What is a Chiropodist?
Members of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario are your regulated foot medical specialists in this province. They are the only practitioners in Ontario trained and regulated exclusively to provide advanced foot care and orthotics.
Chiropodist Services Include:
Chiropodists’ wide scope of practice makes them uniquely qualified to assess and treat foot problems. They are licensed to perform regulated or controlled acts ranging from advanced general foot care techniques, to soft tissue surgery, biomechanical assessment (the science of body movements), gait analysis, and the provision of custom orthotics or other prescription footwear (prescription footwear/orthotics are not covered by OHIP).
A foot health check up by your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner is a preventative way to help avoid diabetic foot complications, along with proper diet, exercise, and not smoking.
As part of our Diabetes Program, all our patients have a comprehensive foot checkup by their Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. Those with identified foot problems may be referred to the Chiropodist.
People with diabetes should inspect their feet daily for signs of cracking, sores, skin discolouration or blisters. If you see any of these signs, talk to your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner immediately to receive a referral. People with diabetes must also pay attention to good footwear, since worn out, poorly fitting shoes can cause serious problems.
To see the Chiropodist you will need a referral from your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. Appointments are available at both the Tri Area Medical Centre and the Marmora Medical