What to expect
Your first visit to Simcoe Foot Clinic establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your chiropodist.
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the chiropodist has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It will also help to relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling. Feel free to review our staff page and familiarize yourself with our chiropodists. We look forward to your first visit.
You can save some time at your first visit by printing out and completeing the patient forms in advance of your appointment:
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New Patient Reminder:
- Please present your doctor’ referral to the receptionist at the time of your arrival;
- Please bring an updated list of all your medications
- Please bring shoes worn most often: work, exercise, indoors, etc...
- Please remove any nail polish from your toenails;
- Please bring any Xray reports and related reports from your Doctor;
- Please check with your health plan-benefits for coverage information;
- Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out new patients forms;
- Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to keep your appointment.
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.
Should I go to my family doctor instead?
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 need 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.