The Health Technician (Pedorthotist) provides foot care in development of the foot orthotic and footwear treatment plan, analysis for patients with unusual/complex foot conditions and to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations and complicating conditions with potentially life-threatening implications. Duties include: Responsible for assisting in the prescription of therapeutic foot devices and footwear, as a consultant for Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Vascular services, etc.; Able to evaluate patients with unusual/complex foot conditions and recognizing physical abnormalities, deviations and complicating conditions with potentially life-threatening implication; Takes scans, impressions, measurements and/or casts, prepares molds and modifies as necessary to ensure proper fit and function of item; Maintains technical equipment including digital scanner, digital carving mill, vertical jigs, grinders, routers, and vacuum forming equipment Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Pedorthotist)/ PD021053A Physical Requirements: Work requires movement throughout the Hospital, to include standing, bending, sitting, reaching, and lifting up to 50 pounds. There exist prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is required. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas is necessary. Normal safety precautions are utilized as appropriate for office, hospital, and warehouse settings. The work involves moderate discomfort when visiting sites away from the office. At times the employee may be required to wear personal protective equipment (i.e., mask and gown) when visiting work areas with other environmental exposures including wheelchair repair area or Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory. Patient transfer, frequent bending and lifting is required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.