedic shoes and diabetic therapeutic shoes and inserts.