Chiropody Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s explore the most commonly asked questions that the Brooklin Foot Clinic receives about Chiropody and provide you with the information you’re seeking:
What is a Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist (pronounced : ‘ker-ro-po-dist’) is a primary health care provider regulated in Ontario. Chiropodists will assess and provide treatment including management of acute and chronic conditions pertaining to the feet. They provide a variety of medical services ranging from nail and skin care to orthotics and in-office surgeries. They also play a role in the prevention of injury and disability and in promoting foot health and wellbeing.
What is the difference between Chiropody and Podiatry?
In a nutshell, nothing! Chiropodists and Podiatrists are both highly trained foot specialists. They can prescribe medications, perform surgery, and provide custom orthotics. The College of Chiropodists of Ontario regulates both.
Do I need a referral from a doctor?
No, a medical referral is not required. While healthcare providers refer many patients, you can call the clinic directly to schedule an appointment.
Can chiropodists prescribe medications?
Absolutely! Chiropodists are qualified to prescribe various medications, including antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, and administer injections like local anesthesia and corticosteroids.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, an appointment is necessary to ensure you receive the proper time and attention for your needs. Initial examinations involve discussing your concerns and forming a personalized management plan.
How long is my first appointment, and what should I bring?
Your first visit will take around 30 to 45 minutes. Bring two pairs of your most worn shoes and wear loose clothing (preferably shorts) for a thorough examination. Don’t forget to bring a list of your current medications.
Does OHIP cover my treatment?
Does my private health insurance cover chiropodists?
Every health care plan is different. While some offer a dollar amount per year, others will be a percentage and some will be a maximum per visit. Please contact your insurance plan to learn the specifics of your policy. If you do not have any health coverage for chiropody services, you can always use the receipt under income tax health deduction purposes.
What is the cost of treatment?
The cost of treatment varies based on your specific needs and the treatment required.
Will the treatment be painful?
Our goal is to minimize discomfort. Most patients experience no pain during treatment. We use various techniques to ensure your visit is comfortable and effective.
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How can Chiropodists help with foot deformities?
Chiropodists can provide specialized Orthotic devices to re-align your feet. These custom solutions are made after a thorough evaluation using 3D volumetric laser scanners and plaster cast impressions.
Can Chiropodists help with diabetic foot care?
Absolutely. If you’re diabetic, a thorough diabetic foot assessment is included in your initial examination. Chiropodists can provide specialized care to address concerns related to diabetes.
What types of foot problems can Chiropodists treat?
Chiropodists are trained to assess, treat, and manage a wide range of foot, ankle, and leg disorders. From ingrown nails to more complex issues, they’re here to help.
How are custom orthotics different from store-bought insoles?
Custom orthotics are personalized and prepared after an in-house evaluation using advanced techniques. Store-bought insoles are not true orthotics and aren’t typically reimbursed by insurance.
Can I get orthotics without a foot assessment?
A full biomechanical assessment and gait analysis are essential to determine if you need orthotics. These assessments ensure that the orthotics are customized to your specific needs.
What are the benefits of foot mobilization techniques?
Foot mobilization techniques are gentle, hands-on therapies that help address foot and leg pain. They aim to provide relief and improve your overall comfort.
How can I ensure my appointment is comfortable?
Our Chiropodists use their expertise to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. If you have specific concerns, feel free to discuss them during your appointment.
Remember, your well-being is our top priority,
and we’re here to provide you with the information and care you need.
Don’t hesitate to ask if you have more questions or need further assistance!
16 Winchester Rd. E., Unit 3
Whitby, ON L1M 1B3
Ample parking available
Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
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The Brooklin Foot Clinic offers the following Chiropody Services to the Durham region, including Ajax, Brock, Brooklin,
Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby.
Custom Made Orthotics | Swift Microwave Therapy For Plantar Wart | Theralase®: Cold Laser Therapy | Onyfix non-surgical nail correction |
Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) | Diabetic Foot Care | Orthopedic Footwear | Surgical Procedures/Injections | Compression Stockings |
Skin and Nail Conditions | Clear Toe Therapy – Toe Fx