Chiropodists are one of the primary health care providers who are in direct contact with patients. This is our responsibility to share trusted information and valid resources about COVID-19 to enhance awareness in our community.
We highly recommend that patients over 65 stay home and practice social distancing as much as possible.
As of Mar 23rd, we only see essential patients until further notice. Essential conditions include wound care, infections, ingrown toenail, post-operative follow ups, trauma, pain for any reason including corn or callus that cannot be managed by OTC medication, etc.
Currently we are only open 1 day a week for essential appointments. We will screen all patients over the phone and on their arrival. The screening includes few questions prior to booking appointments. This is crucial for the safety of our patients and our team.
We provide a clean and safe environment as usual, with disinfected doors, chairs, counters, and washroom services at Orangeville Foot Clinic. We suggest all our patients to use our available hand sanitizer upon arrival and before leaving out clinic.
Useful Link: COVID-19 self-assessment
Below you can see how to rub your hands with sanitizer (friction can kills the virus on your hands). You can use the same method for washing your hands with soap and water. Note that washing your hands with soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizer.
If you have coughing ask for mask. If you have a fever and/or new onset of cough or difficulty breathing AND if in the 14 days before symptom onset, you have:
• been to a COVID-19 impacted area, or
• you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, or
• you have been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to a COVID-19 impacted area, report immediately to our reception.
REMEMBER!! It is important to self-monitor for symptoms if you have traveled outside Canada because individuals can carry the virus and not show any symptoms for up to 14 days (the exact incubation period is still under investigation).
Symptoms range from common to severe respiratory illnesses and include:
- – flu/cold-like
- – fever
- – cough
- – difficulty breathing
- – pneumonia
People most at risk from getting a more severe case of the novel coronavirus include the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to practice general infection prevention control. This includes:
- – Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- – Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- – Stay home when you are ill.
- – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
- – If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.