What is a Chiropodist?
A chiropodist is a foot specialist who provides treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A chiropodist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. The Canadian chiropody program is a 3 year post-graduate program providing a comprehensive preparation and qualification for the student to be eligible to write the College of Chiropodists of Ontario's Board Examination
To practice in Ontario, a chiropodist must be registered with the College of Chiropodist of Ontario and in order to keep registration, standards must be adhered to and continuing education courses must be taken.
- Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
- Treat ulcers, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
- Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
- Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.