Become a Certified Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes

Dr. Comfort makes it easy to become a Certified Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes. Our training course has been approved by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) — it also meets the prerequisite education requirement for individuals seeking to become certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC).

Course Overview

As required by ABC and NCOPE, our Certified Fitter course includes 16 total hours of material. Dr. Comfort offers the course as a one-day live/one-day online course.

The content of the course includes the following information:

Anatomy of the Foot: Basic anatomy of the foot and its relation to proper shoe fitting.

Terminology: Basic medical terminology for communication and documentation.

Material Science: Identification of materials common in therapeutic footwear and orthoses.

Patient Evaluation Techniques: Physical evaluation of the foot and identification of therapeutic shoe eligibility.

Common Foot Pathologies and Deformities: Identification of common foot pathologies.

Foot Measurement, Shoe Fitting and Selection Criteria: Using foot measurement tools and choosing appropriate footwear for the diabetic foot.

Complications Associated with the Diabetic Foot: Signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with the diabetic foot.

Documentation: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements.

Professional Ethics: Your professional responsibilities.

Course Instructors

Dr. Comfort's Director of Education, Brian Lane, C.Ped, teaches our certified fitter course. Mr. Lane joined Dr. Comfort in February 2009, after serving as the Director of Pedorthics for the Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Brian also has several years of experience as an elementary school teacher and is a veteran of the National Guard. He currently resides in Cedarburg, WI with his wife and 3 kids.

Dr. Comfort’s Corporate Trainer, Erick Janisse, CO, CPed teaches our Certified Shoe Fitter courses and many of our Continuing Education courses. He joined Dr. Comfort in 2017 after 25 years of clinical experience in patient care. He has been invited to teach courses internationally and throughout the United States. He has been faculty for programs presented by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Baylor Scott & White Health and Washington University School of Medicine.

Course Registration and Schedule

To register for the Certified Fitter course or to find out more about future course offerings, please contact Brian Lane at or (262) 478-8377 or register below.

2020 Course Schedule

Virtual Fitter Course

Our two-day, ABC-approved online class will be presented utilizing a combination of pre-recorded videos (and quizzes) and live group video conferencing via Microsoft Teams. The group lecture session will be followed by the hands-on portion. The most exciting aspect is the fact that the hands-on portion will be scheduled and taught on an individual basis just for you (or you and your co-workers, if you are working together on-site). You can anticipate two to three hours to complete the interactive, hands-on portion. Please contact Brian Lane for more information:

July 9 Oklahoma City, OK
July 16 Philadelphia, PA
July 23 Sioux Falls, SD
July 30 Nashville, TN
Aug 6 Minneapolis, MN
Aug 12 Indianapolis, IN
Aug 13 Glendale, CA
Aug 20 Little Rock, AR
Sep 2 Ann Arbor, MI
Sep 9 Las Vegas, NV
Sep 17 Atlanta, GA
Sep 22 Boston, MA
Sep 24 Omaha, NE
Sep 30 Modesto, CA
Oct 15 Cleveland, OH
Mid Oct Mequon, WI
Oct 29 Des Moines, IA
Nov 12 Albuquerque, NM
Nov 12 Elkhart, IN
Nov 17 El Paso, TX
Nov 19 Charleston, SC
Dec 2 San Diego, CA
Dec 9 Jacksonville, FL
Dec 10 San Juan, PR
Dec 16 Jackson, MS

NOTE TO CUSTOMERS: If you would like to inquire about a course in your area not otherwise scheduled, please email Brian Lane at

Course Cost

One-Day Live/One-Day Online:

$199 per person. *$249 if registered within 14 days of course.

In the event the course does not meet a required attendance level, Dr. Comfort reserves the right to reschedule and/or cancel the course. Please be aware if the attendance requirement is not met 14 days prior to the scheduled date we will notify you of these changes. Consider this when arranging your travel. Course fees will not change in the event you decide to attend another course of similar length.

Course Approval

ABC certified individuals participating in this course will be awarded 14 (Scientific) and 2 (Business) Category II credits.
Course Approval Document