Chiropody & Orthotics
Chiropody is a branch of medicine that focuses on the assessment and treatment of foot-related ailments. Treatment is achieved through medical, surgical, orthotic and palliative interventions. Custom orthotics are prescription medical devices that are worn inside shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues, which can assist in resolving foot-related pain and conditions. The feet are important components of the body and are critical in completing daily tasks. They endure an immense amount of pressure, movement and weight by supporting the body parts above them. An abnormality in the feet can not only damage the feet, but affect the ankles, knees, hips and spine.
Chiropodists (foot care specialists) are exclusively trained and regulated by the province of Ontario to provide foot healthcare and orthotics. They are primary healthcare professionals that specialize on the assessment, management and treatment of foot-related disorders. The role of a chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain and provide evidence-based foot health education leading to the improvement of the patient’s quality of life.
A referral is NOT required to consult with a chiropodist.
COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS
Arch and Heel Pain – plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, flat feet, high arches, tendinitis
Forefoot Pain – metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, plantar plate rupture, capsulitis, synovitis
Joint Pain – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, sesamoiditis, capsulitis, synovitis
Skin Disorders – eczema, athlete’s foot, callus/corns, warts, lacerations, fissures, blisters, ulcers, swollen legs and feet
Toenail Conditions – fungal infections, thick toenails, pinched nails, involuted nails, ingrown toenails, curled nails, bruising
Toe Deformities – bunions, claw/hammer/mallet toes, Morton’s toe, overlapping toes