Footcare is the treatment of common foot conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, calluses, warts and diabetic foot. The practice of Chiropody is the assessment of the foot and legs including the biomechanical relationship between the lower legs and spine. Chiropody treatment may include prescribing medication, surgical methods, hands on treatments and the use of modalities such as Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) and Ultrasound.
Chiropodists commonly treat foot and ankle pain conditions caused by biomechanical misalignment and repetitive strains or injuries. In addition to requiring an assessment for the need of corrective appliances such as Orthotics, patients visit chiropodists for conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. A Chiropodist uses hands-on treatment and exercise to treat these conditions.
At Physiomobility clinic, we put your health in the hands of professionals, each with proper training and experience in their field. When it comes to your foot health, this is no exception. Whether it is a sore callus, an ingrown toenail or a more complicated foot biomechanical condition, we have the right professional for you.
Our chiropodist provides care to a wide range of patients and works closely with the rest of your care team. In many cases, our physiotherapists, chiropractors or massage therapists may advise you to consult with our chiropodist to assess the biomechanical performance of your feet. Our Chiropodist is also an important part of our team providing care for our diabetic patients, providing preventative measures diabetic foot and in cases when a wound exists, providing treatment for the patient.
Having two titles for the same profession may be confusing. In the province of Ontario, there is no real difference in the scope of practice of a chiropodist and a podiatrist. Podiatrists and chiropodists are both regulated healthcare professionals who can prescribe and dispense orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, they both can also treat foot care problems such as fungal or ingrown toenails and many other foot problems.
Typically, conditions such as surgical treatment of ingrown toenail or calluses, treatment sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks. Orthotic assessments are typically once a year and occasionally once every two years.
It depends on your health insurance plan. If you have coverage for chiropody or podiatry, your treatments by Physiomobility’s chiropodist will likely be covered. We encourage our clients to contact their insurance provider and inquire about the coverage. Our chiropody services are not covered by OHIP. Our clients aged over 65 enjoy a special discount.