What is a Chiropodist?
“Chiropodist” is the term for a foot specialist in Ontario. They are primary health care practitioners who specialize in assessment and treatment of diseases and disorders of the foot. Their scope of practice includes prescribing medications and orthotics, soft tissue surgery, and injections. All Chiropodists practicing in Ontario are licensed under the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.
Do I need a referral?
Referrals are welcome but not neccessary for Chiropody services.
Are foot care services covered by OHIP?
Chiropody/foot care is not covered under OHIP although it is covered by most private insurance plans.
What is an orthotic?
An orthotic is sometimes referred to as a “custom shoe insert”. It is a custom-molded device used to treat conditions of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back. Many problems such as heel pain, knee pain, and back pain arise from poor foot mechanics. An orthotic is designed to support, align, prevent or correct deformity to improve the function of the movable parts of the body. A full biomechanical analysis and gait analysis are essential for determining whether or not a patient will benefit from orthotics. At Aurora Newmarket Foot Clinic, we provide you with a thorough biomechanical analysis, gait analysis, casting methods approved by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, and advice on wearing your orthotics. We are glad to answer any questions you may have.
What services do you provide?
Diabetic Foot Education
- Dry feet well after showers (especially between the toes)
- Moisturize feet daily (NOT between the toes)
- Check your feet regularly (use mirror)
- Make sure nails are cut properly with no jagged edges
- Wear white socks to be able to see blood or exudate
- Do not keep feet in moist environments
- Wear sunscreen if exposed to sun
- Wear shoes indoors and on vacation
- Wear properly fitting shoes to avoid pressure spots
- Exercise regularly to improve circulation
- Always check the inside of shoes before wearing them
- See your chiropodist/podiatrist every 2-3 months for check ups