What is a Chiropodist?
A chiropodist is a primary care professional practicing in podiatric medicine that specializes in assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot. As a primary care provider, Chiropodists do not need a medical referral to treat patients.
Services offered by the Chiropodist:
- Treatment for fungal nails and athletes foot
- Callus and corn debridement/enucleation
- Treatment for resistant plantar warts
- Partial and full nail avulsions for chronic ingrown toenails
- Gait analysis for gait disorders, falls prevention and sports rehabilitation
- Custom made orthotic devices
- Mobilization and manipulation of the foot
- Full compression stocking services, assessments and fittings.
- Diabetes education/assessment and foot care
- Wound care
- Non-surgical intervention of bunions and hammertoes
- Bracing and off-loading air cast boots
Custom Orthotic Devices:
Custom orthotics are medical devices used in the management of several foot conditions to relieve pain, protect and improve the function of the foot. Prior to initiating orthotic therapy a detailed biomechanical exam and gait analysis is performed to determine the best treatment option for each individual patient. The chiropodist will discuss your condition and create an individual treatment plan that suits you and your needs.
Conditions often treated with orthotics:
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Achilles tendonitis (back of heel pain)
- Sesamoiditis (pain on the bottom of the big toe joint)
- Mortons Neuroma (
- Adult Acquired Flatfoot
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Knee, hip and back pain when standing
- Excessive pronation (rolling inward of the foot)
- Excessive supination (rolling outward of the foot)
- Neuropathic foot
- Corns and calluses
- Balance problems
- Chronic ankle sprains
- Leg length discrepancy
- Toe deformities
Compression stockings are specialized hosiery designed to help prevent and treat disorders in the veins such as swelling, spider veins, varicose veins, ulcerations and blood clots. Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the leg. Compression stockings are tightest at the ankles and gradually become less constrictive toward the knees and thighs. This reduces the diameter of veins and increases venous blood flow and the effectiveness of valves in the veins, which causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet and legs.
No referral is needed for an appointment with the Chiropodist. Your visit to the Chiropodist, as well as orthotics and compression stockings may be covered under your extended health insurance plan.