What is Chiropody?

Chiropody is a specialized field of healthcare focused on the assessment, management, and prevention of dysfunctions, disorders, and diseases affecting the foot. The foot is a highly intricate structure, and when issues arise in this lower part of the body, they can have far-reaching consequences for one's overall health. Chiropody plays a vital role in improving a person's quality of life by addressing foot problems, which can significantly impact both physical and mental well-being, especially when foot pain hinders an individual's ability to walk or run.

Chiropody encompasses the management of various acute and chronic conditions that affect the foot. These conditions may range from diabetes-related issues, sports injuries, and chronic ailments to biomechanical irregularities, ulcers, and difficulties with walking. Importantly, a referral is not necessary to consult a Chiropodist, and the services are typically covered by most extended health plans. Chiropodists often collaborate closely with other allied health professionals and maintain ongoing communication with your medical team.

Chiropodists are qualified to offer a wide spectrum of treatment options, ranging from conservative measures like routine callus and nail care to addressing chronic conditions such as diabetic ulcers. They are also skilled in employing surgical techniques like soft tissue surgery when required.

Our team of chiropodists provides comprehensive chiropody services, which include foot mobilization therapy and ingrown nail surgery. If you or someone you know is dealing with foot pain, please feel free to contact us for a consultation with one of our Chiropodists. Your foot health is our priority.


Chiropodist vs. Podiatrist 

In Canada, both Chiropodist and Podiatrist are regulated by college of chiropodists of Ontario and are registered foot and ankle specialists. 

The terms "chiropodist" and "podiatrist" are often used interchangeably, and the profession is generally referred to as podiatry. However, there can be some regional differences and historical context to consider:

1. Chiropodist:
   - In some provinces, such as Ontario, the term "chiropodist" has historically been used to describe professionals who specialize in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of foot disorders.
   - Chiropodists in Canada are trained to provide a range of foot care services, including addressing common foot problems, prescribing orthotics, and managing conditions such as ingrown toenails and fungal infections.

2. Podiatrist:
   - The term "podiatrist" is also used in Canada to refer to practitioners in the field of podiatry. Podiatrists undergo similar training and education as chiropodists.
   - Podiatrists may be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of foot and lower limb conditions, including injuries, deformities, and diseases.