Chiropody is defined under the Ontario Chiropody Act as “ the assessment of the foot, and the treatment and prevention of diseases disorders, or dysfunctions of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means” This defines what a chiropodist does.
Podiatrists are American trained Foot practitioners regulated and registered under the Provisions of the Chiropody Act , Province of Ontario prior to 1993 Podiatrists have qualified from an U.S.A. School of Podiatry and subsequently registered in Ontario. Podiatrists trained in the U.S. that register in Ontario after 1993 are registered as Chiropodists.
Your Chiropodist (A Podiatrist/foot care specialist)
A Chiropodist is a primary health care provider educated exclusively in the assessment, treatment and prevention of foot disorders.
> Chiropodists provide patients with total nail and skin care, perform nail and soft tissue surgeries under local anesthetic by injection, and prescribe and fit patients with custom foot orthotics,Ankle Foot orthoses and orthopaedic footwear. Your Chiropodist can also prescribe topical antibiotics and anti-inflammatories according to your condition.
Some people use the term chiropodist and podiatrist interchangeably. Both are governed under the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, and both must pass comprehensive Board Exams as well as provincial licensing exams to be licensed to practice. For both degrees, students study courses in medical science and must complete hospital based residency programs. Chiropody, however, is a 3 year, post baccalaureate program. Podiatry is generally an American degree where students do a 4 year post baccalaureate program and may do additional surgical residency.
There is absolutely no significant difference in practice – you are assured of excellent, safe care attending an Ontario Registered Chiropodist !
Yes. We offer paediatric foot care services. We treat people of all ages from very young to very old.
Yes we have handicap access.
Yes. We will give you a convenient time slot that will be sufficient to cover the assessment and treatment necessary.
No referral is necessary, even though we do get referrals from many of our community Physicians and other health care providers. Simply call our clinic to make your appointment.
We use only the Best Accredited Laboratory for your case (see www.bi-op.com ).
Only the highest quality materials and workmanship.
Hand crafted to your individual requirements.
Lifetime guarantee against breakage, cracking, or splitting of the core orthotic shell.
9 months coverage against material defects (except top covers) or workmanship and the separation or flattening of posts.
Discount for 2nd or more sets of orthotics
Experienced assessment, biomechanical and gait analysis
Plaster of Paris cast (foot impressions)
Greatest care and attention to detail at every stage of the process.
Orthotics are an investment in your health and well being, so you want to be sure you get the correct custom orthotics, prescribed by a Ontario Registered Chiropodist. The treatment of a patient using orthotics is part of the Legal Scope of Practice of a Registered Chiropodist or Podiatrist under the Ontario Chiropody Act. No other Regulated Health Discipline has this defined in their Scope of Practice. Prescriptions are accepted by most Health Insurance Plans (MD prescription is not necessary).
Wear clothes that will allow us to examine the lower leg and feet and bring the typical style (s)of footwear that you wear.
Chiropody services are not covered under OHIP. However most private insurance plans do cover Chiropody services and the specialized services and procedures we offer. Contact your insurance carrier directly for details about your specific plan or request a “Pre Determination “ at your consultation with your Chiropodist.
Yes. Most Extended Health Benefits Insurers and most Group Health Benefits Plans include coverage for Chiropody. To be safe always check your particular plan or request a “Pre Determination “ (an estimate of cost for your care) at your initial consultation with your Chiropodist. You may submit this to your Insurance Company for approval.