What is a Regulated Foot Specialist Called in Ontario?
A regulated foot specialist in Ontario can be one of two names. The member may be a Chiropodist or Podiatrist. Since July, 1993 no new podiatrists have been registered to practice in Ontario in order to promote the development of the chiropody profession.
The College of Chiropodists of Ontario made a request to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in January 2006 to ask the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to examine whether a reversion to the podiatry model would better respond to the demand for foot care services in Ontario than the current chiropody model.
HPRAC's review got underway in January, 2014 and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015.
Do I need a medical referral?
NO you do not need a medical referral. If you or someone you know needs help with their foot concerns or pain – they are more then welcome to attend the Waterloo Foot Clinic. Often we are able to offer same day appointments.
Can a Chiropodist/ Podiatrist Prescribe Medication?
YES, Chiropodists and Podiatrists are allowed to prescribe a wide range of medications to help you with your foot concerns. The medications include: oral antibiotics, oral anti-inflammatorys, topical anti-fungals, topical corticosteroids, topical antibiotics, topical anti-inflammatory and many more. Chiropodists and Podiatrists are also allowed provide injections. Some of the more common injections are corticosteroid injections and local anesthetic injections.
Are Chiropody Services covered by OHIP?
Most extended health insurance benefits cover Chiropody services. However, OHIP currently does not cover Chiropody treatments. We recommend that you contact your coverage provider prior to your appointment. If you are unable to, not a problem - one of our staff members can help identify your coverage. Our fee schedule is based on guidelines set by our professional association. We take the following forms of payment: cash, debit, cheque, VISA, and MasterCard – Depending on your insurance provider, we may be able to do direct billing.
Will my appointment be painful?
We will try our best to use our expertise and evidence based approach to assure your treatment is not painful. It is not uncommon for our patients to come in with pain, and leave stating they feel as though they are “Walking on a Cloud”. By using different modalities of treatment, and different methods we will help to make sure you are always comfortable.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Your first appointment will include a thorough medical history and physical exam of your legs and feet. If you are a diabetic, this will include a complete diabetic foot assessment. We ask you to bring a list of your current medications and your most common worn footwear. If you have more then one pair, please bring them in.
If you have any other questions you would like us to answer, please don't hesitate to contact us.