FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A CHIROPODIST?

A Chiropodist/Podiatrist is a primary health care provider regulated by the College of Chiropodists in Ontario. A Chiropodist/Podiatrist has a post graduate degree and devoted many years to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. All Chiropodists/Podiatrists in Ontario are registered and regulated by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.

WHAT SERVICES DOES A CHIROPODIST PROVIDE?

A Chiropodist/Podiatrists provides treatment for bony deformities, subcutaneous lesion, corns/callus/warts, nail conditions and biomechanical dysfunctions requiring orthotic management.(see treatment tab)

DO I NEED A MEDICAL REFERRAL?

No, a medical referral is not needed although many patients are referred by their physician or another health care provider. Simply call the Orangeville Foot Clinic. Please confirm with your Extended Health Insurance whether a referral is necessary for reimbursement.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Simply call the Orangeville Foot Clinic.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

Your first appointment is approximately 30 minutes and will include a complete examination of your feet and lower legs as well as your personal medical history. Your overall medical history forms an important link to many foot conditions. Please bring a list of all current medications and the shoes that you wear every day. Clothing that allows us to assess/view the knees and lower leg also advised.

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WHAT IS AN ORTHOTIC?

An orthotic is a device utilised in the shoe that re-aligns the foot allowing it to function in an optimal position. Foot orthotics are prescription devices; in our office they are made from a 3D volumetric laser scanner or plaster cast impression. An in–office evaluation of your particular complaint, foot type, gait, activity level, occupation and footwear is required prior to prescription of any custom made device.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CUSTOM MOULDED ORTHOTICS AND STORE BOUGHT DEVICES?

Generally store bought devices come under the terms of foot supports, arch supports, insoles and footbeds. True foot orthotics are prescription devices made from a 3D volumetric laser scanner or plaster cast impression. They require an in–office evaluation of your particular complaint, foot type, gait, activity level, occupation and footwear.

Insurance companies only provide reimbursement for custom orthotics prescribed by a Podiatrist/Chiropodist and manufactured from a 3D volumetric laser scan or plaster cast.