What is a Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist is a foot specialist that provides a variety of medical services ranging from nail and skin care to orthotics and in-office surgeries.
What is the difference between a Chiropodist and Podiatrist?
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only recognized and regulated foot specialists in Ontario. The main difference between the two is where they were trained and educated.
Practitioners in the US or those who came to Ontario before 1993 are referred to as Podiatrists while those who came after 1993 or are educated in Ontario are Chiropodists.
Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
No, a doctor’s referral is not required to make an appointment with us. Chiropodists are primary health care providers so just like a dentist would be your first choice for dental health, a Chiropodist is your first stop for foot care.
Are Chiropody services covered by OHIP?
Just as with Dental or Optometry services, Chiropody services are not covered by OHIP, however, most third-party insurance providers do offer coverage. Our staff will provide you a receipt which you can submit to your insurance company.
If you do not have insurance, hold on to your receipt for tax purposes – Chiropody services can be claimed under medical expenses.
Can’t my primary physician do that for free?
Although your doctor may be able to address your concerns, Chiropodists have very specific and comprehensive training in all aspects of the foot and can offer more options for individualized and effective treatment.
Just like you would go to your dentist to treat tooth pain, a Chiropodist should be your first stop for foot issues.
Do you sell orthopedic shoes?
We offer custom made orthotics to fit any shoe. Orthopedic shoes are also available for patients with severe complications like post-polio or post-amputation as well as those with chronic conditions such as club foot.
Do you do pedicures?
We medically treat nail and skin concerns, including corns and calluses to promote healthy, pain-free feet.
Why do I have to do an Initial Assessment?
An initial assessment with one of our highly trained Chiropodists is, not only a great way to get to know your practitioner, but is also a required standard of practice by the College of Chiropodists. We want to give you the very best care, and to do that, a full medical assessment is necessary to determine the most effective treatment for you and your body.
Any specific concerns you have at the time of your appointment will be addressed during your first visit as well as available options and treatment plans.