What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

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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 !

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