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, our Certified Fitter course includes 16 total hours of material. Dr. Comfort offers the course as a one-day live/one-day online course or a virtual course with an online portion.

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 Cost

$269 regular pricing or $229 if you register at least two weeks in advance.

Course Schedule

Virtual Fitter Courses

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.

Live Fitter Courses

Our live, in-person class will consist of a preliminary online module of pre-recorded videos and quizzes that will need to be completed prior to the in-person portion of the course. The in-person module will be hosted at a hotel meeting facility in or near the city and state listed. The live, in-person class day will run from 8am to 5pm. Please note, the classes may be limited in size by applicable local and state social-distancing requirements.

Date Time Location
Aug 3 8am-5pm Virtual
Aug 17 8am-5pm Indianapolis, IN
Aug 22 8am-5pm Portland, OR
Aug 24 8am-5pm Branson, MO
Aug 29 8am-5pm Bethesda, MD
Sep 12 8am-5pm Manchester, NH
Sep 13 8am-5pm Bowling Green, KY
Sep 21 8am-5pm Birmingham, AL
Oct 5 8am-5pm Hartford, CT
Oct 12 8am-5pm San Antonio, TX
Oct 19 8am-5pm Charleston, WV
Oct 25 8am-5pm San Diego, CA
Nov 2 8am-5pm Mequon, WI
Nov 9 8am-5pm Fresno, CA
Nov 9 8am-5pm Altoona, PA
Nov 16 8am-5pm Worcester, MA
Nov 30 8am-5pm Anaheim, CA
Dec 7 8am-5pm Asheville, NC
Dec 13 8am-5pm Albuquerque, NM
Dec 14 8am-5pm McAllen, TX

If you have any questions concerning our classes or would like more information,
please contact Erick Janisse at or (314)704-9167.