The practice of chiropody is the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic or orthotic means.
In Ontario, the term chiropodist is currently used to describe foot health professionals. In Britain years ago the profession became know as chiropody and the name was derived from the latin, meaning “with hands, on feet.”
Over half the population are affected by foot problems. Prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment require expert care. Healthy feet are so important as foot deformities, infections and injuries not only limit your mobility, but can detrimentally affect your knees, hips and other body parts.
Did you know……..that the average person walks the circumference of the earth at least 2 to 3 times in their lifetime, so maintaining healthy feet really will go a long way!
In Canada, chiropodists undergo extensive training to meet these requirements. Many chiropodists have taken seven or eight years of post secondary school training before beginning to practice. A bachelors degree in science, plus a 3-4 year Chiropody/Podiatry Program is generally undertaken in North America.
The chiropodist is an important member of the wellness team. He/she is responsible for the early detection of many diseases and plays a key role in preventing and treating those aspects which affect the feet and lower limb.
- Bony Foot Deformities
- Subcutaneous Lesions
- Nail Conditions
- Biomechanical Dysfunctions
- Orthotics/Orthopedic Appliances
Types of Treatment offered:
- Foot physical therapy
- Surgical procedures
- Cutting into subcutaneous tissue
- Administering by injection into the foot designated substances
Chiropodists are primary car providers and are therefore qualified to assess, diagnose, prescribe and carry out treatments including minor surgical procedures, therapeutic treatments including: laser, ultrasound, iontophoresis, extracorporeal shock wave therapy and electrical treatments.