“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” - Leonardo da Vinci -

What is Chiropody?

And how do you pronounce it anyway? Ki-rop-uh-dee like “curd”? kahy-rop-uh-dee like “kite”? Or perhaps shuh-rop-uh-dee like “shucks”?

Glad you asked! You’re in the right place.

Chiropody is the branch of medicine that deals with foot and lower limb conditions. As chiropodists, then, we are primary care health professionals specifically trained and specializing in the assessment, management, and prevention of the foot and lower leg diseases and disorders. We do this by evaluating, diagnosing, and then prescribing and carrying out treatments, both for acute as well as chronic conditions. Our treatments can include minor surgical procedures, orthotics, as well as therapeutic modalities such as laser, ultrasound, iontophoresis, extracorporeal shock wave therapy and electrical treatments.

In short, if you have any concerns or issues anywhere below the knee, come to see a chiropodist!

And for the record, any of the above three pronunciations will do.

What’s the Difference Between Chiropody and Podiatry?

Isn’t a podiatrist also a foot specialist? If so, what’s the difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist?

There is no significant difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist in Ontario. We’re both primary health care providers and are specifically trained to assess and treat lower limb and foot disorders. Both of our professions are regulated by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. The difference in title is simply due to the country in which we obtained our degree in addition to the time that we were registered to practice in Ontario. Since 1993, no podiatrist designations have been granted in Ontario.

Basically, don’t fret thinking that one is better or worse than the other, we’re both more than qualified to ensure that your foot is given the best care possible.

What Conditions do Chiropodists Treat?

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal or toenail infections
  • Calluses, corns, and hard skin
  • Warts
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Wound care
  • Flat feet
  • Foot pain
  • Sports and traumatic injuries

Whatever your foot condition is, we can help. Book your appointment today!

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