Kintec Footlabs - Pedorthic Assistant

Type of Experience: 
Co-op Work Term
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Organization Information
Organization: 
Kintec Footlabs
Organization Profile: 
Kintec Footlabs specializes in performance footwear and orthotics. With fitting experts who have gone through Kintec's advanced training as well as Canadian board certified pedorthists at each of the nine stores, they strive to provide people of all activity levels to achieve their goals and eliminate barriers to an active lifestyle from the feet up.
City: 
Port Moody
Country: 
CANADA;CA

Inspiring. Exciting. Both words I would use to begin describing my job. I am inspired by the people I meet everyday at work. Just reaching the half-way mark of my work term, I have met so many people from all different activity levels and different backgrounds. They all have one thing in common: a drive to improve themselves and also challenges that they must overcome to achieve their goals.

Exciting. I never know what I am going to see when I walk into work each day. It could be an elite athlete having just developed a new pain; it may also someone just starting to change their lifestyle through walking. For some, simply walking can be a challenge.

As a pedorthic assistant here at Kintec, I like to think of my role as multi-faceted. We run a clinic as well as a retail floor as well. In the clinic, we see orthotic patients daily and my role is to greet patients and set them up for their appointments. It is my role to help our pedorthist, Ermin, get through appointments smoothly and on time. 

I also have a part in our consumer division. I help people choose the correct footwear using Kintec's 5-step approach. By combining information about their activities and requirements and data from their video gait analysis, I choose shoes for them based on their mechanics, foot shape, and activities. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this job is to help people get on their feet and continue with their activities pain-free. 

Working at Kintec has given me the opportunity to have first hand experience with conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and Sever's Disease. I am also able to develop treatment plans for customers and suggest exercises and stretches that will help them out as well.

Since starting at Kintec, my coworkers and customers have also inspired me to take up running which is something that I have never tried before. I am proud to say I recently participated in my first 5 km race--something I never thought I would ever do. 

In my work term so far, I have had the opportunity to see many illnesses and conditions. I never knew there were so many people with lower limb problems! In the future, I hope to continue learning while also training and helping with new team members. I also hope to continue in Kinesiology and possibly physiotherapy.