Chiropodists are highly educated primary health care specialists who are skilled in the management of foot problems. They treat patients in a variety of ways including the use of braces, casts, orthotic devices, physical therapy or surgery. They also prescribe medications when necessary, although our foot clinic practices conservative care whenever possible where we avoid surgery or drugs.
Chiropodists help patients eliminate foot pain, gain mobility, and maintain healthy feet. They treat sports injuries; common foot conditions such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, flat feet, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, varicose veins, fungal infections, diabetic wounds, warts, corns and calluses.
The practice of Chiropody is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, surgical, orthotic and palliative means. A Chiropodist also renders care of sprains, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.
In addition to undergraduate school training, Chiropodists may also attend graduate school for training in podiatric medicine. In Ontario, Chiropodists and podiatrists are regulated under the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, and are required to take provincial board exams as well as be licensed by the province in which they practice. Chiropodists practice under the same scope of practice as Ontario Podiatrists and are treated on an equal basis as Ontario Podiatrists and at the same rate by Ontario Extended Health Insurance Plans.
Foot & Ankle specialists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, foot disorders are among the worst widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country
Typically, Chiropodists or Foot Specialists:
- Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
- Treat ulcers, foot deformities, skin and nail pathologies.
- Perform soft tissue surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as ingrown nails, clawtoes, hammertoes and infections.
- Prescribe therapies and perform procedures such as ultrasound therapy.
- Prescribe topical and oral medications.
- Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called ORTHOTICS that correct walking patterns and alignment issues.
- Treat conditions such as: bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.