I think you read me very wrongly,
you seem to have an opinion very differnt to mine in many ways, whilst i respect that this is your opinion and only that, i find it hard to respond to someone who clearly states they have no respect for any C. Ped who has not previously trained in podiatry. i feel very sorry that you take this view.
the following may clear up a couple of things
1)i was not suggesting that pedorthics was an equivent to or a substitute to podiatry
2) as far as clinical training, a C.Ped is trained to recognise biomechanical issues, assess them and refer to a pod as required, they are trained in materials and manufacture of orthoses, the other major area is fitting and modification of footwear. the link below shows you the new sylibus
3) training is not available as yet in the UK Training is taken in the US where there is a requirement of 120 hours of lecture time on various subjects, this is being increased, and will become an associates Degree (2 year) course by 2010...... however anyone going into this training without prior knowledge or at least swallowing several books on the subject would firstly struggle with terminology and have very little chance of passing the exam
4)as far as HPC was concerned i was merely suggesting that the same thing may happenn as did to podiatry, practitioners wih lesser qualifications being gathered under the same umbrella as those with a more academic qualification.
I don't really want to discuss this anymore as i feel it going away from the original post .....HAS ANYONE HEARD OF PEDORTHICS
which seemed to had gained some good responses until you decided to malign it.
can i ask one question, you state you have attended various seminars on the subject but what is your qualification??