Foot or ankle problems can upset your gait, posture, activities, and even your mood. Let the chiropodist in Pickering at The Physio Clinic @ West Durham help you get back on your feet more comfortably. Our chiropodist services encompass assessing, managing and preventing a range of acute or chronic foot disorders. If you have noticed a change in your feet or you have been putting up with your foot pain for too long, call to book an appointment for an evaluation today. Our chiropodist also creates custom foot orthotics and orthotic shoes.
You may seek help for general heel and foot discomfort, and the specific conditions our chiropodist can treat you for include:
Chiropodist or Podiatrist – What’s the Difference?
Though both focus on foot care and are regulated by the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, podiatrists and chiropodists are distinctly different health care professionals. Chiropodists diagnose and treat foot ailments, and primary care physicians often refer patients to them, but you don’t need a referral note to visit a chiropodist on your own. Chiropodists need 7 to 8 years of post-secondary school and training with a certificate from a chiropody program, allowing them to provide clinical services, cast orthotics, and measure for orthotic devices. Many chiropodists also hold an additional bachelor’s degree in science. Learn more about Ontario chiropodists from these professional organizations:
In comparison, a podiatrist can prevent, diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions medically and surgically. A doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) has completed an undergraduate program in the sciences at an accredited university, an additional 4 years at an accredited College of Podiatric Medicine, and a hospital-based residency program. Podiatrists in Ontario must pass their comprehensive board exams and the provincial licensing exams.
Why Visit Our Chiropodist in Pickering?
Chiropodist services at The Physio Clinic @ West Durham offer treatments for a variety of foot diseases and disorders. We serve patients who range widely in ages, medical conditions, and treatment goals. Whether managing your condition or preventing further injury, our foot care includes:
What to Expect from Chiropodist Services
When you visit the chiropodist at The Physio Clinic @ West Durham, we begin with a complete foot and ankle examination for structure and movement in order to assess your condition. Following an initial consultation, we make a plan for the appropriate therapeutic options. We can also take a multidisciplinary approach with your primary health care provider as needed. Our chiropodist can also prepare custom orthotics for correction and balance in treating painful foot and posture problems.