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What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?
There is no denying that the two titles cause some confusion. The simple answer is that there is no significant difference between Chiropodists and Podiatrists in Ontario. Both professions are regulated by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. The difference in title is determined by which country the chiropody or podiatry degree was obtained.
The practitioners using the title Podiatrist in Ontario actually graduated outside Ontario (in US for example) and moved to Ontario before 1993. Any Podiatrists graduating and moving to Ontario after 1993 are registered as Chiropodists in the province of Ontario. Therefore, there have been no new Podiatrists registered in Ontario for the past 24 years.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are both primary health care providers specializing in the assessment and treatment of lower limb disorders. Both Chiropodists and Podiatrists can prescribe drugs, assess and treat foot and ankle problems, perform soft tissue surgeries, prescribe custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes. Podiatrists trained in US before 1993 have a slightly expanded scope of practice that includes bone surgery in the foot.
Julia graduated in 1994, and has been registered with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario since that time.
Do I need a referral from my doctor or health care provider?
No, referrals are not required. A referral may be required by your insurance company or WSIB, DVA, or representing agencies.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. The office operates on an appointment basis as this ensures a designated time for a thorough assessment and fit of your foot ailment.
What can I expect at my first visit?
Medical history, examination of feet, treatment of condition (if possible). A complete examination and assessment of the foot, digital images for records and education. Treatment options are presented, discussed, and instituted.
Are your services covered under OHIP?
The services are not covered under OHIP. Services may be covered by your insurance company. Please review prior to your appointment. Services may also be covered under WSIB, DVA if qualified.